How to create bedrooms for exploration and learning

Creating a stimulating bedroom environment, which encourages both little ones and teens to learn, is essential for enhancing their learning of the world around them.

However, this needn’t mean covering their room with educational posters and spelling practice; there are many ways to encourage learning opportunities and many of which are spaces that are straightforward to create.

  1. Embrace some space:

Even in compact rooms, try to create small areas of open space to encourage children to move around, discover and explore new things. This may mean reducing furniture that takes up floor space, investing in a high sleeper or loft bed to alleviate floor space, or even considering mobile storage units to create a room that can adapt to their needs. Children need a little room to move around and discover.


  1. Create low-level learning opportunities

kids playing on rug

A comfy rug, perhaps even one with a world map on, or cosy floor cushions all help create a comfortable space for perching and learning. We know that kids often move to the floor to read and play, so ensuring that the floor is an inviting place for them to sit is ideal.


  1. Places to talk and read

children reading together in den

Create cosy corners with dens made from curtains, blankets, teepees or tents, which can encourage children to sit and explore their favourite book, without the need for a parent with them. These needn’t be permanent dens, and in fact are more appealing when they are makeshift and have been created by the child themselves.


  1. Explore the senses

Sensory activities can help wire children’s developing brains. For younger children, this may mean supplying them with items such as handmade sensory bottles, and tactile materials or busy boards.

For older children, relief work on walls, three dimensional wall art and textured rugs can all create a tactile environment that’s designed to encourage exploration of the senses.


  1. Invitations to explore and discover more

ipad learning

Challenge the traditional methods of display, and offer access to magazines and child friendly, safe websites and apps to encourage free-thinking.


  1. Natural Light

boy working with natural light

Try to focus on areas of the room that have the best supply of natural light. If a room is dark, use mirrors and lighter colours to bounce colour around the room, and consider window treatments such as roller blinds that roll all the way out of the window space.


  1. Organisation and Growth

collections of toys

Have regular sort out sessions with your child and encourage them to gift old toys and clothes that they have outgrown. Ensuring that your child has access to relevant learning opportunities is a good way to support their learning outside of school. Consider stationery storage, notebook storage and a place for them to write.

  1. Spectacular study stations

high sleeper bed with desk

Ensure that your child has somewhere suitable for formal learning, such as for doing homework, crafting, building or reading. See our collection of loft beds with desks here. 


Remember, a child’s bedroom isn’t just for sleep—it’s a canvas for learning, imagination, and growth!