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Are you thinking of redecorating your kid’s bedroom? There’s a lot to think about. Where do you start? What furniture do you buy? How do you keep the costs down?
When I started working on my daughter’s bedroom, the first thing I cared about was changing out the flooring. It was 15 years old and just plain disgusting but that helped us get a good deal on our foreclosed home so I’m not complaining. After 3 years of living here it was past time to change that up. And since we were going to change the flooring, I thought why not just do an entire room makeover. My daughter is old enough that she got to pick out her paint color – Bleached Coral. That is actually where the theme of the room came from. Check her new beach themed bedroom here.
Read on for some simple tips to help you get the job done.
Choosing practical flooring
Let’s be honest, kids are messy. So, you’re going to need the floor to be practical.
You could go for carpet, but it will need to be extremely durable. A synthetic carpet will offer good stain resistance and the most bang for your bucks. Wool is more expensive, but it does have the advantage of being naturally dirt repellent and flame retardant. It’s a tough choice, so order samples to see exactly what you’re paying for.
Not convinced? If your family is allergy prone, then your best choice select solid surface flooring like laminate flooring. This has an obvious advantage of being easy to clean. If you’re worried about dust allergies, this is worth considering. Laminate is inexpensive and you can install it yourself. As with carpet, there are differences in price between different products. Ideally, you want to go for the best laminate flooring your budget will allow, so that the design and finish is a decent quality.
Having fun with the walls
Do you paint or paper the walls? This is going to be down to your decorating skills and budget. It also depends on how long you are going to keep the room decorated the way it is. Wallpaper can be tough to change so keep that in mind.
Children’s wallpapers come in a fantastic array of designs that can really make a room, especially when you’re trying to create a specific theme. The tricky bit is making sure that the pattern on each strip of wallpaper lines up when you’re hanging it. Here’s a handy article of how to install a removable wall mural at one of our last apartments. They are so fun to pick out and easy to change up in the future as your child grows.
If you’re saving money and doing it yourself then you might find painting the walls easier. Paint also makes it easy to retouch the walls when stubborn marks appear. If you’re worried that painted walls look too plain, think about stenciling shapes onto the walls. Keep it fun. How about using chalkboard paint on a section so that your kids can use it as a creative place to draw? There are so many fun options you can choose when painting.
Finding the right furniture
You’ll need to decide what to include in the bedroom. The bed is a given, but will you be storing toys and clothes in the room? If so, you’ll need to think about choosing some storage to help keep things tidy and organized.
First things first, measure the room. One of the easiest mistakes to avoid is to measure a room so you can make sure furniture will fit the space before purchasing anything. Check out with this super easy tutorial on how to draw out a room and “rearrange” furniture on paper.
If you’re adding additional storage, such as drawers or wardrobes, you might think about buying affordable flatpack furniture. This won’t be as sturdy as solid wood, so make sure these are fixed to the wall for safety. Don’t rule out buying quality second-hand furniture. This can be spruced up with a lick of paint and may last longer than cheap new products.
Plan for daily living
It’s easy to get caught up with the accessories, pretty furniture, and colorful walls, but this is a room that will get so much use. If you’ve got a lot to fit into a small space, think about under bed storage and shelving to maximize the floorspace. Consider your child’s age and what activities they will spend their time with in their room. Right now, all three of my kids still spend time playing with toys and need lots of floor space but my oldest (12) is spending less and less time with toys and more time with electronics and books. When we upgrade from a twin bed to a full (he’s getting tall), we’ll also update the room to accommodate his interests. Less floor space but more workspace like a desk.
My last bit of advice is to include your child with decisions. Maybe they have a favorite room color or a specific theme in mind. Maybe they are wanting a desk to build Legos and other hands on hobbies. When they feel that they are a decision maker in the process, they will have more pride in their room and hopefully keep it cleaner. If not, at least you’ll have a solid surface floor and can easily sweep up the messes; at least that’s what I did! LOL
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