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Desirable bedrooms for adorable kids

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By Hilda OTUGA

For most parents, the challenging part is finding a decorating idea for the kid’s room that will help in actualizing a customized transitional bedroom.

The truth is that it surely takes more than great ideas in styling up the little ones’ bedroom with design themes that will inspire them to keep their rooms neat consistently.

Decorating your child’s bedroom every two or three years can be expensive and time consuming. With a little décor planning tips for the kid’s bedroom, one can save money and time in this special room. Even if you are a do-it-yourself individual or you choose to use a decorator or designer to decorate your child’s room, you can save by asking them to follow a few simple guidelines.

Among the fundamentals in actualizing the kid’s bedroom is to try as much as possible to work within a friendly do-it-yourself budget or commission an interior designer who’ll actualize something that will compliment the kid’s desires, interests, lifestyle and needs. It is surely with this approach that one would be in a position to give a child a functional and appealing room he or she will love to keep clean.

 Factors to consider

In this regard, it is important to help in maximizing on the use of space by factoring in storage space, children’s room furniture that doubles as storage and grows with the child. For one, building children’s bedroom furniture can be easier if you think of simple shapes, like squares and rectangles.

Children like shapes and colours they can recognize. Indeed, achieving this is one among the many first steps of making the little ones happy. Using readily-available supplies and tools means the costs aren’t going to be outrageous, which will make your wallet happy as well. So let’s start with the basics: a place to sleep, a bench that can be a table when kids sit on the floor, bright pillows or cushions and plenty of room for toys. It almost makes you want to be a kid again yourself!

The way to do it

1. Go to your neighborhood carpenter shop and buy plywood, because they’ll also cut the ply-wood into the sizes you need, saving you a lot of work. Have them cut one sheet of standard plywood into a rectangle of 40 inches by 75 inches and make three length-wise cuts in the second sheet of plywood so you end up with four pieces of plywood which are each 12 inches by 96 inches. Save that odd L-shaped piece from the first sheet of plywood, too, because that’s going to be a long corner bench and sometime table for the bedroom.

2. Use a good saw and cut one of the 12 inchby 96 inch planks into 8 pieces which are one foot by one foot. Do the same for the other three planks. Use five of these pieces, the electric screwdriver and screws, and build a cube. Repeat this six more times for a total of seven cubes built from the second sheet of plywood.

3. Paint all the cubes in your child’s favorite colour, and also paint the three leftover one foot by one foot squares of plywood. When the paint has dried (usually this takes several hours), cover the rough edges of the plywood with the tape. Now line the finished cubes up in two rows of three cubes each. Space them evenly, and then fasten the 40 inch by 75 inch piece of plywood to the tops of each cube, being sure again to keep the A side of the plywood face up. Paint the top the same color as the cubes, and let it dry.

4. Put the child’s new bed frame in its place in the room, and put the mattress on top of the plywood sheet. Next screw the three leftover squares to the wall above the bed as a headboard.

5. Use the 2 by 4 cut into one-foot lengths, space 16 of them evenly along the

outside edges of the odd L-shaped piece of leftover plywood. You can easily ‘upholster’ this new long bench before sliding it to fit snugly against the bedroom wall, by either covering the old pillows with the bright fabric individually, or making a long tube and stuffing it with the shredded foam. If your children like to sit on the floor (what kids don’t?), they can move the pillows or cushion and have a long table to draw or color on.

6. Scour the store or attic if you have one, for old furniture that can be cut down for a child’s use! Sand the pieces, if needed, and paint them in your child’s second favourite colour. Cut an old bar stool’s legs down to make a much shorter stool for your child and an old coffee table would make a great pretend “tea table.”

7. Finish the room with your child’s favorite stuffed toys and other accessories which can now be stored under the bed in lots of child-sized cubes. And of course, there’s plenty of parking for all kinds of small cars and trucks under the bench, plus games and puzzle boxes too.