The right furniture for a child’s room: tips and ideas for a comfortable, fun atmosphere

Arne Schätzle

Furnishing and designing a child’s room are tasks we gladly devote time to: there are so many great ideas and ways to prepare a special place for a child. Our tips will help you to find the right room concept for your child.

A child sits on the carpet in their room, holding a cuddly toy in their lap. In the background you can see a guitar, a desk and a bed. 
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Furnishing a child’s room: ideas and tips

The main aim of a child’s room is that the child feels at home: this is a place for playing, romping around and relaxing in a comfortable bed. On the other hand, the room should also match the concept of the home as a whole. It’s not always easy to meet all these demands.

If you start designing the child’s room while you are still in the construction phase, you can keep all the options open: this allows you to determine the size of the room or the location at an early stage. Younger children like their rooms to be close to their parents’ bedroom, for example. Teenagers, on the other hand, appreciate a little more distance.

And while small children will want a large play area for their building blocks and wooden trains, teenagers can get by with less space. You need the right furniture, including a desk and a couch. There is no legal minimum size for a child’s room; 15 to 18 square meters is a common average size.

We have put together some general tips and ideas for furnishing and designing your child’s room. To give you some practical inspiration, we then present three specific furnishing concepts.

Designing a child’s room: choosing the right wall color

No matter what style you ultimately decide on when furnishing your child’s room, a neutral wall color is always a good choice. After all, toys, books and much more bring enough color into the room. If pure white is a little too bright for you, beige is a good alternative.

In a child’s room next to a loft bed with an integrated play area there is a patchwork carpet with a tepee on it. The wallpaper is black and white striped. 

A real eye-catcher in a child’s room: a loft bed with integrated play area.

A question of style: how would you like it?

When you start to furnish your child’s room, it’s best to think about the style you want to use. Are you still looking for the right idea? Here we present three popular styles.

1. Living style: a modern child’s room

Modern living is also popular as a furnishing style for a child’s room, as it brings many advantages.

With a puristic, minimalist design, clear forms, bright or at least muted colors, a bright and clear light, this is the typical modern furnishing style. White or gray are often the preferred colors, patterns are used only selectively, and even then, in graphic, large-area designs.

This style is also defined by straightforward, modular wooden furniture, which can easily be replaced, supplemented or converted. The smooth fronts are easy to maintain. For older children, a special children’s desk with a height-adjustable chair is included in the basics.

Plenty of open space and an airy atmosphere are distinctive of the modern living style and leave enough room for the youngsters. If you decide on a colorful interior after all, then only for emphasis, for example with a colored pillow. Don’t confuse things too much – you should aim for no more than one or two colors.

2. Living style: Scandinavian furnishing

The bright, Nordic style also looks great in a child’s room: appreciated for its clear lines, it is simple and functional at the same time.

Light colors dominate the Scandinavian look. The same applies to the wooden floor, which is at most covered with a small carpet or rug here and there, giving the room a warm and cozy feeling. The Scandinavians keep the wall colors very neutral as well: white or gray are the order of the day here. Warmer colors are more suitable when it comes to lighting.

Toys are best stored in baskets, preferably made of natural materials such as willow, seaweed and cotton. But a large wooden chest is also a possibility.

The result should always be an airy, uncluttered child’s room, in which your offspring will be comfortable and find their way around easily.

There is a gray and white striped carpet on the floor by the bed in the child’s room. Against the wall there is a white bed and a gray shelf, and in front of the window on the right there is a transparent curtain. 

The bright, Nordic style also looks great in a child’s room: appreciated for its clear lines, it is simple and functional at the same time.

3. Living style: a Boho child’s room

The Boho style or Boho chic has become an established part of interior design in adult living rooms, but you can also adapt the concept to a child’s room.

Improvisation and creativity make up the Boho style. Be it a cot, shelf or toy cabinet: instead of buying items from a ready-made production series, combine individual objects to form a harmonious whole. In terms of color, saturated and earthy tones dominate alongside natural wood: beige, brown, olive green or khaki, with scope for colorful emphasis on top. Wall stickers or patterned wallpapers also go well with Boho chic.

Be it a cozy fringed blanket or colorful pillow: textiles also spread Boho flair in a child’s room. A carpet on the floor provides cozy warmth. It really becomes home with lots of cushions and a snuggle corner.

A boy stands in a brightly furnished child’s room and reaches for a cloth fish hanging from the ceiling.

When the apartment becomes a playground: a brightly furnished child’s room with a tepee as a retreat.

Boho furniture consists of natural materials, preferably wood and rattan: what about a house bed with lots of pillows, a cozy reading corner with a canopy or maybe even a tepee? Decoration is also allowed: chains of pennants, pompoms or even a mirror in the shape of the sun – that’s Boho. Although the ensemble should ultimately fit together despite the blaze of color.

On account of its playfulness, its penchant for bright colors and textiles, and its tendency to be unconventional, this style, also known as hippie chic, is perfectly suited for children.

Conclusion: as long as it fits

Whether you choose a Boho or Scandinavian style or keep things plain and modern, we hope that our tips for furnishing and designing your child’s room have given you plenty of inspiration and furnishing ideas – and that you will come up with your very own design.

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