The first thing to remember about the playroom when you are working on a budget is to consider the future. Since your child will be growing quickly, you will want to make decisions and choices that will be fun for them now while remaining easy to change and useful in the future. When you are working on a budget, look for items that can easily grow with your child. Here are some quick tips to make a playroom fun and exciting yet affordable and budget friendly:

  • 1. Painting is a quick and easy way to make a room look new. Choose bright colors, but colors that will continue to be favored for years to come.
  • 2. Gloss paint is easy to clean and will help the playroom remain bright for many years. Since small hands tend to leave handprints on walls, choosing an easy to clean paint will be important in any playroom space, so avoid paints marked matte or eggshell.
  • 3. For something different, removable wallpaper murals are fun and thematic. They can be placed on one wall and then removed as the child grows older.
  • 4. Inexpensive, brightly colored, plastic storage crates can be stacked to create a set of cubby holes for storage and they will be within easy reach of small hands.
  • 5. An inexpensive roll of cork can turn part of a wall into a display board for your child’s artwork. You can also find rolls of chalkboard material, and you can turn a wall into a board for your children to write and draw and then erase and start again.
  • 6. For easy wall art, take an old child’s magazine or book, cut out illustrations or cartoons and then frame them in simple and affordable black or white frames. You can also use DVD covers from their favorite cartoons for the same purpose.
  • 7. Consider that old coffee table you have in the garage. It can easily be turned into a child’s play station with just a fresh coat of paint. An old dresser or chest repainted can be a great way to store toys.
  • 8. Built in storage for closets can turn the closet in the playroom into a great place to store toys, books, and games.
  • 9. Peruse garage sales for old pieces of furniture that can easily be refurbished for your child’s play room. You may be surprised at what you can find at thrift stores, antique malls, and garage sales.
  • 10. Avoid putting too much money into maintaining a theme since your child will likely outgrow that theme in just a matter of years. Instead, choose colors and decorations that can be updated for a new look as your child grows