Guest Post: Jasmine Anderson
We all go through phases when we are young. While a change in the taste of clothes and music doesn’t have to be expensive, changing an entire room to suit your child’s current obsession is often not cheap. However, there are always hacks that we can use to completely transform a space. If you’re looking for some affordable ways to help you update your kid’s room, keep on reading.
Regardless of how well-versed you are in terms of home renovations on a budget, you are probably aware of how big an impact changing the color of the walls can have. Luckily, there are several non-expensive ways to do this. For one, you can simply buy a can of paint and repaint the whole room – simple as that. On the other hand, your kid might have some specific demands that you should do your best to meet. Maybe they want their room to be multicolored or have some interesting pattern on the walls. Some masking tape and a good paint roller should help you finish this project in a day. Then, you also have the option of wallpaper. This is another inexpensive alternative that can create a whole new space for your little one. Wallpaper comes in various colors, patterns, and designs, which means that you will have no issue finding something that fits your child’s taste. What is more, you might even find a company that prints wallpaper with the design you ask for. Finally, we have stencils that can be used to add trees to the walls or stars to the ceiling.
If the bed is too small for them or there is not enough space in their closet for all their clothes, you will, of course, get your child a replacement. However, just because you have to buy something, it doesn’t mean that it has to be brand new. You can visit second-hand stores and garage sales to see if you can find a piece that will fit right into the room, with a few touch-ups, naturally. For example, sanding down an old wardrobe and painting it in a bright colour that your little one chooses will not take long and it might be a lot more affordable than having one custom-made. Maybe you don’t even have to purchase any new furniture items. It’s possible that you can simply repurpose something from your own home.
It doesn’t matter how old your kid is, they will never have enough storage space – that is a guarantee. While you could save money by purchasing pre-loved pieces, you will also run out of room pretty soon, which means that you will have to get creative in terms of storage. If their room is of the smaller variety, you need multipurpose furniture, such as a storage chest that can also serve as a table and as seating. You can make these on your own if you find a useful tutorial online. Furthermore, maximize the vertical space, by installing open shelves and sewing bags that can be used for storing everything from books to toys.
On the other hand, if the room is large, the walls can seem a bit empty. Luckily, open shelves can be handy here as well, as you can use them to show off all of your children’s prized possessions that might have been stored out of sight. For example, you can display their favorite stuffed animals and other kids’ toys, the books they like, or plants they love taking care of. If they have a hobby, you can make that the focus of the room. For instance, if they play an instrument, you can hang it on the wall – just make sure it’s easily reached if your little one plays it a lot. If they love learning about the world, frame a map of the world. If they love to paint, simply frame their art. When it comes to this, you don’t even need frames; you can put washi tape around the art. That will add some charm to the room too.
Besides getting them new bedding that will make the bed look better, you can consider adding a headboard, a canopy, or both. These are easy DIY projects that won’t set you back a lot. For instance, headboards come in a wide range of styles so check with your kid to see which one they like best before you decide to add one. Moreover, installing hardware on the ceiling and getting some mesh fabric will not cost you a lot but a canopy can make a huge difference to a room.
As you can see, updating your kid’s room doesn’t have to be expensive at all. A simple paint job or some redecorating can go far in transforming a space.
About the author: Jasmine Anderson is a Sydney based lifestyle blogger and a toddler mom, with a Fine Arts Bachelor’s degree. Expressing herself through different mediums is what keeps her spirit bright. She loves to spend quality time with her family, go thrifting, and spend just a little bit too much time on the internet.