If your kids share a room, you know the headache it can be to make the most of your space. What’s the best layout? How do you fit all the furniture? How can you create separate but cohesive areas for each child? How do you bring each personality into the space while making it flow? And what do you do with all the clothes and clutter?? There are a lot of challenges that can arise with shared bedroom spaces, but there are great benefits as well – not the least of which is a stronger sibling bond. Whether your kids share a room out of necessity or because you prefer it, the questions of furniture, layout, storage and design are still relevant. Boys, girls, both, twins, triplets, old and young, there’s a way to make one space work for everyone. Here are 25 stellar shared bedrooms that will provide all the inspiration you need!
Lumberjack Room – This is a cute room shared by two young boys. The design and decor is kept simple and comfortable which will allow it to grow with the boys.
Industrial Baseball Room – This is a great idea for making the most of an awkward space! By hanging the curtains centered on the wall and therefore off-center from the window a bit, you trick the eye in seeing the window as centered between the two beds. Genius!
Small Simple Space for 4 – You’ll never believe how this family fit 3 boys and a baby comfortably in one small bedroom! It’s amazing! You’ll have to click over for the details, but the simple, comfortable decor tie the room together beautifully for boys ages 7-newborn.
Bunk Beds and Baby – Not only does this room house three small children, but they’re different genders, as well! Have you figured out how to make that work? This post shares a ton of information from furniture, decor and layout, to tips and tricks for making it work for real life. If you want ideas for how to handle bedtime routines, midnight wake up calls, mornings and nap times while your kids are sharing a space, read on!
Small Apartment Bedroom for 3 – It’s amazing what you find works even when you’re sure it won’t. This young family lives in NYC, and has sacrificed space for the experience. It’s a situation that works well for them, and if you want to see how they make this small bedroom work, just click over. There’s ideas for keeping things tidy and the sleeping arrangements.
Modern with Vintage Touches – This is an adorable space for two young girls. There’s a ton of personality crammed into a small area here – but the white background with the walls, sheer curtains and beds endure that the colors and styles don’t overwhelm the space. Each girl has their own spots with favorite books within reach and monograms to designate who is where. The gallery walls add a personal touch to the space so they can really call it their own. See their solution for closet doors that took up too much space.
Bedroom Playroom Mixed – Not only does this room sleep two kids comfortably, it also houses all their toys and books as well! It’s a shared space between a little girl and baby boy AND a bedroom and playroom – it’s pulling double duty in more ways than one! It works well because decor and furniture is kept simple, light and bright.
DIY Inexpensive Vintage Room for 2 – This entire room is done DIY style on the cheap. The beds themselves are an amazing touch – completely designed and made by hand and the top lifts for some much needed storage under the mattresses, while there’s still enough space underneath for some DIY “drawer crates” that organize toys. You have to see what they did with the closet! This tiny room now has enough space for sleeping AND playing for two active little girls!
Explore! Bedroom/Playroom – There was no space left untouched during the transformation of this room – which was intended as a bedroom and playroom for a little boy and girl. The solution for bulky bunk beds that would take up too much space? Turn the closet into a “bed nook” with separate sleeping spots decorated for each kid. Other awesome details: a reading loft, a completely wall mounted craft nook, tons of toy drawers that double as benches and a wall of customized wardrobe-style closet space. It’s a room any kid would love.
Trio of Hanging Beds – Get the largest, bulkiest items up off of the floor to create more space underneath – by hanging bunk style beds from the ceiling/walls! This tiny room is home to three young boys. Getting the beds up and out of the way created eye catching style and gave them plenty of room to sleep and play.
Simple and Trendy Small Space for Sibs – This family needed a double duty room (for play and sleep) that would be comfortable and inviting for a brother/sister combo. To make it even more challenging, there’s quite a gap in their ages, so it had to appeal to young and old. They accomplished this by keeping the design very simple and monochromatic, and adding hidden storage where possible. The result is a peaceful area both kids could appreciate.
Making Room for Baby – Here’s a super quick room makeover that involves changes to the furniture layout and a few extra decor items to define separate areas for the siblings. If you’ve got a toddler and a newborn, this is a good idea that features two cribs in one space.
Social Studies Room – The decor in this room adorably mirrors the interests of the pre-teen boys who share it – history and geography. The beds were created with frugality, using old pallets. The key to success for this shared space is plenty of shelving and dresser storage. The boys appreciate defined sleeping and storage areas, while the decor and bedding keeps the room cohesive.
Gender Neutral Room To Grow – This room is long and narrow, and the family made the most of the space by placing the short crib against the shorter wall and the vintage bed at a 90 degree angle. The decor and colors are kept light and neutral, perfect for kids of different genders. In the future, this room will turn into a room for three with a trundle bed on wheels pulled from beneath the current twin bed. With some creative thinking, a good layout and plenty of storage you can make even a small, narrow room work for multiples!
