How to Put Two Kids in One Room

Whether it’s because kids are young or space is tight, sharing a room with a sibling is something many people experience at some point or another during their childhood. While sharing a room can be a fun, fantastic experience that will create lasting memories, it’s important to ensure kids have enough space and privacy to feel comfortable, and enough peace and quiet to sleep well at night. Here, we offer a few considerations to ensure the experience is a win/win for siblings and parents alike.

Bunk beds are an easy solution for sharing a room. Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn: www.potterybarn.com

1. Bed Placement

An important consideration when kids will be sharing a room is bed placement, and there are multiple options to consider. Bunk beds are the most obvious solution. As the most space-saving option, it’s usually the best choice for small rooms. But bunk beds aren’t always the typical twin beds stacked right on top of each other. Nowadays, the top and bottom bunks can be placed perpendicular to each other, which creates space next to the lower bunk for storage or a desk. The lower bunk can also hold a larger, full sized bed.

Create a classic, symmetrical look by separating two twin beds with a nightstand. If there’s enough room, a dresser in place of a nightstand adds more storage. To give kids more privacy, place the beds on opposite sides of the room, leaving open floor space for play in the center. A more creative configuration is an L-shape, with the nightstand forming the corner of the L, and two beds perpendicular to each other forming the legs of the L.

2. Storage

With more than one person in a single room, it’s important to maximize storage space. Just like adults, kids need space for books, clothing and other possessions — although kids usually need additional shelves and drawers for toys.

To maximize storage, utilize normally unused spaces — nooks in each bunk bed, under the bed, and tall bookcases.

It’s important to provide even a small private storage area for each child to give them personal space and a sense of privacy. To create an illusion of even more privacy, consider placing a bookcase in the center of the room as a divider.

3. Add Moveable Furniture and Personalization

Kids spend hours a day on the floor, so there’s no need to crowd the room with furniture. Instead, use beanbags or pillows that can be easily moved out of the way for play time. Stencil or hang each child’s name or initials on the wall, or place a photo of them by their bed.

4. Kids of Different Ages

Placing a baby or toddler in the same room as an older sibling is possible, but can be a challenge. The most important thing is to create an environment where both kids can sleep without disturbing each other. For example, place toys in another room where the older sibling can play while the baby naps. Place the crib closer to the room entrance to minimize nighttime disturbance for the older child.

Sharing a room can be fun for siblings and practical for parents — especially with the wide range of space-saving furniture available today and few great design decisions.


Riguerra Design is an innovative, award-winning design firm that has helped many clients create their dream homes. Check out her website at riguerradesign.com for more information.

This article is also published in The PILOT, the monthly publication of the Redwood Shores Community Association (RSCA).

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