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Kids’ Room Ideas: Fun and Functional Design Tips

June 20, 2024

Imagine a room where your child’s imagination can soar, creativity can thrive and unique personality can shine.

Designing a kid’s room that captures all these elements can be inspiring and rewarding. However, balancing fun and functionality is vital to creating a space that both delights children and meets the practical needs of parents.

McArthur Homes—renowned for our quality new homes and townhomes in Utah—offers personalization to help families create their ideal living spaces. To inspire you, let’s explore some creative and practical design ideas for your kids’ rooms.

Theme and Color Scheme

Choosing a theme and color scheme is the first step in transforming a kid’s room. Popular themes like adventure, princesses and space can spark your child’s imagination. For instance, an adventure-themed room can be filled with maps, compasses and explorer gear, while a princess-themed room can feature castle motifs, royal bedding and delicate pastels. Space-themed rooms can be adorned with stars, planets and rocket ships, encouraging curiosity about the universe.

Opt for versatile color schemes that can grow with your child. Neutral bases with vibrant accents can be easily updated as your child’s preferences change. Consider soft pastels for a calming effect or bold hues for an energetic feel. A room with a neutral base, such as white or beige, can be accentuated with colorful rugs, pillows and wall decals that are easy to replace as your child grows older and their tastes evolve.

completed and furnished bedroom built by McArthur Homes

Other exciting themes include:


Incorporate elements like trees, animals and earthy colors to create a serene, outdoor-inspired space.


Decorate with your child’s favorite sports equipment, team colors and memorabilia to create an active and engaging environment.


Bring in mythical creatures, fairies and whimsical designs to foster a magical and imaginative atmosphere.

Furniture Selection

Selecting the right furniture is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality. Multifunctional furniture pieces like bunk beds with storage, convertible cribs and desks that grow with your child are excellent investments. Bunk beds with built-in drawers or shelves maximize space and provide extra storage for toys, books and clothes. Convertible cribs that transform into toddler beds can save money in the long run and adapt to your child’s changing needs.

Ensure the furniture is durable and safe, made from high-quality materials to withstand the wear and tear of an active child’s life. Look for pieces with rounded edges to prevent injuries and ensure that all furniture meets safety standards. Investing in sturdy, well-crafted furniture ensures longevity and reduces the need for frequent replacements.

McArthur Homes Bedroom In A New Home

Other furniture options to consider:

Loft Beds

Create additional play or study space underneath the bed, making the most of vertical space.

Storage Ottomans

These can double as seating and provide hidden storage for toys or clothes.

Adjustable Shelving

Shelves that can be moved or expanded as needed offer flexible storage solutions that grow with your child.

Storage Solutions

Efficient storage is critical to maintaining an organized and clutter-free room. Creative ideas like under-bed storage, wall-mounted shelves and built-in cabinets maximize space. Ensure that storage is easily accessible to encourage children to tidy up their belongings. Labeled bins and colorful baskets can make cleanup time fun and engaging.

McArthur Homes Bedroom Closet In A New Home

Additional storage ideas include:

Cubbies and Cubes

Use cube storage systems to organize toys, books and other items in a neat and accessible way.

Hanging Storage

Use hanging organizers for shoes, accessories or craft supplies to clear the floor space.


Install pegboards on the walls for versatile and customizable storage of small items and art supplies.

Creative Play Areas

Incorporating dedicated play areas can significantly enhance a child’s room. Reading nooks, art stations and mini playhouses can stimulate creativity and provide a personal retreat. Ensure these areas are safe and easily supervised. For instance, a cozy corner with bean bags and bookshelves can become a favorite spot for storytime.

Child with blue paint on hand

Other play area ideas:

Indoor Tents or Teepees

Create a cozy hideaway for reading or imaginative play.

Activity Tables

Provide a space for arts and crafts, building blocks or puzzles.

Wall-Mounted Play Stations

Install chalkboards, whiteboards or magnetic boards for drawing and learning activities.


Personalizing the room makes it uniquely your child’s. Custom wall art, name plaques and DIY crafts can add a personal touch. Involving your child in the design process can make them feel valued and ensure the room reflects their personality. Let them choose elements like wall decals or bedding to create a space they love.

Themed bedroom with pink sheets

Additional personalization options:

Customized Bedding

Select bedding that features your child’s favorite characters, colors or patterns.

Growth Charts

Add a personalized growth chart to track your child’s height over the years.

Photo Displays

Create a gallery wall with photos of family, friends and memorable moments.

Lighting and Accessories

Proper lighting is essential, but adding colorful ambient lighting can make the room much more fun for kids. Fun and functional accessories like themed rugs, curtains and throw pillows can enhance the room’s appeal. Night lights with soothing designs can add a comforting touch, making bedtime more enjoyable.

Decorated bedroom

Additional lighting and accessory tips

String Lights

Add a whimsical touch with string lights around the bed or play area.

Projector Lamps

Use lamps that project stars or shapes on the ceiling to create a magical bedtime experience.

Decorative Hooks and Knobs

Replace standard hooks and knobs with themed ones to add a playful element.

Safety Considerations

Safety should always be a priority. Secure heavy furniture to walls to prevent tipping, use non-toxic paints and ensure electrical outlets are covered. Rounded furniture edges and slip-resistant rugs can prevent accidents. Creating a child-friendly environment gives peace of mind while allowing children to explore freely.

Themed bedroom

Cord Management

Keep cords from blinds, electronics and lamps out of reach to prevent strangulation hazards.

Soft Flooring

Use soft, cushioned flooring in play areas to minimize injury from falls.

Baby Gates

Install gates at the doorway if the room has stairs or other potential hazards nearby.

Crafting The Perfect Space for Your Kids

Designing a kid’s room that balances fun and functionality is a rewarding experience. McArthur Homes offers personalized spaces that cater to your family’s unique needs. Ready to find your dream home in Utah? McArthur Homes has stunning new home communities in Payson and Salt Lake City. Don’t miss out on our latest community, Stagecoach Estates, coming soon to Weber County.

Contact McArthur Homes today to discover the perfect home for your family and start your journey to living in a beautifully designed home. 

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This post was written by Paige Giles

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