Did you know maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms?

Did you know maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms?

Did you know maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms?

An Interview with Carol Maxwell

Did you know maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms?

We did and we’ve picked Carol’s brain to prove it.

 

With colour being the theme of Issue 13, as soon as we saw Max Made Me’s wallpaper launch we knew we had to interview Carol about her new collection, he love of art and design and to get a good peak inside her thoughts on kids’ bedrooms.

Carol Maxwell started Max Made Me after designing art prints for her friends kids’ rooms.  Following 15 years of success designing for the fashion industry, Carol’s family began with the birth of her first child Max.  Carol was inspired by all his cute toys and gifts, so much so that she started to sketch them and soon realised she had the beginnings of her first greeting cards collection. 

This led to Carol designing her Letter Print range as the perfect gifts for her friend’s new-born’s, which now ​6​ years later continues to be her best-selling collection, proving that maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms.

With the opening of a new store, home to all her wonderful creations, from prints, cards and gift wrap to jumpers, t-shirts and baby-grows, Carol has recently launched her debut wallpaper collection ​with matching velvet cushions and aprons & tea towels in the same prints ​.  With one of her first designs adorning the walls of a 7 year old girl, it is the perfect opportunity to find out more about Carol’s passion for design, how important nature is in her work, about her love of beautiful interiors and how important she thinks kids’ rooms are to their mini dwellers.  

Everything you need to know about Carol Maxwell

RB – What was your journey in textile design?  

CM – I went to The National College Of Art And Design in Dublin, thinking I would study Fine Art Painting, but my foundation year tutors encouraged me to try printed textiles as a module, I soon realized that Fine Art was a bit too conceptual for me and design was probably more my cup of tea.

Having said that, in Dublin at the time, there weren’t really any print studios where you could get work experience, so it wasn’t until I graduated and came to London, to exhibit in the New Designers Graduate show in Islington, that I realised a career in design was a possibility.

RB – Six ​years ago when you started sketching Max’s toys, if someone told you you’d have a fab store and a wallpaper collection along with everything else, what would you have thought about?

CM – There is no way I would have believed this, I never ever set out to have my own business. In fact, in my 20’s I used to think, when working for print studios, that I would not like to have my own business, because I saw first-hand the pressure and stress that running your own business can cause. But here I am. It’s funny how things can turn out, and now that I find myself on this path, I believe it was how it was supposed to pan out.

Max Made Me Artwork for kids room as seen in Rooomy magazine
Max Made Me Sons Bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – What have the last few years been like, from designing cards and prints, to having your own store and seeing your first wallpaper collection being dispatched to very excited customers?

CM – ​The journey was very organic and slow at first as it was very much part time at the beginning, working around my job and motherhood. I think it’s only been in the last 2 or 3 years that things have suddenly really started to change and grow at a very fast pace. I still find it hard to take in that I now have a wonderful team to help me fulfil hundreds of orders to amazing customers each week.

RB – Was the wallpaper collection a plan for a long time or did it stem from customer demand?

CM – ​Before MMM a friend and I were going to start a wallpaper brand. We had started designing and had even begun to visit manufacturers here in the UK. However we both got pregnant 2 months apart (me with Max), so we put it on hold…. and well, we know what happened after Max came along!

So yes, I guess it’s always been on my radar to design wallpaper, and as MMM grew I knew it was something I wanted to do within the brand when the timing was right. We got a lot of messages and emails from customers asking/saying that we should do wallpaper, so customer demand also played a role.

“I think kids’ rooms are more important than people might realise.

I’m not sure people stop to think about the impact a child’s bedroom

and personal space might have on them.”

RB – Did you have an age range in mind when you were designing the wallpaper? 

CM – Not particularly, age is just a number in my opinion and I think a lot of the designs work well in a variety of rooms, from kids’ to grown up spaces alike. Having said that I do very much have some ideas in mind for my second wallpaper which will be aimed more at kids’ interiors. 

RB – How important do you think kids’ bedrooms are when it comes to design?

CM – I think they are more important than people might realise. I’m not sure people stop very often to think about the impact a child’s bedroom and personal space might have on them. I can remember my childhood bedrooms so clearly, and they evoke strong memories. For example, I remember studying the pattern of the floral wallpaper on my bedroom walls in great detail to distract myself, as I waited eagerly until we were allowed to get up on Christmas morning.

