The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Kids' Rooms

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Home Stager with Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369

The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Kids' Rooms

Okay! This will be one of the funnest posts! Kids rooms, even small ones can still be fun and functional!
(Here are some tips for your Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Master Bedroom, Bathroom & Home Office)

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Buy a daybed. It can be used as a 'big comfy couch' during the day and a great bed at night! Lots of fun cushions that can double as floor seating for friends' are ideal for lining the wall and making a statement.kids room
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Trundle beds are great, with it's hidden mattress, good for sleep overs!
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I love bunk beds! I never had one, but one of my friends did! Or the loft bed; where the bed is on top and a desk area is below. Perfect for a small multifunctional child's room.kids room


If the room is narrow, install wood flooring parallel to the short wall to make the room look wider. Cork flooring is softer and you can place the tiles diagonally to fool the eye. It's also good for wheeled toys. An area rug by the bed will help for comfort when needed.
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By placing furniture around the edges it will leave a play area in the center.



Paint colour is very important in a child's bedroom. If you want the child to sleep at night choose cool tones (blue based) that will help with creating calm. Warm colours give a room, and its occupant, more energy! Be aware that matte paint may hide imperfections in the wall surface, but will show if a wall has been marked and cleaned. So a higher sheen is better for cleaning. 

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As always; the same colour throughout, ceiling, trim and walls will make the room appear larger. (Although painting something fun on the ceiling or a stripe along the wall, can capture a child's imagination) A neutral tone is best, that way you can accessorize with the child's favourite colours, and change accessories when the child's taste changes!
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Patterns on rugs or comforters will hide stains (that's why I  always wear patterns) but choose wisely and bring your paint chip or a pillow case with you.childrens rug



Most kids like shiny things, so have items in the room that will reflect the daylight coming in the window! Mirrors will always help with light and children love mirrors for dress up and practicing making faces!faces




Bed side tables with drawers are a must in a child's room. Free up the table top with a wall mounted swing arm light.

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Storage is a must in a child's room, there are many under bed, storage ideas as well as stack-able containers that can store items not in season for closets.

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Children's toys can be put on a cycle, put old ones away and bring them out in a few months when the new toys have become old news. Keep re-cycling them and the kids will never get bored and the room stays relatively uncluttered.
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Clothes need to be reviewed seasonally for the same reason. I don't know about you, but growing up, my winter boots would never fit from year to year...closet

Hooks and hanging storage is always fun in a child's room, and some hooks are quite funky!
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Kid's artwork can be dealt with by taking a photo of it and storing that on the computer or a digital frame for anyone to view at anytime.

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Storage benches or ottomans are great for extra seating as well as treasures.

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Remember a child's room is how they express themselves and where their imaginations can run wild. Let them help with colour choices as well as accessorizing. accessories


To find out where to get these items hold your mouse over the picture.


A small room doesn't have to mean a small imagination!


Comments (10)

Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Love the storage under the bed and the loft bed is superb BU-FU..........we used one in a model suite and prospects loved it!  

Jan 24, 2012 09:16 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Well there were several great ideas that I was going to comment on ~ until I saw the advice of taking a picture of the kids' artwork and digitalizing it!  OMG that is the best idea I have heard in I-don't-know-how-long!  With five kids, paperwork was a NIGHTMARE.  I tell people all the time, 'take a picture of it and get rid of it.'  NEVER did I think of it for kids artwork.  GREAT IDEA!!!  Great post!!!

Jan 24, 2012 09:44 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Peg-I have a friend whose daughter has a loft bed. I had never seen one before. My youngest brothers had bunk beds. I like all your creativity.

Jan 24, 2012 09:53 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hey Peg,  Loft beds are cool, I had one for my little girl, but that was many years ago.

Jan 24, 2012 10:01 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

BU-FU, I think if one was to stage a vacant house's child's bedroom with a loft bed, buyers would want all the furniture as well as the house!

Mimigirl, I'm glad you liked it! My friend Rhonda, has been doing that for years. Both her girls have a record of all the artwork they made, from day one practically!

 

Jan 24, 2012 10:42 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sharon, I wish I'd had one of those loft beds! I think they are the coolest thing evaaaar! If I'd had one there would have been stuff hanging down like a fringe or curtain to cover the desk portion so it would have been really private...

Will, So cool, you should let us see a photo! It can't have been that long ago... :D

Jan 24, 2012 10:45 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Peg, this post was definitely worth a suggest.  Not only did you put a lot of well thought out work into it...it's full of great information for the consumer.  Great job.

Jan 27, 2012 11:27 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Nick, what a nice comment! Thank you! I think a kids room can be a lot of fun and not necessarily a punishment for a child when sent to it!

Jan 27, 2012 03:41 PM
Tibor I. Olah
Apex Results Realty Inc.Brokerage - Burlington, ON

Peg I can't tell you what a great feature you have added with the photo links, I do not know how many times I see a cool piece of furniture and no clue were to find it. This is a must keep in all your blogs!

Jan 28, 2012 01:30 PM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Tibor, I have the links on all the photos in this series! I know exactly what you mean! Now with online shopping, the only question I ever have is; whether a company will ship to Canada! Thanx for the positive feedback!

Jan 29, 2012 02:17 AM

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