If everything goes according to the plan, we should receive keys to our new home around mid-December. We have two boys in age 8 and 12 and both of them for the first time will get they own rooms! How exciting! My older son Frank is asking for his own space already for some time, and I know how much he is looking forward to more privacy. We talked a bit about his new room already and what he likes. I made a mood board with ideas about how we can create this space together. He is in his pre-teen years, still acting like a boy and not a teenager. I want to create a room that he can grow into in the coming years and most importantly express his personality.
How did we start? First I divided the room into three essential zones for him:
One> sleeping corner.
When placing furniture, start with the bed and move on to other furniture, incorporating the other larger pieces first and then the smaller ones. Our son gets his F bunk bed, and we will add A120 teen bed in a whitewash finish. He can use the upper bed for sleeping during the night and the lower bed for chilling and reading during the day and of course for sleepovers.
Two> working corner
School exams can dominate the teenage years, so a tidy and organised study area in a teen’s bedroom is a must. I think it’s essential to create it close by the window, to get as much daylight as possible. We will go for a long desk, probably around 2m and fit some shelves above the desk area, so that he gets plenty of space to store coursework and books. I would like to create also a long dark board for him, so that he can attach important appointments, sport schedule, etc. He is now in this phase of active learning and needs to learn to plan his day and week.
Three > sport corner & game and relax corner
This is what he has asked for especially! He likes to exercise so he would like to have sports equipment in his room. Also, a corner to chill out and play games with friends is a must. He likes an idea with a few bin bags and a soft, thick rug. As he loves the comfort and could chill in his pyjamas all day! I think the perfect name for his room would be: Sophisticated and Sporty.
Our loft has a minimal look with the concrete floor, so we need to warm it up with plenty of textures. I want him to feel safe and comfortable in his new room, feel-good fabrics and textures, and some touchy-feely elements in a place will make him very happy.
I still didn’t figurate out his wardrobe and storage, so that’s a theme for the next post…
to be continued.
Thank you for the inspiration.
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Photo 1 Rafa-kids mood board | Photo 3 Rafa-kids Loft