I was very much invested in how my room looked even as a child. I would spend hours rearranging the furniture, and would get such a buzz from my room refresh even at an early age. Now not every kid might care about their bedroom too much, but I think if it’s a colourful, inspiring space for them to feel secure and safe in, this is surely integral to a child’s happiness and wellbeing. 

 

Maximalist art for kids bedrooms as seen in rooomy magazine
Max Made Me Art Prints and Wallpaper as seen in Rooomy magazine
Maximalist art for boys rooms as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – How do you your plan your kid’s rooms?  Do you mood board or do you start with the first piece of inspiration and take it from there? ​

CM – It is usually designed around something that I have already, or something I have found. For example in Max’s room I still loved the F&B wallpaper I had in there from when it was our guest room.  I chose it knowing that one day it would probably become Max’s room, so I then built the rest of the colour scheme around that.

Max’s room has a more eclectic feel to it, and it has evolved as our house has changed over time, whereas Milo’s room was designed from scratch because it was a brand-new room, part of our loft renovation. So the design of his room was a bit more thought out and considered. I knew I wanted to paint a mural in it, so the rest of the room was designed around that. 

RB – Whose idea was it to put the new wallpaper in IJ’s room?

CM – ​I knew IJ’s mum wanted to redecorate so I showed her my wallpaper collection. She instantly fell in love with The Palm Blush. I knew it was so important that the chosen wallpaper should last as she grows from a 7 year old girl to a tween and a teenager. So I agreed that the Palm Blush wallpaper was the perfect choice to do just that. 

Max Made Me wallpaper for girls rooms as seen in rooomy magazine
Max Made Me Sons Bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – What are your three must haves for kids’ rooms?

CM – ​Something bright and colourful, good storage, and something inherited or vintage. 

RB – Where are your three favourite places to shop for kid’s interiors?

CM – ​For furniture Made.com and then vintage/antique stores to add something unique. And I love bedding from small brands such as The Bright Company, Little Jagger and Lulu & Nat.

RB – For your stunning nature inspired designs, where do you look most for inspiration?

CM – ​Living in our little pocket of South East London, we are lucky enough to have lots of green spaces but sometimes it’s not quite enough. I love to look at vintage design for inspiration too, for instance I love vintage tropical barkcloth prints from the 50s. 

RB – Apart from the wallpaper, what is your favourite thing about IJ’s room?

CM – ​I love the colours we chose from Pickelson Paint company to compliment the wallpaper. (Fresco Pink on the walls and Tequila Green on the ceiling) I also used this company to decorate my shop and studio. They have, in particular, the most beautiful selections of pinks to choose from.  

RB – If Max could have anything in his bedroom what do you think it would be?​

CM – This is easy, it’s something he talks about all the time and it is something I have been promising for ages. I said I would draw little Pokemon characters on the walls in secret places (e.g. hidden behind furniture and framed art) He would probably have loved to decorate the whole room with Pokemon posters and bedding and the like, so this was my idea of a compromise… I’d better get the pens out now and stick to my end of the bargain. I am actually planning a room refresh for him soon, so I will definitely get him on board to help choose some things, now that he’s 8 and has lots of opinions of his own! 

Maximalist art works great in kids' rooms?

 

 

There you have it, a full inside scoop on how the amazing Max Made Me brand was born, Carol’s personal thoughts on kid’s rooms and essential places to shop.  For more inspiration from Carol and her creative mind follow her here.  Just in case you wanted to know a few more intimate details about Carol, her top tipple is Vodka with lots of fresh lime and soda and she thinks the best boy band of all time is the Beatles!

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How to shop the look of this beautiful nursery

How to shop the look of this beautiful nursery

How to shop the look of this beautiful nursery

A Colourful Nursery

Blow It vs Budget

 

Vicky Kieldsen  shows us how to create a stunning colourful nursery

that you and your baby will love to spend time in.

 

Are you day dreaming about a new nursery?  If so and you want it to be full of colour for you and your new baby, then this is the perfect place to be.

