Updating your child’s bedroom can be a fun project, especially if they are excited and involved, but it can also be a challenge. Children grow out of their interests quickly, so you want to make the right decisions about colors and themes. Here are some helpful tips to consider before you start your renovation project.
Create a Budget
When you are renovating any room, it is important to first consider how much you are going to spend on the project. Children’s rooms are especially tricky because you want to give your child what they want, but you also have to remember that kids’ tastes change as they grow. If you are renovating a room for a five-year-old, they could grow out of the theme or decorations in just a few years. In a case like this, if you spend a ton of money on renovations when your child is five, it’s going to feel like a waste when they don’t like it in a few years.
When you are creating a budget, try to make it something that you won’t mind spending again in a few years or a budget that feels appropriate for a room that is somewhat temporary. One way to make the room last longer is to choose more neutral colors and decorations for big things like paint and furniture, and leave smaller items like lamps or wall hangings for the theme.
Painting the Walls
Painting the walls of a room may seem like an easy task to take on yourself, but it can get a bit more complicated than you think. If you are uncomfortable with painting yourself, hiring a professional painter may save you a few headaches. You can also consult with several painters to compare prices. If you have drywall or wallpaper this can get a bit more complicated, so asking a professional for advice or help might be a good idea.
If the walls have any damage, even small holes you want to make sure these are filled in and repaired before you start painting. Then you can move on to what color. Your child might have their heart set on a fun color like pink, but committing to such a specific color may not be the best idea. If you’re afraid your child might grow out of the color quickly, try to convince them to go for a lighter or more muted version of the color they want. Lighter colors are much easier to paint over in the future, so hot pink or dark blue may not be the best option despite what your kids want.
Decorations and paint colors are way more fun to pick out, but you want the room to be practical as well. The room should be able to grow and adjust as your child does as much as it can, and storage options are a huge part of this. For example, if there is no closet, you might want to have one installed if it’s possible. As your child grows, they’re probably going to accumulate more clothing and other items, and a closet is a great place to store these things out of sight.
If a closet is not in the budget or you already have one, there are lots of other great storage options. Under the bed is a great place to keep bins and baskets full of toys and other belongings, and your child will probably utilize these even when they eventually move out. Storage items are one of the best investments you can make when renovating your child’s room because they can be used for years to come.
Jenn Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beach goer operating out of Southern New Jersey.