As kids grow, they expect their bedrooms to change with them. Creating a personal space that reflects their personalities, needs and interests doesn’t have to cost a fortune—especially since they might want to change the room again in a few years. Here are some budget-friendly ways to make over a child’s bedroom that are sure to please parents and children alike.
Paint is a budget decorator’s best friend. Changing the wall colour is a fast, easy way to change the look of the entire room. Choose a child’s favourite colour for all four walls, or paint just one wall a bright accent colour. Try your hand at faux finishing techniques or add an easy, stencilled border. Remember that paint isn’t just for walls. Give old furniture a new look with a fresh coat of paint.
Probably the biggest expense in any room makeover is furniture. The bed is arguably the most important piece, as the child will sleep in it every night. Instead of buying a brand new bed, consider ways to update an old one. Create a new headboard with plywood and fabric, or use inexpensive tulle to create a whimsical canopy. Turn bunk beds into a tent by simply adding some fabric, or loft a bed to create a reading nook underneath it. For dressers and desks, scour flea markets and second-hand shops for used pieces. Mismatched furniture can be painted or refinished to look like a matched set, and swapping out old hardware for new, matching drawer pulls can completely transform the pieces. Also consider purchasing kids bunk beds which comes in all sort of interesting design that your kids will love, and it also presents good savings in terms of money and space.
Every kid needs some storage space to keep toys and clutter out of sight. Use the space under the bed, or add an inexpensive storage unit with fabric bins to hide the mess. Add some shelving or storage bins to the closet, or bring a toy chest into the room. Hooks encourage kids to hang up jackets, bathrobes and bags, and display shelves keep favourite souvenirs and collections looking neat and organized.
Finish off the room with inexpensive, easy-to-swap-out accessories like a comforter in a favourite colour or a throw pillow shaped like a favourite cartoon character. A new lampshade transforms an old bedside lamp, and scattered throw rugs add a pop of colour. Removable wall clings are a great way to bring kids’ favourite licensed characters into a room or create a scenic mural without hiring an artist; they can be replaced in minutes, too, when the child wants something new.
Make sure the bedroom’s occupants have a chance to personalize their space. Whether it’s by displaying photographs or prizes or adding a monogram, kids like to make their rooms their own. Try adding a corkboard where teens can tack pictures and mementos or hang a chalkboard where younger kids can doodle.
With a little paint and some ingenuity, anyone can create an inviting space that reflects a child’s personality and interests, even on a shoestring budget.
Written by Kylie Ward
This post was not written by me. I was compensated for this post.