If your kids are like mine, one minute they’re best friends and the next they’re fighting like bitter enemies. A shared bedroom makes it difficult for the kids to get away from one another in those moments of disagreement. Other times a child might just want to be alone. Here are some tips for creating privacy in a shared bedroom.
Lofting the beds can help create a separate space for each child. Since the bed is off the ground, each child has the space underneath her bed as her own. This could be a spot for a desk, reading nook or general play area. If your kids want more privacy, hang curtains from the bottom side of the loft. When they want, the kids can close the curtains so the area under the loft bed is cut off from the rest of the room.
They may share the same room, but you can create some division in the room. One option is to hang a curtain from the ceiling that cuts the room in half. The kids can easily push the curtain back when they want to share the full space. When they feel like having some privacy, they pull the curtain back across the room.
Another movable option is a freestanding privacy screen. With help from an adult, the screen can be moved out of the way when the kids want to play together. This option isn’t good for young kids who might climb on the screen. Because it is freestanding, the screen could fall on top of a child.
If you want a more permanent room divider, consider building a half wall. It won’t completely block the view, but it does provide a dividing line and makes each child’s section feel a little more private. Another option is to set up bookshelves to divide the space. Anchor the bookcases to the wall or floor of possible. Kids could knock over unsecured bookshelves, which could cause serious injury.
Sometimes just changing the furniture arrangement can make each child’s area feel more private. Instead of putting the beds side by side, set them up in different areas of the room. A dresser placed at the head or foot of the bed can create a makeshift barrier. Find functional ways to use the space to create some privacy for your kids.