How to Create Personal Space for Kids in Shared Rooms

Recently I have had to look at how to create personal space for Megan who shares a room with Anna. Megan is nine, almost 10 and Anna is five.

When we found out we were pregnant with twins 5 years ago, we knew at some point Megan would need to share a room. I had my concerns, but the more I spoke to friends the more I realized more and more people were going this route. Many people I spoke to felt that having their children share a room was beneficial for not only building a better bond between the kids. Also, kids who share a room tend to grow up learning how to sacrifice and how to make decisions together better.

We finally made this transition about a year ago. Prior to making that transition, Megan had already moved into the room with Anna and Ethan since she did not want to be by herself. So this made the transition easy for Megan and Anna, but not so easy for Ethan who then did not want to be alone. For that little issue we have a toddler sized air mattress that Ethan sleeps on now and then in the girls room when he wants to be in their room. The girls are in bunk beds so we just push the air mattress under the lower bed when not in use.

How to Create Personal Space for Kids

Our bigger issue right now is how to create personal space Megan who has really craved it lately. Anna likes to try to do everything Megan is doing, and if she can’t then she tends to watch over Megan shoulder. This can be reading, Minecraft on her iPod, or just listening to music. Sometimes it’s because Anna or Ethan are being antagonistic and Megan just needs a break. The second Megan announces that she is going to her room, of course Anna announces she is too. The only problem is it is the same room.

How to Create Personal Space

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Since I do not think we will be moving anytime soon, I have started doing some investigation. The girls room is on the small side which does limit us somewhat. However, there are creative ways to create some privacy for siblings that share a room.

I really love how dividing the space with the shelving looks. I think it is a great way to build a “wall” without it looking too out of place. I also like that it is not a solid wall. Although, I could see the girls be stinkers with each other and putting their faces in there just to annoy the other. I think this is a great option though. We would have to take some measurements and see how this set up would work in their room.

I also like how these curtains look. The girls are currently in bunk beds, so putting up curtains is a possibility if the bunk beds remain intact. Although, if they want to take the bunk beds apart it may be a little more challenging. We would have to figure out how hang these curtains directly from the ceiling. The way the room is set up would not allow for a divider to go across the entire room. One bed would be by a shared closet and the other bed would be by a window.

I have a feeling the shelving will work-out the best. Or, we win the lottery and buy a larger house! ha, ha

Do you have siblings who share a room? I would love to hear how you allow for some personal space for your children! Please share in the comments below, I would love more ideas.

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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. I don’t have kids that share a room….but I do love the way that room looks with the shelf between the beds! Neat idea
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  2. Jenna Wood says

    I think curtains are great for dividing a shared space between siblings!

  3. Love the shelving idea. It looks functional too.
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  4. I love how everything is so neatly organized with shelving!

  5. My boys shared a room when they were really
    Little. I didn’t have to worry about space then, they didn’t need it. I shared a room with my sister though until I was a freshman in High school. We didn’t have any personal space. We even had to share a bed. There were nine kids in my family. So, everyone shared. It wasn’t a big deal. We didn’t know any different.
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  6. Those are great ideas and I love how it’s done with shelves.
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  7. Ruth Hill says

    Personal space can definitely be an issue amongst siblings, and it sounds like you’ve got a pretty good plan here. Looks great!

  8. Love the second idea so much. Pinned it too!
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  9. I shared a room with my brother when I was younger. It really wasn’t a big deal until we got older and then, my parents finished our basement and it was no longer an issue. I think the biggest thing is defining space. We had his space, my space and our shared space.
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  10. When we are at my parents, they share a room. The biggest problem is my younger one always wakes my older one up! That is a pain but I love that they could bond in their room!

  11. But big Problem is that Recently i moved a Small house Because the Loses on my Husband`s Business so Thank you so much for Providing help or advise would be awesome this is Affordable and Comfortable for my kids..

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