Posted on December 9, 2012
In the days of yesteryear and then not so long ago when we were kids, it was common for children to share bedrooms. Now that it’s 2012, is this concept of sharing bedrooms still alive and true? If you were in the process of buying a home, would the thought of your children sharing a bedroom be something you would embrace? And would it work given your family particulars and dynamics?
When I think back to my childhood in Baltimore, MD, I remember the home in which I grew up. We lived in a four-bedroom home with three bedrooms on the second floor and the fourth bedroom on the third floor. My sister and I were almost eight years apart in age, and there were just two of us, so we were both able to have our own bedrooms. (I must digress and say that of course she got the bigger, better bedroom. That was okay, though, especially since I usurped her room when she went off to college when I was 10). But I know that if we were closer in age and if there had been more children in our family, we would have shared a bedroom.
In my home in Weston, MA, my daughters shared a bedroom for almost 10 years. But when my eldest was about to turn 13, it was clear that she needed her own space. And so I juggled everyone around, and now the girls have their own rooms, and my youngest is in the tiny bedroom which had been my home office. And so we – especially my youngest and me (and the house guests who come to visit) – are making some compromises with our bedroom and living spaces.
From my experience when showing homes to my buyer clients, there is still an openness to having the children share bedrooms, especially if the increased number of bedrooms doesn’t fit their home-buying budget. And I often see shared bedrooms in the homes of my friends and colleagues. Not to mention the fact that these shared bedrooms are depicted constantly in children’s store catalogues (a.k.a., Pottery Barn Kids), and the matching twin beds, bunk beds and loft set-ups (as pictured here) are downright adorable. Is this further evidence that the concept of shared bedrooms is thriving or is this just a way for these companies to display their products multiple times in different ways?
What are your thoughts on this subject? When you are looking to buy, how do you feel about the concept of your children sharing a room? Does it depend on the age and gender of your children? And is it a different decision-making process for those of you with twins? I can’t wait to hear….
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