Stay-At-Home Activities: Affordable Renovations for Your Kid’s Room

Published on May 12, 2020

COVID-19 has forced 1.5 billion people around the world to stay home for an unknown amount of time. And it’s not only adults being affected by the change – school closures have meant children are spending more time at home too. Naturally, parents are seeking creative ways to keep their children entertained but still productive.

With the extra time to fill, a great activity to dive into is to renovate your kids’ rooms. And while bedroom renovations are said to average $8,000, there are much more affordable options that don’t compromise on style or quality.

Whether you want to spend some time with your little ones or complete a project that has been on the back burner, now is the chance for a complete room makeover and to add some cool aesthetic touches.

Here are affordable DIY tricks for your kids’ room renovations:

Peel & stick wallpaper

Kids can be temperamental – they often change their mind or lose interest in something quickly, which makes designing the perfect room a difficult task.

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is affordable and a novel way to regularly update your kids’ rooms. The wallpaper squares can be easily removed and repositioned on the wall, meaning you can update your kids’ room as and when you please (or more accurately, as and when they please).

You don’t have to use the wallpaper for the whole room either; why not create an accent wall, decorate in between shelves and furniture, or simply do some wall art? Just make sure that the peel and stick wallpaper you buy has a proprietary adhesive that won’t fall off or leave marks on your walls when it’s taken off.

Prices for peel and stick wallpaper can start from as low as $1 per square foot, and if you’re looking for another exciting way to decorate the walls without a heavy price tag, blackboard paint costs roughly $20 – $40 per tin. Blackboard paint transforms any surface into a chalkboard, so your child can draw and write on the walls without doing any permanent damage.

DIY desks

Learning at home demands the right environment. As the main place to focus, your kids’ desk should be a space dedicated to work but still with personality. You don’t have to build a desk from scratch either. Try repurposing an old table, a set of drawers or even crates with a little sanding and a lick of paint.

But if you’re feeling extra productive, you only need plywood, paint, arts and crafts, and a little bit of elbow grease to fashion a new desk together yourself. To impress your kids even further, a hideaway desk is relatively straightforward to make – attach foldable legs to the wood and then use hinges and a magnetic strip to connect it to the wall. The desk can then be tucked away when it’s not being used, and kids’ will love their hidden workstation.

Be conscious of where you put the desk in the room. Kids’ rooms tend to be small, so position it somewhere with lots of open vertical space to compensate for any spacial restrictions while providing somewhere to hang your kids’ masterpieces. To finish, add bursts of colors like yellow and turquoise through stationery, coasters, frames, and lamps. These extra dashes are great to get kids’ attention and bring a playfulness into learning.

Secret storage

As a parent, you already know that kids have a lot of stuff. Keeping kids’ rooms organized is a daily routine, but storage spaces make all the difference.

A bench is a clever way to make the room cozy and to hide some of the mess at the same time. MDF board, fabric, and foam (or cushions) are the main parts you need to set up a bench, and can be bought for a reasonable price online or from most hardware stores. When building the bench, leave space underneath – you don’t have to separate it into columns, a large gap is better to store bags, boxes, shoes, and other awkwardly shaped items.

If you want more floor space, why not use the walls to display and store things? Pallets are extremely versatile and inexpensive, and in this case, can be made into shelves. Cut a pallet horizontally, leaving two rows at the bottom. Next, remove the front slack, mount on the wall, and voila – you have a trendy new bookcase.

Other DIY tricks are to take hobby wood, an old clothesline, and hooks to fashion a hanging swing for stuffed toys or lighter items. The swing can add layers to a kid’s room, making it feel more dynamic and equally adventurous. Or for rooms that have enough stuff on show, try hiding particularly chaotic sections with a curtain rod and a flowing piece of fabric. In doing this, your kids have a designated area for clutter but anyone visiting your home will never know.

Design, develop, and de-stress

Kids’ room renovations don’t have to be expensive and time-consuming. Having your kids at home with you allows them to get involved in redecorating their room and encourages them to be creative. Experimenting with new styles, textures, and colors is a positive use of time, and also promotes new ways of thinking and problem-solving in children.

Of course, it’s just as important that adults embrace their creativity too and find different channels to relieve feelings of stress and get motivated. Rather than viewing being asked to stay indoors as a bad thing, room renovations can help reframe (literally!) the situation, and both kids and adults can enjoy having a joint project to do at home.

Agnieszka Wilk is the CEO of Decorilla, an online interior design service that connects customers with vetted professional interior designers who create curated 3D and VR spaces based on customer style preferences and budget. With a team of over 300 interior designers and 200 furniture partners, Agnieszka led the first interior design firm to offer VR to clients. She has been featured in publications such as TechCrunch and VentureBeat.

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