Create a kid’s room

Every parent wants their child to enjoy their room, even if they share it with siblings. However, you don’t have to spend a bundle to do so. Aside from the furniture, the “extras” that make a child’s room special shouldn’t cost more than $100-200. Here’s how.

With a little thought and planning, it’s easy to design an inexpensive, fun room that will grow with the child. Don’t buy into the marketing trap that you must have rooms entirely done with the latest movie or toy themes since these are constantly changing. Instead, pick a main color or design then theme the room with extras that are cheaper and easier to change than wallpaper.

The biggest thing is don’t feel you must buy everything new, especially for younger kids. They probably won’t know the difference and you’ll save a lot of money. I got most of the things for my son’s room at garage sales. My daughter’s room has a lot of items from thrift shops. Recently, I took advantage of after Christmas sales and got them some new items for half off.

Think ahead. When the child is very young, don’t go all out on baby themed things they’ll quickly outgrow. Sure, you need a crib, but not necessarily a pink, lacy, frilly room with baby block wallpaper and curtains. The same for toddler themes they’ll hate by the time they are 7 or 8. Instead look for items that can be incorporated as they age.

There are a few essentials for a comfortable room. They include a bed, dresser, nightstand, lamp, and chair. These should be good quality, durable enough to stand years of use. Look for neutral colors or wood rather for them than themes which will be expensive to change when it’s time to update the theme. Use pictures and other decorative items such as pillows to theme the room which can easily and cheaply be updated as the child grows.

Invest in a nice, durable lamp base. Even if the room has overhead lighting, a good lamp beside the bed is more comfortable for reading or playing quietly in bed. Lampshades are easy to change and available in many different themes. This is cheaper than buying new lamps when you update or change themes.

Curtains can be part of the theme as well as long as they aren’t specific like the latest movie hero, Barbie, or Cars. Instead, pick a solid color or designs such as flowers, plaids, and stripes which can go with many different themes. A cheap way to incorporate the curtains into the specific theme is to get a valance in the theme and put it over a plainer curtain on a double rod. Generally, valances cost half as much as curtains, especially if you have heavy curtains for blocking out weather and light.

Blankets and bedding can go either way depending upon price. It’s easy to spend a bundle of money for a child’s theme bed. If you do decide to do that, try to get something that will keep the child’s interest for more than just a year or two. Again, avoid the latest movie or toy themes since they change quickly. Instead, like the curtains, pick a solid color or designs such as flowers, plaids, and stripes which can go with many different themes. To tie the bed in with a specific theme, add things like pillows or sheets. This is especially useful if siblings share a room and like different things. They also are easier to change out and usually cheaper than blankets, comforters, and bedspreads.

My son likes red and Winnie the Pooh. I knew he wouldn’t always like Pooh, so I focused more on the colors. Only his lamp and blanket are Pooh. The lampshade is red and white plaid. The curtain is plain red.

My daughter’s colors are pink and green. Her curtain is a patchwork of pink and green with large and small flowers. Her lamp is dark pink with a shade that matches the curtain. She has a framed drawing of Holly Hobbie in shades of pink, red, green, and yellow that was mine as a girl. Her blanket is pink. For her birthday, she got a pink throw with flowers that match her lamp and curtain.

Be understanding of the child’s likes, but stay within your budget. It can get pretty easy to go overboard decorating a room. Get them to understand that they will have to live with their room decor for several years so they must be sure of their choices. Take them to the store to window shop. Take pictures of their favorite items. Then later come back to purchase in a few days or even weeks if they still want the same things. This will take the pressure off and give everyone time to consider other options. In the meantime, scour thrift stores or garage sales for bargains on similar items. If your child gets an allowance or has a job, consider having them help pay for a more expensive item.

One final important consideration in a kid’s room is a place to store their toys and other things. It’s NOT correct to simply pile it all in a corner every night. I tried, it just doesn’t work. A toybox tends to be a catchall resulting in broken toys unless it’s periodically straightened. They need an organized place to put all the dolls, blocks, books, cars, and miscellaneous toys. Baskets and shelves work great and need not be fancy. Clear plastic boxes work well too. If they have lids, they can be neatly stacked. You can even get them with attached folding lids so the lid doesn’t get lost.

Have fun decorating!


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