These tips for how to decorate a toddler room came from our recent decision to move our daughter to her new “big girl” toddler room. Being budget conscious, we wanted to make sure her room was decorated as nice (and cheap) as possible. These tips are so easy to follow, and fun for you to customize for your child!
How To Decorate A Toddler Room For Under $40
1) Use what you have. We reused most of the furniture in her room. You cannot really see the painting at the top of the photo below but it was gifted to us from my sister and the dresser is one that I have had since I was a child. The white cube storage was also gifted to us, but you can find similar pieces fairly inexpensively like this cube storage unit on Amazon. Reusing storage is a great idea for a kids room. 3 of the cubes are completely empty making lots of space to grow (and add more toys).
2) Accept Freebies. The desk in the picture below was gifted to us by a coworker whose girls outgrew it. If you do not know of anyone who has older kids check out online classified sites such as Kijiji and Craig’s List. They both have free sections that are perfect for finding items to help you out cheaply when you are trying to figure out how to decorate a toddler room. Another place to find great (free) stuff is Facebook. In my area, we have a local Recycling Kindness page where you can post things to give away or get things you need. It is also a great way to keep ‘junk’ out of the landfill.
3) Get Creative. The bookshelves are made from plastic rain gutters, an idea I originally saw on Pinterest. $8 bought 10 feet of gutter and I just needed to cut the length into thirds, sand the edges and then screw them onto the wall. You may even be able to have your hardware store cut these for you for free. There are tonnes of ideas on the internet about cheap and easy DIY projects. Scope them out and get your creative juices flowing.
4) Spend your money and time wisely. Your time is worth a lot, so spend it wisely. The room originally had the dark stripe and grey walls but the bottom was HOT pink. I found some pre-mixed recycled paint at my local Walmart for under $19 and only painted the bottom portion of the wall.
5) Keep It Simple. The mirror on the back of the door is a huge hit. Our daughter loves to flirt with herself and show the other girl in the mirror her toys. If you do not have a mirror kicking around the house wait until back-to-school sales start. Dorm mirrors can be found on the cheap.