While that adorable farm animal theme may have been just perfect for your newborn, it is quite possible that your 6-year-old is more into super heroes now than cuddly sheep. If you are ready to update your kiddo’s space but don’t want to spend a fortune, check out this list for some ideas.
The easiest and most cost-effective way to spruce up your kid’s space is with a coat or two of paint. Because your child’s taste is likely to change throughout the years, you don’t have to spring for the super expensive stuff. You will, however, want to make sure that you don’t go for the cheapest options, which may just rub right off the wall when you try to remove smudges. You may also want to choose a neutral color that can grow with your child and that you won’t get tired of quickly.
2. Ask Around
Need a bed frame? A lamp? Curtains? It is highly likely that there are other people nearby who are updating and getting rid of things you might want. Ask around on social media to see what people have. You can get low-cost (or FREE) items from friends and family trying to clean out their own homes.
3. Be a Bargain Shopper
Save on big items by bargain shopping. Before you go to the big retail store to buy a new bunk bed, check out Craigslist, your local sale site and consignment stores. There are awesome bargains to be found on beautiful furniture in great condition. Look at discount stores like TJ Max or Ross for pillows, bedding, curtains and decorations. Stop at a few yard sales to see what treasures you may be able to find. If you do decide to purchase from a big retail store, don’t be afraid to ask about sales or if you can get a discount on floor models that have been used for display purposes.
4. Go Generic
Does your kiddo LOVE Disney princesses? Instead of spending big bucks on Disney brand merchandise, search Pinterest for princess-inspired ideas for the majority of the room and throw in a few Anna and Elsa items to finish off the theme. Not only will this save you money now, but it will be easier (and less expensive) to change things out if she decides that she HATES princesses in a few years.
5. Keep it Fun
You don’t have to spend big money to make your kid’s room his favorite place to be. Add an inexpensive chalkboard wall for your little artist to express his creativity. Put low shelves in to display his favorite train set or super hero figurines. By using items that your child already enjoys to decorate their new space, you are guaranteed that they will love it!