If you have 3+ kids, do each have their own bedroom? We currently have 4 bedrooms upstairs, so each of our kids have their own bedroom. We will have 3. If we were to have 4 (not going to happen) we would need to buy a larger House. I work from home so I need an office and we need a guest room.
wonderful grape / 20453 posts
You guys already have such a big home! I can't imagine more space because it means more to CLEAN! ha!
We're going to make our kids share rooms because we're evil troll parents like that And a 6 bedroom house is sort of crazy pants. We have 4 bedrooms upstairs but I want one of the rooms to be a play room (aka the toy dump). And I think bunk beds are fun
pomegranate / 3890 posts
@blackbird: haha that's the first thing I thought.too, more cleaning! No way! Lol we want four and have a three.bedroom. our 2 boys already share a room and when we have more we plan for two in a room when they are younger. I don't really think young kids need.their own rooms, just extra space to deal with it.
nectarine / 2878 posts
If we end up having 4 kids, 2 of them will share a room. We have a 4bd house but have a media room and playroom, just not willing to sacrifice those shared spaces.
pineapple / 12053 posts
If we have the 3 we plan on having, each of them won't have their own rooms when we move unless we suddenly come into a large amount of $. But we're purposefully moving to a city where cost of living will be higher but quality of life will be higher as well so it's a win for me.
pomelo / 5660 posts
@lilyann: yes we have media room and playroom too.. Couldn't sacrifice that
pear / 1586 posts
Nope. We are expecting our third and two will share. We have a three bedroom home.
pineapple / 12802 posts
Two of them shared a room until about 2 weeks ago. We didn't have too many problems, but now our eldest is getting into his tween years and he needs, and we would like him to have, a little more privacy. So, now they have their own rooms. If we ever had another, which I don't think we will, the two youngest would share a room.
grapefruit / 4321 posts
If we had three we would give them each their own room. We currently have a girl, and a boy on the way, and they each have their own room that share a Jack N Jill bathroom. We then have a guest room with a full bath. IF we ever had a third I would move the oldest into the room with it's own bath, BUT, she would need to understand that any time we have company she gets booted from her room to bunk with one of her siblings I'm a big believer in each kid having their own space. But as of now we have no intentions of having a third.
cantaloupe / 6059 posts
When we have 3 or more the kids will have to share. I'm not bothered by that. I think it's a very modern development that most children have their own rooms. That has certainly not been the case for most of the world or for the U.S. except in recent years. I don't think I will be depriving my kids of anything and in fact think they will learn a lot from sharing.
(We have a 4 bedroom house but one is a dedicated play room.)
pomegranate / 3565 posts
We have a 4 bedroom house. Our two boys will share a room and #3 will be in the small room off the master that is currently the nursery. My mom recently moved in with us so she has the last bedroom. We may add on at some point to get another room. Our boys are only 20 months apart so I think they'll be fine sharing a room for a while.
cantaloupe / 6206 posts
@BandDmommy: Sounds like your house already fits you/your kids' needs perfectly! Especially since you guys aren't planning on having more.
pomelo / 5660 posts
@JoJoGirl: oh I have no plans of moving! I was curious about people with 4+ kids.
coconut / 8472 posts
We are looking at possibly adopting 2 kids, which would mean we'd have 3. We currently have a 4 bedroom house. I want one room to remain a dedicated guest room because my parents visit often. So 2 kids will share one of the rooms.
We've been doing a lot of debating about which room should get shared though. We have 2 smaller bedrooms that are close, but one's a tiny bit bigger. Then we have a much bigger room, and that's currently the guest room. I'm debating between putting 2 kids in a small room while they're little or just putting them there sooner.
pomegranate / 3032 posts
This brings to mind a conversation I once had with my grandfather... he grew up 1 of 6 kids in a row home in philly and all his siblings shared a room and and they shared beds. His hope one day when he had a family was for his children to each have their own bed. my dad and his 2 brothers shared a room but they at least had their own beds and my aunt had her own room. My grandfather was thrilled that all his grandchildren each had their own room. I joked that my kids will each have their own house and he'd really be proud.
pomelo / 5660 posts
@Chillybear: interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing!
watermelon / 14467 posts
I shared a room with my sister for 10 years, and I anticipate our kids will end up sharing a room while they are young. I don't think kids necessarily need their own room until they are older.
grapefruit / 4355 posts
I grew up in a family with three kids and my sister and I shared a room until I was in eighth grade.
If we end up with three kids, I suspect that the two that are the same gender will share a room at least for a while.
pineapple / 12793 posts
They could, but I'd rather have them share for a bit. I shared growing up and liked it.
wonderful pea / 17279 posts
While 3 and 4 kids have been discussed (one-sided, not mine) I doubt we would make sure each one had their own room. Although I could see us getting a larger home altogether, but that would be to increase the public spaces more than anything else.
papaya / 10570 posts
We only have 3 bedrooms, and by bedroom I mean "upstairs room that isn't the bathroom" (no guest room, no office, no playroom). One of those rooms is a teeny tiny box room, big enough for a nursery but not big enough for a single bed. The plan is, once LO2 outgrows the cot, we will get an attic conversation. I know they could share a room but j really don't want them to.
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
My husband is one of four, the house he grew up in had 4 bedrooms, so it meant a pair of them was always sharing. There were two boys and two girls and they all spent time bunking together. I think my husband was in with his sister for a period of time too.
I was one of three, I always had my own room, my brothers shared.
In our current house, my husband, son and I could each have our own room and we would still have a dedicated guest room. The rooms are small though (50 year old house).
grapefruit / 4291 posts
We only have three bedrooms but big living spaces so I'm not concerned if any of my kids had to share in the future.
kiwi / 548 posts
We live in a city and have 3 kids in a 3 bed. Our oldest 2 share (boy/girl). It's tough at nap time (our oldest typically naps in our bed), but otherwise it works. We go back and forth on a 4th, in which case we will likely move to the suburbs. 5 bed houses in the suburbs we are looking at are just too much house for us, so my guess is that we will always have kids sharing. We live walking distance to plenty of hotels and airbnbs, so we typically just arrange that for guests as most of relatives are families of 4+.
pomegranate / 3604 posts
We have a 3 bedroom and the two boys already share a room. The baby will get the other room (currently a toy dump). If we have 1-2 more kids we could fit the first three in the same room with a bunk bed, or give the kids the master and move into the room they're currently in.
My mom grew up in a family of 10 (8 kids) with 3 bedrooms.
hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39513 posts
We have 4 bedrooms/3 kids and my toddlers currently share a room and I use one room as an office/junk/guest/craft room. We plan on keeping an office until I stop working at home FT...maybe in a few years.
grapefruit / 4361 posts
I know a family of 10 kids with 4 or 5 bedrooms, a family of 8 kids with 6 bedroom, and a family of 7 kids with 3 or 4 bedrooms. I don't go down that hallway
We have a 3 bedroom house and we'd prefer to keep one room the bedroom and one room the playroom for as long as possible, up until about age 4 for mixed gender siblings or until about 10-11 for same gender. Then again, the needs and personalities of the children will influence our choices.