Update your kids room on a budget…

Fancy giving your kids room a bit of an update, or maybe they are asking for a change?  It’s half term for a lot of people and money at this time of year is that little bit tighter.  Summer holidays are well and truly gone and Christmas is looming (if your kids are anything like mine, then every day brings a new game, gadget or toy they want.  ‘Just write it on the list’ is my current response – this list must be more like War and Peace by now).  So here are some of my top tips to update your kids room on a budget!

Look at the room with fresh eyes

This can be hard as you’ve probably been looking at the room for so long you’ve forgotten what’s there.  Remove everything from the room bar the furniture and look at what you have.  What can still be used in the room as is, what do you want to get rid of (if anything) and what could possibly be used, but isn’t quite right.  That brings me straight to the next point!

empty bedroom

Up-cycle

So what about those pieces of furniture that still have a use but maybe aren’t the right colour/style for the new room. Or maybe there is a piece of furniture you have elsewhere in the house that could fit well. Well that’s where up-cycling comes in.

It can be something as simple as looking at a piece of furniture in a different light (my personal favourite, stools being used as bedside tables), or changing some handles on a chest of drawers/wardrobe to give it a fresh new look.

Or it could be a little more daring and giving an old piece of furniture a whole new look with a lick of paint.  Don’t be constrained by the style either, just because the style is traditional, doesn’t mean you have to stick with traditional tones, bright and bold colours would completely change the look.

painted chest of drawers

Don’t feel a unit has to be all one colour (think £1 tester pots!), or even all painted, a drawer here and there can give a whole new look to a chest of drawers.

painted frames

Maybe you already have some frames or old pictures kicking about?  If not you’ll be able to pick up some cheap from charity shops or car boot sales.

Create a feature wall

A really easy, cheap and effective way to give an instant lift to a room.  You can cover a wall in frames (as mentioned above), pictures and/or prints to give a whole new look for not a lot of money (lots of prints can be downloaded for free online, but are also pretty reasonable to buy from places such as Etsy,  You can either use Washi tape to affix, frame them, or my particular favourite clipboards (allowing you to change up as and when you feel like), you can even use to show your child’s artwork!

The other option is to cover a wall completely, think paint, wallpaper or removable stickers. You can create some fantastic effects with some masking tape and a small amount of paint!  Go on, have fun!

clipboard wall art

Simple and easy, this is a great way to involve the kids in the room too.

Update your Kids Room on a Budget

Make as easy or as complicated as you want, geometric designs are bang on trend at the moment.

Shift Around

One of the easiest things you can do to freshen up a room is to have a move around of the furniture.  So if this is possible in your child’s room then have a look at the room, take into account windows, shelving, doorways etc.  anything that cannot be moved as such and see if there is a better or just different way of placing the furniture in the room.  Zero cost, big effect!

Budget finding

Lastly if you have to purchase something for the room then here are my favourite places to get a great bargain:

  1. Ikea – so many pieces and ideas at such great prices, it’s hard not to include.
  2. Charity Shops – Take the time to have a good scour, and talk to the staff, tell them what you are looking for and they’ll be only to happy to let you know if something suitable comes in.
  3. Community Furniture Warehouse – Most places have nowadays and they are a great place to pick some furniture at really reasonable prices and support the local community at the same time.
  4. Car Boot Sales – never underestimate the humble car boot sale, it’s amazing what you can find.
ikea trofast storage and seating

If you do purchase something for the room, then always look for items with dual purpose.  The Ikea Trofast is great storage but can also double up as seating in the room too.

So there we have it, my top tips for updating your kids room on a budget! Would love to hear from you guys, have you ever decorated on a budget, what is your top tip?

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