Kids bedroom ideas on a budget
Your child’s bedroom is their palace. They will sleep, play and work in their personal space, so giving them a great bedroom will not only breathe new life into their haven, but it will provide a sanctuary to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When opting for a room makeover, you need to think of the space that you have available, as well as the theme you want to create. What colour do you want to paint the walls? Which items do you want to display? Which necessary pieces of furniture should stay and, sometimes, more importantly, which should be thrown out! But, overhauling your child’s bedroom doesn’t have to cost the earth. Check out below some of Motherhood Diaries’ kids’ bedroom ideas on a budget.
What are your child’s hobbies and interests?
When embarking upon the road to decorating a kids room, it’s important to take into account their hobbies and interests first. Do they love reading? If so, think about incorporating an easy-to-reach bookcase and a nice beanbag for them to sit down. You can create an affordable reading corner by using a bunch of throw pillows and some fairy lights to create a place of zen and winddown time too. If they like sport, then adopt a more minimalistic approach (which is also cheaper), so you can open up space for them to run around and play. Perhaps hang up a small basketball hoop to practise their hand-eye coordination in bed and finish the look with a unique rug to bring life to the open floor.
What is your focal point?
Any good room should have at least one focal point, and in a child’s bedroom, this tends to be the bed. If you have a lot of space, you can go for a fancy Ferrari car bed or any other character-based bed that comes with different compartments like a desk, a cupboard and of course a sleeping area. But if you have a small space, then regular children’s bunk beds would suit best as they only take up one side of the room and you can customise and build up rather than out into the small area. You can find very affordable bunk beds for under £500 like the Jubilee Bunk Bed in Ivory White which is on sale for £355 at the moment. It’s a lovely sturdy bed with a slim footprint which means it can fit into small bedrooms. It has a low bunk with an easy to reach top bunk so you can tuck your little one in without having to stretch. You can also split the bunk bed into two three-foot single beds so when your little ones grow up wanting to be in separate beds or rooms then you can offer them two beds without having to fork out for another. You can find mattress offers when you buy beds from Room to Grow so you will make a further saving too!
Other ideas for kids’ bedrooms:
- Narnia style wardrobe
- Trap door
- Glass ceiling
- A stage
- Space rocket
- Pirate ship
Use the walls and windows to decorate the room
If you don’t have any more space in the room to decorate, then you can move onto the walls and windows for ways to bring the colour out in the room. For the walls, removable wall transfers are very affordable, and there are tons of patterns and styles from which to choose. They work a little bit like tattoos, and you can get your kids involved in adding them to their wall. And, the plus side is the damage is reversible if they add them to the wrong area! An alternative to wall transfers could be to add colourful bunting around large pieces of furniture. It’s a brilliant way of decorating any child’s room, and you can coordinate the colours with the area that you’re decorating.
Other ideas can be to paint a landscape scene with animal prints if they are animal lovers, or use stencils to draw in their favourite characters to the wall. You can add framed prints, their favourite painting or a photo of the family for extra decoration, which will help to make bare walls pop with personality.
Don’t stop there, use curtains or blinds to keep to the theme of the room. Blinds can be very cheap and can double up as blackout blinds for children to sleep easy and can create that pop of colour to enhance the room. Blackout blinds can cost as little as £14.39 and look great to bring colour to a room. Try the Chelsea Blackout Roller Blind in Flame for a red-themed room or the Primary Blackout Roller Blind in Noir which costs as little as £11.99, which are both made to measure, include chain control, metal fixing brackets and child safety device to prevent any risk or injury to children. You can choose the side you control the cord when placing your order too. Blackout blinds can help children to sleep at night too, so opt for blinds that block out the sun, especially when the days get longer in the summer to prevent any disruption to your child’s sleep pattern.
Storage is key
Storage can be a fantastic way to limit space, especially when you have a smaller than average room. You can get creative with the tons of storage items available these days, and they keep the bedroom tidy and in order, as kids can get messy with their toys and clothes finding their way onto the flow. Or, if you’re short on money, create a storage space with what you have at home. Allocate different areas for toys, clothes and books and train your kids to return things when they’re finished with them. Learning how to stay organised early on will set them up for their work and personal life when organisation will help them to further their goals. A tidy room is a tidy mind!
Encourage artistic tendencies
When I was a young teenager, I believed that I had the best room ever. I could fit a whole desk, a dressing table, a large bed and a wall of cupboards and drawers in my bedroom. On my 13th birthday, my dad offered to help me redecorate my room and, being the rebellious and spontaneous teenager that I was, I wanted my room to be a hot pink and a sunrise yellow (don’t ask why!) Dad even left a really edgy white border (probably where the wallpaper border was meant to go) and my crazy, bright room turned into a real jazzy, Latin-style summer bedroom. Dad did a brilliant job and, most importantly, I got to help decorate too. The whole project took about two days, and I had to sleep in my sister’s room temporarily, but, as a result, I received a fully refurbished bedroom, which finally felt like a little haven and a true reflection of my personality. My room became my security blanket, and I felt so much closer to my dad from that point onwards. I kept my pink and yellow room until I moved out at 17.
Does your child like to paint or draw? If so, then you can enable them to express themselves with chalk paint or a whiteboard mounted on the wall. This way, they can not only be creative, but you can wipe it off, and they can draw over and over. Get them to pick out themed decorations and encourage them to display how they’d like to see the decor (with a bit of adult help). Getting the children stuck in helping with their bedroom will encourage confidence and creativity for when they are ready to take the lead in creating their themed bedroom when they’re older.
When my kids were four and five, below is how they wanted to decorate their rooms:
“Children typically create little things, but the bedroom is the first real, permanent thing that they can influence. Involving a child helps them to establish their own inner space and the image that they want to project to others. And for parents, having a chance to work together with their children can help to establish a stable, respectful relationship.”Dr Sam Wass, Expert Developmental Psychologist, University of East London
As a budding teenager and young adult, helping dad decorate my room brought me back to my childhood and, at 34, I now long for the sanctuary of my old bedroom, where everything was taken care of, and all I had to worry about was which of my friends were going to see my awesome new super room. I wouldn’t have traded that for anything.
Keep it at eye level
When designing, it can be easy to think of things from our perspective, but try not to make the various elements unreachable for your child. Keep storage containers and shelves at his or her level so that the room is designed specifically for them.
Keep the room bright
If possible, use large windows and some lights to add some vibrancy to the room. Kids do much better when exposed to the world outside, and they will love having a room that is bright and cheerful.
Don’t forget safety!
Safety should be your main concern when decorating your child’s room, especially a toddler’s room. Concentrate on making every area of the room clean and safe. For example, don’t expose any electrical outlets, cover sockets with socket protectors, don’t place heavy or breakable items in easy to reach places, and secure furniture to the wall. These are just a few suggestions, but common sense and parental instinct will help you ensure your child’s room is safe.
In the end, no matter what you do, make sure that you get your kid’s input and their help along the way. This will encourage them to take care of their room and their things much better once it’s all in place, and it’ll foster memories as well.
*I was gifted the bunk bed from Room to Grow and blackout blinds from Terrys Fabrics, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own*
Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked!You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/