Recently I’ve been toying with the idea of the possibility of us having a third child, something that after the sheer hard work of having two so close together, I didn’t even consider a few months ago. Now we’ve got rid of nearly all our baby equipment, I’ve of course suddenly got broody again and decided that it might be an excellent time to think about having another baby *rolls eyes*. If we did take the plunge again, one of the main considerations would be space in our home and how to utilise it properly. Whilst we are planning on having a loft conversion sometime in the near future, having a 3rd little one would most likely mean that for a period of time, two of the children may have to share a room. This would most likely be Freddie and Sasha as they would be closest in age, and no one wants to be woken by a screaming babe if it can be helped (if only this applied to the parents too!). So mixed sex room sharing.
As someone with much older siblings who were boys, I never had to share a room, and I was lucky that I always had quite a large one, with space to play and to store all my toys. I would be worried about F & S having enough room for everything i.e. wardrobe space, but my main issue is this: How old can mixed-sex siblings be before sharing a room possibility becomes a bit weird and/or their interests and tastes become a problem? Of course, it might not be an issue at all, and hopefully the loft would be done by the time this point is reached, but it’s something to think about.
In true procrastinating style, I’ve spent time perusing Pintrest and have come across some excellent room sharing ideas for siblings, mixed sex or otherwise. I love the idea of mid-sleeper bunk beds as depicted in the first and third photos (above). I think these are Ikea, and I love the one that has been painted white! I like white furniture, so I can definitely see myself doing this. Bunk beds obviously are great space-savers, and if baby no 3 made an appearance, then Freddie at least should be old enough to go on the top bunk.
Gender-neutral decor also appeals to me as a nice change. Freddie currently has some fab vehicle wallpaper (you can see this HERE), and S has quite a girly room ( see HERE), so if they did share it would need to be something that would suit both well, especially as they get older and express their opinions more. I love the look of minimal ‘Scandi style’ rooms, but there is always a small part of me that wonders how much is for the parents and the sake of everything looking ‘cool’, as opposed to what the children really like/want.
Whilst bunk beds are probably the most practical room-sharing option for us, I love the idea of side-by-side beds (like the final photo), with the children talking to each other and giggling until it’s time for lights out. On second thoughts, bunk beds are definitely better for a more peaceful bedtime routine… 😉
What do you think about boys and girls room sharing? Did you share a bedroom as a child, or do your children share a room now?