Whether they’re sleeping, playing or doing homework, your kids will be spending a lot of their time in their own bedrooms. It’s probably not a very big space so you want to use it as wisely as possible and make it look fun and amazing!
Whether your little one is still on the way or they’re all grown up and the cute paw prints on their wall are ‘just not cool’ anymore, if you don’t want your decorating to break the bank then here are some tips that are sure to save you a whole load of money! As with any advice I give, the first thing you should do is browse discount sites for coupons that will reduce any spending that you may have to do. There are many useful sites, such as Savings.com, Coupon Sherpa or Discountrue, and many different coupons you can choose from!
Think Long Term
Avoid spending a whole lot of money on new furniture and decorations that your children will outgrow in a couple of years. Toddler friendly shelving and a matching cot might be cute at first but even if you resell it all, you’ll wish you had been wiser about your choices. When my daughter was born a friend advised getting multifunctional furniture. We searched and searched, and finally found a crib and a changing station combo that converted into a loft bed and a desk combo. She’s almost 8 years old now and still using that same furniture!
Avoid Expensive Themed Decorations
Winnie the Pooh is adorable for newborns, but by the time they’re 7 or 8 they’ll be begging you for a ‘grownup’ room. It’s better to paint the walls with a neutral shade and use picture frames, removable wall stickers, bedding and accessories like lamps, mobiles or ornaments to set the theme. Another thing that we did was cover a corkboard with felt and mount it on the wall. Now we can tack new photos, posters, party invites, birthday and Christmas cards on the wall without damaging it. My daughter loves hanging her artwork in her room which is great, but there’s a new painting, drawing or collage every week so I’m saving myself the headache of sticky tape and picture nail damage!
Make Funky Shelves For Storage
Small wooden cubes, such as old crates, can be painted and used as shelves. When your children are toddlers they can be stacked close to the floor and when they grow up they can be mounted higher on the wall. These shelves can be used for everything from books and toys to ornaments, picture frames and that collection of pebbles they insist are gifts from the fairies in the garden.
The best piece of advice I can give you for decorating a child’s bedroom is that before you spend your money on something you can’t remove, like a wall mural, ask yourself if you can imagine it suiting your kids room in five or ten years. And if they’re old enough make sure that you get your children’s input. If they participate in the decorating of their room, you won’t have to deal with two months of ‘But Mommy, I wanted the blue heart pillow’!Read More