If the last 12 months have taught us anything it is that colour has well and truly been thrown in our slightly jaded faces.  I’m not sure there is a better way to lift spirits than to see a flash of bright colour, it’s like Vitamin D for our eyes! Whether it’s on your nails, the NHS rainbow, your new lockdown puppy, or climbing the walls of your home.  Rooomy is here to help you take the plunge into a more colourful lifestyle… starting with your children’s rooms. 

Choosing the right colour for the room can have a big impact on your child’s mood. Children need spaces in their homes where they can retreat to, not only for quiet reflection, but also to help them grow and explore. It is extremely important to a child’s wellbeing that they have a space that suits them, both emotionally and physically. That will not only enable them to feel safe and happy, but will also encourage their personality, creativity and receptiveness in a stress reducing environment. 

 

Blow It vs Budget for a colourfl nursery as seen in Rooomy Magazine

Did you know that blue can relax and improve productivity? Or that pink can reduce anger, grey can enhance creativity and green is extremely calming? It’s very important to think about your child’s personality when embarking on a new colour palette for their room. 

This nursery has such a calm and soft feel to it with the pastel tones but then hits you with some powerful pinks in various shades. The overall balance of the nursery works so well because the main items are all in the softer shades of colours and then the odd accessory pops out to bring that dose of brightness, such as the bright pink shell cushion, or the rainbow on the chair.

I particularly love the contrast between the dusky pink wall and the sage green locker. Don’t be afraid to experiment with shades of the same colour as they can work well together. And allow yourself to push you a little bit out of your comfort zone, as this is when exciting things can be created. After all, playful environments make for playful children and, to me, that equals happiness. 

 

Colourful Nest Nursery as seen in Rooomy Magazine

Blow It

Stokke Sleepi Bed as seen in Rooomy magazine

Stokke Sleep Bed, Stokke, £579

Apple cushion Nobodinoz as seen in Rooomy magazine

Apple Cushion, Nobodinoz, £26.50

Shell Cushion in hot pink as seen in rooomy magazine

Hot Pink Shell Cushion,  I Am Fy, £68

The Shorty in Sage, Mustarde Made as seen in Rooomy Magazine

The Shorty, Sage, Mustard Made, £129

Flora Scalloped Pale Bue Duck Egg Velvet Chair from Oliver Bonas as seen in Rooomy Magazine

Flora Scalloped Chair, Oliver Bonas, £395

Oh My Darling Print as seen in Rooomy Magazine

Oh My Darling Print, Coco & Blu, £39.49

Woven Kenyan Rug Cat on Pink as seen in Rooomy Magazine

Kenyan Wall Rug, Artisans & Adventurers, £250

Woven Cloud Wall Hanging as seen in Rooomy magazine

Cloud Wall Hanging, Never Perfect Studio, £35

Ferm Living Pear Storage Basket as seen in Rooomy magazine

Pear Storage Basket, Ferm Living, £75

Ferm Living Fruiticana Snake Soft Toy as een in rooomy magazine

Fruiticana Snake Toy, Ferm Living, £89

Budget

Oasis Oval Cot as seen in Rooomy magazine

   Oasis Oval Cot,    Boori, £349

Apple Cushion as seen in rooomy magazine

Apple Cushion, Handmade in Nottingham, £18

Pearl Cushion as seen in rooomy magazine

Pearl Cushion, Cushoo, £19.95

Side Table Locker as seen in rooomy magazine

Side Table Locker, Sklum, £68.99

Sophie Scallop Chair as see in rooomy magazine

Sophie Scallop Chair Homebase, £99

You are my sunshine print as seen in rooomy magazine

You Are My Sunshine, Pretty in Print, £18.95

Pink Leopard Rug by Doing Goods as seen in rooomy magazine

Pink Leopard Rug, Doing Goods, £85

Cloud and Star Mobile as seen in rooomy magazine from zara home

Desktop Foliage, Wayfair, £27.99

Pineapple Storage Basket from Next as seen in rooomy magazine

Pineapply Basket, Next, £30

Snake Soft Toy,  Bloomingville as seen in rooomy magazine

Snake Soft Toy, Bloomingville, £47

 

Which item do you love most?  I am drawn to the storage lockers and the wall prints and hangings.  The soft snake toys are fun but I must say the animal rigs still freak me out, just like the animal head wall decor, it’s been a huge trend over the past three years, but I can’t quite get on board.  I do see how they can be a lot of fun for the kids though and they make a great statement in any room.  

