Note: While these photos are gorgeous, please know that it’s NOT safe to place stuffed animals, pillows, bumpers, or any loose items inside your infant’s sleep space until Baby is a year old. —Dr. Harvey Karp

Are you short on space, or just trying to make the most of what you have? Clearing out a bedroom to create a home office or playroom, or perhaps your kiddos just sleep better at night when they are not alone? There are so many reasons parents may consider having their children share a room, and all of them are good!

But how do you do it without making either child feel shortchanged? Setup and furniture arrangement are important, as is a designated space for each person who calls this their room. The positives to siblings sharing a room abound—from comfort to creativity to the perpetual camaraderie feeling of having nightly sleepovers. (What a fun way to grow up!) If you are thinking about having your kids become roommates, check out our list of the best shared kids’ rooms ideas to get inspired.

Shared Kids’ Room Wardrobes

Open wardrobe in a shared kids' room

Photo: Instagram/mysweethoneybees

It does not need to be complicated or even extremely attractive, but they will all do better when their own wardrobes are contained in separate, clear spaces even if it is just along one wall. If you are working with a closet, consider drawing an invisible line down the middle and putting each kid’s stuff on one side. Or, a system like this works wonders.

Cool Neutral Shared Kids’ Bedroom for Boys and Girls

Neutral-colored shared children's bedroom

Photo: Instagram/ecruandivoryhome

A contemporary colour palette of nudes and creams with the ever-so-subtle addition of a pastel blue or aqua is perfect for a shared kids’ room. Regardless of age or gender, this colour scheme will serve as a soothing backdrop to play, schoolwork, sleep, and more.

Shared Kids’ Room Bunk Beds

Shared kids' room with bunk beds

Photo: Maison Ellie

The age-old solution to shared rooms is still a great option; there are so many ways to use bunk beds and they are all great. (You will see a few more peppering this list as well…) This look is gorgeous for school-aged kiddos with the younger one on the bottom in a 'floor bed' for safety and ease. Please keep in mind that you should wait until your child is at least 6 years old before letting them sleep in the top bunk!

Elevated Play Space for a Shared Bedroom

Shared kids' room with a lofted playhouse

Photo: Magical Nest

The little years are far too short; make the most of them when you take note from this Indian kids’ furniture company on how to create everyday magic in the shared children’s bedroom. A loft-style play area is a wonderful way to maximise space in your kids’ shared room—adding imaginative play elements like the playhouse look shown here just takes it to the next level.

Lots of Colour in a Shared Kids’ Room

Colorful shared kids' room

Photo: Instagram/becomingbybrooklyn

A nice antidote to the cool neutral idea is a shared children’s bedroom that looks like a confetti bomb filled with joy just went off. Spotty wallpaper, textured rugs, animal friends, and jewel tones throughout create a party-like feeling your little ones will absolutely love.

Shared Kids’ Room Divider

Shared kids' room with bookshelf room divider

Photo & DIY: HGTV

It does not have to be a ton, and it is not necessary for kids of all ages, but if your children are wanting a bit of personal space, a divider like this would be perfect between the two beds. You could also try a simple curtain hanging from the ceiling. 

Shared Kids’ Room With Built-In Beds

 Shared kids' room with built-in bunk beds

 Photo: Killowen Construction

Another take on bunk beds is to build them right into the room. This contemporary look adds a layer of built-in privacy and security at bedtime. Not to mention, it is aesthetically pleasing for Mum and Dad!

Big & Little Siblings Shared Room

Shared kids' room with a twin-size bed and a small toddler bed

Photo: Instagram/spoonfulofjoybymjtabush

Your children’s shared sleep space can be comprised of elements that relate, rather than match. Do not feel like you need to move a toddler into a big-kid bed before you all feel ready, just for the sake of cohesion. As shown here, as long as the furniture is within the same colour scheme and basic design realm, it will look great even if it does not match.

Back-to-Back Kid Bed Idea for Shared Room

back to back beds in a shared kids' room

Photo: Suzanna Scott Photography

It is nontraditional, but this setup with the beds is a great use of space and looks cool, too. Especially if your children are elementary age or older, backing the beds up against each other is a nice way to encourage quiet reading time, and falling asleep promptly. The built-ins here are brilliant as well, not only for storage but for a personalised sense of design for the kids. 

Pink & Blue Boy and Girl Shared Room

Pink and blue shared kids' room

Photo: Instagram/alice_dreamhomecomet

Boy-girl room sharing is easier than you think! Even if your little guy and gal are both into the traditional trappings like princesses for her and dinos for him, you can carve out space for their disparate design ideas without making the space feel cluttered. Choose a scale of items, paint the walls white, and watch as each side of the shared bedroom comes together flawlessly when your design scheme is mirrored on either side, just within the realm of their own favourite colours.

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