Update Your Kid’s Room on a Budget

Guest post from Amanda Green, a freelance writer on assignment.

Raising children can be a bittersweet experience because they grow and change so fast. The cute and cuddly phase quickly turns into the frilly and flouncy princess period which will eventually morph into pop star adoration season. Along with chef, chauffeur and gofer duties, moms need another skill set: Interior decorator to update room décor as needed. In this endeavor, LTDCommodities, a home goods and accessories retailer, can be a big help with inspiration as well as affordable, usable items.

Add Storage Options

Children are messy creatures because they come with so many accessories contrived by grownups for entertainment and educational purposes. Toys, books, art sets and other doodads need an assigned home to keep everyone in the house safe and sane.

Cute bookshelf curtains

Consider adding open shelves and baskets. Children can be trained to toss things back into the baskets on their own. Shoe shelves, book shelves and toy trunks are all good additions to keep a child’s room organized. Take advantage of rolling under-bed storage for bulky items.

Add Interest

Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint is all that is needed to create a new look for a child’s room. Use appliques to add a touch of whimsy or to emphasize the room’s decorating theme. Craft stores and the @LTDCommodities Twitter page are good sources for unique and easy-to-apply appliques that will leave children amazed at mom’s decorating prowess. Browse the online catalogue to get fresh ideas and to determine how far the decorating budget can go.

wall decal

Update the Bedding

Sheets, comforters, pillows and pillowcases represent the easiest ways to create a design theme by using color, pattern and licensed characters. Give the child a chance to help select the bedding as this will give them ownership of the redesign and an incentive to keep their updated room picked up.

Disney Princess Pillows

Improve the Lighting

The light needed for a child reading on his own is different from the light needed when the child’s bedtime ritual involves a reading session with mom and dad.

An independent reader will need different reading nooks in his room: A child-size desk, an easy chair by the window and a place in bed. Ensure that these areas have sufficient light from natural sources or with energy-efficient lighting.

Salt Bowl Lamp

When furnishing a child’s room, there are a number of considerations to juggle. Make sure safety and comfort are prioritized in order to minimize if not eliminate any hazards.


  1. These are some great ideas! We have a small apartment, and keeping my son’s things organized has been madness! I am definitely exploring some alternative organization solutions. These tips are awesome. 🙂

  2. Cassandra Eastman says:

    Wow, some really neat ideas that i’ll have to give a try! Thank you!

  3. These are some wonderful ideas. We currently rent in a small townhouse and can’t wait till buy a place to be able to have more freedom to do this sort of thing.

  4. These are some great ideas! My girl’s room needs some updating for sure and they would love some of these things. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. Sania Akbar says:

    Wowww such a beautifuk girly decoration 🙂 Thanks for sharing beautiful ideas 🙂

  6. The best way to re-decorate is to teach the kids to clean up.

  7. Thanks.. I’m trying to make changes but we’re tight on budget.

  8. veronica hay says:

    I love these!!!

  9. Adding interest is my favorite tip of yours! Color connected with graphics, posters, of wall art can really make a room look “designer” without having to spend all that cash! My favorite trick is to do an accent wall in an eye-catching color and then add photos/posters/graphics that are mostly that color on the adjacent walls – it really unifies the room and the theme.

  10. Laurel Simmons says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!!!

  11. Excellent ideas. My three girls share a room, so I love the idea of letting them choose their bedding. It will allow each of them to be unique!

  12. Thanks for the great ideas!

  13. Catarina Teixeira says:

    very cute

  14. I use baskets to store some of my clothes in, definitely makes it easier to get to what I need, so I can imagine how it would help younger people too

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