Have fun designing!

Thank you Vicky!  These fab nursery looks can be achieved for £1,686 or £764 and of course the great part is, if you can save on a few items then you might be able to splash out on a luxury piece that could become part of the family home at a later date.  Above all you now have a great shopping list, why not mix and match?  If you’d like to see more of Vicky’s work check out her site here Hello Geronimo

For more Blow It vs Budget ideas see below.  

* Please note that retailers change their stock and therefore we cannot guarantee these items will always be available.  If any of the above items have been discontinued (or a link doesn’t work) do let us know and we will work hard to find you a great alternative.  You can email us here

Happy shopping, don’t forget to let us know if you try some of these out, let us know on one of our social media channels. 

 

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The Best Rainbow Room of 2021

The Best Rainbow Room of 2021

The Best Rainbow Room of 2021

An Interview with Elisha Utley

Interiors lover Elisha Utley, Cover Girl for Homestyle Magazine,

shares her daughters Number 1 Rainbow Room.

 

As research was taking place for Rooomy’s colourful Issue 13, this rainbow room appeared and I needed to know more about the lady who created it as I know I wish I could create a room this awesome for my kids’.  Let’s meet the mum behind the magic of this Number 1 Rainbow Room and find out how she bought it all together.

Everything you need to know about Elisha Utley

RB – Where do you think your love of colour comes from?

EU – I don’t really know where my love of colour comes from but I’ve always loved the feeling of walking into a colourful home or wearing colourful clothes. I think it lifts your spirits and makes you smile. I also think it makes a home feel warm and welcoming.

RB – When you started designing your daughter’s room how did you begin? 

EU – I began by asking her if there was anything she would like in her room and started from there. Then I tried to consider the space and, with so many toys, I tried to use every inch of the room, including painting the wardrobe doors in chalk paint to use as a drawing board and hanging colourful storage bags to the wall. I also wanted to make it a fun space where she would love to be so I painted a scallop design and wallpapered with Eleanor Bowmer wallpaper.

RB – How old is Daisy?  Was she involved in the room planning at all?

EU – Daisy is 7 years old and she requested rainbows and a desk when designing her room. Those were the only requirements she had, so luckily I was left to my own devices which suits me just fine! I couldn’t find a colourful desk so I found one that I liked on La Redoute and painted it myself instead.

Girls Rainbow Room as seen in Rooomy magazine
Balckboard Wardrobes in rainbow bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – How do you go about planning a room?  Do you mood board, use Pinterest or centre plans around a central piece?

EU – When planning a room I firstly try to make use of every inch of the room and consider the furniture that we already have and the budget that I have. I like to use a mood board app called pic collage which is great when putting ideas together. When planning a child’s room my number one tip is storage storage storage!

RB – Top three places to shop for kid’s interiors?

EU – Top three places for kids’ interiors: Scandiborn, La Redoute, IKEA 

RB– What are your three must haves in a kids’ room

EU – Storage is essential in a kids’ room so I try make sure everything can be hidden away at the end of the day. I also try to use all the space possible so I’ve added storage to the walls with the IKEA memo board, clever storage stuffel bags and book shelves on the wall. I also have labelled boxes that slide under the bed to keep everything hidden and organised.

RB – What is your favourite thing in Daisy’s room and why?

EU – Favourite thing in Daisy’s room is definitely her new Samsung frame TV which is cleverly hidden as a picture frame on the wall. So, looking at the room you wouldn’t know there was a TV in there but it’s very useful for Daisy to watch her online schooling on at the moment. It’s great and I’m very jealous of it!

RB – What books would you and Daisy recommend to our readers and their smalls right now?

EU – I would recommend the David Walliams books. Daisy loves them all and reads every night

RB – Do you get Daisy involved in the tidying of her room at all?  If so, how do you go about it?  Mummas are always looking for tips here.

EU – Does Daisy get involved in tidying her room? Nope! As much as I try and attempt to make tidying fun neither of my children tidies. I think it’s my own fault for always tidying for them though.  (RB – Same as in my house then 😉 )

RB – Do you know what she loves most about her room and why?

EU – She loves the canopy above her bed, her little desk which I painted for her and the TV is a definite winner too.

