Growing up, I never shared a bedroom. On the one hand I enjoyed the luxury of my own space where I could disappear to read my books and play with my dolls and toys alone. On the other, I wondered frequently what it would be like to share a room with a sibling. With my brother being ten years older than me, I never had the squabbling, do-everything-together relationship I saw my friends experience with their siblings.
The bedrooms in our current house are quite small. Especially the boys' bedrooms. You can comfortably fit a few pieces of furniture into them - a single bed and a chest of drawers and a bookcase - and not much more. Thankfully the closets are built into the walls to save space. It's partly why we added two more bedrooms downstairs when we renovated our basement two years ago - so that when they're older, the boys can move downstairs into a larger space that's somewhat separated from the rest of the house.
I like the idea of the boys sharing a bedroom while they're still young, knowing they probably won't want to when they're older. I have this imagine of a beautiful large bedroom decorated in shades of blue, brown and green, with bunk beds on one side (think of the fun they'd have), a mural on one wall, an art area with a table and chairs where they could sit and draw and create things, a play area with all their toys, a seating area with bean bags where they could sit and read.
I imagine them giggling together at night with flashlights under their duvets, reading books together in the afternoon, playing quietly in their room while I get some
It would be so super awesome fun timez!
But... there are certain concerns holding me back: What if they get into a room together and stay up all night thrashing each other will pillows and skipping around their big room because sleep is no longer fun? What if they hate sharing a room and then we've knocked down a wall in our house and we're all stuck with it? What if one keeps the other awake?
As brothers close in age, they get on really, really well. About fifty percent of the time. And as most siblings, they have an I-love-you-give-me-a-hug / I-want-to-rip-your-head-off kind of relationship. So it could go either way.
What's your experience with siblings sharing a room? Is it a good idea or a bad idea?