My son will be getting his own room in the next few weeks after spending his entire life sharing. Like most people I imagine, I have often wondered how I would furnish it if my budget was totally unlimited. So, purely for my own amusement, here is a list of my top picks for the modern nine year old boy! Firstly, I have to say, this is not a big room, it's a very small room. So, as much as I would love to get a bed with a ladder and a slide, or one shaped like a camper van, or something, I have to be practical, so the emphasis is on space-efficient.
Like most boys, this one is Lego mad, so, from a storage point of view, we have to consider the increasingly intricate creations that need to be saved for another day. With this in mind, I am really keen on cabin beds with shelves.
|Southside Cabin Bed £495|
Like this lovely example from Aspace. particularly child-friendly as it has indented handles, reducing the risk of squished fingers. I like the idea of cupboards. So much more practical for toys, and you can shut the door on any
untidyness creative expression!
When space is at a premium, I think it's really important to go as tall as you can with your furniture, as it will take up the same floor space, but give you more storage. Obviously, with children's rooms, you are limited by their height, if you want to encourage independence. It's so much better if they have free access to all their clothes, without the need for assistance. However, it's also essential tha furniture that will last, so there is no point going too short either!
|Photo Credit Ollie and Leila|
Tillie 3+2 Chest of Drawers £450
I think this drawer unit from Ollie and Leila is a happy medium. I love the large, grippable knobs, perfect for little fingers and I don't think the design would look out of place as he grows, either. It would fit in equally well in a teen bedroom.
One thing I've noticed as he's got older is that he can never have enough shelving. It's not just books, there's school bits, trinkets, cuddly things, action figures, those flipping Lego models again and other handmade creations. All very valuable treasures, requiring specific display storage. Or the floor. Either seems acceptable, but I know which I prefer! It's really important to encourage children to be tidy and they can't do that, if there isn't enough storage.
This beautifully crafted shelf unit by Lucy Willow looks sturdy enough to hold a multitude of must-keeps. It's so vital to encourage reading, particularly as children get older. This unit will provide ample storage, so that books can be collected and added to, instead of having to clear them out constantly, to make room for new ones. We all know how lovely it is to go back to a book you've already read sometimes!
On a related subject, at the ripe old age of nine, homework is becoming a bigger part of school life. I would love a work space that would be both appealing and comfortable, to give Luke the best start, when it comes to producing quality work. A lot of the desks I've seen were either a bit on the young side, or very samey. Then, up popped Andrew from UNIQ Furniture on Twitter, with this fantastic refurbished retro desk, providing ample workspace, as well as very useful storage inside, for drawings and schoolwork. This would be perfect for a young person, and, again, would happily grow with them right through school life. Remember these desks from school? I do, but, thankfully, this one comes without chewing gum underneath!
|Double School Desk £240|
Every cool room needs fabulous accessories and, as I am a massive fan of Ikea, this is a selection of all the things I love. I'm especially fond of their storage ideas and I love how much effort they put into their children's designs.
I hope you have enjoyed this foray into my overactive imagination. Stay tuned for future wishlists, as I have lots of other rooms that I am currently dreaming about!