One in seven British families has three or more children. However, the typical British family has now 1.92 children on average, which seems to indicate that more and more households choose to have only a single child.
There are a variety of excellent reasons why you may not want to have many children. For instance, it’s not uncommon for couples to wait before they start a family, which reduces the chances of multiple siblings! Additionally, as the typical British home is one of the smallest in Europe, many homeowners are worried that they might physically run out of space if they had more than one child. There is no denying that managing the practicalities of a large family in a 2-bedroom terraced-house can rapidly turn into a nightmare. However, making room for your kids is not an impossible goal. On the contrary, you can keep your household organised and cosy, as long as you are smart about space management!
The practical question: How many bedrooms do you need?
How many bedrooms do you need to raise a family? It’s the eternal question that parents approach. This question hides another one, more worrying; namely, do you need to find a bigger home? Ideally, you should have enough bedroom per person to sleep individually as well as a guest bedroom. For a couple with one baby, you’d need 4 bedrooms. But in reality, most families make do with a lot less! Parents share one bedroom, and children with little age difference tend to share a room too. You can work with contemporary architects to design an extension to your home, which would ensure that you can add elements that are essential to your family comfort, such as an additional bathroom or a bigger kitchen area. Large families can also consider an extension for a new bedroom!
Where do they play?
When it comes to the children’s bedroom, you need to consider a play area. Ultimately, young children interact with their environment through games; if they can’t play, they might experience issues in their social development. Thankfully, creating a playroom can be focused in a tiny space. For instance, you can decorate the bedroom – or the play area in the bedroom – with wall stickers which can be replaced to match their interests as they grow older. Adding extra storage units is a good idea: where else are they going to keep their toys?
Older kids need a place to study
Last, but not least, while most children are happy to share a room, it’s essential to address the age gap. If your teen son shares a bedroom with a preschooler, his school work might suffer in the process. He needs a quiet place where he can concentrate on his homework without being disturbed. In other words, you can’t keep the study area in the same room, especially if you’ve created an interactive playground in the corner for your younger child. But you can find unused space at home to build an office area without needing an extra room. The garden shed can become a peaceful place to study or an awkward nook in the living room.
You don’t need to upsize your property when you have children, but you need to give them the room they need to grow happy and healthy. An extension to the house can free up space for an extra bedroom, for instance. Strategic planning and space organisation can help young and old children to have a space to play, think and grow.