Kids' Bedroom Ideas That Won't Break the Bank
Save time and money with these kids' bedroom ideas that are sure to impress.
Every child deserves a space to call his own. Whether it's his own corner of a shared bedroom or his very own room, your child will appreciate the energy and effort you expend in creating that space. The best part? It doesn't have to cost a fortune.
It can be time-consuming and expensive to decorate a child's room, but it doesn't have to be. Use these tips to start the process of designing the perfect room for your little one without spending a ton.
Here are five kids' bedroom ideas that won't break the bank:
- Choose a Key Piece To Design Room Around
"Bedding is really important, as the bed is usually the focal point of the room," says Katharine Henley, the founder of children's decor site Lovably Me. "If you haven't already done so, invest in a full-size single bed and choose a grown-up duvet cover -- mix and match cushions and a quilt for extra luxury." Follow Owen's Olivia's example and use colorful bedding and a mix of fabric textures to pump up a plain white space.
- Go Vintage
"Save money and go vintage! Hit up your local flea market, neighborhood garage sales or even online ads to find truly amazing deals on one-of-a-kind, quality furniture pieces. Sometimes all it needs a quick sanding and a fresh coat of paint!" says Sarah Glynn, an interior designer and owner of Sarah Glynn Design. She also emphasizes that "creating a designated, organized work space for your child to do homework is a must." Combine both ideas with this retro desk revamp from Sew Much More Than Rubies.
- Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
"Add accessories like photo frames, memo boards or a floor cushion, allowing practicality and design," suggests Henley. Accessories are simple, inexpensive if you know where to look and can change the feel of a space with very little effort. Each of these ideas adds function and form to your little one's room. These shelves from Crazy Little Projects can be customized in the colors of your choice while still adding extra storage for toys and books.
- Use Repositionable Wall Stickers
"As your little girl grows up, her room becomes more than just a place to sleep. Inspire her imagination with a design that will help her play and relax, whilst suiting her practical needs to read or do homework. Repositionable wall stickers are a great resource for creating a unique design -- for example spots or stars can be clustered together into a shape (e.g. a heart), placed in lines or dotted around the room to make different effects (on glass or wood too)," according to Henley.
"They allow trial and error, which is helpful if you want to get the design just right. Most importantly, let them have some input -- their emotional link to their room will increase if they do." Geometric stickers, like these gold dots on The Creativity Exchange or black triangles on Apartment Therapy, work well for both genders and won't look dated down the road.
- Use Found Items in The Home
Sometimes you might have little to no budget for your project. If this is the case, there are ways to redecorate using found items in your home. What was old can be made new again with the right attitude. "When decorating kids rooms for cheap, look and see what you have around your own home! I reuse things all the time," says Donna Ladd, a baby blogger and the creator of the site Motherburg. "For example, I took an old frame that was gray and boring, painted it with glow in the dark paint and placed it in my son's room. He loves it. There are many things in our own place that with a little love and care can look new and different." Fabric scraps (or old sheets) and wooden dowels are all you need to make this no-sew teepee from The Handmade Home.
It shouldn't cost you a fortune to create a great space for your child. Use these tips for kids' bedroom ideas to get started, and before you know it they'll have the room they've always dreamed about. You may want to hire a housekeeper to deep clean the room before redecorating so you have the freshest start possible!
For more on decorating, check out how to Feng Shui Your Child's Room.
Shanell Mouland writes for Huffington Post as well as her own blog, which is dedicated to telling stories of the care and raising of her autistic daughter, Kate, and her super sibling, Grace.