By Lotte Brouwer published
These 32 sharing bedroom ideas prove that shared rooms can be twice the fun...
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 obvious space-saver. Stylish bunk beds look fun and free up floor space for wardrobes, chest of drawers or desks. If budget is no issue, bespoke bunk beds like those 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 thechildren to display some of their favourite items and keep toys, trinkets and other items off the floor.
1. Double-height headboards
Double-height headboard pinboards with illuminated initials for the children personalise this large shared space and help soften the whole room.
2. Four poster
3. Sugar & Spice
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.
Here a ladder is placed in the middle of the mezzanine, freeing up enough space at either end for single beds. The mezzanine level acts as a cool daybed – a space to read, lounge and relax, rather than to sleep. Timber wall cladding covers the ceiling in this charming beach house kid's room.
5. Grown Up Bunk
These built-in bunk beds have been designed with adults in mind – there is enough space so you don’t bang your head when getting into bed.
6. Library Wallpaper
This children’s guest room has red four-poster beds and colourful library wallpaper, to inspire more reading.
7. Stair Storage
A house-inspired bunk-bed design was created to make use of the full height of this room. An actual staircase leads to the top bunk, which also doubles as fun storage.
8. Curtain Call
ABD Studio created this chic and elegant bunk bed room for two young girls. Curtains give each bed privacy.
9. Plugged In
These bunk beds are custom made and each has a docking station for Macs or iPads with their own light and headphones.
10. Mezzanine Play Space
If a room is tall enough for a triple bunk bed, you could consider switching up the top bunk for a cool mezzanine play balcony – thus keeping floor space clutter-free. Here 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.
11. Lookout Tower
This bunk space isn't actual a bed, but it makes a super fun play area complete with desk, balcony, slide, and even a separate ladder going up to a lookout tower. A mattress could easily be added to the mezzanine level, transforming this into an epic bunk bed. We also love the blackboard wall which transforms this upper story into a creative zone.
12. Upholstered headboards
These gorgeous bunk beds by Katharine Pooley feature upholstered headboards and soft details.
13. Into Space
The scheme picks up on all things solar and lunar, but without being too obviously themed.
14. Pattern Punch
These gorgeous colours and patterns have been brought together by interior designer Tiffany Duggan for this stylish childrens' room.
15. A good fit
This was an awkward space, so it was difficult to fit in normal-sized bunk beds. The owners had them made slightly smaller with cupboards either side, allowing more room for train tracks and tea parties.
16. Pastel Perfection
This twin bedroom looks smart with identical beds, table lamps and wall sconces in complementary pastel shades.
17. To Infinity And Beyond
Excess wallpaper was used on the side of the children’s bunk bed to continue the stars and moon theme.
18. Matching print
Matching upholstered headboards create a chic look.
19. Tropicana style
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.
20. Iron Bed Frames
Iron bed frames create a vintage vibe.
21. Elegant Canopy
Canopies give this twin room by Albion Nord design a super luxe look.
22. Eclectic style
Switch up the pattern with a cool new bedspread.
A set of wood bunk beds with a minimalist black ladder makes a cosy modern kids room.
24. Loft conversion
Bedrooms too small for more than one child? Transform the loft into a space just for kids.
25. Top Bunk
There was a 13-week shipping time for the bunk beds to arrive, so the boys had to sleep on temporary ones. They love them, though, and can have friends for a sleepover, so the delay and hassle of getting them into the house (they had to be winched through the window) was definitely worth it.
Colourful rosettes punctuate the calm palette of cool blues and greys.
27. A different level
This is where the two youngest girls sleep, but one is at the top of the ladder, so she has her own “room” within the room.
28. Doors of perception
The boys who live here had always shared a room before so instead of them sleeping apart, their parents created one large connecting room with a child-sized hole in the wall.
29. Raise the rafters
The simple white furniture and painted ceiling beams and doorway help make this room look light and airy.
30. Vintage Florals
The vintage floral wallpaper came with the house. To give it a fresh look, the dado rail was painted in a complementary pink.
31. Up In The Trees
This fabulous treehouse is high enough to fit a swing beneath it and makes the most of a tall and narrow space.
32. Dividing walls
Two double bedrooms were knocked through to create a kids’ dormitory – a series of individual sleeping pods linked by cutouts in the dividing walls.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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