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Tips for designing a sustainable toddler or child’s bedroom.

Has your little one outgrown their nursery? If your child is aged between three and six, they’re probably desperate to move into a shiny new big kid room. You may experience a mixture of emotions when the topic first comes up, from pride and excitement to nostalgia for your kid’s younger years.

You may also be feeling a little bewildered by the prospect of transforming an entire room from a cutesy nursery to a big kid’s room where your little one can express their personality, follow their dreams, and play with their friends. Don’t fret – we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to make the process as pain-free as possible when designing your child’s bedroom!

Step 1: Have an eco-friendly de-cluttering session 

Children’s bedrooms require regular clear-outs as kids zoom through the various stages of childhood. If your child is moving away from their infant years, chances are you have heaps of unusable clothes, bedding, toys, decorations, and more on your hands.

Don’t let these items fester in the attic or, even worse, dump them – put them to good use and help another family reduce their carbon footprint! One obvious way to do this is to list your items on second-hand sites for a small profit. Be warned, however – second-hand selling can quickly turn into a full-time job. As well as packaging items and taking them to the Post Office, you’ll need to spend precious time handling tricky questions or waiting around for people to pick up items from your home.

Fortunately, you can take the stress out of de-cluttering with Y’earn. We allow parents (or Earners) to list Bundles of kids’ items on our rental marketplace. As well as saving time and money listing individual items, you’ll be helping a family get their hands on all the equipment they need to enjoy a kid’s early years. Check out our Earner page for further instructions about how to get started!

Step 2: Planning your child’s bedroom

Before you don your painting overalls, you’ll need to come up with a suitable big kid room design. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will the room be entirely toddler-focussed or adaptable to see your kid through their tween years? Whatever your preference, take a look at Kidsaw’s comprehensive collection of children’s beds, chairs and storage items. They stock plenty of themed furniture toddlers will love, including a JCB digger bed and a country cottage bed, as well as items for older kids such as space- and cabin-themed beds. If you’re hoping a bed will last for several years, you can simply mix things up every couple of years with new decorative items such as rugs, bedding, and lampshades.
  • Would your child prefer a boy’s or girl’s bedroom design? Perhaps they’d like something gender-neutral?
  • Are you going to maximise the space for play, sleep, or learning? Try to include a play area and desk space to let their imaginations run free.
  • How big is the room? If it’s small, you may wish to optimise the floor space with smart storage solutions.

Step 3: Choose a theme for your child’s bedroom

Every kid is unique and will have their own set of likes, dislikes, and absolute obsessions. It’s probably pretty obvious what theme they’ll want for their big kid bedroom, but here are a few ideas if you’re struggling:

  1. Sports: Decorate with framed football strips, a themed rug, and pictures of their favourite sports teams. Just remember to leave space for their future trophies!
  2. Nautical: Nautical themed bedrooms are beautiful and easy to create. Think striped walls and upholstery, marine-themed plush toys, and plenty of red and blue.   
  3. Disney characters (or other characters from their favourite movie franchise): It’s easy to adorn your kids’ walls with images of their favourite characters.
  4. Travel and adventure: Maps look great hung up on the wall or printed on bed linen.
  5. Bold colours: Go wild with primary colours and unleash your inner creative.
  6. Pirate: Think parrot plush toys, pirate-themed bed linen, and treasure chests for storage space.
children's climbing wall adventure bedroom

Step 4: Find furniture and decorative items for your child’s bedroom

Once you’ve come up with a plan, you’ll need to execute it by purchasing some sustainable furniture. We love brands such as Woodmancote Retro, Benchmark, Myakka, and Konk, all of which use recycled and salvaged materials to create gorgeous furniture pieces.

Of course, eco-conscious parents will also need to look beyond the big items such as beds and wardrobes to source sustainable wallpaper, paint, and soft furnishing. Fortunately, there are plenty of independent businesses selling these types of items – we’ll be exploring them in a future blog post!

If you want to fully commit to sustainability, however, Y’earn should be your go-to starting place. As a Yearner, you can rent entire bundles of pre-loved children’s bedroom items without having to go through the hassle of sourcing items or building flatpack furniture. Depending on the requirements of your Earner, you may even be permitted to buy the bundle after a few months – it really is that easy! To find out more, check out our Yearner page and start browsing.

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If this is your first visit, hello, let us introduce ourselves. We’re Y’earn and we exist to create more love, less landfill. Pretty lofty, right? Well, not really, it’s actually pretty simple. Our aim is to make renting as common as owning so we live more sustainably while helping the community around us.

Y’earn is a parent-to-parent marketplace to rent Baby & Kids items from people in your community or make some cash if you have items you don’t need right now. We’re a sustainable business that plants 🌲, adopts 🐝 and donates to children’s charities.  We’re helping each other and the planet, one rental at a time.

You can read more about how Y’earn works here.

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