Girls Bedroom, colourful rainbows, as seen in rooomy magazine
Kids' Desk Space as seen in rooomy magazine
Reading Corner of girls room as seen in rooomy magazine
Colourful girls bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – Top storage solutions?

EU – We have the colourful plastic pull out drawers from IKEA. Plastic under bed boxes which I have labelled with chalk paper and wrote on each one to keep things organised. We love the stuffel bags which hang on the wall and she has a large stuffel bag for her lego which opens out to a play mat too. I also recommend the memo board calls from IKEA it’s handy for all her stationery. 

RB – If Daisy could have anything in her room what do you think it would be?

EU – I’ve just asked her this question and she says a slide! Trust her!

RB – If you could add anything to a kid’s room, money is no question, what would it be?

EU – I would like to change the floor in her room to a bright colourful Karndean option to make it easier to clean rather than a cream carpet but I think that will have to wait.

Girls Colourful Bedroom as seen in Rooomy magazine
Number 1 Rainbow Room as seen in Rooomy magazine

 

 

There you have it Elisha’s full low down on how this room came together, it is brilliant isn’t it?  For more inspiration from Eli follow her here Instagram, Eli At Home, her whole house is wonderful and worth checking out, her bedroom is stunning and she has just started a new career as an interior designer, I think you’ll agree this is an excellent career decision for Eli!  Just in case you wanted to know a few more intimate details about Elisha, her favourite colour is Teal, her top tipple is Malibu, the last book she read was The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware and top of her travelling bucket list is LA!

 

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Expert Nursery Styling

Expert Nursery Styling

Expert Nursery Styling

The Nursery Styling Report

Chloe Spillett shares her expert advice for nursery styling.

 

For many, from the first moment we learn  we’re expecting our attention will turn immediately to the nursery. It’s hard to resist dreaming up the most beautiful spaces imaginable for our new arrivals. It’s a wonderful time filled with much joy and anticipation.
Expert Nursery Styling as seen in Rooomy magazine by award winning Chloe Spillett
 

Of course, not everyone will feel this way. For some, tackling the nursery is daunting. Lots of us opt for the smallest room in the house for the nursery and with such an extensive wishlist, there can be A LOT of stuff to cram into a small space. But it doesn’t have to be a chore. I’m here to help you make informed choices about the products you really need, and while I’m at it, I’ve got some jaw droppingly beautiful options up my sleeve for your nursery styling.

With a background in psychology I’ve always been a firm believer that our surroundings are fundamentally important for our sense of well being and our personal development. This is true not only for baby but for other family members who will be using the space too. The nursery is a place where many memories will be formed, bonding will take place between caregivers and siblings.

The more inspiring the environment you and your baby are in, the more likely you will attach positivity to those memories. And yes, there will be sick and poo; lots of it! But believe me you will even look back on that one day with fondness.

Nursery Styling
Nursery Styling
 

Sleep like a baby…

Where did that expression even come from? Is it meant to be ironic? Hey, you might get lucky, but for most it’s a prepare for the worst and hope for the best type situation. Regardless of whether you’ve got a good sleeper or an all night raver, a cot is an essential piece of kit.

So what’s money well spent? Thing is, it’s hard to tell when your little one is going to be ready to transition from cot to bed (I know you probably don’t want to think about them getting too big, but it happens) and sometimes we think they’re ready before they really are. So to save all that to-ing and fro-ing, a cot-bed is definitely a viable option and can also be kinder on the bank balance long term.

That said, this one is certainly an investment piece but boy does it make a statement! It’s chrome plated and built to last so if you’re planning on larger family it’s well worth considering. Available in a range of colours, it’s a timeless classic.

Incy Interior Metal Cotbed as seen in Rooomy Magazine
Mokee Cotbed as seen in Rooomy Mgazine
 

 

All Change!

There’s no two ways about it – changing nappies is relentless. Even if you’ve never changed a nappy before in your life (I hadn’t before I became a Mum) you’ll soon be doing it in your sleep.

It’s really important that your baby is safe and that you’re both comfortable.  Although changing tables are a popular choice, they aren’t always a necessity. There are lots of changing baskets and wedge mats available with curved sides to ensure baby can’t roll. This way you can pair with more timeless furniture in your nursery styling, such as a chest of drawers which will still have a place in an older child’s bedroom. Future proofing is always a good idea!

