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Whether you go for a shared kids room due to lack of space, to free up a room for other things (hello cinema room / home office / laundry room) or because the children choose to, there are many cool and stylish ways to decorate a shared space.
Traditional bunk-beds are the traditional space-saver. Stylish bunk beds look fun and free up floor space for more play. If budget is no issue, bespoke bunk beds like the below can allow for more creative twists; stairs leading to the top (instead of a ladder), a slide to come down, and even an under-bed play area or homework station.
There are also plenty of ready-made options around – finding a kids bunk beds that incorporates storage will also help increase floor space to leave even more room for playing.
From tree houses to innovative takes on the mezzanine, the coolest kids’ beds are multi-level masterpieces that are integrated into the architecture of the room. These structures give children a space that they not only sleep in, but are also somewhere they can work, play with their toys and socialise.
Twin beds can look lovely too, as the examples below show. Create drawers under beds for extra storage, and give them some vava-voom with matching tall headboards. For a more bespoke approach, create headboards with built-in shelves to allow the children to display some of their favorite items and keep trinkets and other items off the floor.
See also: 25 Fun Kids Room Ideas
Double-height headboard pinboards with illuminated initials for the children personalise this large shared space and help soften the whole room.
Get the look: The bespoke headboard panels with lights are by The Mint List Interior Design, using Barneby Gates fabric. The storage is from Great Little Trading Co. The rug is from Rockett St George. The bed linen is from Smallable. Find similar bedroom furniture at M&S.
Excess wallpaper was used on the side of the children’s bunk bed to continue the stars and moon theme.
Get the look: The bunk bed and bedding are by Ikea.
This room is pink to the max, but as young girls get older, some of the fluffy stuff can be trimmed out and the girls can still enjoy it.
Get the look: This is Shawnee wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils. The toile de Jouy bedspreads were brought back from Holland. This is Jonathan Adler’s Giraffe table lamp.
A loft play space has been created above the built-in bunks, leaving plenty of floor space to play and creating a calm and un-cluttered vibe.
Get the look: The lights are oval brass bulkhead fittings, from £174 each, Davey Lighting at Lighting Matters.
A house-inspired bunk-bed design was created to make use of the full height of this room.
Get the look: This design is by German brand Jäll & Tofta, which could work with a uk-based carpenter – find one at ratedpeople.com – to realise this design.
This twin bedroom looks smart with identical beds, table lamps and wall sconces in complementary pastel shades.
Get the look: The beds are from Ikea. The cushions are made in Ananas by Raoul Textiles, as is the re-covered armchair. The wall sconces are by Porta Romana.
A blackboard transforms this upper story into a creative zone. Add magnets to the mix with Rust-oleum magnetic chalkboard paint, £13 for 750ml at B&Q.
Get the look: This bedrooms designed by US-based Raad Studio
The vintage floral wallpaper came with the house. To give it a fresh look, the dado rail was painted in a complementary pink.
Get the look: For a similar bunk bed, check out the Amber in the Sky by Thomas Maitz for Austrian brand Perludi, available at Smallable. Wallpaper Direct is a good source of both Anaglypta and vintage-style floral prints. The wall beneath the dado is painted in Serenata eco emulsion by Bert & May.
The wallpaper is inspired by the Martinique design produced during the Forties and famously used at The Beverly Hills Hotel. It makes a refreshing change from the usual blue choice.
Get the look: This is La Havane wallpaper by Nobilis. The bunk bed and bedding are from Loaf. The throw is from Anthropologie.
This fabulous treehouse is high enough to fit a swing beneath it and makes the most of a tall and narrow space.
Get the look: Treesaurus could make a similar one.
Two double bedrooms were knocked through to create a kids’ dormitory – a series of individual sleeping pods linked by cutouts in the dividing walls.
Get the look: The pods were made by builder, Tony McFadden.