Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Decorating Kids' Rooms for the Long Haul

Decorating Kids' rooms so you don't have to change them as soon as your kids' tastes change will save you a lot of time and money.  Statesman.com has six do-it-yourself projects from "Sell this House" Designer Roger Hazard to help you get more bang for your buck.

A headboard wrapped in fabric can take a plain bed frame from blah to spectacular.  This is a project you can easily do yourself by visiting the local fabric or craft store to choose from a plethora of child-friendly prints and colors.  Simply wrap the headboard and then use upholstery staples to secure the fabric on the back.  If you don't have a headboard, you can use a piece of fabric-covered plywood secured to the wall behind the bed.  As your child grows, you can change out the fabric to something more sophisticated.

Have a beat-up dresser that needs some pizazz?  Have a budding Picasso who loves to draw?  Combine the two by painting a thrift-store find in chalkboard paint.  You can even label each drawer which pictures or words depending on their age so the child quickly knows what is in it.  Give your child a piece of chalk and their imagination can do the rest!

You can also cheaply and quickly create art for your kid's room by taking photos of their favorite toys and framing them.  Another flexible way to display art is to use art shelves, or ledges.  This allows you to easily switch out art as your child's tastes change.

Looking for a rug that will stand up to children and their mess?  Carpet tiles such as Flor can be taken out individually and stains can be washed off and then the tile replaced.  Finally, creating a custom storage unit will provide a place to stash all those toys now and can easily become storage for books, cds, dvd's and electronics later.  Look for items like IKEA's Besta line which has doors that can be swapped out so you can choose bright colors for the early years and trade them out for more sophisticated rooms later.

Looking for a rental in Austin that will accommodate your family as it grows?  Apartments Now can help you find a place that will suit you for the long-haul.