Tucked Away Bunks – A seemingly awkward nook or alcove can be the perfect solution for maximizing space in a shared bedroom. This bunk bed was designed and handmade to fit into an out of the way corner, making sure that bulky furniture didn’t take up valuable floor space. The rest of the room features lots of open shelving and a lot of dresser storage to keep treasures safely in their spots.
Corner Beds – The long, rectangular shape of this room along with the placement of french doors and large windows made furniture layout a little less straightforward when planning for two kids. By placing identical beds in an “L” in one corner, wall space is fully utilized while the middle of the floor is kept free of clutter and bulk. The functionality of one under-bed drawer is lost, but there are other storage solutions added to the room to make up for it.
Crib Nook – Two boys shared this room originally, and it was cozy then. When a baby girl came along, they converted the closet to a nook for her crib, complete with shelving and decor to feminize her space and make it uniquely her own. Clothes were put in a dresser between the twin beds. While it’s a small room, it definitely works for three kids and there’s no lack of space.
Color Blocked Space – Define separate areas in a shared bedroom by decorating in two different but complimentary colors. Place a bookshelf or dresser for storage and division. Start with base colors for each side (in this case, yellow and turquoise) and add pops of the other colors throughout the whole space to make the look cohesive. It’s simple and unique with lots of individual personality.
Extra Long Bed – This room features an extra long platform that spans the length of the room. It’s long enough to fit two twin mattresses on it with some room between. This is a great solution for sleeping arrangements in a shared space, especially if it’s a narrow room and could benefit by having all the furniture against one wall. Notice the storage drawers below the bed and the storage shelves above – in coordinated colors that bring a cohesive, put-together feeling to the space. Though the bed butts up to the closet along the perpendicular wall, the doors slide apart, making it completely usable still.
Industrial Space for 3 – The space beneath the loft bed in this room was just large enough for a king sized mattress, placed perpendicular to the twin above so it juts into the room. With three young boys in this space, it’s the perfect solution as it eliminates headboards, footboards, and bed frames that take up valuable real estate. The steel frame of the loft was the perfect inspiration for the industrial decor and storage – a chest with bins for toys and two metal racks, one with metal toolboxes for small treasures and collections and one with galvanized buckets for stuffed animals. The kids have enough storage and space to sleep and play – even with three in one room!
Above Bed Shelving – At first glance, this room seems as if it’s not big enough for one child and their accompanying “stuff,” let alone two. When one of them is a girl and one a boy, making this tiny space work for both seems an insurmountable challenge. By placing the beds next to each other, but separated by a chest of drawers, there’s a clear division of space. But what makes this room really work well is the above bed storage – a wall of shelves above each bed for storing special treasures and toys. Making use of the architecture already present in the space, the beds and shelves look like expensive built-ins.
Built-Ins On Both Ends – A narrow room like this is best utilized by placing the furniture together against one long wall. This can be challenging when trying to add everything necessary – like dressers and shelves along with two beds. This room does it with built-ins – on both sides of the room. One side is built-in bunk beds with closed storage/cabinets on both ends, and open shelving filling in the remaining space along the wall. The other wall is a combination of open and closed shelving, so there’s no need for dressers or bookshelves. Everything has a spot.
Privacy Partition – Perhaps your kids would appreciate a bit more privacy to their separate areas. You can accomplish this in nearly any sized bedroom by utilizing some kind of room divider. The best room divider for a kids’ bedroom will incorporate plenty of storage, as does this large shelf with cubbies. Putting pegboard on one side of the shelf allows for hanging storage and even more separation.
5 Kids, 1 Room – You’ll never believe it, but there are 5 boys in this room. 5 of them! And it works. The furniture is kept to a minimum – two small bookshelves, two sets of bunk beds and one toddler bed. No dressers. No desks. With the bunk beds pushed into the corner in an “L”, it gives the look (and space-saving) of built-in bunks. There are shelves and bins in the closets and under beds for clothing, so no dressers are needed. A clever solution to keep from feeling too stuffed, even with a herd of boys!
Built-In Bunks – This is an amazing space for 5 girls. One wall was changed into built-in bunk beds – with a set of stairs in between. Each bed is outfitted with a curtain to pull for privacy, a shelf for books and a lamp. It’s basically like sleeping in a fort, every night. Below the bunks are oversized drawers for toy storage. There’s a nook for a dresser built-in across from the beds (which is actually three Ikea dressers put together, but you’d never know it) and on one short wall, they created a closet by hanging curtains along a track in the ceiling. It’s comfy, it’s bright and cheery and, surprisingly, not at all cramped.
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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com
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