Choosing a Rug for a Child’s Room

Your child’s room is like their own private retreat, and one way to create that cozy feel is by using a rug. A rug not only warms up a space, it softens the floor and provides plenty of room to spread out and play. Even if you have carpet in the room, rugs add a layer of color and pattern, enhancing the décor. When it comes to choosing a rug for a child’s room here are four things to consider.

Choosing a rug for a child’s room
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Size

Decide where you want to use a rug. In a bedroom, you can use a rug to anchor a bed, placing it completely under the bed or under two-thirds, leaving the space around the nightstand. A general rule of thumb is to have 18 to 24 inches of rug around the sides and foot. If one side of your child’s bed is against a wall, you can place the right to the side where they get up. In this case, a 5’ x 7’ rug is ideal. You can also use a rug to define a special area, such as a play corner or reading nook.

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Material

The rug material is especially important in a child’s room. From jumping and playing to food and craft materials, you need a rug that is durable and easy to clean. Wool rugs last a long time, but they’re also more expensive. Blends are stain resistant and more affordable, making them perfect for kids. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and patterns, so finding one that fits your child’s décor will be a breeze.

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Color and Pattern

Your child’s room is a place where design rules go out the window, and the more playful or whimsical the style the better. Decide if you want use a rug to complement the décor? Add a pop of color? Or introduce a fun pattern? The sky’s the limit, so have fun with this rug.

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Safety

Finally, when choosing a rug for a child’s room, make sure your child’s rug is safe. If it isn’t anchored under the bed, make sure you use a non-slip rug pad beneath it. This will ensure that the rug doesn’t slide under your child, causing them to fall and possibly become injured.

Storage Must-Haves for Kids

If getting your child to clean their room is a constant struggle, it may be time to set them up for success. Too often kids’ rooms become activity catch-alls: part bedroom, part den, part playroom and part library. Keeping all of those tasks neat and contained is a challenge – especially when you’re four feet tall or under. Smart parents take time to bring in storage solutions for kids that can make cleaning a room easier. Here are ten tips for helping your child’s keep their room tidy:

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1. Include them in the organizing process

It’s tempting to rush in and take care of it, but getting your child’s input on furnishings and where things go is important. If they have a say, they’re much more likely to keep up with it.

2. Get rid of extras

Make sure everything that is in your child’s room needs to be there. For example, store out of season clothing and neglected toys in bins in the basement or attic.

3. Create zones

Organize your child’s room with a designated area for sleeping, studying and playing. Then add storage solutions for kids that can accommodate the items needed for those tasks. Place a bookshelf near a beanbag chair for reading, for example, or include basket or bins for storing toys.

4. Set a limit

Keep things fresh by keeping toys to a minimum. Decide on a number of items that is manageable and rotate out the toys so they play with them more.

Storage solutions for kids
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5. Reclaim wasted space

Maximize storage capacity by looking up and down. Choose a bed with storage drawers built in the base – perfect for storing clothing as well as toys. And hang pocket organizers on closet doors to hold small items such as socks or stuffed animals.

6. Display special items

Have a space where your child can keep treasures, such as trophies, awards, artwork and vacation souvenirs. A shelf or bulletin board will keep these things neat and contained.

7. Think small

Consider your child’s size when you bring in storage solutions for kids. For young children, keeping shelves low will encourage them to put things away. Make sure closet rods are multi-level, helping your child get ready in the morning.

Storage solutions for kids
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8. Label where things go

Help your child know where things belong by making it clear. You can use words, pictures or a combination of both.

9. Color code for siblings

If children share a room, consider assigning each a different color. Then use bins and hangers in those colors for their toys and clothing.

10. Schedule in regular maintenance

Make cleaning up a habit by creating a routine. For example, create a rule that beds must be made before breakfast. Or wind down every day with a 15-minute tidy-up session before bedtime. Set a timer and it will feel like a game.

When kids make picking up their rooms a habit, the whole house will feel more organized!

