Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Remodelling the Kid’s Room: Staying Safe, Fun and on Budget {Guest Post}

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Ask any mom and she’ll confirm the fact that children’s interests shift constantly. One day they’re busy trying to convince you that they’re a sheriff and a week later their new obsession is dinosaurs. With their ever changing minds at work, it only makes sense that when remodelling your child’s room, you choose a décor that can be easily converted and customized to your child’s needs.

 

 


There are a few things you will want to consider when making the decision to remodel your child’s room.

  • How old are the children?
  • How many children will be occupying the room?
  • What color scheme would you like to use?
  • What is your budget?
  • How many accessories will you be purchasing compared to the amount you will be reusing?

What to Avoid

If you are remodelling your child’s room on a budget, chances are you want the improvement to last for some time before having to do it all over again. A great way to ensure that this plan works is to avoid sticking to a theme. This can mean more work for you. It also means that all your hard work may sadly be wasted when your child grows tired of the theme.

Another pitfall of decorating your child’s room could be the strong urge to decorate the room with all the things that capture your child’s attention at their present age. You may want to reconsider this. Creating a bedroom that is too age-specific leaves little room for the bedroom to grow as the child does.

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Try This

Rather than painting images onto your child’s walls, which could require you to repaint when your child has fallen out of love with the design, opt for posters and figurines to decorate your child’s room. This is an easy to manage alternative that leaves a lasting impression in you and your child’s mind and not on their walls.

The same idea can be applied to the dilemma of whether or not to create a themed bedroom. Choose furnishings that are fun, but versatile. Get your child involved by having them pick out wall art and toys to use as décor. When the time comes to update your child’s room once more you can reuse these pieces to help decorate a room that has taken on a more mature look.

Safety

Bunk beds are a popular choice for children’s bedrooms. As a safety precaution it is a good idea to have children under the age of seven sleep on the bottom bunk. Choose a bunk bed that has safety rails on both sides and a safety ladder. If you are shopping for a crib then it is important to look for those that have slats/bars too close together for a baby’s head to get caught.

Other safety concerns such as exposed electrical outlets, can be solved by plugging outlets with safety caps. These caps can easily be found at a hardware or home improvement store.

Remember these tips

  • You can save a lot of money by visiting thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets to pick up cute accents and storage items for your child’s room.
  • School-aged children will benefit from an area where they can comfortably complete their homework.
  • When searching for the right color to use in your child’s room, remember that soothing colors such as lavender, help to promote sleep.
  • Create pops of color in a girl’s room with flowers from your own yard.
  • If you have a little artist on your hands you can paint an area of your child’s room with chalkboard paint. Now they have a designated area where they can draw on the walls.

By filling your child’s bedroom with furnishings that have no age limit on them you can save time and money. Personalize the room to fit your child by incorporating the things that are special to them. Make the room functional by including decorative and easy to reach containers for storage. You will love the end result and so will your child when they see that you’ve created a special place made just for them.

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AUTHOR BIO: Karla Jennings is the writer and owner of The Home & Moms, a DIY decorating and home improvement blog. She is also a freelance writer for Maid Brigade, the leader in home maid services.

5 comments:

  1. These are great tips! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I have a few nieces and nephews and I know those facts are indeed very true. Kids are very active thinkers and their imagination is really vigorous. It is a good thing but physically tiring for the adults. There isn't much you can actually change around their rooms except maybe just the paint colour, bedsheets and such. Bulky furniture like storage cabinets and wardrobes or even shelves cannot be easily shifted around. Thus, you need to make do with what is mobile or can be easily modified.

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