Bunk beds for sure, it's a huge space saver. Make the upper bunk for the older and create a clear rule that the younger can't go up the ladder. The older kid needs some space.
That's a tough age spread--9 is when kids really want privacy a bit and have their stuff just so.
Keep the stuff to a minimum. Perhaps have one dresser for one kid and the closet for the other.
Mom to DD1 (11/1999), DD2 (07/2003), and DS (11/2012), all born at home and cloth diapered.
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
sharing life with | 10 yo ds | 8 yo dd | dh (since 2012)
"I am not what happened to me...I am what I choose to become." ~ Carl Jung
We ended up buying the cheaper Ikea bunks. I was worried they wouldn't really hold up well, but they have. They have a very small footprint and that was so important. A lot of bunks take up a huge amount of space and our rooms are small.
They have no finish so you could paint them any color you wish. We just left them plain to see how they wore. We actually like them that way.
We downsized all the toys and they have to go in the closet. Although we did have an under the bed storage thing. It had wheels and we had legos in it. We ended up using that under the couch instead for games and stuff we wanted to supervise better. Keeps all those important pieces from getting lost.
Dready Homeschooling Mom
My 4 year old ds and 2 year old dd will share a room in a few weeks when we move to a tiny apartment in Brazil. I bought them the same quilt in two different colors and we plan on bunking the beds.
Also the things they both love (ugly dolls, building blocks, etc...) will be in the shared space and I got them a few pop up hampers for the closet to store some of their own personal favorites. I got a few wall decals (chocolate brown bird house/tree/bird) to bring the whole room together too. Of course, this is all hypothetical as we haven't arrived yet
Ohdeedoh is great though!!
I think it helps to ask yourself how you want the room to function and what the kids will actually use it for. I personally dislike putting clothes in a kid's room as right now my boys just wander into our room when they wake and I have to dress them anyway, and then they get their PJ's on right out of the shower. So I just keep their clothes in our room and we do a family closet. This gives them more useable space in their room to play. So depending on how much space you have in the rest of their house, you might want to set up a separate dressing area, or study area, or play zone, rather than trying to cram it all into their sleeping room.
Everyone else has so many ideas, that's the only thing I came up with
we are downsizing and my 9 yearl old girl will have to share with her 2 1/2 year old brother...i have no idea how to set up a room for them, bunk beds come to mind...show me your cool creative space for your kids room or any sites that have really cool ideas...we will be renting so i doubt i can paint.
Here are a couple pics of our youngest two's shared room, but in the fall Annie will be moving in with Lily, so they will have about the same age split as your kiddos and be sharing. I think the best things I have read/heard when maximizing a space are to think vertical and declutter, declutter, declutter!
I still need to work on the closet shelves and the dark brown dresser top - it looks quite a bit messy.
It's a 10x9 room in case I didn't mention it before.
AP Mom to 5
Thanks for sharing everyone! I'm always up for ideas. We have some small bedrooms here and lots of kids sharing. Clothing storage will be the death of me, I'm sure of it!
Amy - Blessed wife to Jesse (the best dad in the world), mother of 10 on earth plus 8 in heaven. PROUD to be a Catholic! :
AP Mom to 5
On the backside of the bookshelves (since each child will be seeing their bookshelf, plus the back of their siblings' bookshelf) you could paint it with magnet paint, then paint it over the magnetic paint with chalkboard paint -- that way the backs of the bookshelves will have use -- both magnetic and chalkboard. in the bookshelf facing each child you could have baskets containing their toys, and of course, books.
A couple of floating shelves over each bed (make sure to put them high enough so the child won't bonk their head upon sitting up!) would provide more storage.
A small trunk in front of each bed could provide more storage and would provide seating.
If you can't paint, you can do removable wall decals like this and to add more privacy (your daughter most likely will want/need this more since she is entering pre-adolescence), something like this would be cool.
I like the hanging doodads from ikea -- keep in mind they are not only great for toys, but can be hung in a closet and can hold socks, undies, even clothes since your kids are still pretty small.
Before the third was born, my dad still had the queen bed up in the air and build bookshelves under it for toys. It created a play house for us. You could probably put a desk under there for your older kid.
The biggest space-saver for us: no dressers. DH put extra wire shelving in the closet and we purchased two small two-drawer dressers to go in there, on the floor, to put socks, underwear and pajamas in. Everything else gets hung up. This saves a TON of space so they can play.
We have a short book case on the short wall (between the door and the closet) to hold their books. Along the long wall I have 6 stackable containers, three on top, three on bottom with all their toys organized into it.
My boys are too young for bunk beds, but when they are old enough we'll do bunk beds and they'll have even more room - probably for a desk and chair.
They share a closet right now, but we have not quite got them in the same room together, yet. We have daybeds right now. Since the little one has never slept by himself we thought it would be good to have him near the ground, but we are currently pondering these.
When I need inspiration, I go to the IKEA website, click on the room in consideration, and flip through the photos. For your situation, I'd mount cabinets on the wall above 2 yr. old level. I'd use baskets under the bed for 2 yr. old stuff so he can easily put his own stuff away.
Alternately, if the room is big enough, in our old house, we used this bookshelf (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00071356) as a room divider to separate the kids' room from our office. We have baskets that fit on it which are what we use for the kids' toys. You could use it to split the room and put baskets of the little one's toys on the bottom and the older one's stuff up high (which is what we did-- grownup books and office stuff up high, kid stuff down low).
I also wanted these and my mom finally found them last week, the boys will be thrilled
The 3 yr old's bed is low and the 6yr old has his up as a loft. I really like these beds because they are lower then a lot of bunk beds. I also (from experience with my sister in a bunk bed pushing my mattress up and rocking the bed and being generally annoying) prefer having the boys apart. My 6 yr old has all his legos underneath and the square bottom keeps them under control, well controlled under the bed When my little one is older his bed will be flipped and they will have more floor space. That may end up being a big bonus later. Not to mention each boy has his own space. It is a full twin but you cannot use a regular thick mattress in the loft position.
For clothing we got some of this system
but just the blue drawers. (not the whole thing pictured) They work great.
I was also given a couple of these I use to sort of divide the room in half
and it helps keep a little feeling of two rooms within the one room. We use that for random stuffed toys.
We also have a bookshelf my grandfather made.
Right now we keep the bedroom free of toys except the legos under the bed & books. Only my 6 yr old plays in there, it is his escape from his brother. I know things will change when we move.
In the closet there is a toy box that has pull out baskets with small toys. The big toys fit on top of the basket and their clothes hang above.
There is also a short dresser with a book shelf on top that has books and other odds and ends (mostly stuff the older one doesn't want the younger one to get to).
It gives them just enough floor space to play. The room is pretty small but it works!
The bunk beds were off craigslist. $200 for the solid oak set including mattresses, matress protectors, and sheets. It was a great deal!
AP Mom to 5