Making the Guest Room Child-Friendly

child guest roomMy daughter and granddaughter come to visit at least once a year I wish it were more, but they live a thousand miles away and don’t have a lot of disposable income. So I pay for the flight and really can’t afford that myself more than once per year.

I am lucky enough to have a spare bedroom, so I wanted to make it child-friendly so it was comfortable for them as well as for my other guests. Since my granddaughter is just two, her special requirements as a growing toddler are:

  • Toy storage – I want to keep a few toys here that are not only age-appropriate, but will continue to be as she gets older. See my previous post: Bubbie’s Toys. My solution is to dedicate the bottom shelf of the bookcase in the guest room to toys. I got appropriate-sized baskets and filled them with blocks, legos, toy cars, tiny dolls and stuffed animals. The baskets keep them corralled and sorted as well as hiding them for the sanity of adult guests.
  • The bed – I used to have a double bed in my guest room, but I realized that was a bit of a waste of space since the room doesn’t get used for that purpose that often. I’ve since sold the bed and moved my convertible sofa in there. To make it more comfortable, I bought a memory foam topper. I keep that rolled up in a corner of the room. Now my granddaughter actually has space to play in the room when the bed is folded up. And the rest of the year, I have a sitting/sewing/craft room. An added benefit is that the sofa is lower than the bed was, so there’s not as much worry about her falling out of the bed when she’s napping. The couch makes into a queen-size bed, so there’s plenty of room for both my daughter and granddaughter to sleep in in comfortably.
  • The dresser – I have to admit that the dresser in the spare room tends to attract extra sheets, blankets, tablecloths, etc. So when I know my guests are coming, I load up a laundry basket with the things from the top two drawers and put it in my closet. I could probably cut down on the excess linens, but that’s a project for another day.
  • The decor – I didn’t really have to do anything about this item. The house’s previous owners used this room for the nursery. It’s got clouds painted on its blue ceiling and Winnie the Pooh wallpaper borders that divide the blue lower wall from the white upper. I haven’t gotten around to changing it, and I figure any adult who sleeps there will enjoy the stars as well.

Well, I think I’m ready for the next visit. I’m really looking forward to it.

Do you have a special room for your grandchildren when they visit? How have you furnished it?

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