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My favorite DIY ideas for transforming your child’s room

by respaced on September 17, 2010

In doing some research, I recently came across some wonderful ideas for decorating children’s spaces that I thought you would enjoy. I am a big fan of DIY projects, so many of these are an opportunity to break out the staple gun and take a trip to your local used house parts store.

Above: I love how these book railings do double-duty as book storage and wall art. They would be easy to build using scrap moldings.

Above: Tepee reading area? Or maybe just hide-from-little-sister area? You could make this tepee quite easily with old sheets, dowels and a staple gun.

Above: Ok, so the toy kitchen appliances might not be inexpensive. But the adjacent grocery store is very simple to make with things you may have laying around the house. The striped awning could be as simple as a striped shower curtain hung over a dowel. Find a collection of deep baskets at Goodwill. Save your old egg cartons, coffee cans and cereal boxes to use as merchandise. And if you set up a little table and chairs, they can play restaurant too.

Above: This stage is perfect for budding singers and actors — or think of the fashion show they could stage! A little bit more know-how is required to build the platform and step itself. But old curtains you find at a rummage sale are perfect for stage curtains. And if you want to make it really easy on yourself, skip the curved dowel and simply staple-gun the curtains to the ceiling (you get a lot of mileage from your staple gun when I’m around!)

Feeling inspired to transform your child’s room? Or does your child’s room already look amazing? Send me your photos and I’ll post them on my blog with credits to you, of course!

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amy September 21, 2010 at 4:02 am

Loving the theatre playroom! Thank you for the inspiration – hoping to make it happen this winter!


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