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Cheaper ways to Create a Stunning Kids Bedroom that Lasts

Cheaper ways to Achieve a Stunning Kids Bedroom

Kids bedrooms are the one pocket of the home I feel we lose our way in. Isn’t it so easy to get over-excited?

While we restrain ourselves in other rooms in terms of colour and pattern and fun, kids spaces are the opposite. We’re so thrilled to have a little leeway to experiment that we go bananas; blowing the budget on a space they’ll tire of in a year (if they don’t ruin it before then, of course).

So how do you pull off a stunning kids bedroom that looks good now, will date well AND that doesn’t blow the budget? I’ll pretend you asked. And below I have the answers for you.

I should point out that the images in this post are from Adairs and feature pieces from their latest drop. Click here to explore more.

pink unicorn bedding in white girls bedroom from adairs

The Golden Rule: Basic Furniture is your Friend

I know, I know; that gorgeous tufted headboard you saw online would look absolutely darling in your child’s room. What’s not so dreamy is when they draw on it or spill something on it. RIP headboard!

The wiser idea with the bed especially – but with surrounding furniture too – is to get a more basic, middle-of-the-road design (here’s 13 bed varieties you might like). A sturdy white or blonde timber bed can take them from age three to 13; saving you tonnes of cash in the process.

Side tables can also be purchased when your child is younger that will take them up to their teens years. If you choose ones that an adult would use, it’s a wise approach. Think less cute and more sturdy. The side tables in this post are a great example of something a four year old would use, but ones that a tween wouldn’t screw their nose up at.

If you want to pop an armchair in the space, again think of practicality. Get it in a size they can grow into, one with a material that’s easy to clean, and avoid bright colours like hot pinks or navy blues as it restricts the room’s design evolving over the years.

If you’re after colour palette ideas a tween would love, this post has you covered.

Tip: Always think about non-permanent ways to make themes work. It also helps your child use their imagination more. Win-win!

pink and white girls bedroom ideas with pink quilted bedding from adairs

Rule 2: Roll out Subtle Themes

Kids tastes change like the weather, so you’ve gotta be careful about rolling out specific themes en masse and in a way that drains your bank account. The better way to approach the idea of themes is to roll them out subtly.

If your child is obsessed with Batman, or the Ninja Turtles, for example, you don’t have to literally wallpaper their wall with these characters. Opt to place a wall decal of a city skyline on the wall instead. You can easily remove it and it’s less specific.

The skyline could be Gotham city, it could be New York, etc. Try and think of ways to interpret your kids interests and roll them out in subtle ways, not really obvious ones.

Similarly, your child might love butterflies of fairies. You could easily save some money by purchasing bedding in plain block colours (that’ll last them years) and adorn the bed with cheaper butterfly cushions. Pop up some decals or smaller pieces of art with wings on them, and you have yourself a theme you can take down in an instant.

Always think about non-permanent ways to make themes work. It also helps your child use their imagination more. Win-win!

white boys bedroom with white bunk beds and racing car themed bedding from adairs

Rule 3: Accessories Should be Cheap as Chips

Kids can be less caring about decor than we can, right? Spills and stains happen – it’s a fact. With this in mind, the idea of spending $300 on a rug for their bedroom is pure insanity. Items like rugs, artworks and other decor pieces should be cheap. That way you can rotate them when accidents happen without literally crying over spilt milk.

It’s also wise to think of thrifty ways to make a stunning kids bedroom shine. The images in this post all use paper, pom poms and/or string lighting to amazing effect. None of these are expensive (you can even make some of them yourself) and yet they have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of the room.

Look to stationery stores and get inspired by the variety of DIY pieces you could create for your little one’s space. And if you do buy them toys and they tire of them, at least you can convert them into stunning decor like this!

How do you do it?

What are some of the ways you’ve created a stunning kids bedroom on the cheap? I’d love to hear your ideas below. And I know TLC readers would be equally eager. Drop a comment and share your thoughts 🙂

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • Chantelle


    I will also say you need to let your children add their own personality to the space. I’ve definitely found with a five year old there’s some items in her room she adores that aren’t stylish but they are hers ….. a she collection, drawings she has done, ornaments that used to be my grandmas and some bloody mcdonalds happy meal toy And even tho I wouldn’t have them in a fit she loves them so I’m accommodating because it is her space 🙂

    28 September, 2017

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