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Q Our 10-year-old son has been ask­ing for a bed­room that suits his age. How do we create the new look without spend­ing too much money? Please give us some prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions on the kind of fur­ni­ture to buy and ac­ces­sories to in­clude in his room.

A Your son is at an age when he is re­cep­tive to the world around him and he’s likely to ask for new things fre­quently. How­ever, keep­ing the in­ter­ests of your child and bud­get in mind, the fol­low­ing can be done:

Bed and bed frames: Your son may have grown out of his kids’ bed and it’s prob­a­bly time to re­place the frame and mat­tress. There are a wide va­ri­ety of bed frames that you could opt for. You could choose clas­sic, mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary or cus­tomised shapes and de­signs that are to your son’s lik­ing and suit his age. A more neu­tral de­sign or shape might last for a few more years.

Ask him about his favourite theme. This could range from Harry Pot­ter, sports and mu­sic to car rac­ing and so on. Nar­row this down to two – pri­mary and sec­ondary theme. Don’t try fol­low­ing the theme for the en­tire bed­room – it costs a lot of money and can go out of trend quickly. Choose a cou­ple of el­e­ments in the room to high­light the theme. In­ex­pen­sive op­tions in­clude wall­pa­per (one wall only), posters, cush­ions, small floor rugs and bed linen.

An­other good idea is to re­paint the walls as it gives the room a fresh new look quickly. Try to avoid clichéd boy blues. Again, ask your son for his favourite colours and en­cour­age him to opt for neu­trals like creams, greys and tau­pes, which don’t date, and pro­vide a great back­ground for the posters your boy will want to put up. If he wants bright colours, use them as ac­cents – in photo frames and lamps for ex­am­ple.

If you’re putting up new cur­tains, keep them smart – go for checks and stripes, or even plain.

Select­ing fur­ni­ture pieces

It might sound ob­vi­ous, but be­fore head­ing out to shop for fur­ni­ture, mea­sure the space in the room to en­sure that all the items will fit.

Pick the best bed and mat­tress within your bud­get. En­sure that the bed has a strong head­board to an­chor the room, that there is enough drawer space and a bed­side cab­i­net. Also opt for a colour and style that can be eas­ily dec­o­rated around if the room needs a mi­nor facelift.

If your son’s room is very small, buy a raised bed and place a wardrobe and d desk in the space ace be­neath it.

If there are no fit­ted wardrobes, buy a wardrobe that is large enough to hold a grow­ing boy’s odds and ends. There should be space for hang­ing clothes and draw­ers for stor­ing things.

In­vest in a sturdy desk with plenty of stor­age space. If he needs a com­puter in his bed­room, en­sure proper light­ing and buy a sup­port­ive chair that will pro­mote good pos­ture.

Adel Sa­jan Di­rec­tor, Danube Build­mart

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