11 Fascinating Bedroom Designs that Will Help Your Kids to Sleep Better

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According to the estimates of 40 accredited pediatric sleep centers in the US, about 20 to 30 percent of children older than six months suffer from sleeping problems such as insomnia. The lack of sleep or not getting enough of it can be detrimental to an adult’s health—so what more for children?

A quality, restful sleep is required to heal and repair the body, and encourage healthy growth in children. Without it, your child may show crankiness and other behavioral problems during the day. Studies have also shown that bad sleep is also linked to poor grades in subjects like math, writing, and reading. They may also show symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders.

Fortunately, there are ways to make your child sleep earlier and better such as telling stories and creating bedroom rituals. Furthermore, the bedroom plays a major role in the quality of sleep a child gets every night—from the color of the walls to the type of bed mattress. Everything inside the room must be designed to make it ideal for sleep.

However, every child is unique so coming up with the right design may be a bit harder than it would seem. At times, it can get a bit frustrating especially when you’re still trying to find out how to design your bedroom conducive to sleep. You may need to try different designs or mix and match them to find the perfect one for your child. Here are 11 fascinating bedroom designs to help your kids sleep better.

1. Starry, starry night

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You can play a bit with bedroom lighting depending on your child’s preference, but it is recommended to use dimmable lights. Although studies show that light, or the lack thereof, is a key factor in getting a good night’s sleep, many children actually find it a bit difficult to sleep in a completely dark room. A good way to find out how much light the child needs to sleep comfortably is to use a dimmable light.

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2. Fluffy clouds for a mattress

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Your child’s  bed should be comfortable enough to keep them settled and well rested. In general, a kid’s mattress should be full-sized, with the bed a bit lower for younger children. Full-size mattresses allow the child to move freely and find the best sleeping position. The size should also allow for company when the child needs one. In terms of comfort, your child should be the decision maker, but firm mattresses would be best for younger children, especially infants.

3. Make it “cool”

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Image is important to children. They find much more comfort in bedrooms that they consider “cool” rather than those that need to match the design of the home. The bedroom is their place of comfort so it will be best if they have a say on its design. However, you’ll still need to provide a bit of guidance to ensure that the room is free from clutter or things that could divert their attention from sleeping.

4. Electronics: Keep off

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Electronic items, such as laptops, computers, and tablets, are best left outside the bedroom. These items stimulate a child’s interest instead of inducing sleep. Encourage the child to read a book inside the bedroom instead of browsing the Internet or chatting with their friends.

Another reason why electronics should be avoided is that children often forget to unplug devices, thus, creating a fire hazard. There are countless stories of exploding cellphone batteries or overheating devices causing fires, so ask your children to use these devices in the living room or study room where you can monitor them.

5. The rainbow connection

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The traditional blue for boys and pink for girls may seem like the best colors for children, but it isn’t always the case. Keep in mind that children are unique and will sooner or later have preferred colors as they grow older.

6. Keep it open and fresh

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A child’s room should always smell clean and fresh, but without the aid of an air freshener. The room should be well ventilated and the best way to do this is to open a window or two for a few hours during the day. This may not be advisable if the home is in the city because of pollution, but there are other ways to ensure that the room is airy.

 7. Not too warm, not too cold

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Keep in mind that your ideal room temperature may not be the same for your child. If possible, let the child choose the temperature setting. However, if you or your child is unsure of the right settings, try to aim for anywhere between 16 and18 degrees Celsius and start from there. You might also want to consider installing a ceiling fan for evenings that are comfortable enough to turn off the AC.

8. Keep the outdoors out

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The environment outside the home can also affect a child’s sleeping patterns. Noise, light, and temperature are usually the culprits so try to reduce them as much as possible. If the home is located in a busy area, particularly during the night, then try to reduce noise by closing the windows and playing soft music inside the room. It will divert the child’s attention from exterior noise. However, it’s best to play tunes instead of music with lyrics to avoid additional distractions. Moreover, use curtains and drapes to reduce visual distractions at night.

9. Get rid of clutter

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In a child’s room, storage can never be enough. Children and “stuff” are synonymous, so try to squeeze in extra storage spaces when you can. Doing so will reduce distracting clutter and even help the child learn about organization. If you have limited space, look for a bed design that can give you more storage space.

10. Decorate, decorate, decorate

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Some of us were fortunate as kids to have decorated rooms, but others had the misfortune of being stuck in an adult room. All parents want their children to have a clean and tidy room, but this doesn’t mean that the room should be bare and unappealing for children. Kids will be kids. They’ll find ways to decorate their own rooms, which usually doesn’t turn out too good, so it’s best to teach children how to decorate their rooms properly.

 11. Creating a theme

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Themed rooms such as this personal teepee room are a good place to start, especially when the child is still young. These types of rooms encourage a child’s creativity and make the room entertaining  However, keep in mind that as the child grows older, the theme may become a bit out of date. It’s best to come up with a design that you can easily change as needed rather than themes that can be a bit costly to replace.

Additionally, avoid themes that turn the room into a play area. Don’t over-design your child’s room. Always remember that the bedroom needs to be ideal for sleeping. There are other areas in the home where a child can play and have fun, study or do other things. Over-decorating the room can actually divert the child’s attention and lead to poor sleeping habits that can affect the child’s health.

Indeed, imagining how your child’s bedroom would look like can be exciting and fun. However, always remember that comfort and how the bedroom will help induce sleep on your child are more important than aesthetics. Hopefully, these kids’ bedroom ideas for  better sleep can help you create the perfect room for your child

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Rob Lindeman

Rob Lindeman is a sleep coach, entrepreneur, and writer living in Massachusetts. Ready to Get Rid of the Pacifier? Sign up for our FREE Video eCourse: The Paci-Free Method http://bit.ly/1U8Tdzx

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