One of the many wonderful things about a NewStyle home is the amount of flexibility that comes with it. At this wonderful stage of life, and especially in a modern, spacious new home, you’re bound to have little visitors quite often, and you’ll be able to put all that extra space to use in the best way. Whether it’s a bedroom for movie and popcorn-filled sleepovers, a playroom where their imaginations can run wild, or a classroom for after-school homework or virtual learning, you’ll have the space to accommodate anything you and your grandkids need. Here are a few suggestions for creating awesome spaces for your grandkids to enjoy in your new home.
Kids’ Bedroom Ideas
They may not live with you, but they’ll certainly want to when they see their home-away-from-home bedroom all done up in their favorite theme and colors!
Dreamy Beds – Even if you have just one grandchild, be sure you have enough bed options for their friends or future siblings. In your spare bedroom, add a pair of twin beds, a set of bunk beds, or even a trundle bed to make sure there’s room for everyone. Dress up the beds in comforters and pillows in neutral tones of their favorite colors, so that they still work for the style of your home.
Simple Furniture – For this room, you don’t need much furniture. A simple dresser should do the trick and give them ample space to organize their clothes and belongings they come to visit – just be sure to keep the drawers as empty as possible. A corner chair or two with a floor lamp will give them a comfortable place to watch their iPads… er, we mean, to read.
Dress it Up – Because they won’t be there every night and your room will be spared from normal wear and tear, feel free to add some whimsical accessories or a beautiful accent wall to elevate the space. You’ll want it to be as pleasing to your eye as it is cozy for them.
If you have younger grandchildren and all they want to do is play all day, you can convert your upstairs loft or den into a playroom! This space can be a total wonderland – complete with toys, games, whimsical play structures, and more. Be prepared for tears when it’s time for them to leave!
Toy Storage – Of course, no playroom is complete without storage for all of the games, art supplies, and stuffed animals that your grandkids love. Place storage options against the largest wall to maximize space (this can also look super cool and modern!). A sectional shelf has lots of cubbies or bins for keeping everything organized.
Fun-Sized Furniture – The only thing cuter than tiny children’s furniture is the sight of your grandkids sitting there! lLook for a low table-and-chair set that you know they’ll find comfortable. For added relaxation, a cozy mini sofa, beanbag, daybed, or even large pillow with blankets work great in corners (and are great for encouraging them to read or settle down for a nap). For sleepovers, keep a couple of sleeping bags rolled up in the closet and create a pallet on the floor with blankets and pillows. They’ll think it’s 10x more fun than sleeping in a bed!
Chalk It Up – If you have fond memories of writing with colorful chalk outside, take the magic inside for your children to enjoy no matter the weather! A chalkboard wall is an irresistible addition that lets your grandkids’ imaginations run free. Chalkboard paint can be purchased at any big-box home improvement store. Just be sure to buy dustless chalk to keep the cleaning to a minimum.
Get Artsy – There’s nothing like a wall that pops! From wallpaper and wall decals to photos and posters, there are so many ways to make this room memorable. If your grandkids are interested in geography, try a large map decal. Do they love animals? Look for animal prints, a jungle scene, or photos of their favorite creatures. And of course, words and numbers are a great way to encourage reading, writing, and even new hobbies. For extra fun, buy or build a play set – like an elevated stage for performing, or a castle for ultimate make-believe – that will have the little ones begging to return!
Home Classroom Ideas
If you pick up your grandkids from school, or if you’re helping out with virtual or home school, you’ll need a quiet, dedicated space where they can focus. Convert your extra bedroom, bonus room, or den into the perfect space for learning.
Desks – If you have more than one young scholar, separate desks may be in order so they each have their designated space and won’t be distracted by one another. For younger children, a long, low table in the center of the room where they can spread out works perfectly.
Shelving – Store all the reference books and art supplies they need in cube shelves. The flat surface on top is great for a printer, pencil sharpener, or even photos to keep them inspired.
Stations – Retired school teachers will know this trick. Create different stations so that your students can rotate through different learning environments during the day and feel like they are in a real classroom. Set up a reading station with a small bookshelf and comfy chair or beanbag, an arts and crafts area with a table that can get messy, and a computer center with a proper desk and chair and uncluttered surface so that they can focus.
Whiteboard – If you’ll be helping them with assignments – or if they just need space to work out math or science problems – a large mounted whiteboard will be helpful. Whiteboards are also great ways for young children to express their creativity, so be sure to buy plenty of colorful dry erase markers.
Whatever space you need for your grandchildren, it will be easy and fun to create in your new NewStyle home. With flexible spaces, options to add more square footage, and plenty of storage, there’s enough space to create the home you’ve always dreamed of and enjoy it with the people who are most important.