Do you want to renovate your kid’s room? If so, this is the guide for you! Find out what steps you can take to try and transform your child’s room for the better, without breaking the bank. Read on to learn how!
Want to Renovate Your Kid’s Room?
Here’s What You Need To Do
Budget and Consideration
When you are budgeting for the renovation of your kid’s room, you’ll want keep in mind any needs you may have going into the future. Make a list of anything that may be non-negotiable, and also decide if DIY is the way to go.
DIY may save you a small fortune but at the end of the day, you need to make sure that you account for any unexpected mishaps. Also, take the time to focus on any additional fixes you may need to get done.
When it comes to what you need to put inside the room, consider investing in the basics. Things like a good mattress, some solid furniture, and even good window treatments. You also need to view any decorative elements as being somewhat replaceable. If you can do this then you will soon find that it is easier for you to get the result you’re looking for.
If you have a young child, it could be worth exploring the idea of a floor toddler bed. This is a great way for you to mix things up and your child will probably love it. We did this for the twins when they were younger and it worked amazingly well for their shared room!
If you choose to work with a contractor then make sure that you are upfront about your budget, and work with them to find out what you can afford. Also, if possible, ask them if they have insurance so you can make sure you are covered for everything.
Walls, Trim and Doors
Whether you are painting your doors, or replacing them, you need to make sure that you size up your project before you dive in. If you are installing some new drywall for the very first time, then a professional could be worth the investment. Installing a new door, or molding can be done on your own though.
Painting a room is normally one of the easiest (and also one of the most affordable!) projects you can do. It’s important to make sure that you have a smooth and clean canvas where possible, so that your efforts are not wasted. Prepping walls can be simple since you may just need to fill in the holes and sand the rough spots. You can then apply some primer over the existing paint to make it all easier.
This is great if you are having a lot of labor-intensive projects done, such as removing wallpaper. As a general rule, supplies for paint tend to be inexpensive. Plan on buying primer, brushes, rollers and roller covers. You also need to look into plastic coverings so you can protect your walls and your furniture.
At the end of the day, depending on the ceiling height, you may need to use a step ladder or a step stool. You may also need an extension pole so you can reach the higher spots.
The right lighting is key if you want to create a comfortable and soothing environment, especially in your child’s bedroom. If you are planning on installing a new lighting system then you need to consult with a professional. The main reason for this is that electrical wiring is both tricky and dangerous to manage. If you do want to update your overhead lighting then consider installing a dimmer switch. This is a brilliant idea as it can help to ease the transition from day to night.
Maximizing natural light and fresh air is also something to consider. Do windows need to be replaced? Whether you need to keep your existing windows or even upgrade them, it is important that you install some window guards.
The main reason for this is to help prevent injuries. If you do choose to keep your old windows, make sure that you do not paint them shut as they serve as a means of escape if there is ever a fire.
Dressing your window in a flexible way is also the key if you want to adjust lighting. There are many options available beyond curtains too. Light-filtering shades and shutters are an option, as are cordless blinds. I swear by cordless blinds and have been switching them all over in our house. I love how they look, how easy they are to use and that they are not a major chocking hazard like blinds with cords.
Wood flooring is a popular choice in kid’s rooms. The main reason for this is because they are very easy to clean! Unlike wall-to-wall carpeting, one thing to take note of is that wooden flooring can stand the test of time. It also means you don’t have to deal with replacement costs any time soon.
Area rugs and accent rugs are great for adding pattern to your kid’s room, with a bonus of softness underfoot. They are less expensive when compared to wall-to-wall carpet and they also have the bonus of being very easy to replace.
While wood is the better option over laminate, note that laminate is a less expensive choice. Both of them provide a lot of durability and they are also easy to maintain, which is an important quality when it comes to your child’s room. The scope and the general difficulty of the installation process will vary depending on the flooring you choose too. When you have a good understanding of how hard the project is going to be, you can then give some thought as to whether or not it is something you can take care of yourself. If you can keep this in mind it’ll help you out a lot.
Hopefully you are even more ready to tackle the renovation in your kid’s room!