Summer Project: Give Your Child’s Room a Makeover

Now that school’s out for summer, it’s the perfect time to focus on home—especially your child’s bedroom. Maybe the space wasn’t conducive to getting ready in the morning or maybe your child has outgrown the theme or furniture. Consider taking the slower pace of summer as a chance to do a kids’ room makeover. Their room should be a place for them to dream while they sleep and while they’re awake. Here are four easy updates that will give your child’s room a fresh look:

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Furniture

Has your child outgrown his or her crib or toddler bed? Your kids’ room makeover could including updating the furniture. Look for pieces that are classic, such as a white twin- or full-size bed with a matching dresser, chest and nightstand. Or choose pieces in a warm wood that are timeless. Also, look for furniture that can multi-task and serve their changing needs. For example, a little girl’s vanity can become a student’s desk. Or a bed with built-in storage can hold toys today and clothing tomorrow.

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Linens

A comforter makes a big statement in a bedroom, and a kids’ room makeover could be simply updating the bedding. Choose bedding in your child’s favorite color—like purple! Find a comforter that supports a theme, like sports or flowers. Or go with a solid duvet that can be updated with pillows or throw blankets.

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Art

A piece of art can change the look of a room, especially when it’s something bold and whimsical. And it’s a lot easier to hang a canvas or poster than it is to repaint or wallpaper the entire space. Choose something that reflects your child’s personality. You can also find wall decals that create a scene and then peel off easily if you want to change the décor.

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Accessories

Create a theme or simply add pops of your child’s personality with items that can be changed as quickly as their interests. Throw pillows, rugs, lamps and accents will transform a basic white bed into a child’s personal sanctuary du jour.

Make your summer project a family affair by including your child in the makeover process. Whether you give them free reign or the final selection between what you’ve narrowed down, they’ll be more likely to take care of a room where they feel a sense of ownership.

Magnolia Makeover: Four Takeaways from the Copp House

Last week, Fixer Upper had a special episode where Chip and Joanna teamed up with the Tim Tebow Foundation to design a handicap-accessible home for a special family. Joanna says her favorite space was the bedroom she designed for the two boys.

“The goal was to give Calan and Lawson the freedom they need to play, have fun, and live life independently in rooms that have a practical, yet inspiring design that they won’t outgrow,” she writes in her blog. “Making the entire home wheelchair-accessible for the boys was the number one priority for this home, but it was especially important in their own bedrooms.”

While you might not need to have a home that’s accessible, you can definitely get some inspiration for designing a bedroom for boys. Here are four takeaways:

Be Kid-Friendly. Offer your child a sense of independence by having toys and books stored were they’re easy to access without needing to ask for help. Using wall anchors, Joanna drilled bookshelves and baskets into the walls lower than normal. “It makes playtime more fun when they’re able to pull out (and pick up) their toys without help,” she writes.

Keep An Eye on the Future. When designing a child’s room, it’s tempting to go all in on a theme they love right now, but kids grow up fast and their interests change. “I can’t tell you how many times Emmie and Ella have wanted a princess room—only to want something completely different a year later. I found that the key is to make the base of the room a design that they can grow into, and then add in easy-to-update elements that fit their age,” Joanna writes. For the Copp boys, she chose a beautiful deep blue, then added age-appropriate details like the Lego bins and dinosaur wall art that can be easily changed out.

Add Personal Touches. Joanna loves incorporating quotes in all of the homes she designs—it’s definitely one of her signature design elements—and it can be extra special in a child’s bedroom. She wanted the space to feel like home, and one way was to have their names over their beds. She also added a saying in the bathroom. “[The Copps] regularly use the encouragement ‘I can and I will,’ so adding it to the wall just felt like the perfect finishing touch. Incorporating little personal details, like this one, are what make a house feel like home,” she writes.

Be Creative With Storage. Kids need lots of storage, and you can incorporate it into the design of the room by thinking outside the box—literally! Joanna chose vintage lockers that Chip built into the walls for storage rather than classic cabinetry. “One of the hardest things about any kids’ space is keeping it somewhat clean and organized while still allowing them to be a kid. This is an interesting way to fit both organization and fun into one space,” Joanna writes.