At What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Bedroom?

Some siblings love sharing a room and may want to share for as long as they can, whereas other times that might have to because of lack of space and have no choice. Here M6 Beds discuss what age should siblings stop sharing a room and have some space of their own?

What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Room?

As children grow up and enter their preteen years, many recognise a need for more privacy. This is particularly true if a brother and sister share a room. As children enter double digits, we would recommend you start thinking about providing them with their own space.

What Are the Advantages of Sharing a Room?

Under the age of 10, there are many benefits of children sharing a bedroom, including:

  • It teaches children how to share and cooperate with others. 
  • It fosters a close sibling bond, thanks to the additional time they spend together. 
  • Fewer rooms are required, meaning families can share smaller homes.
  • They’ll never get lonely and have support nearby if they’re afraid of the dark.

What Are the Disadvantages of Sharing a Room?

Of course, there are also some drawbacks especially as they get older. For instance:

  • Younger siblings may disturb older brothers and sisters with crying or noise.
  • Different daily routines may see one sibling disturb the other’s sleep.
  • Squabbles can be common. 
  • There is a lack of privacy. 
  • Germs spread quicker. So, colds are more likely to be passed between siblings if they share a room. 
  • Space is limited should your child like a friend to sleepover. 
  • Mess and clutter become more concentrated in one space. 
  • Brother and sister might disagree on how they want the room to look or feel.

If your children do share a bedroom, maximise the space that you do have. Invest in a bunk bed or storage beds so the there is much ‘free’ space as possible for the siblings!