Comments on: Ask Design Mom: Siblings Sharing a Bedroom http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 21 May 2014 16:09:16 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Sofie http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-808990 Sofie Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:59:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-808990 I grew up sharing a room with my older sister (by four years). I loved it, we get along really well and she was always there just a few feet away to talk to. My 3 brothers shared an room that was attached to ours by a bathroom. They were 10, 8, and 6 years older than me, so their bedtime was later. I remember how frustrating it was to hear my siblings playing until 9 every night, while I was in bed at 8!

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By: Linnea http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-369073 Linnea Tue, 24 Jul 2012 00:36:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-369073 My little boy will sleep in our closet when he arrives this winter, too! Glad to know other parents who make space for their kids like this.

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By: Jackie http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-334498 Jackie Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:19:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-334498 I have 5 kids in a 2 bedroom apartment. We are moving this year lol. Oldest ds is almost 13 and has his own room (our old room). DD#1 is 8.5 yrs and shares her room with DS#2 and DS#3. She just got the top bunk! and the boys have the bottom bunk and the trundle on the floor. DD#2 (kid #5) is almost a yr and still is with us. Our bed is in the large diningroom, separated by floor to ceiling curtains and a large bookcase that acts as a wall. Our dressers are still in our old room that is currently DS#1′s room. When we move we will finally have a real bedroom! DS#1 will still have his own room (but probably the smallest since he doesn’t have to share). And DS#2 and DS#3 will share and DD#1 and DD#2 will share :) and toys go in the basement/playroom. Bedrooms are for sleeping/ studying/dressing. I’m sure we’ll have issues along the way but This is what we can do for now :)

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By: Sarah http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-293221 Sarah Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:48:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-293221 My two kids share a bedroom, and we try and make their beds THEIRS. So much of being a sibling is learning to SHARE, so we let them have their beds and let them be all their own. So they have quilts, and pillows and animals that are theirs and only theirs:) Another thing that helps is that we hardly have any toys in their room, it’s just for sleeping, so it doesn’t get over crowded with toys and the squabbles that come forth from that. Then bed time is like a sleepover.

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By: Bri (like the cheese) http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-288944 Bri (like the cheese) Tue, 09 Aug 2011 17:00:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-288944 Does anyone have opposite-gender siblings sharing rooms? I need help designing a room that is relatively gender-neutral without being too boring or too childish, as my daughter’s room is about to be turned in to ‘the kids’ room’!

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By: Meg Grant http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-288701 Meg Grant Sat, 06 Aug 2011 02:16:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-288701 Anna, swimming in the same boat…my husband shared a room with his brother until they were teens but I was an only child. Our perspectives are very different, but it manages to balance out. My girls are 18 months apart and they have shared since my younger one was 9 months. There are studies that suggest the older child’s breathing patterns during sleep help to form the younger siblings’ patterns. As we all know, a three year old sleeps so much more soundly than a 10 month old! Congrats on number 2…

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By: Meg Grant http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-288699 Meg Grant Sat, 06 Aug 2011 02:10:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-288699 love the small individual space, going to try that one!

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By: Meg Grant http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-288698 Meg Grant Sat, 06 Aug 2011 02:09:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-288698 agree…and I LOVE your “crotchety octogenarian” wisdom

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By: Meg Grant http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-288696 Meg Grant Sat, 06 Aug 2011 02:07:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-288696 Like the idea of sharing your room…thanks!

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By: Meg Grant http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-288695 Meg Grant Sat, 06 Aug 2011 02:06:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-288695 I read a great article awhile back saying that American homes are at least three times the size of European homes. We live in smaller house and have no intentions of changing that. I love being in a small house. Not sure how old your girls are but there is a great book: http://www.amazon.com/Squash-Squeeze-Julia-Donaldson/dp/1405055286/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312596337&sr=1-1 that explores living in a small house. Thanks for your suggestions!

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By: Meg Grant http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-288694 Meg Grant Sat, 06 Aug 2011 02:03:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-288694 I heard someone years ago on NPR presuming that because so many kids no longer share rooms, they have a very hard time relating to others….I find a lot of truth in that. I WANT my girls to share a room and due to our house size, there is no other choice right now. My eldest is just going through a stage of “finding my own space, Mummy!”…

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By: Meg Grant http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-288693 Meg Grant Sat, 06 Aug 2011 02:01:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-288693 thanks, Jan, I feel the same way…but my 7 yo is hard pressed to see the learning experiences!

