Shared Kids' Room Design Ideas

Follow our decorating tips to create a shared bedroom for kids.

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Sweet Symmetry

Just because they have to share a space doesn't mean they have to cut down on the pink. Create a symmetrical design for a little girls' room and then personalize each bed with a monogrammed pillow. Photo courtesy of Serena & Lily

Extra Storage, Separate Spaces

Open shelving is one of the easiest ways to divide a shared space without closing off the different areas completely. Buy a pre-made shelf and paint it a playful color that complements the room's palette. Design by Dan Vickery.

Coordinate Fabrics

Classic bunk beds are always a great option. They save floor space while still giving each child a bed of their own. These bunk beds from HGTV Dream Home 2013 feature matching bedspreads and pillows, but you can also use different bedding in the same color palette if each kid wants her own style.

A New Layout

Instead of the standard arrangement of beds on opposite walls, try putting a large nightstand in the corner of the room with the head of the beds placed perpendicular to each other. Warning: It may encourage late-night chats, but at least they're getting along, right? Design by David Hertz.

Level Up

A new take on bunk beds maximizes floor space in the kids' bedroom at HGTV Green Home 2010. Install a light on both levels of a bunk bed so each child can read or do quiet activities before bedtime.

Clean Color Scheme

This coastal kids' room squeezes in four bunk beds, a window seat and under-bed storage drawers — but a crisp, mostly neutral color scheme keeps the space from feeling overcrowded. Consider a simple palette with pops of color to keep your shared kids' room feeling light.

From: Wendy & Greg Blackband and GrayStone Custom Builders

Nightstand Alternative

Instead of a typical bedside table, try placing a dresser between two beds in a shared kids' room. It'll provide both more storage and surface space, so each child has room for a lamp, a clock, books and favorite trinkets.

Color Coded

Bold, colorful bedding turns each compartment of this fun kid's space into a private haven, despite the uniformity of the design. Built-in bunk beds with integrated ladders make maximum use of the room's square footage.

Privacy, Please

Even in a shared bedroom, it's important for kids to feel like they have their own space. Installing curtains is a great way to achieve this, as seen in this kids' bedroom with built-in bunk beds. Green curtains provide privacy while adding a splash of color.

Say My Name

Make each kid feel special by calling out their names in a unique way. HGTV fan myuncommonsliceofsuburbia painted planes carrying banners of her boys' names into the cloud mural that surrounds this shared room.

Screens for All

No fighting to get the best spot for TV viewing here. Each bunk in the kids' bedroom at HGTV Dream Home 2014 gets its own wall-mounted flat screen. The space also features dramatic floor-to-ceiling drapes with a playful buffalo check pattern, which separate the sleep area from the play area.

Communal Play Space

In a go-big-or-go-home design approach, these parents paired bold color with bold texture for a fun, fresh kids' space. Twin beds positioned on either side of the room give each child his or her own space, while green carpet tiles create a play "yard" the kids can share. 

Sleepover Ready

When friends spend the night, a shared bedroom has to work even harder. Add extra sleeping space for slumber parties by lofting a bed perpendicularly over two twin beds, as seen in this kids' room.

From: Cortney Novogratz and Robert Novogratz

Lofty Design

With a little creativity, you can even carve out a separate play area in a shared kids' space. In the kids' bedroom at HGTV Green Home 2012, a wooden ladder leads to a loft area with beanbag chairs, a TV and a game console. There's even a clever bucket and pulley system so the little ones can send up snacks or other supplies without having to carry them up the ladder.

Cut the Closet in Half

To maximize the square footage in a shared kids' closet, designer Brian Patrick Flynn outfitted it with another clothes-hanging rod. The central column here, made from MDF (medium density fiberboard), provides open storage, a desktop and a clear division between clothing for its boy and girl twin toddler inhabitants.

Storage Nooks

Each custom bunk in this bedroom designed by Erica Islas has its own storage niche, so each child can keep his or her favorite toys or books close at hand. The built-in stairs are a kid-friendly feature between the bunks, while the full-sized bottom mattresses are big kid worthy.

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