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Redoing a child's bedroom on a budget

Date posted:  8/11/16 09:00:00 AM

As children grow, their needs and preferences change, which  may mean you need to spend some time and money on new bedroom designs. However, because their preferences will likely change quickly, you don't want to spend a great deal of money on this project. Follow these tips for affordably creating a space that your child will fall in love with:

Determine your child's stage
One question you will need to ask yourself, according to Apartment Therapy, is whether your son or daughter will hit a substantial milestone soon. For example, switching from a toddler bed to a full-sized bed can be a huge transition for your little one. It may be worthwhile to invest in a little redesign of the space when these life events occur.

Another sign that your child is ready for something new is when he or she begins showcasing his or her own style and personality. This also means your little one may be able to help you pick out colors schemes or contribute to decorating the space.

Find timeless furniture
To ensure you don't have to continually spend money on larger ticket items, like beds and dressers, Fresh Home suggested buying items that will grow with your child. While small race car beds or smaller dressers might seem cute now, your little one will quickly outgrow these items.

Instead, consider more mature pieces that can be painted a color your child likes. This is nice way to personalize a piece without cutting into its long-term value.

Paint with passion
When updating your child's bedroom, painting is one way you can affordably create a new look for the space. Have your child help pick out the color to ensure he or she is happy with the outcome. However, make sure it is a neutral enough to stand the test of time.

If your child is old enough, you may also want to have your little one help complete the job. Just make sure the entire room is covered to protect against spills and accidents during the painting process.

For additional savings, consider only painting one accent wall. It will provide a pop of color, but you won't need to pay to paint the entire room.

Keep organization in mind
When designing your child's new bedroom, consider how the room's design can help instill good organization habits. Invest in crates, baskets or other organization tools to make cleaning up simple. You may also want to include a few labels so your child knows where to put certain items when picking up after him or herself. If it's easier for your child to recognize colors, switch out label-making with color-coding. Tie different ribbons to drawers or baskets to indicate what item belongs there. 

It is especially important to purchase organization tools and pieces with multiple uses when storage space is lacking, noted Resource Furniture. It's a great way to get the most bang for your buck in tinier quarters.

Pricier items should be neutral
While you'll want to invest in more affordable pieces, you may want to splurge on some items that will last a long time. If you decide to do this, Fresh Home suggested buying neutral colors and patterns so more expensive furniture can be used for many years, in different room designs.

When your child wants something trendier, bold or more personalized, don't incorporate this element in the expensive pieces, but rather in the accessories used in the space.

Incorporate art by your child
‚ÄčKids love getting creative, so let them express themselves when designing their rooms. Real Simple suggested using chalkboard paint on a wall so your little ones can draw unique scenery, characters or self portraits.

Another way to showcase your child's creativity is to frame and hang artwork completed by him or her. This is an inexpensive way to decorate the space while also letting your child add his or her talents to the bedroom. As your child continues to draw, paint and create over time, you can update the artwork displayed.

Don't forget about a personal area
No matter how old your child is, his or her bedroom needs to also provide a safe haven to relax. Whether that means a spot to play with toys or an area to read, make sure you designate a space for your child to work or play.

Ask for your child's input when it comes to this area of the room.

Redecorating your child's room is a great way to update the space to match their current needs. However, staying on a budget may require some creativity.

For tips on designing your own bedroom, check out our other blog post with tips for a bedroom makeover on a budget.