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By: Debi http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-288004 Debi Thu, 04 Aug 2011 17:45:23 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-288004 By brother’s family have a wonderful solution for their children who are now in college living at home and sharing a single bedroom. They custom built a sturdy bunk bed, then placed in in the middle of the room. They then used plywood or similar material and blocked off the upper bunk on one side and the lower on the other. So the kid with the upper bunk exposed had a large bulletin board type ‘wall’ on the lower part of the room, while the other side had a large space on the top, and a bed low to the ground. A small desk acted as both end table and study area. A large bookcase on the end of the bed was shared by both kids. They installed a curtain that extended from the bookcase to the wall, giving privacy to the sleeping/study areas. On the ‘shared’ wall (toward the end of the beds) they set up a large closet system similar to what you can do with Ikea shelves, etc. I wish I could share pictures, it’s more simple than it sounds. What was great is that each kid had privacy , but the space was used very efficiently to accomodate their basic needs– a place to sleep, study, dress. (Bonus? it’s not so comfy that they would want to stay forever! lol!)

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By: Kim http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-287460 Kim Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:01:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-287460 I’ve thought about building our own. That’s a good idea. I’ve never even thought of sheets on the box springs. I didn’t mean to offend anyone about the bed skirt. I personally don’t care for them…not even in my room. The bed in my son’s room is the bed that was in the guest room…a queen size bed. He loves it so we’ve kept it, but I have a white skirt on it that I really don’t want for him. I love the look of this room pictured. It’s more what I’ve envisioned for my son’s room but haven’t been able to accomplish. Thanks for all of your suggestions!!

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By: Anna http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-287454 Anna Thu, 04 Aug 2011 10:53:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-287454 Thank you for posting this theme, I have number 2 arriving next month and plan to them both share once the baby is reasonably settled at night. There are some great ideas and great inspiration from everyone’s comments. I didn’t share with my sister, but my husband is one of 6 so they shared all the time, our expectations are quite different as you can imagine.

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By: Anna http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-287452 Anna Thu, 04 Aug 2011 10:46:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-287452 I too have a 3br home. I have a 2yo and one arriving next month. We plan that they will both share. The 3rd bedroom is really critical for us to have as a guest room as my parents live out of town but stay with us to help out a lot. I did not have to share as a child, so have some reservations. It’s refreshing to hear that it works so well for you, thank you.

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By: Sarah http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-287430 Sarah Thu, 04 Aug 2011 04:22:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-287430 My kids have shared a room their whole (two to four year) life, but my four year old has been needing his own room for a while now. (The two year old is a serious antagonizer.) We live in a two bedroom apartment but are fortunate enough to have some relatively large closets, so I moved everyone’s hanging clothes to one closet and turned the other closet (in my room) into my two year old’s room. He loves being close to me at night and the four year old has the space he desperately needed. I got the idea from Oh Happy Day! (Here: http://ohhappyday.com/2010/06/moses-closet-part-ii/)

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By: Sarah http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-287429 Sarah Thu, 04 Aug 2011 04:18:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-287429 You could build your own platform bed for the kid too. Just take the measurements for the bed, have the hardware store cut to size the side pieces for you, add a cut to size piece of flat wood for the top and nail it all together. Then you can paint it gray with circles or whatever your little person wants it to be. My boys have plain black straight bedskirts and we’ve had no complaints.

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By: Erin B. http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-287425 Erin B. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 02:49:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-287425 I have 4 boys and we have had various room arrangements over the years. Originally we had 3 bedrooms and the two oldest shared a room and the two youngest shared another. Later we had problems with the older two getting along, so we switched it up. Child 1 and Child 4 shared a room and Child 2 and Child 3 shared the other. This worked better for awhile and matched up our early birds and our night owls. Now we have only 2 bedrooms, so all 4 boys are in the same room with two sets of bunk beds in an L-formation against the walls. It’s a small room and not really an ideal situation, but we’ve been living this way for 2 years now. We chose our small house because we wanted the large yard (4 1/2 acres), so the kids have plenty of room to run around outside. Plus we have 2 living areas, so that gives a little space to get away from each other inside. One of our boys needs a little more space and would do well to have his own room. When he needs to get away from his brothers, he can come in our (mom and dad’s) room to read or just to hang out and have some privacy for awhile. It’s nice to have different ways to group people. Age/gender isn’t always the way that works best for everyone.

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By: Catherine at Design Editor http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/ask-design-mom-siblings-sharing-a-bedroom/comment-page-1/#comment-287423 Catherine at Design Editor Thu, 04 Aug 2011 02:09:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12720#comment-287423 We’ve got the twins sharing, since it’s the bigger bonus room and I thought if would be perfect for all of the “stuff” I knew they’d acquire. We have two other guest rooms, but I just turned one into my office so I hope they stay happy together for awhile!

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