Certainly you have already heard of the Montessori method, the system developed by the pedagogist and educator Maria Montessori that puts the child’s spontaneity and autonomy in learning at the center of everything. Practiced in over 20 thousand schools, the Montessori method can be taught to children from an early age at home, creating for them the Montessori bedroom.
Here is a practical guide to create an ad hoc Montessorian bedroom.
Contents of this Page
1 Montessori bedroom: the basic principle
- 1.1 Order and organization
2 Montessori bedroom: the furniture
- 2.1 Space and simplicity
- 2.2 Cot
- 2.3 Wardrobe
- 2.4 Library
- 2.5 Carpet
- 2.6 Table and chairs
- 2.7 Games
- 2.8 Decorations
- 2.9 Shelves and baskets for games
- 2.10 Mirror
- 2.11 Hanger and laundry basket
- 3 Montessori bedroom: up to what age
- 4 Montessori baby room
5 Montessori bedroom 1 year
- 5.1 Chest of treasures
- 6 Montessori bedroom after 2 years
7 Montessori bedroom 3 – 6 years
- 7.1 Little house-refuge
- 8 Montessori bedroom 6 – 10 years
9 Shared Montessori bedroom
- 9.1 Gemini or similar age
- 9.2 Registry difference of a few years
- 10 Montessori bedroom: what shouldn’t be there
- 11 Montessori Ikea bedroom
- 12 Other ideas for decorating a children’s room
Montessori bedroom: the basic principle
At the base of everything is the thought of Maria Montessori who argued that we must create a child-friendly environment, that is, that he is able to use alone and that stimulates his creativity in full respect of his personal tastes.
Here are his words: “A small bench-sink, a chest of drawers with drawers that he can open, everyday objects that he can manipulate, a small bed in which he can sleep at night under a nice blanket that he can fold and spread without help. We need to provide him with an environment in which he can live and play; so we will see him working all day with his hands and eagerly waiting to undress himself and lie down on his bed ”.
Order and organization
The Montessori room is as clean and well organized as possible. The child must therefore be invited to order immediately, showing him how to put everything back in its place.
And since it is a place where the child must live independently, any kind of danger must be prevented in advance, for example covering the holes of the electrical sockets and the corners of the furniture with corner protectors.
Montessori bedroom: the furniture
There are also very specific rules regarding the furniture. Everything must be within reach of the child, both physically and psychologically.
Let’s move on to practical examples by reviewing the individual elements.
Space and simplicity
Simplicity must be the basis of everything. Natural materials such as wood, wool, silk and 100% cotton are preferred, and the room colors must be neutral or muted.
Low loungers, fall-proof, which allow the child to get on and off in total autonomy.
The height of the mattress from the floor must not be greater than 20/25 cm.
For greater safety in the case of the little ones, it is possible to place them around the mattress pillows or carpets that cushion a possible fall.
Autonomy also means that the child dresses alone. There are many on the market low cabinets fit for purpose.
A bookcase or front shelves at child height allow the child to recognize the covers even when he cannot read yet.
Ideal for playing barefoot! For the little ones you can also opt for a sensory carpet.
Small table and chairs
Play or study area for older children. The edges should be rounded and obviously the height must be adequate for his height. The chairs must be low so that the child can draw and play comfortably without risking back problems.
To be preferred all those who can stimulate the child’s imagination. Common objects are also suitable for simulating practical activities (brooms, kitchen, sinks…).
Decorations stimulate creativity. A child-sized bulletin board is perfect for letting them learn their drawings, stickers and photographs on their own.
Shelves and baskets for games
Games must always be close at hand. Go ahead and then go to low shelves and capacious baskets where you can then put everything back in order.
For construction games, use boxes with lids or resealable bags.
Very useful element so that the child can look at himself and be aware of his own image. Opt for shatterproof glass!