 

 

Mini Maison Changing Matt as seen in Rooomy Magazine
Scandiborn changing area as seen in Rooomy Magazine
 

 

 

Storage is key

Stuff, stuff, stuff!! Little people come with a lot of baggage.  If you want a relaxing and calming space in your nursery you’ll need to pull out your A game when it comes to storage, but don’t fear- there are plenty of options!

I often get asked about soft toy storage. Cuddly toys are wonderful for development and eliciting role play and nurturing behaviours. As a child I must have had hundreds but the truth is they can also house unwanted bacteria and dust mite and can therefore trigger allergies. I find the best solution to tackle this is to have a few soft toys dotted around the room and place the others in easily accessible storage and then rotate.

These bags are a great option for nursery styling:

Nobodinoz galaxy storage as seen in Rooomy magazine
H&M Dinosaur storage as seen in Rooomy magazine
 

For everything else the trusty foldable crate never fails! They come in a range of sizes and are stackable. The hardest part is choosing a colourway!

Foldable Storage Crates as seen in Rooomy magazine
Foldable Storage Crates as seen in Rooomy magazine
Foldable Storage Crates as seen in Rooomy magazine
Foldable Storage Crates as seen in Rooomy magazine
 

 

Learning through play

This last decade has been pivotal for children’s play, toys and accessories. Long gone are the days when the market was completely saturated with unpalatable bright colours and plastic galore. Don’t get me wrong babies love colour and so do I, but I am really enjoying the fact that there are so many products now available that appeal to a wide range of tastes whilst also ticking all the boxes when it comes to play value, developmental aids and nursery styling and beauty.

These are my top picks:

Fabelab Activity Blanket as seen in Rooomy magazine
Nobodinoz Hand Puppets as seen in Rooomy magazine
Raduga Grez Wooden Oval Rainbow as seen in Rooomy magazine
 

 

 

 

Come Sit with me a while

Most people will be divided on the nursing chair front. On the one hand its really important that you have somewhere super snuggly and to feed your baby; you could be warming the seat several times a night after all!

But on the other hand nursing chairs can be big, bulky and not winning any prizes in the aesthetics dept. There are few that break the generic mould like the Baby Grey, Nelli Rocker

And if you’re still not feeling the nursing chair you could always opt for an armchair that rocks in both meanings of the word, that will make a statement in any any room in the house such as this one from Made.com:

 

Made.com Kolton rocking chair as seen in Rooomy magazine
 

There you have it, a round-up of the nursery styling essentials, with these in mind you’ll have ticked off all the practical elements for your nursery, sleep, change and feed, plus the essential storage. Once these have been chosen you can start to have some fun with accessories; garlands, cushions, a rug (perfect for protecting the carpet), artwork, photos.

Happy Decorating and wishing you a wonderful time getting to know your lovely new baby.

 

CHLOE SPILLETT

Chloe is an award winning designer, mum of two, owner of Chloe Gets Creative.  After working as a psychology teacher for years and enjoying her passion for interiors on the side, Chloe finally made the move into fulltime design.  After winning the National Prize for “Styled by Me” judged by Sophie Robinson, Chloe knew she was onto more than a hobby and then she went on to win Grand Designs “Under the Stairs” project with a wonderful playful nook, any child’s dream hang out. 

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Top 10 Beds for Kids Bedrooms

Top 10 Beds for Kids Bedrooms

Top 10 Beds for Kids Bedrooms

 

Rooomy picks the best beds for 2021.

Essential furniture for kids’ bedrooms.  Are you looking for a modern design, bunk bed, desk space or maybe something for the gamer in the house? Check out our Top 10 Beds for Kids’.

 

Kids beds are without a doubt one item you will find in every child’s bedroom. We all need somewhere to sleep right? There is always the exception to the rule when a child absolutely loves that sense of camping and adventure and is honestly happiest on a mattress of the floor, but safe to say, most of us have a bed sitting in our kid’s bedroom. Have you ever googled ‘kid’s beds? The lists are endless, the options are immense, and the price tags vary A LOT!  

