DESIGNING A SPACE FOR TODDLERS THAT IS BUDGET-FRIENDLY
- Check out yard sales, thrift shops, or the like for furniture like small tables and chairs, bookshelves, and other storage pieces. Budget-friendly retailers, like Ikea or TJ Maxx have a variety of affordable solutions. Ikea has great storage options, like the Expedit Series that can be filled with baskets to hold toys.
- To save money on decor, get creative with your kids' toys to make them into decor. Installing floating ledges or shelves to display books is a quick, easy and inexpensive solution for wall decor.
- If you're feeling extra adventurous, paint a mirror or wall in chalkboard paint for your toddler(s) to use as a blank canvas. It's a great way to stimulate their creativity and ward off those pesky marker stains on the walls, carpet, and furniture.
MAKING USE OF A FAMILY ROOM SO THAT IT CAN BE USED FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY INSTEAD OF LOOKING LIKE A "TOY GRAVEYARD"- Designate a corner or wall of the family room for the kid(s) to play and keep some of their toys. This can be as simple as buying or using an existing bookshelf or organizational piece, adding baskets to hide the toys, and doing something fun on the wall, like letter art above.
- Use an ottoman or coffee table that has extra storage for the kids to store their toys when they're not using them. You don't have to sacrifice on style to hide the toys!
- Woven or fabric baskets are great for storing toys, too. Add a chalkboard label to the outside to identify the contents and add a DIY touch. Tuck the basket next to the sofa or in the corner of the room.
TRANSITIONING THE NURSERY INTO A TODDLER'S ROOM:
- The most significant change will be the introduction of a toddler's bed. (If you are pregnant now, you will be patting yourself on the back at this stage if you have selected a crib that transitions into a bed, like this one.) If you have space, add a little play corner for your son or daughter to utilize when he/she is in the room.
- Consider safety. Remove any decorative items that could cause any harm to your son or daughter if he/she gets ahold of them. Also, always remember to secure any furniture your toddler might try to climb to the wall!
- Update the decor to reflect the change in the room. Replace nursery-esque pieces with items that represent what your son or daughter likes, or items that flow with the general style of the room.