Do you have a loft space or spare room in your home that you’ve always dreamed of turning into a playroom for the kids, but are yet to do so because of the cost? If you’re savvy about it, you can create an incredible playroom on a shoestring budget. We know there are some things you can’t cut back on so we have looked at the essentials as well as the best cost cutting hacks and ideas.
Structure and Insulation
If you are covering your loft space for a children’s playroom then you will need to invest the most money in making sure the structure and insulation is safe. You’ll want the space to be nice and warm in winter as well as light and airy in the summer. Get these right first time and the rest of creating a lovely space is easy!
Use white paint
Basic white paint is the cheapest type of paint you can get, and so is ideal for decorating your children’s new playroom. Don’t worry about white being too boring because there are plenty of ways you can jazz up the walls. Once you’ve put the shelves up – you can make these yourself from old pieces of wood, just make sure to sand them down and varnish them to prevent splinters – and added a couple of pieces of cheap wall art, the space will look much more exciting. Perhaps you could also stick some glow in the dark stars on the ceiling, make some DIY bunting, and string up some cheap fairy lights?
Create a chalkboard wall
Kids love being able to draw, so instead of buying them a chalkboard, invest in some chalkboard paint and use it to decorate one wall. This should not only work out cheaper than buying a big chalkboard to hang up, but it will also give your children all the space that they want to draw on.
Be creative with the seating
When it comes to the seating in your children’s playroom, bean bag chairs and foam floor cushions are ideal. However, if you want an area where you can sit and read to your children or where they can relax while watching a movie, adding a sofa could be a good idea. There’s no need to buy a new one, have a look online for a second-hand design. To ensure that you have plenty of room for when guests come to stay, why not opt to get a sofa bed or futon?
Don’t buy kid’s furniture
It’s tempting to deck out your children’s playroom with kid-sized furniture. However, the truth is that furniture made for kids is always more expensive that adult-sized designs, plus it doesn’t tend to wear as well, as often it’s cheaply made. Then there’s the fact that at some point or another, your kids will grow out of it. So, if you want to save money, opt to get an adult-sized table and chairs for your children’s playroom. You’ll want the room to become a teenage den at some point so think of more flexible items of furniture!
Take note of the tips and ideas above, and you can create a beautiful playroom that is perfect for your kids but won’t cost the earth.