Shared Spaces: Rooms for Two (or More) Kids

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Looking for shared bedroom ideas for your kids? We have you covered. Shared bedrooms take a bit of extra planning, but the result can be a room that will create lasting memories.

Vroom to Grow

Shared bedroom ideas often aim to please young children, but not the teenagers they will grow up to be. This family won't have that problem! Stripes appear nearly everywhere in this happy kids' room—on walls, window, pillows, bedding, cushions, and even the bunk beds themselves. Note the sophisticated look of the wall and window treatments, which make for a smooth transition to more mature teen furnishings in the future.

See. Spot. Fun!

Tackling tweenager decor can be a challenge, but not if you remember four tricks of the trade: Add bold colors; do away with a theme; give your tween a say; and create a hangout space. A framed piece of original art, fun tufted headboards, and a matching color scheme give this room a cohesive look without following a traditional theme. For more shared bedroom ideas for a brother and sister, notice how the neutral walls here can work with many different styles, allowing each kid to express their personality through accessories of their choosing. 

Tween Dream

Just as the name implies, tweens are caught between the kid world and teenage life, so they need a space that also fits both stages. Bold colors on the painted loft beds, graphic area rugs, and bright walls create a playful backdrop. Room sharing is especially difficult at this age, so we suggest working with your kid to create a room that has everything they need to grow into their personalities. A corner dedicated to their after-school activities—such as percussion —makes the room feel like a space just for them. 

Pink for Two, Please

A mini social butterfly would be right at home in this room fit for entertaining. A set of twin beds allows for sleepovers with plenty of storage space below. A refurbished, Victorian-look antique nightstand was chosen for its size and subtlety, appearing dainty against the soft, neutral walls. Behind the beds, a collection of art hangs on clothespins attached to a long string. This DIY solution makes it easy to switch out masterpieces as they're created. 

Sophisticated Tastes

Cater to the maturing tastes of your kids by toning things down with a blue-and-white color scheme. A blue area rug and mix-and-match patterned bedding lends a traditional touch to the space. Kids sharing a room also need space to learn as they grow up. Place a large desk in the middle with room on either side for chairs. Two floor-to-ceiling bookcases provide plenty of storage space to house books, school supplies, and prized sports trophies. 

Road to Style

This shared bedroom furniture is anything but ordinary. Matching an under-the-sea theme, the beds are suspended by ropes from the ceiling. Any aspiring sailor would feel right at home while studying their knots. Handpainted fish canvases on the wall reflect the kids' interests as well. This theme works great because it's subtle enough to not feel too childish as children grow up and gain new hobbies. 

Two for One

A backdrop of pale yellow plays host to two sides of this shared space—each sporting a coordinating hue of red and white. But this lofted bed is not like others. Instead of two separate bed frames, this one is connected as one. Be sure to give each kid their own blanket and they will love getting to live and play with their siblings so closely. Below the lofted beds, a play area awaits with fun stuffed animals, bedtime stories, and toy cars. 

Pirate Room for Two

Nautical details abound in this boy or girl room. Instead of choosing traditional twin beds, these lucky kids get to set sail every night in a pair of boat-shaped twin beds. The handmade sails are perfect for young pirates, but they can easily be removed if the kids grow out of their sea-loving phase. Elsewhere in the shared bedroom, a large dresser and wardrobe chest are painted the same green hue and provide plenty of space for clothes, toys, and games. 

New Heights

The custom bunk beds in this shared bedroom include lighting, storage, and plenty of sleeping space. On the bottom part, kids have full-size beds for relaxing. Up top, no space is wasted thanks to two twin lofted beds nestled in toward the vaulted ceiling. The extra space is a great addition for sleepovers or a challenging game of hide-and-seek. The shared bedroom furniture comes with individual side tables and pullout drawers underneath the lower beds for storing linens or toys. 

The Loft

Shared bedroom ideas for small rooms can be limited. With beds, desks, and dressers, there's so much to fit into one restrained space. One solution is to invest in a set of lofted beds. The raised platform utilizes space in the room that is often just empty, leaving the floor open for a desk, chair, and reading nook. Here, two twin lofted beds are separated by a cozy sofa perfect for a place to sit and play with friends. 

Social Zone

Not one but two bunk beds line the walls of this shared kids' room, allowing for ample use of the open floor for games, building, coloring, and more. The extra sleeping space makes this home the go-to place for sleepovers on the weekends. On school nights, the toys are carefully corralled in baskets that slide under the beds and the small desk is used as a homework hub. 

Brotherly Love

Brothers share this bedroom, which features a crisp red, blue, and white scheme that is lively without seeming juvenile. Featuring an upholstered headboard with built-in storage, the bed is one of a pair. Each bed includes spacious storage underneath meant for holding bulky gym bags and sports equipment. Separating the beds is a vintage filing cabinet cleverly turned into a locker room-inspired bedside table. Its surface is large enough to hold books, drinking glasses, trophies, and more. 

A Nook for All

Let your children's imagination soar with this shared bedroom fit for bookworms. In each corner of the room, a twin bed sits over a colorful striped area rug. Mirroring each bed, a bookshelf acts as a miniature library holding favorite stories, coloring books, board games, movies, and more. A window seat adds to the shared bedroom's functionality with valuable storage space underneath and a cozy collection of pillows on top.

Built-In Beds

While these bunk beds sport the look of a playhouse, their function is primary. The corner placement packs a lot of utility into a small space, leaving more floor area for playing. Kids sharing a room can also come with a bit of bickering, so be sure to invest in furniture large enough to hold all of your kids' belongings. Here, the dresser can be split down the middle for storing clothes while the small middle drawer is a shared storage space meant for holding favorite toys. 

Twins in Tow

A duo of cozy beds sit side by side in this colorful kids' room. Matching iron frames hold the beds high off the ground for extra storage space below. To keep guests from seeing toys, school supplies, and seasonal clothes hidden under beds, use oversize bedding or a bed skirt draped over the mattresses. With comforters that almost hit the ground, no one would suspect what's hiding behind the sheets. 

Mellow Yellow for Two

Soft paint colors on the wall and drawer handles help unify this room for two. On opposite sides of the room, twin beds sit against the walls with surrounding built-in storage units. Trundle beds have the option to hold a mattress for overnight guests or hollowed out to amplify storage space. A decorative window awning makes the sunlight feel like it's pouring into the shared bedroom. 

Great Divide

In shared rooms, bunk beds aren't always the answer. Separating these beds allows each to have its own storage unit. The area rug serves as a natural dividing line and also provides the color palette for the room. Each bed features linens and accent pillows in colors inspired by the rug. Vintage accents, such as the painted picture frames and scroll wall art, give the room cottage charm.

Fun Times Ahead

Here's a new twist on bunk beds: Rather than having both beds point the same direction, place them perpendicular to one another. Coordinating bedding ties the two beds together. A black modular unit and cubbies above each bed provide ample storage space. Bedding, furniture, and toys in a bold orange color palette create a fun atmosphere.

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