Shared rooms can be a challenge with space and with bed layout, so I did a lot of research and today I’m sharing 10 inspiring layouts in girls rooms that will leave you dreaming of changing things up in your space! Additionally, I’m sharing the bedding that is perfect for any layout (especially for those hard to reach places against the wall).
With two girls of my own now, and being on the cusp of moving our little babe into share big sister’s room, I’ve been thinking about all possibilities of room layouts, both for this house and the next house (whenever that may be).
1. Flanking a Window
If a window is centered on one wall, flanking the beds on either side of the window is a great way to keep things symmetrical. The rug is easily placed centered below the window, and you can put in a window seat or a dresser between the beds.
2. Head to Head
Lining up the beds, head to head, on one wall is becoming more and more popular in the design world and its a great use of floor space as well. This example below in BHG has an actual wall built out, which is a great way to divide the space a little for privacy, without blocking off the entire room. I love how the wall doesn’t feel big or intrusive because the bold patterned wallpaper makes it almost disappear.
3. Bunk Bed Against a Wall
Bunk beds against a wall is a very popular choice by most parents for boys or girls shared rooms. I love the minimalist design of the beds below, as well as the book shelf and small round sconce lights for each bunk.
4. Side by Side
A side by side bed layout is another popular choice for a shared room, for good reason. It keeps one whole side of the room open for a dresser, desk, or shelves, and the beds really become the focal point. This is a great layout for a statement wallpaper on one wall.
5. Meeting in the Corner
With beds meeting in the corner, this shared room layout is a perfect way to utilize a corner that doesn’t have windows. It’s unconventional but so sweet, and reminds me of childhood sleepovers with my sisters.
6. Loft Bed Above a Full Bed
A loft bed above a full bed is the new type of bunk to get because it’s the perfect layout to grow with your kids. It feels like a fort (with a safer climbing option than a ladder) when they are younger, but as they get older and want their own view, they also get more foot space at the end of the bottom bunk. The built-in desk (or shelves) on one side is also a plus.
7. Day Bed with Trundle
Taking up the least amount of floor space, a day bed with pull-out trundle is the perfect layout for a tiny shared room. The daybed served dual purpose, acting as a couch and a bed, and in the evening you can roll out the trundle for sis to sleep on. Just make sure to work out a plan for middle-of-the-night bathroom breaks (like putting pillows on opposite ends, so no one gets a foot in their face).
8. At Opposite Ends of the Room
Placing beds at opposite ends of a long and skinny room is perfect for tween or teen girls who want to keep their spaces a bit more separate. The shared areas then become the middle of the room, where you can put a desk, wardrobe, shelves, and in this case below, even some sliding barn doors!
9. Shared Queen Bed
If your girls get along well most of the time, using a shared queen bed is a great use of floor space and opens the rest of the room up for use of a loveseat or larger chair, and keeps the room from feeling crowded. It reminds me of Little House on the Prairie when Laura and Mary would share a bed. This was actually the most common shared room situation 100+ years ago, and I find it incredibly sweet and nostalgic. I distinctly remember the holidays when our parents would let me sleep in my big sisters’ bed– always good memories!
10. Built-In Bunks
If you have a good carpenter or handy person in your home, built-in bunks are the ultimate in custom homes lately. They are incredibly trendy right now, especially if you can add in timeless elements like sconce lights, and a rolling ladder on rails. This shared room option doesn’t look like it takes up any floor space, because it doesn’t!
The Bedding For All Layouts
Now let’s talk bedding. If you scroll up and notice the position of each one of those beds for all the different layouts, almost all of them have a tricky area to work around when making beds. Even the ones that have 3 sides accessible will often have top sheets or blankets sliding off on the floor in the middle of the night. All of them would benefit from zip-up bedding. Beddy’s Bedding offers a variety of pretty colors and patterns that would easily fit with any of the above styles and color schemes.
We have had Beddy’s Bedding for 3 years in my daughter’s room with a daybed, for over a year in my boys’ room with a bunk bed, and I didn’t think twice when I was getting bedding for the family we donated room makeovers to this past winter. They are soft, warm, and so incredibly easy for children to make their own bed– fast! We put them on both beds against the wall in the girls’ shared room, and on the boys’ bunk beds and trundle bed.
Because the bedding zips up on both sides, making the bed is a breeze, even for tight spaces. Use code SHADESOFBLUE for 20% off any purchase.
The zipper is large with a big plastic tab that makes it easier for little fingers to pull.
Every bedding set has a blanket panel that pulls out on each side when you unzip it, giving more coverage and comfort when sleeping (unlike a sleeping bag).
Here you can see how far it extends when you pull it out (although I didn’t have it unzipped all the way).
We wash our bedding every 2 weeks and you pull it off much like you would a fitted sheet. The top part unzips completely so you can wash them separately (recommended). Because there is thicker blanket fabric on the sides and thinner fitted sheet material on the rest, I would wash it in a gentle setting if using a top-loader– it just will put less stress on the seams where the two types of material meet.
For extra warmth, we got additional Beddy’s blankets for the foot of their beds. These blankets have a minky lining and are very warm. One got the Gold Dot Blanket…
…and the other sister got the Aqua Dot Blanket.
Each bedding set comes with 1 regular pillow case and 1 pillow sham in coordinating colors. Aren’t those pink ruffles so cute?
I love the look of stacked pillows in the back, a larger throw pillow propped up and then a lumbar pillow in front. It’s a no-fail combination when styling a beautiful bed.
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To see the sources for this room, visit this post.