We all want the best for our kids, especially when it comes to designs for their bedroom interiors. Who hasn’t drooled over some of the exquisite, bespoke bedrooms in glossy magazines, rooms where privileged children enjoy high style with maximum indulgence?
But hang on a little minute! All children deserve fine bedrooms, not just the privileged ones. Money isn’t everything when it comes to designing a well-functioning, stimulating environment for a child – there is a lot that can be done when a little DIY gumption is mixed with some creative juices.
Make it unique
As well as warmth and somewhere comfortable to sleep, children need a unique space they can call their own. A child’s bedroom should reflect their personality wherever possible, so consult with them about their likes and dislikes. They usually have strong opinions on subjects such as color; so don’t make the mistake of buying paint before consulting with the client!
The furniture in children’s bedrooms has to be tough and functional. When funds are tight it is a good compromise to combine a few pieces of really lovely furniture with some re-rejuvenated junk shop finds. If put together well, such a room can look interesting and eclectic. Smart DIY furniture fixer-uppers are currently snapping up old TV cabinets for pennies. As fashions have changed and the wall-mounted flat-screens have become popular, it is easy finding old armoires that used to house the bulky, old style TV sets. With a lick of paint and a bit of imagination, these can be transformed into wardrobes, study nooks, even beds. Look out for old TV cabinets and up-cycle them into something personal and unique for a special child’s room.
One of the hardest things to find in a child’s room is space. With toys, books and general clutter everywhere, it is important to have some storage solutions in place. In a boy’s room an ingenious but simple answer to the problem of toy car storage can be found with the application of magnetic strips to the walls. Create space by elevating the bed on a platform. With some DIY carpentry, a platform bed with integral storage can be built, instantly freeing up tons more space.
Children love to display their possessions, so indulge them with plenty of shelves. Don’t forget, if there is somewhere for it to go, in theory it shouldn’t end up on the floor!
Adding castors or wheels to some furniture increases their practicality. Wooden storage boxes fitted with castors make them far more practical. Storage boxes that can be moved about make tidying up much easier, which has got to be good.
Children will often demand a stencil design for the walls of their bedroom. This can strike fear into the hearts of less artistic parents. Do not worry; these days alternatives exist that will thrill the little ones. Add texture and interest to a wall’s surface by applying three-dimensional decals. Butterflies, birds, fish or flowers all look quite magical and give a mystical, dreamlike look that children adore. Failing that, invest in a blackboard or some blackboard paint and let the children decide how the walls should be decorated themselves!
~ Guest Post