Shared Bedroom Ideas for Kids

Many of us who have a small home also have fewer bedrooms. This can often mean kids have shared bedroom space out of necessity. Other families choose for their kids to share a room based on family values. Whatever the reason, sharing bedrooms between kids can present some challenging decorating obstacles. How to find room for sleeping and playing? Keeping organized? Shared closet space? Individual tastes in decor? Let’s face it, sharing kids’ bedrooms can set the stage for a whole house war. We have the shared bedroom ideas for you! Inspiring ideas and a few great projects follow to help you create a great space for all your kids!




Kids Shared Bedroom Ideas


Shared Bedroom Ideas for Small Rooms

Pottery Barn Kids‘ has this great photo illustrating our first bit of advice… in a  small room, think about arranging first. The “L” shape arrangement of beds worked best for us, freeing up more floor space for kids fun. Parallel beds may not be practical in a small room. That having been said, older kids may insist on it, simply so they can have their own “side” of the shared bedroom. But hey, they probably don’t need as much floor space as the younger kids, they are just going to strew their clothes all over it anyway… right?



Of course this photo from HGTV shows us that bunk beds are always going to work well in a small shared room!


Have to put three kids in one bedroom? Here’s a great shared room idea for making that arrangement work… You could also put another nightstand at the foot of the middle bed (if there is room), to make all the spaces more separate.



Shared Bedroom Ideas for Girls

Here is another shared bedroom arrangement option…end to end! Notice how each girl has her own wallpaper, but it works because they are both the same color scheme. From ‘Kidsomania‘.


Love the pink color scheme and the canopies in this bedroom for two girls to share. Sorry photo source unknown.


Shared Bedroom Ideas for Boys

Another nice “L” shaped arrangement from ‘Pottery Barn Kids‘. Love the giant names on the wall.

Kids Rooms: Shared Bedroom Solutions


Home Stories A to Z‘ made over their boys room, and the storage for the books is a really ingenious touch! Find out how to make their rain gutter bookshelves or tour the boys room reveal.



More Sharing Room Ideas

Need to squeeze your kids into an awkward, converted space? These built in beds are a great idea for utilizing the space, and adding storage for each child, without taking up any more of the footprint of a small kids bedroom. From ‘Coastal Living‘.



Parents‘ magazine has a great shared bedroom idea for settling the “separate tastes” debate… Choose two hues, and let each child have storage, bedding and accessories with their own special color! These walls are just masked off large squares above each bed, painted in the childs’ color.



Need great inspiration on organizing a shared closet? ‘Organizing Home Life’ has its own shared kids room closet makeover!


So no excuses! Get creative, make that space work with these shared bedroom ideas, and best of all, make it a fun space! We think you will want to check out our posts on DIY Kids Furniture and DIY Bunk Beds! Also jump on over to DIY Storage Beds and DIY Lego Storage Ideas over at TBD!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Angela Mendoza
    January 28, 2021 / 12:07 pm

    Wow, that is beautiful!

    • Kathy Bates
      May 5, 2021 / 9:28 am

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. Allison
    December 10, 2016 / 9:39 am

    What is your secret to the second bed set? Just curious. 🙂

  3. Helen N
    November 1, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    Where would I find these beds? This is perfect for my situation.

    • Kathy Woodard
      June 23, 2016 / 9:12 am

      Im sorry, its not our project so we don’t have that info… sorry we couldn’t be more helpful!

      • Kathy Severin
        January 5, 2017 / 4:14 am

        Hi – I love the huge “Sam&Jack” on the wall of one of your photos -what are they made of or where can I order the letters. I’m guessing they are abt 30″?

        • Kathy Woodard
          January 9, 2017 / 5:51 pm

          Im sorry Kathy, it isn’t our project so I have no idea… If you look at the credit with the photo, you might be able to find a contact! Good luck!

  4. August 26, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Any ideas on how the curtain was hung in yellow and blue room? I’d like to try that in my kids room. Thanks.

    • Kathy Woodard
      September 17, 2015 / 10:24 am

      If I was doing that, I would use one of those cable curtain hanging kits from Ikea!

  5. Alina
    May 9, 2015 / 6:36 am

    What is the colour of the walls and bedding in the first picture?

    • Kathy Woodard
      May 21, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      No idea, the photo is from Pottery Barn…

    • Randi
      April 24, 2018 / 7:52 am

      I wish the brand and paint color of walls could have been posted. Very frustrating!

  6. Krystin
    February 11, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    What was used, in the first photo, between the heads of the beds?? Just a table of some sort? Or was something built specially for this space?

    • irma
      April 14, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      its an empty box of wood,,,, the same kind of wood from the beds

  7. Juliie
    February 8, 2015 / 10:26 am

    I love that idea in #7

  8. Ann
    July 22, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    I love the “too small” bin in the last room. I’m going to do that!

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