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Kids bedroom with white toddler bed and cupboard, printed ceiling light shade and horizontal storage cabinet with brown drawers and white walls
One room, three ways, takes a child from toddler to teen.

Room to grow

As they grow from chubby-cheeked tots to young adults, children have evolving requirements for their bedroom. Versatile storage is the starting point for creating a room that grows with them. Here, we take one flatpack wardrobe unit, and then add and update the storage around it to suit a child's changing needs.

Toddler

To create a welcoming space with a priority on play, there should be plenty of low storage, such as baskets and a toy chest, within easy reach of little hands. A novelty bed can do wonders for creating a child's sanctuary. Avoid a cluttered space by opting for a monochrome design, let the frame shape do all the talking.

Timber kids house bed with animal printed sheets and a plush giraffe

For comfortable floor play, an easy-to-clean rug is ideal. Textured varieties won’t show stains as easily as flat monochrome rugs.

White wardrobe and cube storage unit in an earthy-toned kids room 

Tween

Bring in a desk for homework and crafts. Add higher storage – and more of it – for no-longer-little kids. We made this desk using a Flexi Storage Home Solutions 900mm x 350mm x 16mm shelf. (For the full instructions see page 17 of the February 2022 issue of the Bunnings magazine.)

Tween kids room featuring a white desk, wardrobe storage and blue painted walls

Open shelves are great for tweens to store favourite books and display items that reflect their personalities. You only need a few open shelves to get the look - too many can look cluttered and invite mess. Fill the rest of the shelving space with drawers to keep things organised.

Open storage shelving filled with books and toys in a kids room

Adjust the height of clothes rails in the wardrobe to suit smaller children. For ordered and clutter-free storage, choose fabric baskets to suit your decor and use them to group similar items. We painted the walls in Taubmans Kaleidoscope to transition the room from an earthy-toned nursery to something a bit cooler.

A kids bedroom with walls painted in Taubmans Kaleidoscope, a cube storage unit under a window decorated with a cushion, throw and toys

Teen

This almost-adult room has personality plus, and includes a serious study set-up and maximum storage to minimise clutter.

A teenager bedroom featuring yellow walls painted in Good To Go by British Paints

To create this mature retreat, we painted the walls in a soothing yellow called Good To Go by British Paints. Complementing tones of green and brown were pulled into the space through storage baskets, potted plants, bed linen and decorative accessories to create a relaxed, beachy feel.

A girl sits at a desk while patting her dog

Tailor the accessories to suit your teen's style. We painted a white Verve Design ‘Chloe’ desk lamp in Dulux ‘Duramax’ chalk finish spray paint in Pink Splendour, and made hexagon pinboard tiles by cutting cork tiles to shape using a Stanley knife.

A teenagers desk space decorated with a pink lamp, notebooks and hexagon cork tiles

Keep in mind:

  • Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment. When spray-painting, wear a mask and gloves and work outside or in a well ventilated area, covering surrounding areas with a drop cloth for protection.
  • Our rooms are for inspiration. Always assess safety when planning your child’s room. For example:
    • Secure storage units such as wardrobes to walls with appropriate fasteners to avoid the risk of them toppling over.
    • Position climbable objects or furniture away from windows.
    • Avoid floor-length or reachable curtains in young children’s rooms and ensure blind and curtain cords are secured at least 1600mm above the floor.
    • Check house plants are not toxic to humans or pets and place out of the reach of small children.
    • For further information on child safety in and around the home, visit kidsafe.com.au.
  • Before drilling into walls, use a stud finder to check for wiring and pipework, and turn off the power while working.
  • The D.I.Y. desk featured is not suitable for standing on.
  • If painting a lamp, make sure it’s not plugged into the power, avoid getting paint on any electrical parts and allow to dry thoroughly before use.

Looking for a D.I.Y. craft project for your kid's bedroom?

Try a customisable cork bedhead. Check out our guide on how to make your own.

 
Photo Credit: Sue Stubbs

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.