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Home visit: ideas for a shared kids’ bedroom

When two siblings with two very different personalities share a bedroom, it can be tricky getting the space just right for each child. See how a few easy ideas can give both of them a space of their own…

Two children playing in a shared bedroom with a sloped ceiling.
Two children playing in a shared bedroom with a sloped ceiling.
A child's bed decorated with colourful cushions.

In their bedroom built into the eaves, Sydney (9) and Neo (6) have their own personalised areas, with a partition wall dividing their beds, colourful bedding and curtains they can close for privacy.

A child's bed with colourful bedding and cushions.

To give each bunk its own character, the children picked out a mix of cushions and chose their own design for a washi-tape motif on the wall. By pushing the cushions up against the wall, they can use their beds as mini sofas during the day.

Different rugs on the floor help zone each child’s bedroom space using pattern and colour. Add small stools to provide a handy bedside surface for night lights.

An "N" made with washi tape personalises this wood stool turned bedside table in a child’s bedroom.

Each child’s stool is initialled – try washi tape to personalise simple furniture and make it feel unique. It’s easy to remove and change whenever Neo and Sydney want to try out a new design.

A child’s desk with storage boxes and two office chairs in a white bedroom.

Use hooks and shelves to display kids’ favourite toys and drawings around their room – and keep clutter off the desktop. Neo and Sydney share their desk, but they each have a desk chair in their own choice of colour.

Make it easy for kids to get creative, with individual drawers for their art materials and a colour-coded sticker system for each child. Neo and Sydney wrote their names on stickers so their things don’t get mixed up.

"The children love nothing more than relaxing in their bunks and pulling the curtains closed so they feel like they have their own space," says mum Sylke. "But I’m more likely to find them playing together on the bedroom floor!"

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

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Interior stylist: Sam Grigg
Photographer: Lina Iske