If you’re a parent, I don’t have to tell you just how quickly children grow up. Right before your eyes, they go from innocent and sweet little toddlers to teenagers who are all of a sudden begging you for extended curfews and money to go to the mall in seemingly no time at all. Like the shoes and the clothes that your teenagers have grown out of time and time again, it is not long after that first plead for a curfew extension that they will grow tired of that Disney princess or dinosaur themed room.
If you are not keen on performing the often grueling task of a room makeover for each and every stage of their development, it’s a good idea to plan for a gradual transition early on in their life.
A cardinal rule to making a child’s room easily transitional from stage to stage is to keep the paint on the walls plain and neutral; this means resisting the urge for excessively bright colours, decals, quotes, drawings, or any other timely and obstructive permanent addition to the wall that you can think of.
Instead of the time consuming method of painting and repainting every sum odd years, to save yourself time and money, you can opt to keep the walls a neutral colour and decorate around them with home furniture, pictures and hanging art.
The latest trend in child and adolescent bedroom furniture are loft beds. When your child is small, they can use the space under the bed as a play area. Place a fun and decorative mat underneath the bed with a toy chest to the side. In the corner you can even place a bean bag or other variety of comfy chair for story-time. You can afford to purchase a quality loft bed because, as your child gets older, you can easily and gradually swap out items like the toy chest and mat in lieu of a desk and computer chair. The benefits of this style of bed are that its trendiness will be alluring to children and teenagers alike, as well as the fact that it is an incredibly innovative method in reducing wasted space in a bedroom.
Another option is to purchase a single bed with another pull out bed from underneath. As your children get older, they may wish for a bigger bed. With the option of an additional pull-out bed, teenagers have a fun space to host their friends when they come over for sleepovers. Although this will vary from case to case, going with this method may just save you from countless hours of a teenager bargaining for a larger sized bed.
The wall coverings you hang in your child’s room can easily be changed from cute pictures of rainbows and bunnies to life-sized posters of teenage heartthrobs and red ferraris in no time at all. You don’t even have to worry about leaving holes in the wall with nails, either. Companies such as 3M offer highly affordable products with the ability to hang even heavy objects without leaving the slightest trace of their existence upon removal.
With these few tips and tricks, you can hope to safe money and reduce the amount of time and effort spent painting and reinventing your child’s room over the years by swapping design elements at a steady pace.