4 Tips to Design Kids’ Rooms on a Budget

The below is a guest post by Emily Creswick of Zillow.



When it comes to interior design, working with a limited budget is a challenge. However, with a little creativity and some intuitive do-it-yourself (DIY) ideas, decorating the kid’s room is neither labor intensive nor expensive.
Adding fresh design to the kid’s room creates a more functional environment for healthy living and encourages positive organizational habits from a young age. Not only do these upgrades benefit current residents, they’re worth the investment because they tend to increase property values for higher resale. A design-savvy and functional bedroom is a draw for families in the market searching for homes. Here’s how to add unique and cost-effective design to the kids room.

1. Refresh with Paint
One of the most cost-effective ways to rejuvenate a room is to paint a feature wall or update the entire bedroom with a fresh coat of paint. Get kids involved in the design process by letting them have input on the color choice and application of paint. Next, coordinate bedding and accessories to bring the entire room together visually.

Depending on the quality of paint used, a gallon of paint costs around $30. A first-time painter can invest in a paintbrush ($5 to $15) roller frame ($5), roller covers ($9), paint tray ($1) and painters tape ($6) for $26 to $36. Or, purchase a beginners set with all of the reusable supplies for $15, excluding paint. Homeowners can refresh a room with paint for less than $70.

2. Update the Accessories
Bargain bed and bath supply stores, especially during sales, are great places to stock up on kid’s linen and bedroom accessories. For the bedcover and sheet set, choose an array of playful prints and colors. Be sure to invest in a couple interchangeable sets for regular washing. Keep in mind, too many prints and patterns are overwhelming in a small bedroom. Opt for solid colors when choosing accessories such as curtains, pillows and throw rugs. This keeps the room looking balanced and neat.

Kid’s bedding sets generally cost between $50 and $100. Prices vary upon linen quality and bed size.

3. Create a Gallery Wall
Creating a gallery wall is the perfect way to personalize the kid’s room while being design-forward and cost-effective. To construct, start by framing drawings, paintings or family photos and then mounting them to the wall in a balanced, yet scattered layout. Incorporate texture by including 3D wall decals, stickers or floating bookshelves. For custom pops of color, cover small canvases in colored and patterned materials to complement the new bed linens and freshly painted walls.

Picture frame sets typically cost $25 for four of five wall-mounting frames. Check out local art supply stores for blank canvases which vary in price by size; an 8 inch square canvas might cost $5.

4. Make Smart Furniture Choices
Good quality, functional furniture items such as bookcases, dressers and mirrors are great investments for kid’s bedrooms. They are usually more expensive than themed children’s furniture but their durability and adaptability throughout the years make them wise purchases. For a little flair, add a trending piece of furniture, such as a trunk or compartment ottoman. These serve dual purposes as seats and storage solutions for kid’s belongings.

Long-lasting furniture is pricey, but homeowners can shop for bargains on Overstock.com, Amazon.com, Craigslist or local furniture warehouses running sales. Buying high-quality furniture now prevents numerous less-expensive purchases throughout the years. As kids grow or residents relocate, these enduring selections can travel with them, sprucing up future rooms as well.

Home owners don’t need to spend a fortune to give the kid’s bedroom a designer look. Cost-effective and DIY design tips achieve the same, if not better, results and create a more comfortable and personable room for kids to play and grow.

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