You need to think about budget and longevity. What can you afford? How long do you need it to last? If it needs to last longer than a couple of years then you are definitely better off waiting a few months, saving a bit more so that you can increase that bed budget, you will be much happier on the long run when the bed lasts a decade.

Trust me I went for the cheap option a few years back; over the three years it was used I replaced 4 slats and eventually place a piece of plaster board under the mattress as the slats were no longer salvageable.

Also, if the kids are desperate for the bunk bed or the bed with gaming area then why not make it part of the birthday present? Then family and friends can contribute, just like saving up for that bike or PS5. Then you can make a happy confident bed purchase that will last, how lovely.

We celebrated World Sleep Day two weeks back and in the spirit of everything now having a themed day or month, March is National Bed Month, yes, I can hear you giggling.  However, it creates the perfect opportunity for me to pick the Top 10 beds for kid’s bedrooms 2021.  Like I say, bed options are endless, so I have tried to keep the list varied for you.

Cuckooland – New York Metal Bed

Hospital beds have had a huge resurgence. Rooomy’s own creative director was reminiscing about her sister’s childhood metal/hospital bed, which she swapped around one Sunday when her sister was out. All in the hope that she could one day reclaim it as her own when she was older.  It’s still waiting for her when she’s ready for it.  Never mind it was too small, that did not matter, it was all about how it looked and how happy it made her.

Well, they have made a comeback as you’ll see in the latest issue of Rooomy. You’ll find metal beds in both the interviews with Eli at Home, her daughters is bright yellow. And in Carol Maxwell of Max Made Me, where her friend’s daughters’ room is home to a classic white one. 

Cuckooland have a great metal frame and the best part is that there are 6 colours to choose from, love it when there is a style you like and then there are all the colour options so that there is something for everyone.

New York Metal Kids Bed
New York Metal Kids Bed
New York Metal Kids Bed
New York Metal Kids Bed
High Bed and Desk with Wardrobe

Perfect Choice – High Sleeper + Wardrobe + Desk

A bed that truly has everything, the high bed with deep steps offering drawers for storage, a wardrobe, a desk, and plenty more cupboards and drawer to keep everything tidy and organised.

When it comes to your kid’s room, we know storage is your number one battle, this set up truly answers this call for space whilst offering the essentials sleeping area and a place to craft, game, study, whatever they need. It can change as their needs/likes do.

Perfect Choice – Bunk Bed + Storage

Are your kids sharing a room or maybe once lockdown is behind us your child has big plans for a lot of sleepers. There is a lot of play dates/sleepovers to catch up on to be fair to them. 

From the same brand as above, I am listing this bed, minus the desk yes, but desk space is extra, bed space is essential. The main focus here is all the lovely storage, making use of the steps is brilliant and the shelves by the lower bunk are perfect for nick-nacks, books, lighting, photos and the rest of their stuff. 

The same applies as above, there are a few colour options to help make the bed fit with the rest of the room.

Bunk Bed & Storage

Little Folks Furniture – Classic Beech + Trundle

This Nordic inspired children’s Classic Beech single bed with hideaway storage and sleepover trundle bed, is crafted from a solid Beech hardwood frame (no soft, knotty painted pine in sight!)  A sturdy children’s single bed is available in this trendy muted grey as well as Pure White for a modern or traditional bedroom, and with gentle slatted detailing on the ends, the timeless design will seamlessly tie into any interior scheme.

This full-size single bed features a contemporary low foot end providing an elegant edge, also making it an ideal first bed for younger children or smaller bedrooms. The clever space saving rollout trundle provides huge storage space and, with the addition of a trundle mattress, instantly turns into a sleepover bed for those extra guests and we know they are coming soon, I think sleepovers will be the trend of 2022!! 

Classic Beech Bed with Trundle from Little Folks Furniture
Classic Beech Bed with Trundle from Little Folks Furniture

Bobby Rabbit – Side House Bed Single

When I was researching beds’, this jumped off the screen! Which meant there was no huge surprise to finding out it is a best seller which makes it a not brainer for our Top 10 Beds for Kids.  What kid does not want to sleep in a mini house?  It is like having the garden play house actually in their bedroom, and you can have so much fun adding bunting, lights, sheets, there will be endless fun had on this bed, it’s a house for a tea party, it’s a pirate ship, it’s a fairy den, so many great play opportunities here! 

