Do you remember your childhood bedroom? A place where dreams were dreamt, magical stories unfolded and memories were made. Giggling during sleepovers with friends, doing homework, reading and playing with toys- chances are your first room sticks in your mind because it was such an important space to you. So when you’re planning a room for your own child, you’ll of course want it to be just as magical. A place that they remember fondly; somewhere you can bond with them and read bedtime stories, somewhere they can make up games with their friends and get creative. Maybe your child’s bedroom is just due a refresh, or perhaps you’re transitioning their nursery into their first ‘proper’ bedroom. Either way, if a redecoration is on the cards then finances won’t have slipped your mind, after all, no home makeover is especially cheap especially when you’re starting everything from scratch. However there are a few ways you can bring costs down.
Kids rooms are commonly themed around things they enjoy. Cars and buses for boys, flowers and butterflies for girls, or things like cartoon characters and their current interests. The thing that’s problematic about this is that kids change so quickly, they grow and mature every day and their interests change. In the space of a year your sweet girly girl could be an adventure seeking tomboy, or your little boys favourite superhero has long since changed. For this reason, when it comes to decor it’s best to keep it neutral. You can always add themed curtains, a duvet cover and wall art to bring a theme into your child’s room- that way when they start outgrowing it you can easily change these without having to completely redecorate and it works out much cheaper overall. It’s also worth choosing wipeable paint and stain resistant carpet too, while these kinds of things can cost more upfront they’ll last much better overall and will save you from forking out more money to refresh everything.
Children will generally need the same furniture as an adult, but on a smaller scale. So along with a bed or kids bunk beds if you have children sharing, you will need a bedside table, a wardrobe and perhaps a child sized desk. A desk is a good option as it gives them a place to sit and do quiet activities, it gets them into the habit of using a desk in their room which will come in helpful later on when they start getting homework. It’s worth choosing good quality children’s furniture, as it will be safe and stand the test of time until they’re big enough for full sized furniture. Again, while this can cost more upfront it will save you money overall as you won’t keep needing to replace. You also have the option of finding good quality second hand furniture for kids or checking out clearance/ ex catalogue shops which offer massive reductions on prices.
Think About Storage and Layout
We’re not all fortunate enough to live in huge houses, most people tend to live in two and three bedroom homes with the square footage being significantly less than it was a couple of decades ago. This often means smaller bedrooms, and especially children’s rooms who tend to be in box rooms or smaller second bedrooms. For this reason, it’s important to make the most of the space. Since children will want to relax with friends and play with their toys in their room, it makes sense to have some space for them to sit down on the floor. A soft rug will protect the carpet (or add warmth if you have wooden floors down). Rugs can cost a lot of money, but if you scour places like ebay you’ll find these much cheaper. It doesn’t have to be the best quality rug in the world, chances are it will get roughed up over the years from play. In this case, replacing with another cheap rug is likely to be better than trying to clean and maintain one very expensive one. Regularly declutter, again kids grow and their interests move on quickly. Donate clothes that no longer fit and toys they don't play with. A less fortunate child could make good use of them and you get to free up all important space. And while you’re donating, check out what’s in the thrift store that you could pick up yourself for your child. That way you’re getting items cheaply while simultaneously getting rid of those that aren’t being used.