Sleepovers are part and parcel of childhood, and most adults remember the fun and excitement that hosting (or attending) a sleepover brought to us as children. As a result, now we’re adults, we want our children to be able to enjoy the same simple pleasure.
If you want to go the extra mile and ensure that your child’s room is as sleepover-friendly as possible, then below, we’ve put together a few ideas that you’ll want to consider.
While your child and their guest (or guests) will likely want to spend some time in the family areas, it’s also helpful if they are able to retreat to the bedroom to play undisturbed. To ensure they have the space to do so, it’s worth setting up a specific ‘play’ space within your child’s bedroom.
Obviously, this point is rather space-dependant, but if possible, leave a section of your child’s bedroom completely empty. This allows the area to be truly flexible, so your child and their friend can use it however they see fit – they can sit and talk, play games, engage in crafting, or watch a video together on a mobile device. It’s often tempting to seek to ‘fill’ space in a child’s bedroom, but sometimes an empty area is actually preferable, and will come into its own during a sleepover.
Spare storage space
When a bedroom that is designed for a single child suddenly has to host (at least) one other child, the space can swiftly become incredibly restrictive. The best way to combat this is to incorporate spare storage space into your child’s overall bedroom design; a spare drawer or shelf that can be used by any guests for the duration of the stay. Not only does this allow the room to expand its capabilities on demand, but it should also help your child’s guest to feel more at home thanks to their own designated space.
Many sleepovers involve a child having to sleep on a bed, or makeshift bed, that is less-than-ideal – most commonly, a removable bed that is stretched out on the floor. While this option is perfectly serviceable, it’s still less than ideal; temporary beds aren’t exactly comfortable to sleep on, and the floor space lost to accommodate the bed can make the room feel like a tight squeeze.
The solution to this issue is, thankfully, very simple: bunk beds from the likes of the Cuckoolands bunk bed collection. While these are often seen as a solution for siblings sharing a room, they’re also an incredibly sleepover-friendly solution – and your child will likely love the novelty of this choice even when they’re not hosting a guest.
Making a permanent change to your child’s bedroom to ensure the best sleepover experience may seem like a drastic step, but it’s actually a sensible choice. It ensures that sleepovers can be accommodated with relative ease – even on short notice – and that your child, and their friends, will have the best possible sleepover experience every single time.