Watch siblings trade rooms to help design each other’s dream spaces, with DIY tips and tricks, safety advice, and more.
When it comes to home reno TV shows, you have plenty of options: There’s Fixer Upper and Trading Spaces. There’s Property Brothers (and its various spin-offs) and Love It or List It. While these shows are all certainly family-friendly (many feature the kids of the homeowners during the renovation project), they’re intended for adults. But now there’s a new home renovation show hitting the small screen that’s specifically created with kids in mind.
Dubbed Get Out of My Room, this new show premieres June 11 at 6 p.m./5 p.m. central on Universal Kids, a cable channel included in most packages. (The sneak peek airs Monday, June 4.) The premise is simple: Two siblings (between 6 and 14 years old) have always shared a room but are preparing to have their own bedrooms for the first time.
Host Claire Zinnecker, an Austin, Texas–based interior designer, and her team arrive on the scene to help the kids get their dream bedrooms, but with a twist: Each one helps design the other’s bedroom with the help of Zinnecker or construction guru JBJ, who each guide a child through the process. Each child is kept out of his or her room-to-be until it’s completed, for a final reveal with total wow-factor.
“The fun part about each sibling designing each other’s room is the surprise reveal,” host Zinnecker told Real Simple. “But also, the siblings being able to design the other’s room is sort of a bonding step and a way for them to be proud [of what they’ve done.]”
The show also has a hands-on component reminiscent of Trading Spaces. The kids themselves are able to take on DIY projects such as working with a staple gun or painting a wall, skills Zinnecker is proud to teach them.
“My parents’ rule was, ‘If you want something, figure out how to make it,’” she said. “I think it’s very important now that kids still have that tangible creativity.”
Of course, she’s careful to emphasize safety. The kids are always supervised, either by Zinnecker or JBJ, and their parents help out, as well.
“We always ask them, ‘Do you want to do this?’ and some don’t.” One young designer-in-training refused to use the staple gun—until she saw Zinnecker using it and changed her mind. “It’s fun for them to learn [these skills] and also to learn safety,” Zinnecker said. Plus, at the end of each episode, the show shares tips on design and DIY projects to further help kids watching get involved in making design choices around their homes.
In working with these kids to develop their dream bedrooms, Zinnecker encounters kid-popular (but not always parent-popular) trends such as slime, unicorns, and glitter, and she works with the kids to make sure they get exactly what they want.
“You don’t really think about kids always getting a say in [their rooms], and they actually have a lot of opinions,” she said. “They really get to love their rooms. It’s a lot more fun to see their creativity and not just say, ‘This is what we’re doing.’”
Budgeting isn’t as large a part of Get Out of My Room as it is in adult-focused home design shows, but they are still limited by monetary constraints, another reason Zinnecker, JBJ, and their pint-sized design teams often turn to DIY projects. For other big room updates on a budget, though, Zinnecker said a fresh coat of paint on the walls and new flooring can have a major impact on a space.
Beyond the central theme—a child simultaneously dreaming up his or her ideal space and helping a sibling get his or her perfect bedroom—there’s an element of confidence involved, something Zinnecker hopes to instill in the kids she works with directly and the kids who watch the show.
“[It’s] encouragement, or the realization that it’s okay to want your own individual thing, to not want what your best friend wants, or your sibling wants,” she said. She also hopes the show encourages kids watching to take on their own projects. “Get outside and do something with your hands,” she said. “Even if kids haven’t done it before, they see that they can.”
Get Out of My Room premieres Monday, June 11, at 6 p.m./5 p.m. central on Universal Kids, but you can catch the sneak peek ahead of time on Monday, June 4, also at 6 p.m./5 p.m. central.