As for longevity, as your child grows, add loads of cushions and it becomes a great sofa space to hang out with friends.  Whatever you do, if you are chopping around and not quite set don’t let your kid see this, you’ll never hear the end of it.

Side House Bed with Rail for kids bedroom from Bobby Rabbit featured by Rooomy Magazine
Side House Bed with Rail for kids bedroom from Bobby Rabbit featured by Rooomy Magazine
Side House Bed for kids bedroom from Bobby Rabbit

Furniture and Choice – Comet Midsleeper

If high beds make the bedroom feel smaller then midsleeper’s are perfect, this find from Furniture and Choice is so smart, a bed that has a small space for study which could be a huge plus as it means there’s not one desk space that can just have more and more stuff piled onto it, it’s enforced a minimalist look for work which is ideal.  Too many distractions otherwise, there are a few shelves which ticks the extra storage box and there is even space underneath which acts as the perfect den for the younger children and a great storage area for the older kids, please be realistic that when you ask your teen to tidy their room, this is where everything will be when they later can’t find it.

 

 

Comet Mid Sleeper kids bed from furniture and choice

 

Wayfair – Bunk Bed + Shelves

This compact bunk bed looks stunning, the design is well thought out with both kids, design, and storage all in mind.  Shelves for both bunks and the clever way the top row of shelves does not go all the way along to the end, stopping the structure of the bed from looking too much like a large cuboid, making it instantly stylish at the same time.  To make the most of this bed you need to keep the steps away from a wall as there is access to further shelf storage here, so clever, anything that keeps storage out of site is a major bonus for any parent.  Also available in white.

 

Bunk Bed with Shelves from Wayfair

Aspace – Southside Cabin bed

A simple single bed with perfect hideaway storage which makes parents oh so incredibly happy, two cupboards and drawer but the well thought out shelf allows for much loved nick-nacks to be displayed whilst also helping the aesthetic of the bed to not look too much like a wooden box with a bed on top, very clever, the final result a great looking bed where stuff can be out of site, truly make the most of the concept of under the bed storage.  I really like the contrast of the white and wood too.

Southside Oak Cabin Bed for kids bedrooms from Aspace

Wayfair – High Sleeper for a Gamer

Does a gaming fan live in your house? With this bed they would be the envy of all their friends, hahaha! 

With a gaming fan this fan solves two potential problems, space, or zoning.

If you are short on floor space, and they of course need their bed but just have to have somewhere to game then clearly this bed is a winner. More importantly if solves zoning. We know zoning is important in the kitchen and more recently bedrooms too, but this last year had shone a very bright light on how paramount it is for our kids. Too many teens have been online schooling, gaming or on their phone and watching Netflix all from their bed, they No1 job of the bed, to sleep, goes to the bottom of the list and then we wonder why they cannot sleep well.

Bed space needs to be a haven, just as we teach our babies that the cot is their sleep zone, this is no different. How is the brain supposed to know what is expected to do? With a bed like this, problem solved, an escape pod up high, leaving it all behind and a fun place to game and be merry. The blue edging is great, add some LED strip lights and you are away!

 

High Sleeper Gamers Bed from Wayfair featured by Rooomy Magazine

Bobby Rabbit – Billy Bed

As soon as I saw this bed, I knew it was going in the Top 10 beds for kids’ bedrooms, I think it was the colour that first caught my eye and then after a closer look I fell in love with the perfect balance of contemporary design that is clearly for a child’s room.  It is tranquil in every way; it looks remarkably simple and easy on the eye.  With lovely, rounded edges it appears smooth and soft, and the olive-green tone is calming and wonderful.

This bed does more than just its job of providing a sleep zone, it impacts the aesthetic of the whole space. You would be able to style this so easily through the year, cosy warm tones in the winter and fresh brighter tones in spring, the perfect place to snuggle down for a peaceful night’s rest.  It is also available in white, pink, and grey, just in case you are not as obsessed with the olive like me.

Top 10 Beds for kids, Billy Bed Olive from Bobby Rabbit, featured by Rooomy Magazine

And there you have it, our Top 10 Beds for Kids Bedrooms 2021.  Maybe next we need to think about the mattresses that go on these beds, what do you think?

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