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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