We knew when we bought our new home last year that it would only be a matter of time before the kids wanted to personalize their space. We also know that designing a fun kid's room on a budget is definitely doable. There are a number of creative ways to cut costs and still give your kids a room they can love.
Designing a Fun Kid's Room on a Budget
When redecorating a child's room on a budget, it's important to start with a plan. Otherwise, your budget can be blown quickly. Consider designing a budget template to make things quick and easy. Make sure your kids know what the budget is, too, to keep their expectations realistic. Here are some affordable ways to redecorate a kids room.
Repurpose and Recycle
There are a number of ways you can save money when you repurpose and recycle. From thrift store finds to Facebook Marketplace, you can find gently used furniture and more at a bargain. Also consider what you already have in your house. A nesting table stored in our basement was perfect as a bedside table for one of our girls.
When it comes to kids rooms, seriously DIY for the win. If you are handy, you can make your own custom throw pillows, decor, and more. Pinterest is a veritable treasure trove of DIY bedroom decor. Need some wall hangings? Rather than spending $20 on a set of posters, search Pinterest for a set of free printables. Or design them yourself in your favorite graphic program. My MIL colored each of my kids a page from an adult coloring book and framed the page. It's a personal touch that they each love. You can also enlarge and frame your own photography, or do a canvas print, for inexpensive decor.
The cost to paint interior walls is relatively inexpensive, making it one of the cheapest ways to give a kids room a facelift. Have fun with color. Light blues, greens and pinks can have a calming effect on a room. Citrus colors like yellow, green, and orange can brighten up a space. Classic gray walls can liven a space and lend elegance. A newer trend in color is greige, which is a mixture of grey and beige. It can be warm and inviting, where a flat grey may be a bit cooler. You can even do stripes or an accent wall, if you want. You can even add stuff to your paint to make it glow in the dark. Speaking of paint. Give old furniture new life with a fresh coat of paint.
I can't believe I'm suggesting this, as many times as I've told my kids that stickers belong on paper, not on walls. BUT, wall stickers really are simple to use, and if you get the good one's, they are easy to remove. You can do a few simple stickers of their favorite items or do an elaborate wall scheme with polka dot wall decals. Either way, stickers are sure to ramp up the fun factor.
Layer Color and Textures
Even a basic wall color can look fantastic when you layer color and textures. Rugs, throw pillows, and other accessories can add a pop of color or texture without adding a lot to the budget. Try mixing patterns, too. The added bonus is that these pieces can easily be swapped out as your child grows or their tastes change.
Adding houseplants, or even a small tree, is an inexpensive way to add a splash of color to a room. It also improves the air quality in the room. Just be sure you pick plants that are non-toxic if your kids are younger or you have pets in the home. Why not invest in clean air plants for the whole house!
When considering furniture for your child's room, be sure to think of all. the. things. they will need to store. From toys to clothes to sports gear. Keeping toys, clothes, and sports gear organized is easier if you have the right storage. Cubicle storage with coordinating bins are great for concealing toys. Shelves are not only great for storage, but they’re great for creating fun wall displays.
Consider a Twin
While giving your kids a full size bed, or larger, may be tempting, twin beds are space saving and can easily be used through the teen years. Not to mention, bedding is less expensive and it's cheaper to replace mattresses as needed.
Display Prized Possessions
Whether your kiddo is an all star on the sports team, is a talented artist, or is a robotics champ – put their passion on display. This is a great way to personalize their space without spending a ton of money. After all, you've already invested in their hobbies, why not display them.
Thinking of doing a bedroom makeover of your own? Check out this article on modern bedroom decor!