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One thing is for certain when it comes to kids and kid’s rooms; their needs and wants change and grow with them. When it comes to pulling together a room that will grow WITH your child, we’ve got another edition of Splurge VS. Save: Kids Room.
This time our focus is on a room that works for now and for the future, allowing you to spend your décor dollars wisely and invest in quality pieces you hope they take with them when they finally leave the nest (so you can finally have the guest room of your dreams…am I right!?).
Where to Splurge
When they’re five you’ll spend hours with ‘one last story’ hoping for sleep…when they’re teens you’ll wonder if they will ever leave their bed. The one common element in both scenarios is the need for a great bed. Once you get beyond the crib/toddler-sized bed, investing in a quality single or full sized bed can never do harm.
A quality bed frame can take the hard knocks of life and it can easily be repainted to suit growing tastes and styles. A smart single with a trundle underneath or double (or queen) bed is great for sleepovers but also work for a teen. A batman bed doesn’t do that…no offence to Batman, of course.
This grown-up girl’s room (below) is a great example of how a bed can age up with the child.
From under bed storage to a very organized closet system, functional storage makes kids' rooms a little less of a headache for all involved. Storage under the bed can go from toys to a collection of teen’s toiletries, closets can go from princess dresses to distressed denim, but all the while they will be organized – or at least, the potential is there!
Giving kids space to grow means having spaces for things to go. A great bookcase just might take them from goodnight moon to their very first apartment!
Where to Save
One minute they want a Minion, the next a pop icon…we all remember covering our walls in posters and blue mac-tac and kids today are no different. Skip splurging on art for the kid’s room and instead try a cheap Pinterest project, or put up a large cork board so they can proudly display school projects or art of their own.
Let the walls of their room be a place they can express themselves. Don’t worry, you can always paint those walls fresh white when they leave for university.
Just like art, you can change up your accessories based on life stages. Rather than cram a room with accessories they don’t need, how about turning the dollhouse into a feature display AND play? Let toys, games, and other life stages dictate the little décor touches. Because you’ve invested in great storage and quality beds, this is where you can really let the age of your child shine.
We hope these tips help your kid’s rooms grow with them, rather than growing tired and outdated.
Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert