frugal tip roundup: 5 frugal ideas for children’s bedrooms

by Barb on October 26, 2013

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5 frugal ideas for children's bedrooms

About 4 years ago, we tackled renovating 2 of our upstairs children’s bedrooms. It was a huge undertaking since we tore out the walls, replaced the decades-old insulation, and installed new walls.

children's room

At the time, 2 boys shared one of the bedrooms while the year old baby took naps in the bedroom. The bedroom hasn’t changed much since we redid it. The mattresses are still on the floor because we’re anticipating having 3 boys sharing the room, and we don’t want to buy a bed set until we figure out how to organize the room. I admit to having little idea how to use the space better given the sloping walls and small footprint.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine, Darla of Heartwork Organizing, came over to consult on making changes to our home to accommodate our changing needs as a family, including dealing with the children’s bedrooms. One of her suggestions which I’m taking to heart was repainting the walls to be the same color as the ceiling. This will help the room feel bigger with a lack of a visual break. We also talked about organizing items I could find at my local Bed Bath and Beyond. I went out a few days later and bought a belt hanger for the door for my son’s uniform belts; I hated finding them all over the house.

As I play around with Darla’s suggestions, I headed to Pinterest for ideas. Some of the ideas below were shared at Fabulously Frugal Thursday; others I had already pinned on my Children’s Bedrooms Pinterest Board. If you have ideas for me, share them in the comments.

  1. DIY Children’s Bookshelves from Wilker Do’s
  2. Under the Sea Wall Art from Diapered Daze and Knights
  3. No-Sew Drop Cloth Curtains from Our Southern Home
  4. Tooth Fairy Tin from Organized31
  5. Quiet Time Bins from Holistic Homemaking

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Barb Hoyer has written 3764 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Alissa October 26, 2013 at 9:08 am

Love these ideas! I’m not a fan of spending a lot of our decorating budget in the kids’ rooms, since their tastes can change so quickly – but I DO want their rooms to feel “finished” and decorated, so I’m so excited to try a few of these out!
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Barb October 29, 2013 at 11:52 am

I’m in the same boat. I can already see my kids outgrowing their “red” rooms and we just painted them a few years ago. I think we should have kept the walls simple and varied the decorations over the years.

miranda October 26, 2013 at 11:11 am

i need to remember these tips for when we move in december!

Barb October 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

Good luck with your move!

Trina Peruski O'Boyle October 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I painted my bathroom ceiling the same as the walls and it does make a HUGE difference. Also when having bead board or some sort of molding halfway down the wall make the upper part of the wall and ceiling the same color.
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Barb October 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

I LIKE those ideas! We talked about using beadboard at one point, and never got around to it.

Carol Hardin October 30, 2013 at 7:17 am

I agree with Alissa that the taste of kids can be change any time but I need this inspiration to decorate my daughter’s room for winter season. I liked all your ideas Barb. This is really a great for me. Thanks Barb for this inspiration.

Heather October 31, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Can’t wait to see what you do with the kids’ rooms…and thank you for the feature!
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Cynthia February 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Great group of ideas. I really like the tooth fairy tins. So cute! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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