Six game-changing ideas for children’s rooms


Amy Richardson

Adorable bedding from Melbourne's Sack Me.

Adorable bedding from Melbourne's Sack Me.

Creating a bedroom that will grow with your child is easier than ever, thanks to clever furniture design – cots that can eventually be converted into beds or desks are now the norm, and kids’ furniture and storage solutions have become sustainable and stylish.

Here’s our round-up of beds, bedlinen, artwork and bookcases that will serve your littlies for years to come.


Cute and creative cots


Kalon’s ‘Caravan’ cot (above), available from Kido Store, is crafted from FSC-certified maple and ‘made almost entirely by hand’ for a long life-span. The timber has been coated with a hand-mixed, non-toxic wood finish, the mattress height is adjustable and the cot can be transformed into a toddler bed in due time. It’s available in raw timber or with rails finished in bold blue, pink, yellow, green or black.

Constructed from pared-back plywood, Plyroom’s ‘Ava’ cot (above), available at Koskela, is not only minimalist but multi-functional – it transforms into a single bed or a desk for your little guy or girl without the need for a conversion kit. There are no metal joins, as all pieces are held in place by wooden pegs or dowels.


Clever kids’ beds

When stylist and decorating blogger Michelle Halford of The Design Chaser updated her son Marlow’s room, she chose the ‘Brooklyn’ bed from Mocka, and added their optional bed boxes for seamless under-bed storage.

Offering the ultimate in flexible design, Ikea’s ‘Busunge’ single bed is extendable; it can be lengthened from 138cm to 198cm to keep pace with your child’s growth spurts.


Boutique bedlinen


After struggling to source eclectic, good-quality bedding for her toddler twins, Melbourne graphic designer and architect Li-Ann Scott was inspired to launch Sack Me. Her delicious designs - from ice-cream sundaes to bowtie pasta shapes - are splashed over ethically manufactured linen, and available from Sack Me’s online store.

So-new-they-are-only-taking-preorders, Dreamers Inc is the brainchild of Melbourne sisters-in-law Nina and Karin Altman, who both have a background in fashion and textiles. Featuring vivid images of goldfish, green budgies, pink doves and beetles, the bedlinen designs are sure to capture the imaginations of curious minds. 


Inspiring artwork

Dutch artist Nina Invorm creates whimsical screen-printed artwork for kids that wouldn’t look out of place in your own living room. Visit her Etsy store for colourful and quirky posters, postcards and hand-painted ceramic plates.


Smart storage

Littlies will find reaching for a book even more appealing thanks to Go Home’s fun bookcases, available in cloud, tree and mushroom designs. The Sydney-based design company also offers a range of sustainable toys and furniture.


Finishing touches

Visit La De Dah Kids for crazily cute toys, knitted bean bags, rugs and blankets designed in Melbourne and hand-made ethically in Asia. Their crocheted round rugs (pictured) are available in a kaleidoscope of colours, so you’re sure to find your child’s favourite.