Written by MK Kids Interiors

On July 22, 2019

Designing a room for children with Autism

In a conversation with architect Christopher Beaver, whom I refer to as the master of designing buildings for people with Autism, he stated that “There are the; jumpers, runners, kickers and ‘spitters’.”  Your child may also appear normal, but have challenging behaviour.  It is imperative to think of your child’s needs and habits when designing a suitable living space.

However there are some general design principles that need to be applied when designing spaces for children with Autism. Think about your home and all the things that frustrate you… Now think about your child with Autism, their frustration and anxiety would be multiplied significantly, because they have difficulties communicating their distress, and will begin to act out.

In designing a room for your child with Autism:

1. Create a simple layout of the space, one that will give your child easy access to the things he/she will need.  If you have limited space, where your child will use one room for sleeping, playing and studying, by all means zone the space.

Define the sleeping area, the pay area and the study space. This is essential if you want your child to sleep at night, if the toys are visible, these will stimulate your child’s mind for play. It may be worth incorporating labels or visual aids to help your child identify and find the things he/she may need.

2. Avoid reflective surfaces that magnify sound, I would suggest carpets or a large rug, if you have hard floors. Ensure the walls are insulated well for good acoustics, to avoid echoing and to keep sound out. Noise has the ability to raise stress levels, interrupt sleep and reduce the quality of life.

3. Natural light is goo but there is a need for appropriate blackout blinds or curtains to control the glare of the sunshine in the day and street lights at night. Lighting needs to be soft and controlled. Avoid fluorescent and flickering lights in your child’s room/ environment. Dimmer switches are an excellent way to control lighting in the room.

4. Colour is another important factor when designing a space for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Avoid bright colours such as reds, oranges and yellows, such colours are not suitable for children with Autism, they are stimulating colours.

  Research has shown that babies cry more when surrounded by yellow. Use subtle soft colours such as blues, pinks and greys.

5. Avoid large areas of stripes or busy patterns, children with autism usually find them quite disturbing. Where possible use solid furniture and secure them to the walls or floor, to avoid your child removing and using furniture as a weapon.

When hiring a designer, it is important that you provide them with a thorough brief and detail the daily lifestyle of you and your child. This is so they can create the ideal space that will help in your daily living and help improve your child’s quality of life.

At MK Kids Interiors we work with parents/carers and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to design suitable spaces for their daily use.


Medina King



0203 287 3722

Image credit: Pinterest

You May Also Like…

We Were Named An Expert in a Rent. Article.

Check out the recent Rent. article we were featured in: Welcoming a new addition to the family is an exciting and joyous occasion, and preparing a nursery is often one of the most anticipated tasks for expectant parents. The nursery is not just a room; it’s a...

The Power of Active Play in Kids Interior Design

The Power of Active Play in Kids Interior Design

A Journey of Physical and Mental Development The Power of Active Play in Kids Interior Design At MK Kids Interiors we believe and practice; Shaping Dreams and Development through Active Play in Kids Interior Design In the dynamic world of kids interior design,...

How to Design a Reading Corner For Kids

How to Design a Reading Corner For Kids

How to Design a Reading Corner For Kids Designing a reading corner for kids involves creating a space that is inviting, comfortable, and encourages a love for reading. Here are some tips to help you design a captivating reading corner for kids: Choose a Cozy Location:...


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.