Kids with siblings often find themselves sharing a room at some point. Lucky them! These shared bedrooms from our Room of the Day series show how eight families have made it work.
1. First-time sharing for older siblings. A new baby in the family meant that Suzanna Santostefano’s oldest kids would need to share a room. The home had only three bedrooms, so the oldest kids needed to share a room while the baby had a different sleep schedule. Because her oldest kids both had a lot of stuff, Santostefano wanted to maximize space and create storage in their new bedroom. A trundle bed, deep drawers and built-in shelves achieved this goal.
After time in the shared space, the kids play more together than they did before the bedroom move, Santostefano says.
Wall, trim and ceiling paint: Super White, Sherwin-Williams
2. A creative space for two youngsters. Asher, 3, and Avery, 5, have their mom to thank for this dreamy bedroom. Ginger Curtis of Urbanology Designs, their mom, and her husband, Eric, built a one-of-a-kind set of beds that gives the room a treehouse look. The bed solution gave Curtis the ability to include creative playspaces around the room.
She chose a gender-neutral palette for this bedroom shared by her little boy and girl. Though it lacks bright colors, it doesn’t lack personality. Cloud pillows with little faces, a rocking horse and triangle decals keep the place lively.
Wall paint: Distant Gray, Benjamin Moore; bed: custom, Urbanology Designs; table: Hobby Lobby
3. Three brothers in one big room. These parents decided to let their three boys experience an old-fashioned shared bedroom. Architect Tony De Jesus took on the challenge of making a space where the siblings could sleep, study and play.
A loft with twin beds and two more beds underneath gave them plenty of sleeping space. Around that, he worked in a large desk, dresser and TV for video games. A shared space might not be as private, but the boys will have memories that will last a lifetime.
4. Functionality and elegance for tween twins. Bunk beds couldn’t last forever for Ellie and Claire Horner. To make room for two beds and new furniture, interior designer Heather Drew of Bella Designs Studio had the twins purge their belongings. For what remained, Drew worked in additional storage, such as fillable ottomans, underbed storage and an antique dresser.
Other design elements stemmed from the twin’s different tastes. The designer added both of their picks into the room. Ellie, shown seated on the bed, requested having curtains around the beds; Claire, seated on the floor, sought elegance in textiles.
Ottomans: One Kings Lane; turquoise paint: Aqueduct, Sherwin-Williams
5. Fluttering fun for sisters. Butterfly wallpaper set the scene for Kendyl and Remi’s newly designed bedroom. Joanna Glick, a principal at J&J Design Group, let the colorful wall guide the rest of the design choices. This led to teal stripes on the wall, raspberry-colored bed frames and a vintage dresser painted deep blue.
Wallpaper: J&J Design Group; beds: Jenny Lind, The Land of Nod
6. A bunk room for the grandkids. When the grandkids visit Gary and Trish Randolph, they all have a place to stay. The 13-by-10-foot room designed by Gary has four built-in bunk beds and a loft overhead for reading and relaxation.
And even though they built it with the little ones in mind, Trish says, adults can be found napping in the cozy loft.
Wall paint: Silver Strand, Sherwin-Williams; bed paint: Tango, Sherwin-Williams
7. A pink place for little girls. The room started with two framed otomi textiles that the girls’ mom found at a Colorado market. Designer Alicia Weaver made sure to use the girls’ favorite color, hot pink, whenever she could. The hue found its way onto the custom headboard, bedskirts and ceiling.
Hot pink isn’t for everyone, but it was just right for these two California girls.
Ceiling paint: Razzle Dazzle, Benjamin Moore; quilts: client’s own found at a market; other bedding: ABC Carpet and Home
8. A room not just for the new baby. When designing her second child’s nursery, Jannicke Ramsø of Tiny Little Pads didn’t want to leave her first child out. The baby got a crib, but not far off, her toddler got a reading nook with a queen mattress.
The colorful room allows the siblings to spend time together and enjoy their fun toys.
Dotty wallpaper: Ferm Living; bedding: Ikea; pom-pom swags: Land of Nod