3rd Bedroom: Guest Room, Kids Room or Playroom

One of the main requirements when we moved into a new house was that it had to have at least 3 bedrooms. I can’t imagine living in a 2 bedroom house right now, however….currently our 3rd bedroom is empty with a “office” in it. It has been used as a guest room a few times and a place to store papers and books, but nothing more.

My original plan and thinking was to have my kids share a room. I’ve been thinking that if our 2nd baby coming in October is a girl we will make the 3rd bedroom her room so I can make it all girly and such. Then again, I don’t know if that’s the most practical thing to do. My kids will both be so young and close together in age that I think sharing a room (no matter the gender – one girl and one boy or two boys) might make the most sense. I think a separate room with your own space is important when you’re older but in infant and toddler years, I don’t think it matters as much.

I’ve heard of many people who have children that share a room and that room is for sleeping only. Basically in that room are beds and a dresser with clothes in it. Currently in Lucas’ room, he plays in it, reads books in it and hangs out in it all the time. He really loves his room.

If we made it a shared bedroom only- I would love to have the other room as a playroom- or what I have been calling it lately- a “school room.” I always said I would never have a playroom. My kids don’t need an entire room for toys. But…. I don’t have a two kids yet. This room is upstairs, and I don’t know if that matters in the long run, but I just don’t know how often I would send the kids upstairs to play. Would I? I also think they’re too young to have a playroom right now. I could see when they’re closer to four or five years, but at young toddler years mine isn’t doing a whole lot of “toy playing.”

We would actually make it into a playroom/office. My husband made a desk area in the closet space, so that will stay there no matter what. A little space would be for our office work and storage and the rest could be for play. I would love to paint one of the walls with chalkboard paint. How fun would that be! We could also move the rain gutter bookshelves out of Lucas’ room and into the playroom so there left more room for beds and clothes.
Am I totally over thinking things here? I just so badly want to make the best decision and get that room set up before this Fall. I hate having a room that is being un-used, it feels like such a waste of space! We probably will leave it as is till much later, so after October. Which is fine because I don’t think I’ll know what I will really want until I have both kids here. I also have time because our babies always sleep with us in our room for a long while after birth. I’m just such a planner that I would love to have it all done this summer!
I would love to hear from you! For those of you that have two or more kids, and especially if you have a small house and don’t have the option of having separate rooms, what did you do? How do you feel about kids sharing a room? Is a playroom important?
I’d love your thoughts! 🙂

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

20 thoughts on “3rd Bedroom: Guest Room, Kids Room or Playroom

  1. I think the office/playroom would work well. Hey, maybe you could do a office with a futon/daybed and also a playroom, then it could be a space for guests as well 🙂 My aunt has this in her home and it works really well.

  2. My boys share a room and have a playroom. Its worked well for us (with a 2 year old and a (almost) 4 year old). When the toys were in his room (when we just had one) he would get out of bed and play, now they just have books and stuffed animals in their room, and all their toys in a seperate room. It works great for us!!

  3. I have 2 girls, and they are 13 months apart. They share a room, and would even if one were a boy. The 3rd bedroom is the playroom. The girls are 2 and 3 now and I promise you, the playroom gets a lot of use, even being upstairs. The bedroom has only beds and a dresser, as you said. But the books stay in the bedroom instead of the playroom. I sometimes shut the door to the playroom if it gets too messy or if the girls are misbehaving, and then they are still able to look at their books. It's also more convenient at night time when they want a story.

  4. Our boys are 12 months and 2 and a 1/2 right now and they share a room. Our 3rd room is in the works of being a guest room. When baby #3 comes this fall he or she will stay in our room for at least 6 months then our oldest son will get the 'guest' room and the younger two will be together no matter the gender. I don't think gender really makes a difference until they're much older.

    We keep our boys toys in the living room since that's where we hang out the most. We don't keep very many out but we change it up with ones in storage about every 3 months.

  5. I think kids sharing a room is good! It teaches them to share =) As for the third room, an office space/playroom would work, and if there is room, even a futon for if you have guests!

  6. I don't have a second child yet nor do I have a 3rd room to decide what to do with. But if I did I would definitely make it into the play room. We are currently in a 2 bedroom apartment right now and when our 2nd baby gets here our kids will be sharing a room. I just don't know how I will be able to do it with both beds, a book shelf, a child's chair, and a toy box. It's going to be very crammed. I'm hoping we get to move into a 3 bedroom before February(when the baby's due). That way we will be able to have a playroom. I think it's good for them to share a room like another commenter said. It teaches them to share. Also sharing a playroom enforces that as well. When I was a kid my parents made it a big deal that I had my own room separate from my brothers. I would lock myself in my room and play alone. My things were my things and if anyone touched them I would freak out. I was a brat. I think sharing a room and playroom is a wonderful idea to teach your children how to share and be loving and considerate of others.

