So, it’s time to turn your child’s nursery into a toddler room. I remember the anxiety of leaving one wonderful stage of my child’s life and venturing into the unknown. However, I am finding out that each stage seems to bring with it a new and exciting world I would have otherwise not known.
However, as wonderful as the next stage will be, spending a fortune on the transition might not be in your budget. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune, not even close.
I am going to share some wonderful tips on giving your child the room they deserve, without having to dive into their college fund to do it.
Furniture Options to Consider
Perhaps you are lucky and have a convertible crib, one that you can change into a toddler bed. It might have cost you a bit more when doing the nursery a while back, but nothing to convert it now.
If not, I would suggest going with a toddler bed, rather than a twin bed. One reason is that they can be less expensive, but you also don’t have to buy a new mattress. You can use the crib mattress, as it’s the same size.
We purchased a small, and low to the floor toddler bed that was in the shape of a boat. It was inexpensive, and fit the theme we had. The down side is that he outgrew it in about a year’s time. However, if you are hoping to save money, it can help by not having to purchase large items, along with everything else at the same time.
We also had purchased a changing table that doubles as a dresser, and an armoire that can be used for any age. However, if you have pieces you no longer can use, sell them. Use Craigslist, eBay, or have a garage sale. What you make from the sale can go towards finishing the room.
Decorating on a Budget
One way to save on the budget would be to use the same flooring and wall color, if possible. Look for themes that your child would like, which wouldn’t require a complete change in wall color, or flooring. You can always add a throw rug on the floor to tie in the theme or color choice.
So, that leaves the walls and bedding. Instead of purchasing expensive wall art, try one of the following ideas:
- Playful Murals – If you are artistic, paint a mural on one of the walls. It doesn’t have to be extensive with detail, since it’s a room for a child. So, why not make it very child-like in the drawing? This is the room that pretty much anything goes. If you want to draw a stick person, do it. Or, with princess themes for the bedroom, go for a large, but generic castle.
- Removable Decals – A nice alternative to painting a mural, or hanging wallpaper, is removable decals. They are easy to apply, and just as easy to remove. So, you won’t have to work to get them down like you would wallpaper, or paint over them.
- Chalkboard Paint – If your child likes to draw, you can give them an entire wall to draw on, with chalkboard paint. Let them put their own artistic stamp on the room, which can be changed on a daily basis. It also provides an area for play, without taking up space.
- Framed Art – For the little artist, take some of their best pieces and frame them. You can buy inexpensive frames and have instant art that is free…as well as unique, and a part of your child. If you don’t like the frames, paint them, which can also add a splash of color to the room.
- Hanging Toys – Consider hanging some inexpensive and lightweight toys as wall art. For example, hang some colorful and plastic sand toys such as shovels and starfish. Model airplanes, doll clothes, and kites are more options.
- Decorative Shelving – Pick up some inexpensive decorative shelving to place small and colorful toys that fit the theme of the room.
- Framed Photos – There is a wide selection of royalty free photos you can download to frame for the walls. These are often very low cost, if not free. Just search the Internet for ‘royalty free’ photos. You will be amazed at the enormous selection, low cost, and high quality that you find.
As you can see, there are many inexpensive options for the walls to help create a wonderful retreat for your child to enjoy for this new stage in their life.
Bedding and Window Treatments
By adding a splash of color and activity on the walls, you could get away with some very basic bedding and window treatments. This alone could help keep the budget down.
I hope that I was able to share some ideas that you like, or at least have inspired your creative side to save some money. After all, college will be coming up soon.
About the Author
Enjoying a career in freelance writing, Kathy Barber typically writes on topics such as medical, family, and travel. She found inspiration for her latest series of articles when looking through Disney cars décor for her son. Kathy lives in Michigan with her husband and son, and enjoys traveling, reading, photography, and music.