Sometimes children like sharing a bedroom, whereas at other times they might have to simply because of space, but at what age should siblings stop sharing a room?
Here, we look at the pros and cons and at what the law says about children having their own space.
What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Room?
As children grow up and enter their preteen years, many recognise a need for more privacy. This is particularly true if a brother and sister share a room. As children enter double digits, we would recommend you start thinking about providing them with their own space.
But at what age does a child need their own room legally? Well, according to the NSPCC, there are laws in place to help make sure everyone’s home is safe and comfortable. Section 325-326 of the Housing Act 1985 states that children of the opposite sex should not share a room beyond the age of 10; otherwise, it is seen as ‘overcrowding’. This legislation also states that no more than two children should share a room regularly.
What Are the Advantages of Sharing a Room?
Under the age of 10, there are many benefits of children sharing a bedroom, including:
- It teaches children how to share and cooperate with others.
- It fosters a close sibling bond, thanks to the additional time they spend together.
- Fewer rooms are required, meaning families can share smaller homes.
- They’ll never get lonely and have support nearby if they’re afraid of the dark.
What Are the Disadvantages of Sharing a Room?
Of course, there are also some drawbacks. For instance:
- Younger siblings may disturb older brothers and sisters with crying or noise.
- Different daily routines may see one sibling disturb the other’s sleep.
- Squabbles can be common.
- There is a lack of privacy.
- Germs spread quicker. So, colds are more likely to be passed between siblings if they share a room.
- Space is limited should your child like a friend to sleepover.
- Mess and clutter become more concentrated in one space.
- Brother and sister might disagree on how they want the room to look or feel.
How to Maximise a Shared Space
If you decide your children are going to share a room, make sure to check out our blog post and to take a look at our kids'bed range.
We’re sure our bunk beds will be a winner thanks to their practicality and space-saving properties, and we love the idea of using twin furniture to keep a cohesive décor scheme!
Here are a few of our favourite customer photos of shared bedrooms:
Calm in colour and oh-so chic, @elle_is_home has created a shared bedroom for her boys with our Saturn bunk bed in oatmeal that will grow with them.