KidFile #18: Bedroom Ideas From 1955

Brightening up bedrooms for children was just as popular in 1955 as it is now. Take a look at some of these creative ideas from a vintage Better Homes and Gardens- I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Ideas for small rooms. Even in a small room, you can give your teen-age boy a combination living-bedroom like this. The secret is a spacesaving trundle bed for guests and combination desk-bookcase to unite all your child’s needs.” (Check out the matchstick blinds, diamond print draperies, bulletin board wall and modern furniture.)

Let’em draw! Blackboard paint is a good idea when every inch of wall space is a premium. Just paint the back of a door- the kids will love it. You don’t have to use a door, of course. Paint a panel and hang it on the wall of your basement playroom. Then watch the fun!” (And you thought chalkboard paint was only available recently?)

Color is inexpensive. This room is furnished with low-cost add-to grouping. You could use unfinished furniture. Floor covering is a fiber rug- easy on the budget, too. Try adding individual touches like the unusual window treatment. All children collect, so give them a place to display their prizes.” (Look at the fun framed silhouettes on the wall and the Eames-like rocker.)

Calling all handymen! The toy boxes, open at top and mounted on casters make wonderful movable toy-storage bins. Make them extra sturdy.” (You can get large wooden boxes and casters like these at Ikea, but then you’ll still need a handyman to put them together.)

Kids love bright colors. Drawers painted different colors can be used to train your child to put his/her shirts in yellow drawer, underwear in red one.” (Using different fabrics would be a fun alternative.)

(Pictures were drawn by artist Ric Howard)