The Best Lighting for Kids Bedrooms

Feb 6, 2013

If you have destructive kids like mine this will save you some tears over broken Pottery Barn Kids lamps. My boys "accidentally" knock the lamps off their nighstands all.the.time. Last weekend, I went to Ikea to buy my seven year old new bedroom furniture. Actually, I only planned to buy him a dresser and walked out with an insta-room four hours later. Yes, four hours! Because I can't afford for another lamp to break and the thought of gouges on the new laminate floor makes me ill, I found a solution. Wall lamps! I've had my eye on them for a while, but the ones I came across were too expensive. I wanted something a little rustic for my seven year old because he loves everything to do with the outdoors. These wall lamps from Ikea are perfect!

The price was perfect too at only $10 a piece. There's an on/off button on the underside of the lamp that even my five year old can push with no problems. I like that they swivel, too. He can turn it to shine on his book when reading or push them to the side for a nightlight. My ten year old wants me to buy them for his room, too.

The only thing I'm not completely crazy about is the cord. I might disguise it with a cord keeper you can buy at Lowe's or Home Depot. You just paint the plastic to match the walls and it really does blend in. We've done it with our tv cords. Another option is to lower the lamps so they are just above the frame of the bed. I'll probably figure it out when I paint his room later this year.

Thankfully, it's not noticeable until you get close so I might not even worry about it!

I still have quite a bit to do in his room, but my son is very happy with it so far. The wall lamps are definitely his favorite. I'd like to say it's because they're cool, but it probably has more to do with the button. Kids are funny!


  1. For kids rooms that's the best solution! Lamps have to be off their night tables! I already did it in my daughter's room, two pendant lights on each side of her bed. You're giving me a great idea of what to use in my son's room, they look so "boy-ish" :) Nice room!

    1. Definitely boyish! I showed him pictures of boy rooms with bright colors and he said,"no way!" I was so nervous picking out his furniture and bedding without him, but I stuck to his personality and he loves it!