Kids Sharing a Room: How to Create Unique Spaces


Remember sharing a room with a brother or sister as a child? I do. I hated it. It wasn’t until high school that I had my own room for the first time. Looking back, I think I hated sharing a room because I didn’t have a space to call my own. We grew up with traditional bunk beds, with the same bedding, and all the same space. I didn’t have any space that wasn’t occupied by someone else, and that was frustrating, especially for an introvert.

But it doesn’t have to be like that anymore. If you have children who share a bedroom, here’s how you can give them the personal space they need within a shared bedroom.

Add a Bookshelf to Separate Spaces

Something as simple as adding a bookshelf between the two beds can create the feeling of two distinct spaces.  Yes, they’re still in a shared room, but they have some privacy, and they have some space to call their own. Everyone needs private space once in a while. And giving your children their own space in a shared bedroom will help them get along a little better.

Don’t Forget to Use Vertical Space

If it’s a particularly small bedroom, make use of the valuable vertical space. Bunk beds are a great way to do this. Even though I complained about bunk beds when I was a child, the trick is finding the right bunk bed arrangement for your children. You don’t have to go the traditional bunk bed route. However, that works fine, too.

Have Bedding Coordinate, but Make it Unique

You can achieve a cohesive space, but still allow differences for each child. An easy way to do this is by using coordinating, but not matching, bedding. Your children, even if they look alike, don’t have the same personality and exact same interests. Each one is different, and their bedding should reflect that.

Use Curtains or Vertical Blinds to Create Space Separation

If you need a more visual separation between spaces, use curtains, fabric vertical blinds, or even shades. You can mount these on the walls or even on the ceiling, allowing your children to keep them open when they want to interact or close them when they need some privacy. It can also create some visual interest in the room’s décor.

Place Beds Back to Back

Having the beds headboard to headboard will make your children feel as though they have their own space. Facing the opposite way, the children could sit in their beds and still feel as though they have some time and space to themselves. However, when your children are ready to play, they can do so easily.

Dedicate a Corner

Use one corner in the bedroom for the beds. This will open up the floor space in the middle of the room, so your children can play together. But with each bed being on a separate wall, they can have a section of the room all to themselves.

Perhaps if I had my own space in my bedroom, I would’ve appreciated sharing a room more. As an adult, I wish I would’ve taken advantage of those times more—more time with my sisters, more time enjoying their company. Now I wish I didn’t live so far away from my siblings, and I’d even consider sharing a room with them again, even for just a weekend getaway.

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