  7. Are you using the co sleep method? Because if not every 2 hours or less you are going to be interrupting your toddler's sleep if you have them share a room at first. That would be something to consider about using the 3rd room. After that is over and done with, I agree with Meg, just make it an all purpose room. If you have someone that is handy around, you could also do one of the beds that pulls out of the wall, but a daybed would work just as easily and be less work. Ha! I think you need to go in stages and consider newborn first, no matter what the gender. What will it be like? Will your toddler be bothered? I'm guessing at least partially, so you'll have a continually cranky toddler from not enough sleep. You could either co-sleep (we never did, but some people do), or room-in, or keep that other room as a nursery until it's no longer 'feasible', IE you get to the point where you feel like it would be better for them to share. Be flexible. You can always re-paint but if you are going with separate rooms for a while, I would suggest using a girly-ish color on the walls-pale yellow or orange and stick to the REAL girly in accessories/ bedding–if you have a girl, that is. I don't have a second one yet, but we would not have ours share at first, but definitely would a SS duo later on.

  8. My girl and boy share, and it is precious. They talk each other to sleep, and I can't imagine having them in separate rooms (we have an extra room).

  9. My girl and boy share, and it is precious. They talk each other to sleep, and I can't imagine having them in separate rooms (we have an extra room).

  10. That is what we'll do. Our Daughter is 3, but if and when we have another they will share a room and the 3rd will be a playroom.

    We will be doing a futon, our t.v. with wii, and make a playroom as well. However, the BIG desk will go in our bedroom. Fiance needed it when he was in college, but now that he's done he doesn't need all his own space anymore!

  11. When we moved in our new home, I was insistent on each of my boys having their own bedroom with their own toys. (with two, they really add up and mine have entirely too many) But when I finally tried to transition Gage into his own room (we did have his toddler bed in our room), he wouldn't sleep in there. He kept saying he was scared. I decided to do the playroom idea and it's working great. Some nights it's hard to get them to sleep because they can be giggly at times but I love the playroom.

    On the toy thing, when I just had one, it didn't seem like he had too many toys but with two 2 years apart, they have different types of toys. Combine that with my mom who LOVES to spoil them and has bought them waaay too much, it makes even the playroom seem crowded! I know they have too much and I'm working on getting rid of some.

  12. I am going through the same mental process as you, with our third bedroom, and I'm not even pregnant with a second child yet! We currently have a third bedroom that is an office/guest room. It has my sewing table and sewing supplies, a desk with lots of drawers, two bookshelves, and a futon. I would like to eventually get rid of the desk and just have file cabinets, since we have a lap top and do most of our online stuff in the living room anyway. However, I don't know what to do with the sewing table if we end up using that room as a child's bedroom. I'm considering leaving it as a guest room/sewing room, or maybe turning it into a bedroom for two kids to share (when we have our second someday) and making the other room the guest room (it's smaller), but I just don't know!!! Wow, I guess I could write a whole blog post of my own about this. Such a dilemma!

  13. Our 3rd bedroom was being used as a dining room when we bought the house. Our kitchen is huge, so we never used the dining room. When I got pregnant with my second child, we decided to turn the dining room back into a bedroom for her. If I had a boy, I was planning on letting them share a room, and turning the dining room into a playroom. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

  14. Playroom! I'd only leave your “office” in there if its going to be child proof though! I love that Luke's bedroom is childsafe & I can send the kids in there to play! My niece (3) and “nephews” (2 & 4) can play in there alone while I nurse Luke in another room & with the monitor on I don't have to worry about them getting hurt.

  15. Our house is pretty small. There isn't much room for playing in our living room, so we converted our master bedroom into an office/guest room/playroom. It has worked out really well for us. The futon is what makes it a guest room. ha. I have one daughter who will be two in august and a baby boy due the first week of september. they will be sharing a room that just has beds and clothes. 🙂

  16. “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away” You have defenitely thrown the worst away!

  17. I could still remember when I was newly married I have had only 2 bedrooms, when I give birth to my 2 son's i then realize that 2 bedrooms is not enough so we decided to add 1 room plus a playroom.

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