If you’re like many of us at Roosterbank HQ, building dens in bedrooms, sticking posters on newly painted walls and covering the bed frame with stickers were all part of growing up. In fact they can be a great place for kids to express themselves and let their imagination come to life.
We have found that a lot of kids (in particular aged 8 and up) love saving up for things for their room – whether its a fun lava lamp, a throw for their bed or posters for the wall. It’s a chance for them to make a statement about their own character. However much as a parent you hope your children will keep their room in tidy bliss the reality is often different. However, there is also a chance to give your kids the tools to create their own little kingdom and invest some of their own time and creativity into it. They might even take more care looking after it too!
We start with a caveat - if your children are lucky enough to have family heirlooms in their bedroom, this is not the post for you. Although for the sake of great grans bed, we would probably suggest you put it somewhere safe!
Start with a blank canvas:
It’s likely that you kids will have a bed, cupboard and possibly a desk or table. If they are looking a bit bashed, consider giving them a paint with matt white paint. You can transform a boring, cheap or dark bit of furniture into a canvas ready for your kids to get creative! There is some good advice on painting furniture like a professional over on Wikihow.
If you’re getting some new furniture, be sure to check out Ebay or your local car boot sale to see what’s going cheap first. Or, if you are bit of a ‘DIY’ family, consider popping down to your local trade shop to pick up some wood.
Top tip: Any fool can be uncomfortable and don’t skimp on the stuff that matters. To make sure that your kids get a good night sleep, choose a high quality mattress and John Lewis can be a good place to start if you’re looking for a massive range at different sizes and price brackets.
If you provide your children with the foundations it can then be up to them to get their paints out, imaginations fired up and turn a basic bit of furniture into a fantastical space craft, aeroplane or car. Or if they just want to paint it vivid pink, all you need to do is put on a pair of sun glasses before opening the door. Its a perfect activity for a saturday afternoon with some newspaper on the floor and the great thing is that if they don’t like it, they can just paint it white and start again! It also means that when racing cars drop out of vogue and Bruce Wayne becomes the ‘in’ thing, then the Bat Cave is but a lick of paint away!
If you’re worried about the paint work, then its also worth checking out Blik who ARE AWESOME at doing special wall stickers in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
Top tip: Once you have got your kids the basics, let them collect the bits to decorate their room. If they have saved for the stuff themselves and put time into decorating it, they will look after it and appreciate the value of their stuff even more.
Looking for some inspiration? That’s what Pinterest is for: Awesome kids bedroom ideas.