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At What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Room?

At What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Room?

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.

And check out this shared play space from @travelandplay2020 using our Orion bunk bed. We love the space theme!

To Share or Not To Share

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