How to Design & Decorate Rooms for Kids with Special Needs

Two Washington Post written by Terri Sapienza are full of tips for designing and decorating rooms for kids with special needs.

Two Washington Post online articles made their way into a Google Alert not long ago. Both articles, written by Terri Sapienza, were full of tips for designing and decorating rooms for kids with special needs.

Way to Go, Ginger Rodriguez!

The article featured advice from interior designer Ginger Rodriguez. Ginger’s interest in designing rooms for kids with special needs began after she and her husband adopted a child with a medical condition and developmental delays. After adapting their son’s room to meet his needs, she added a specialty area – designing rooms for children with special needs – to her business. To read the Washington Post article about the evolution of Ginger’s specialty, click here.

Room Design Tips

Rodriguez’s tips seem like common sense solutions – hardwood instead of carpet for wheelchairs and IV poles, lowering light switches, and using pocket doors. But growing up with a parent in a wheelchair, I know how infrequently common sense solutions are applied in homes. Other tips from Ginger include:

  • How to position the bed
  • Medical supply and toy storage
  • Double duty furniture
  • Wireless door alarms
  • Comfy lift beds
  • Hide away rails


To read about these and other great tips, click here to access Sapienza’s second article.

How Do You Make Your Child’s Room Fun?

Rodriguez gave other tips about how to make a child’s room fun and attractive, an important consideration since some children with special needs, especially those with serious medical conditions, spend a great deal of time in their rooms. But how about you? What have you done to make your child’s room attractive and fun and restful? I’d love to hear your creative ideas.

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2 Responses to “How to Design & Decorate Rooms for Kids with Special Needs”

  1. Nancy says:

    I agree with getting rid of the carpet. It also makes cleaning up spills harder and keeps the room warmer if you have equipment like a compressor. If you have nurses in your house, you have a whole other aspect to consider.

  2. Selena says:

    Since my son gets visually overstimulated I have tried to keep his room as simple as possible. Smaller toys are sorted in bins and put in the closet. We only take one out at a time. Larger toys are in a big bin in his room where they can be easily put away when he’s done with them. For window safety, I spray painted small wooden dowels white (so they would blend in) and velcro’d them to the window track. This way the window could only open a few inches and my curious kiddo is safe!

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