1. Ask for Their Input Before Your Kids Sleep Over for the First TimeIn your excitement for planning overnight visits, you might be tempted to set up their bedrooms on your own. However, since you really want your children to feel like the space is theirs, you'll want to ask for their input. Find out what would make them feel most at home, what they envision for their bedrooms, and whether they'd like the space to feel similar to or different from their other bedroom.
2. Determine the Sleeping Arrangements Ahead of TimeIt's not always possible for the kids to have their own rooms, especially if you have just relocated to a smaller home or apartment than the one in which you lived together. However, in most cases, you'll want to pair boys and girls separately if your kids have to share bedrooms. Some states even require this beyond a certain age, so if you're unsure, you should check with your state's family law statutes.
3. Create a ThemeRegardless of the size of the space you're working with, there are many ways to make your children's bedrooms feel warm and inviting. You might choose to decorate the room around their favorite color or around their favorite activity, hobby, or character. In addition, keep in mind that you really don't have to spend a lot of money to transform the space into one that will feel like their very own. For example, if your daughter loves princesses, look for removable wall decals of her favorite Disney characters. Then select a plain comforter that matches the color of the decals.
4. Personalize the Space
Look for simple ways to personalize the space for your kids' bedrooms. This can be as simple as purchasing wooden letters of their initials at a local craft store and painting them to match the theme you've chosen. Another idea is to hang a magnetic or cork strip on which your children can hang their own artwork. This will help them to associate the space with being their own.