Kids grow up fast, making baby changing areas and cribs an expensive, short-term investment. So how can a room grow with your child – from baby to teen – without breaking the bank? Check out these seven tips for fun, adaptable spaces that keep on giving.
1. Walls to scribble on
Blackboard wall surfaces allow young kids to experiment with drawing (and save your nicely painted walls from graffiti).
They can easily and economically be revived with a fresh coat of blackboard paint and are the ideal note-making backdrop for an older child’s (or young adult’s) desk and study space.
2. A crib that changes into a big-kid bed
Spring Street, distributors of Oeuf nursing furniture, offer an excellent, stylish range of convertible pieces including this crib-turned-toddler-bed.
A young child’s bed can become a playroom-perfect mini-sofa.
3. Things that stack
Design shop Chigo knows how to grow with your child. Its inventive ‘TREE’ chest of drawers can easily be extended vertically for easy access and more storage as your child (and his/her wardrobe) gets larger.
4. A play den that transforms into a canopy
Every kid loves a den and HABA has a great collection of play tents ready to go.
For an even more adaptable version of this idea, experiment with a plainer mosquito net style canopy that later be used as a cosy reading nook or elegant bed curtain.
5. Furniture that’s fun and soft
Soft, friendly surfaces are a must for toddlers, and ‘Livingstones’ modular seating by Stephanie Marin go one step further with tactile pieces that children can play and build with.
When the playing days are done, they make an elegant addition to your living room.
6. A space to showcase creativity
This simple clip and cable system from IKEA is a great way to create a versatile collage wall of kids’ art.
Older kids can pin photos, posters or objects to create their own mini gallery.
7. A peggable place
Instant organizers, peg boards are a great way to utilise wall space in kids’ rooms, from baby (see this handy space above a baby changing area) to teenager (a peg board behind a desk keeps stationery tidy).