Money-Saving Design Ideas for Kids' Rooms

Updating your kids' rooms doesn't have cost a fortune. Here are simple ideas for creating playful, yet inexpensive spaces.

  • Red and Blue Girl's Room

    One-of-a-Kind Curtains

    Give your draperies a custom look. Add embellishments, trim or colorful fabric to update store-bought panels. Design by samnadam.

  • Personalized Letters

    Lovely Letters

    For a simple, sweet touch over a bed or a crib, hang a child's name made from basic white letters and ballet slipper pink ribbon as designer Brian Patrick Flynn has done in this nursery. It personalizes a kid's room with affordable, easy-to-find materials. A similar look can be achieved with metallic house letters or numbers found at leading home improvement stores.

  • Child's Room Seating Area

    Add a Decal

    A wall decal is an easy, affordable way to make a big statement in a child's room. And they're not just for walls anymore! Here, Flynn has placed deer decals on the front of a cabinet for toy storage with a shot of style. When your child outgrows the design, simply peel the decal off and discard it. (Or, if it's reusable, install it in a younger child's room.)

  • Tween Bed

    Get Creative with Paint

    Adding color with paint is a relatively budget-friendly way to spruce up a child's space. Feeling inspired? Try your hand at a graphic, geometric design like a family friend did for this tween boy's room.

  • Sage and White Bookcase

    Color Everywhere

    If you want to add color but don't want to shell out for a whole wall, painting the back of bookshelves is a more subtle, money-saving option. The pop of color peeking out from behind stuffed animals and toys is surprisingly effective. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

  • Nursery With Checkered Rug

    Colorful Floor Tiles

    FLOR tiles are an affordable solution for adding warmth to hardwood floors, and you can mix and match them to create your own custom design or color palette. The best part is if there's a spill, just replace the ruined tiles instead of the entire rug. Design by dmuradian.

  • Girl Leaning Against Purple Bed

    Remake Their Bed

    You can customize any basic wooden bed with a sprayed paint finish in a fun color. Then, give their bedding a designer update to match by adding decorative trim to plain pillows and duvet covers that can be purchased from a big-box retail store.

  • Creative Organization

    Save old soup cans and transform them into a clever organizational system. Store art supplies, like colored pencils, rubber stamps and markers, for easy access.

  • Look Up

    Kids' rooms can be more carefree and creative than the other spaces in our homes, so take your design up to the fifth wall: the ceiling. Designer Candice Olson carries the nautical theme of this room onto the ceiling with a painted compass rose.

  • Personalized Pillow

    Monogram It

    Having items like pillows and blankets monogrammed is a great way to imbue a child's room with a custom, personalized feeling without spending a fortune. Plus, if you have children sharing a room, you can expect fewer fights about possesions if the owner's name is clearly spelled out on the item! Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

  • Picture Frame Wall Art

    Frame Game

    Give old or unused frames a new coat of paint and a new life by grouping them on a wall. Place atop a striped wall for extra graphic oomph.

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