Shared Kids' Room Design Ideas

Designing one bedroom that works for two (or more!) children can be a challenge, but we’re here to help. Create a shared kids’ room that’s both fun and functional with these tips and ideas.

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April 17, 2019

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Airy + Easy

This shared girls’ bedroom appears breezy and bright with crisp, white bedding and matching snowy walls. White bedding for kiddos? Hear us out! You’d be surprised how resilient a bleach-friendly duvet cover is against sticky fingers and smuggled snacks. Use white bedding and walls to create a clean and cohesive backdrop for your kids’ space, then add a punchy accent color of their choice throughout. Pops of turquoise bring a vibrant, youthful energy to this shared space, through whimsical birds on the ceiling and a geometric area rug underfoot.

The More, The Merrier

It’s no easy task to create comfortable sleeping quarters for four kiddos, but this navy-and-white bedroom manages to pull it off with ease. The design features white quad bunks, flush against the wall. By building the beds vertically, the designer creates ample floor space for work and play. White shiplap walls create an airiness in the space, while matching navy quilts on the four beds bring balance and cohesion to the design. Hot tip: Place two sets of bunk beds side by side to create a custom, built-in bunk look.

Bring On Bold Patterns + Funky Fixtures

Use your kids’ bedroom as a space to show off your secret design chops! Go bold with punchy colors, graphic patterns and trendy fixtures you’d be too nervous to incorporate in the rest of your home. This trendy boys’ room features a funky focal wall, brass bunk hardware and an edgy, midcentury modern chandelier.

Elevate the Space

This girls’ bedroom appears ethereal yet warm, with taupe walls and plush white duvets and matching upholstered headboards. The top takeaway from this design, though? That sweet, suspended loft overhead. The plush addition serves as a cozy space to watch movies, chit-chat with friends or catch up on summer reading lists.

Add a Fresh Focal Point

Looking for a low-cost accent to make a high impact on your kids’ bedroom design? Pick up a peel-and-stick mural and add it to the wall behind their headboards. If you’re struggling to select a mural or motif that fits the space, use other accents to guide your way. This rustic boys’ room sports a sage mountain range that pairs perfectly with the warm, wooden twin beds and vintage-style national park map on the wall.

Beach-Style Bunking

Kids are sure to squeal over this cozy, coastal bedroom! The spirited design sleeps four kiddos, with two sets of white bunk beds in an L-shape formation. Colorful, nautical bedding appears cheerful and fresh against the creamy white walls and furniture in the space. Built-in sconces bring an inviting glow to the bottom bunks, while vibrant coastal art infuses the space with beachy charm.

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.

Create Custom Beds

Achieve a high-end, designer look in your kids’ rooms by creating symmetry throughout. Commissioning matching, custom headboards is a great place to start. This chic space features horizontal channel-tufted headboards in a rich, ochre hue and matching linens, lumbar pillows and poufs at the end of each bed. This approach will result in a design that feels balanced, intentional and appears clean - despite the (many) toys strewn across the rug.

Work, Sleep + Play

When designing a joint bedroom, take stock of the activities that may take place in the space, aside from sleeping. This transitional boy’s room is equipped with an expansive homework station and a cozy seating area to tie tennis shoes before practice or play video games with friends on the weekends. The designer cuts down on visual clutter within the space by using a cohesive color palette of orange, navy and white throughout the entire room.

Keep It Classic

Classic colors pair together to create this preppy, transitional bedroom design. Mixing red, navy and green hues together is a great way to create a gender-neutral space that is anything but neutral in design. This space features twin beds with identical navy bedding and matching blue-and-white striped headboards and bedskirts. Forest green cornices dress the windows, and a rich ruby rug provides softness underfoot.

Fly Accessories

This bright, contemporary kids’ room wins our heart with its inky triangle decals, fuzzy floor rug and fly airplanes, dangling from the ceiling. The clever, shared bedroom design sticks to a minimalist, black-and-white color palette and wields playful patterns and unexpected accessories to bring youthful energy into the space.

Creative Collaboration

Step one to recreating this stunning, bohemian bedroom? Convince your tween daughters to choose the same colorful quilt. (We fully appreciate the challenge involved here, but it’s worth a shot, right?) Next step: Create a shared, symmetrically styled nightstand between the beds with a console table and twin table lamps. Tuck two garden stools beneath the console to create a stylish study space or to bring out for additional seating for friends.

Create a Calm Canvas

City dwellers know a thing or two about creating stylish shared bedrooms. This urban apartment features a modern, black-and-white bedroom complete with a bunk bed and a cool, cloudy wallpapered ceiling. When working with super-small spaces, keeping colors to a minimum will create the illusion of a more expansive space. This minimalist bedroom achieves a much-needed sense of calmness for the kiddos, within the never-ending hustle and bustle that comes with city life.

Mix Happy Hues + Hip Prints

Take your girls to pick out a bold geometric or floral wallpaper. Use their top pick to create a stylish, and affordable, statement wall behind their headboards. We’re obsessed with the way these bright aqua beds pop against the warm gold and coral, flower-power wallpaper in this shared girls’ bedroom.

Playful + Polished

Stripes, diamonds and dots — oh my! This contemporary bedroom achieves an inspiring and lively design by mixing several bold, geometric patterns together throughout the space. The playful color palette of rust orange, navy and gold works together to anchor the design and tie the whimsical prints and patterns together for a polished, put-together look.

Back-to-Back Bunks

Encourage your kiddos to put their heads together, literally. This unexpected alternative to traditional bunk beds is sure to be a hit with your fam. We adore this chic, shared headboard because it offers a natural (and necessary!) division within the room, and creates the opportunity to add built-in storage overhead for books and toys.

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

If their room allows for it, give your kiddos as much personal space as possible by pushing the beds against opposite walls. The two twin beds in this pretty, periwinkle-striped bedroom are pushed against each wall to leave open floor space in the center. Not only will they appreciate the extra play area, but they’ll love having a little corner of the room to call their own.

Minimalist Bedding

By their teen years, your kids will have accumulated an eclectic collection of room decor. Offset the neon frames and varied accolades with crisp, cohesive bedding. The chic black-and-white bedding in this teen room serves as a bright anchor against the colorful accents that line the walls and fill the floors.

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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Tailored Design

Balance and symmetry reign supreme in this shared boys’ room. Take notes and create a similar space by using art, bedding and decorative wall molding to create a cohesive bedroom design. Add a traditional monogram accent pillow to each bed for an extra-preppy and polished touch.

Playful Privacy

Play-meets-privacy in this charming kids’ bedroom. The top bunk doubles as a playhouse with farmhouse flair, complete with custom sliding barn doors and a vintage-style sconce over the ladder. Craft a similar top bunk for your kiddos to play on, or use it to create privacy during bedtime.

Similar Styling

Soft, sky-blue walls serve as a fresh backdrop for a pair of twin beds and a lacquered orange desk in this shared bedroom. Symmetry is achieved throughout with matching bedding, but the kids put their own, personal twist on each side through unique wall art and special plush accessories on the bed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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