Decorating Tips for Children’s Rooms on a Budget

Coming up with a successful, sweet space for kids doesn’t have to be pricey. A little ingenuity, some smart shopping, and a handful of DIY projects can work magic. Whether it’s the kid’s room or a shared space, this by-the-numbers guide can show you how to transform and re-decorate your child’s room while keeping your wallet in the green.

Understand Your Space and Needs

Measure to determine the amount of space in a room, and contemplate how the child uses the room here. Does the room need a spot for study sessions, play dates with friends or storage for sports gear? The answer will illuminate your priorities.

Choose a Flexible Theme

Instead of character-themes (such as Winnie-the-Pooh), version three is generally age-neutral and agnostic; nature/trees, sports, a single colour palette. This ‘theme’ can grow with the child and can be easily tweaked monthly over the coming 10 years (the half-life of children’s interests) with small changes and, subsequently, savings.

Children's Rooms
Children’s Rooms

Incorporate Multi-functional Furniture

Buy furniture that functions in multiple ways; a bed with drawers built into it is a sleeping area as well as a place to store things, for instance – as is a desk that has a crafting table attached. Things that last longer and can be used in more than one way are the best way to make your money go further.

Revitalize Existing Furniture

Before you buy new items, for example, are there any in the house that would suit your purposes? Heirlooms and family china are obvious possibilities, along with home renovation finds. Paint can make an item look brand new. Think about makeovers, too. An old dresser dressed up by painting it and attaching casters to the bottom. It makes a great desk. A ladder turned into a bookshelf.

DIY Decor

DIY experiences are a relatively cheap way for parents to customise their child’s room, whether through paintings, homemade wall art, or sepia-toned portraits sewn on cushion covers. They can also provide bonding opportunities: designing and painting a bookshelf or tapestry together can be a fun experience for the parent and the child.

Opt for Affordable Art

Artwork can drastically transform the look and feel of a room but you don’t need to spend big money. Make your own art with your child or frame the pages from old children’s books for a timeless whimsical touch. You can also add beloved children’s book characters to the walls. Or grab google images of beautiful artwork and create your own, more affordable versions.

Use Wall Decals

Wall decals are a fun and easy way to add charm, character and decoration to a room while committing nothing permanent or costly – you can simply peel them off when your child gets old enough to want Dragon Ball Z instead. Decals come in virtually every style and colour under the sun.

Incorporate Playful Storage Solutions

Keeping little treasures tidy is much easier when there are clear storage solutions. When your child has their own room, there should be tables and chairs for them to play with toy kitchen and tea sets, hide-and-seek games and puzzles. Hutch-like units are fantastically useful, with cupboards and shelves to be filled with toys, books and games, without making the entire bedroom look like a mess.

If possible, bring the play and studies to the floor with floor cushions and rugs. Need a helping hand? Colourful bins, baskets and crates will help keep toys and books tidy; adding labels will help your child learn, where things belong, which in turn makes tidying up hands down quicker than nagging.

Create a Cozy Reading Nook

A reading corner is also a great place, especially if you have someone who loves to read or who needs a nice quiet place to relax. Ours began with a simple chair and throw, and then a little bookcase for some storage. It’s since expanded when we found this tent online to create an indoor daytime – and sometimes night-time – hideaway with some pillows on the floor.

Lighting Matters

Good lighting is necessary for both practicality, but also a great way to create a warm and welcome environment. Place a mixture of overhead lighting, as well as task lighting for reading or studying, and softer ambient lights, such as string lights or lights.

Shop Secondhand

One person’s trash can be another’s treasure (especially when that person is decorating on a budget!). Browse at thrift stores, garage sales and online marketplaces to gather second-hand furnishings. Buying second-hand can be inexpensive while still allowing you to bring home singular items that help you infuse character into your child’s room.

Embrace Educational Decor

Add educational bits and pieces that also serve as decorative elements: maps, or portraits of historical personages, or an alphabet-themed piece of artwork all serve as decorations but they can also subtly teach as their importance is discussed. This also encourages discovery and learning.

Remember the Importance of Comfort

Most of all, their room should be a space where they feel safe, comfortable and happy. Avoid hard edges with soft textiles, comfy places to sit, and ensure they have enough space to run about.

Applying these tips, your child will have a pretty and well-functioning room. Design it on a budget. With a little imagination and a few elbow grease, you can design a space your child will love today and for years to come.

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