Coat hanger and laundry basket
Obviously at child’s height, l‘coat hangers it is useful for hanging the jacket and backpacks. A laundry basket it will make the child autonomous in the division of dirty clothes and those to keep in order for the following day.
Montessori bedroom: up to what age
There are no fixed rules. Indicatively we are talking about a Montessori bedroom from 0 to 5 years. But this, of course, is a generic indication.
On the other hand, the fact that the bedroom ‘grows’ together with the child is fundamental, that is, that changes are made to meet his ever new needs.
Montessori baby room
One is enough for the first few months baby cot or a daybed with padded cushions that restrict the space so that you don’t feel lost. Also useful is the mobile to hang on the cradle. You can already start inserting one mirror and the active carpet, elements that allow stimulating explorations.
Montessori bedroom 1 year
At the age of one, a couple of should be added shelves for the first books and games. All obviously placed at an adequate height so that the child can move in a totally autonomous way.
Chest of treasures
When the child begins to sit up, it’s time to think about the treasure chest. Designed 30 years ago, by the psycho-educationalist Elinor Goldschmied, it is a container to be filled with common objects (from 60 to 100): the sink cap, a wooden spoon, a metal one, clothespins … clean and safe things that the child can touch, shake and put in the mouth.
Montessori bedroom after 2 years
As the child grows, the shelves must increase instead of the baskets for books and games. Also important is a small table with a couple of chairs. Among the games, glue, paints and scissors begin to appear.
Thanks to the mirror, you can start playing disguises to pretend to be someone else. For this reason, a box full of old clothes, hats, vests and pieces of fabric must be made available to the child.
Montessori bedroom 3 – 6 years
It is the moment of the first percussion musical instruments (sticks, maracas, triangles …), real or built with recycled materials. They are very important because their sound gives the possibility to listen and modulate the extension of the inner rhythm given by the heartbeat.
It is essential that the child has a space all to himself, where he can take refuge away from the eyes of adults. It can be a real little house or teepee, but also a makeshift shelter simply with two chairs and a sheet.
Montessori bedroom 6 – 10 years
The child has now entered the world of school. For this reason it is necessary to design the corner of the tasks with desk and shelves that are beautiful to look at and comfortable to use.
Shared Montessori bedroom
And in the case of two siblings? Depending on the age difference between the children and the space available, it is possible to adapt these solutions.
Twins or similar ages
As the needs are similar, there are no particular variations in the furnishings. However, it is important – as far as possible – to equip each of them with a personal space.
Registry difference of a few years
In this case, the children have different needs. In this case it is very important to organize the environment so that the “newcomer” is not seen as an ‘intruder’.
If there is enough space, more single beds can be placed (the height can change according to age). In the case of small spaces, the solution can be the loft bed oa castle.
Montessori bedroom: what shouldn’t be there
So far we have dealt with what a Montessori bedroom should look like and what elements it should be equipped with. But there are also elements to absolutely avoid. Let’s see what they are:
- television: children should watch it in moderation and especially with an adult
- too noisy games
- plastic games. Natural materials and above all games of safe origin are better
- dangerous games not suitable for age
- too many games: too many stimuli all together can be destabilizing
- electrical outlets (must be covered)
- corners and edges (must be repaired)
Montessori Ikea bedroom
Ikea is the perfect place to find many pieces of furniture useful for creating a Montessori bedroom. Starting with the colors that, in perfect Nordic style, are clear and neutral.
THE IKEA cots they are about 70 centimeters tall, with a space underneath of about 22 centimeters, so they seem suitable for the purpose. An idea could be the 160 × 200 Bamboo Futon Bed Balyss for sale at 439.00 euros.
The shelves, as already mentioned, should be low and accessible. Wide choice in the wide catalog, the important thing is to position them at the most suitable height of the child.
The series Trolfast, which also includes the possibility of integrating with baskets and containers, is comfortable, washable, colorful and easy to use. Very useful for teaching children to keep their bedroom tidy.