While we probably don’t know half of what goes on in children’s bedrooms, we do know that they use the space to sleep, play, study and read. So the furniture should be just right: cosy, safe, functional and fun. We asked five Expat Living readers for their tips and recommendations.
Kelly Tang-Robinson, Singaporean
The idea was to design a bedroom where it would be easy for my daughter to store her personal items, and also with a made-to-measure bed, as the mattress is not a standard size.
There were no particular difficulties, as the designer was able to work well within my design template and the available space.
I bought the furniture at Gallery 278. It has allowed my daughter to neatly store away many of her things that she doesn’t need for daily use. It means there’s more room when she does her homework, and the bedroom looks less messy whenever she returns to it.
It’s important to remind yourself what space you have and what sort of design you’re trying to achieve, and to keep within your budget.
278 River Valley Road
Aurélie Gautier, French
We wanted to create a place for our two sons (Lucas, 3.5; Mateo 2) to have fun and play together yet, with their own space to relax and sleep. We wanted their bedroom to be a place for them to live and grow, as well bringing a bit of magic to bedtime.
We had space constraints; because we wanted both brothers to sleep in the same room, we needed bunk bed.
We bought our tree-house bunk bed at House of AnLi. It was designed by François Lamazerolles. The bed is beautiful and functional at the same time. Our kids love it! They have so much fun playing, laughing and creating their own stories. My husband and I also like to go up to read books to them at bedtime. It’s more fun than a normal bed!
We chose the bed together with our sons. We involved them from the beginning, took them to the showrooms and listened to their ideas to make sure they’d love the bed from Day One.
House of AnLi
18 Mount Pleasant Drive
Anita Bingwa, Australian
Our main aim was to create a colourful, homey bedroom space for our five-year-old son. We wanted simple furniture so that it would complement the accessories in the room.
The bunk bed provides an extra bed for sleepovers and the option to split it into two single beds later. We decided on the trundle as it provides great storage for toys, as well as an additional sleeping option for visitors.
We bought a bunk bed, trundle, chest of drawers and all of the matching bed linen from Ni-Night. We’d been regulars there for some time, purchasing gifts, games, books and even our son’s board shorts – we didn’t really look anywhere else as the quality was evident and we knew we were in goods hand with Majella.
If you want furniture that will last for years, go for solid hardwood. White is great as it goes with everything and can be dressed up with quality bed-linen. Ni-Night has great after-sales service; if there are ever any problems, you know you’ll be looked after.
7 Joo Chiat Place
Sharon Styles, Australian
We wanted a bedroom that could grow with our son and change according to his needs: colourful but with neutral furniture, and easy to keep his large number of toys and books tidy.
It’s a long and narrow room, but we still needed to accommodate storage space for toys out of the living area.
At Origin Asia we were able to customise the size of the piece to fit the area exactly, and to make the most use of a small space leaving lots of room to move around – this was a key requirement of our son.
Buy furniture that is interesting for children and can stand up to their rigours while providing lots of storage space. Next time, I would go straight to Rebecca at Origin Asia, rather than trying to explain our requirements to our interior designer. It also gave us a significant degree of comfort that we could see examples of what we would be getting, so we could check the quality and finishes.
372 River Valley Road
Shazreh Rahman, Bangladeshi
I wanted to create a bedroom and playroom space that was organised and minimalist, at the same time as being a comfortable space for two young girls to share.
The room is not evenly shaped due to ledges in front of the window; I needed to maximise the storage space.
I bought various items of bedroom and playroom furniture from Piccolo House, including beds, cabinets, chests and a television cabinet. Piccolo House makes very elegant furniture, and I’m a repeat customer due to the excellent quality and durability of the pieces.
It’s helpful to consult with an interior designer to confirm that your ideas are sound. Most importantly, take your time to finish the spaces.
10 Ubi Crescent
#01-63 (Lobby D) Ubi Techpark
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