Kids need furniture for their bedroom, although they might not use the wardrobe very often because, let’s face it, the floor is more convenient for discarded clothes. You can buy any furniture you like for a kids room, but ideal items include a bed, a chest of drawers, and a wardrobe. Older kids will also need a desk so they can do their schoolwork.
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Cheap wooden or MDF furniture is inexpensive, but not terribly exciting. It’s ideal for a kid’s bedroom because it won’t matter if they scribble on it or scratch it, but if you are looking for an inspiring piece of furniture, this is not a good choice. One way to brighten up cheap furniture is to customize it. There are lots of ways to do this, so read on for some tips and advice.
Why Customize Kids’ Furniture?
Younger kids need a fun, bright and colourful bedroom. It stimulates the senses and makes going to bed fun. Older kids usually prefer a more adult decorative scheme, but you can still add a few fun decorative touches.
There are lots of ways to customize a child’s bedroom furniture. Some can be done in an instant and others take a bit more time and effort. Try a few of the following and see what a difference it makes to your child’s bedroom.
- Cheap custom stickers are a quick and easy way to bring pieces of furniture to life. There are hundreds of different designs to choose from, including animal stickers and even Frozen stickers.
- Stenciling is perfect for furniture made from wood, but you can also stencil MDF furniture as long as you apply a suitable base coat. Buy ready-made stencils or cut your own custom stencils. Use low tack spray mount to hold your stencils in place while you apply the paint – acrylic paint is best.
- Paint effects are fun to try, as they look great on wooden furniture. Apply a matt base coat to your furniture then experiment with different paint finishes. Try a creating a ‘distressed’ look using eco-friendly milk paint, or buy a natural sponge and use this to apply a top coat in a different colour. Paint stripes, blocks and geometric shapes also look good and are easy to create using masking tape.
- If you have artistic talent, have a go at painting a mural on a piece of furniture. You don’t need to go too crazy and attempt to recreate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but pictures of jungle animals will appeal to younger kids.
- Decoupage is easy to do on furniture. Snip out pictures from magazines or print some from the internet. Arrange them and then glue them down. Once the pictures are dry, you can protect the surface with clear acrylic varnish.
None of the above techniques are difficult to do and most can be completed in a weekend. If you are not sure of your skills, practice on a spare piece of wood first, and if you are really brave, let your child help you.