IMG_7633Do your children share a bedroom in the family home — and if the answer is yes, are they doing so by choice or necessity?

The question of whether or not children should share a room regularly sparks debate on parenting blogs and forums. As with most hot topics, there are pros and cons either way.

Some children make for happy roomies, depending on their ages and temperaments. These kids can benefit from the companionship that a nearby sibling can provide. But others aren’t compatible or aren’t in suitable phases of their development and this is when trouble arises.

Your understanding pre-schooler might appreciate the need to let a new born rest, but an active toddler, forever pulling, grabbing and climbing on everything they find, probably won’t. Babies and toddlers can be incompatible since the elder provides too much stimulation for the younger who fails to settle down for bedtimes or naps.

Regardless of age, whenever two children have greatly different eating and sleeping cycles, shared bedrooms will create a headache. What’s more, if one child has a serious illness or special need, they will benefit from their own space — a preferably quiet and peaceful one.

When this is the case another bedroom is a must. Unfortunately, many families don’t have the luxury of making a choice.

Young families in particular might not be able to afford a larger home and this is particularly true in London where the cost of property makes it difficult enough to get onto the ladder, let alone make a step upwards.

One possible solution is a loft conversion and, unsurprisingly, an extra bedroom is the number one reason that UK families arrange for a loft conversion of their own.

We have worked on many London loft conversions for families who are looking to make room for a new addition or give growing children some much needed personal space. A great example is the loft conversion we completed for John and his family in Wandsworth. We created a hip to gable loft conversion which added not one but two bedrooms to the home; each decorated to suit that particular child’s passions and interests.

Giving children a space of their and decorating that space to reflect their passions and interests can do enormous amounts of good for their sense of confidence and identity. Better yet, a loft conversion can cost a lot less than a larger London home.

It’s a question of assessing the needs of each individual child, and finding a solution which works best for everybody; providing the right amount of rest, privacy or company for all.

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