A dream room for a four-year-old

01 September 2015

Helena (4) has a bedroom where she can sleep, play, have quiet alone time, be creative and dress herself. ‘We divided the space into connected activity areas,’ say parents Jerzy and Anna in Poland. ‘It suits her, so she’s really happy.’  

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Make bedtime something to look forward to

‘Helena had a bigger bed before but she didn’t like sleeping in it – she wanted to feel more snug. So we changed it for this smaller one which she loves. Anna helped her decorate this corner, adding all her favourite toys and books. Now she sleeps much better.’

Encourage self-expression

‘Dressing herself and changing outfits several times a day is one of Helena’s favourite things to do – she quickly goes from princess to rock star! She likes to choose her clothes for school the night before, so we’ve created an area where she can easily do this herself, with everyday clothes in the lower drawers and hanging areas, and out-of-season clothes up high. It makes morning routines easier and more fun for all of us. The hanging baskets and mirror mean she can play around with different accessories – it’s lovely to see her exploring her identity.’  

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STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom STUVA bench makes it easy to tidy a kids’ bedroom
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Make tidying up part of play with the right storage

‘Having enough storage was important to us. We’ve used a mix of DIY creations, like fixing fruit crates to the wall for her books, and new buys. The STUVA bench and white bags make it easy for her to tidy up after she’s finished playing, which she’s started doing herself.’

‘We want Helena to be herself wherever she is at home – to feel safe and free’ 

Jerzy

Inspire young imaginations

‘Helena’s desk was originally in our room for Anna to use, but it didn’t work out as we’d planned. Helena needed somewhere to draw in her room, just like she does at the dining table, so it made sense to give her the desk. Having a space to be creative is important to her.’ 

Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom Make space to be creative. Craft creations on display in Helena’s bedroom
The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages The chalkboard wall makes a fun place to draw and leave messages
Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom Helena loves playing in her colourful child-friendly bedroom

Feed hungry minds

‘Helena’s interested in food – at the moment she’s curious about spices, especially paprika. We like to encourage her interests and the play kitchen is part of that. At school, she’s taught everything in English instead of Polish. She doesn’t speak it yet, but she understands. Sometimes we leave little messages on her chalkboard wall – it’s fun to make learning into a game.’

‘In Helena’s room, she makes the rules. She loves spending time there, on her own or playing with her friends’

Jerzy

Find a place to hang out

‘Helena’s very active and loves zooming around the house – but she also needs a space where she can be quiet if she wants some time to herself. We originally had a SVINGA chair here, but we swapped it for the EKORRE hanging seat which she finds more comfortable. It’s now one of her favourite spots in the room.’

Photography Dan Duchars  Styling Emily Henson