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How to decorate kid’s room on a budget?

Posted on 19 Mar 2014
Kid’s room decorating can be fun but it doesn’t have to be expensive. The key to decorating kid’s rooms on a budget is to focus on fun and personal style but not brand names. For instance, you don’t have to buy expensive curtains you can make your own out of sheets. Moreover, you don’t need to spend a fortune on kid’s bedding to coordinate with a particular bedroom theme. All you need to do is buy some mid-priced bedding that will wash, wear well and accent it with a few accessory items to support any decorating theme you wish to focus on.

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Following are some fun budget-friendly decorating ideas for kid’s rooms:

Get Organized
Kid’s storage containers are a must in all kid’s rooms but you don’t have to break the bank to outfit your child’s bedroom with kid’s organizers that give everything a home and keep the room looking neat and tidy. Have you recently checked out the selection of colorful storage bins, boxes and baskets at your local store? Chances are good you’ll be able to find everything you need but if not, visit your local grocery warehouse and check out the cardboard boxes they have for packing groceries. Plain cardboard boxes make a great base for one-of-a-kind kid’s organizers. Try to pick up a few boxes in the same size and shape. Next, grab a glue gun and some wallpaper or fabric scraps that coordinate with your kid’s room and start covering the boxes. Cereal boxes make great organizers for homework folders and magazines while tissue boxes are ideal for storing school supplies and hair accessories. Produce boxes that are short but deep in length are ideal for under the bed storage.

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Add Color
Painting is one of the least expensive ways of decorating kid’s rooms but you don’t necessarily need to paint all the walls in order to give your child’s bedroom a fresh, new look. Maybe all you need is to create an accent wall and repaint the trim in a different color. Or maybe you want to be bold and paint your child’s bedroom door in a bright color or the front panels of her dresser drawers. Other kid’s room decorating ideas include creating a freehand mural or using stencils or wall stickers to add in a little extra color. Using inexpensive fabric to cover an accent wall or framing colorful wallpaper patterns in dollar store frames are other good ideas.

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Refurbish What You Have
Give some thought to what can be reused and/or revamped. For instance, what can you paint and can you recover? You can either paint or upholster your kid’s headboard (simply cover with a selected fabric and staple on). Spray paint and stencils can also create a unique look on furniture and accessories like waste baskets and the base of a lamp. Other inexpensive kid’s room decorating ideas include sewing two flat sheets together to make a duvet cover for an old comforter, embellishing lampshades by hot gluing on some ribbon and buying an inexpensive mosquito net to create a bed canopy. Things like colorful bandanas can also be used to cover throw pillows, make an impromptu hammock for stuffed animals or create a one-of-a-kind window valance.

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Key Accessories
Decorating kid’s rooms on a budget is all about creating a balance of form and function. If you really want to save money, you’ll want to keep the anchor pieces in your kid’s room basic e.g. solid colored furniture, neutral walls (except maybe one accent wall in a preferred color), solid color bedding and window treatments and invest only in a few key accessory items like throw pillows, a lampshade, removable wall quotes or mural stickers, posters, drawer pulls, and a throw rug in a particular theme. This way when your child tires of her theme you won’t have to repaint all her walls, refinish or purchase new furniture, or have to buy a complete new set of bedding.

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Finally have your child personalize her kid’s room with favorite pieces of artwork or cherished family photos which can decorate her walls or be displayed on a decorative shelf. So as you can see, kid’s room decorating on a budget is all about being creative and coming up with a fun kid’s bedroom theme that’s personalized yet practical and one that’s easy on your pocketbook today as well as tomorrow when your child wants to makeover her bedroom again.