Are you looking for easy playroom ideas on a budget?
Whether you want to simply spruce up the family playroom or do a complete diy makeover, it’s possible to create a playroom without breaking the bank. Keep reading for fun, money-saving decorating ideas for your kids’ playroom!
9 Budget-Friendly Playroom Ideas
1. Keep Clutter In Moses Baskets
Remember the story of baby Moses cruising down the Nile in a basket?
Moses baskets are a beautiful way to organize toys and maintain clutter. They’re more pleasing to the eye than the colorful cartoon character bins. Once your child has outgrown their basket, use it as storage for toys, plushies, books, blankets, and odds and ends. You may also want to consider adding more baskets for more storage for your stuff. Some even have lids, so you can really conceal the clutter!
2. Stash A Stylish Pillow
Pillows are an easy way to punch up a playroom. They’re also easy to move and store when you want to switch things up again. Or, if you’re pregnant or have a partner who’s pregnant and have yet to purchase a nursing pillow, consider selecting a pillow that looks more cozy and decorative than is obvious for breastfeeding. The whimsical crescent moon-shaped pillow by Snuggle Me Organic and the adorable but mighty Littlebeam pillow are perfect for playroom rocking chairs.
3. Decorate With Cozy Blankets
You can use the blankets you already have as a free way to decorate your playroom. Try stashing blankets in a Moses basket or drape them over furniture for effortless flair. Hanging a blanket on a wall is another way to decorate your playroom for free. However, you may want to invest in a blanket hanger so you don’t damage your blanket with nails or tacks.
4. Use Your Children’s Toys As Decor
Another way to decorate your playroom on a budget is to display your children’s toys as decor. While any toy goes, think about the atmosphere you’d like your kid’s playroom to have. Wooden toys like blocks and peg people naturally give off a classic, old-school vibe. However, if color is what you crave, leave out some bright, cheery toys!
5. Show Off Books
Put your home library to good use and show off some books. This is another simple and free way to decorate a playroom on a budget, and there are endless ways to display them. Try organizing your kid’s books on a bookshelf by category, author, or book spine color. Grouping them in similar colors or in a rainbow pattern is very eye-catching! Or, prop a few books up on the top shelf as libraries do. Who knows – maybe it’ll entice your kids to pick up more books!
6. Put Up Shelves
Doesn’t painting shelves with the kids sound like a fun project?
Whether you decide to buy or diy, shelves are a relatively inexpensive way to furnish a playroom. Go for stackable cubby shelves if you have minimal closet space and a lot of items to store, like board games, big toys, and books. Cubby shelves perfectly display what you want and hide what you don’t – just slide a bin inside. Additionally, you can put up a few corner shelves on the walls for added pizzaz and open storage, like for showing off your child’s precious art. You can even put plants on the shelves for a health boost.
7. Decorate With Decals
Don’t forget how easy it is to decorate your playroom with decals. They’re like giant wall stickers. While buying a decal is not as cheap as using a blanket you own to decorate, decals come down just as quickly as they go up, so you can reuse them over and over in a snap. There are oodles of decals to choose from, from sports and animals to boho rainbows, so you’re sure to find one that fits your play space and aesthetic.
8. Use Leftover Paint To Create A New Design
If you’ve got leftover paint from a previous project, why not use that to create something new?
Paint a border around the room for a tiny pop of visual interest, or paint an accent wall or the bottom half of the walls in your playroom if you’ve got enough paint. You can also freestyle and create your own design, like dots, clouds, or stripes. Get creative!
9. Save Space With Bean Bag Chairs
Kids love bean bag chairs because they’re squishy and fun to sit on, and adults like them because they can store an impressive amount of stuffed animals. Opt for a zip-up bean bag chair to organize your child’s beloved stuffed animals or to keep them from being sprawled over the living room floor. Get ones that come without any stuffing so you can stuff them yourselves. Check out Posh Creations on Amazon for a wide range of affordable, high-quality styles. Decorating a playroom doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You can design and organize by incorporating baskets, blankets, shelves, and the toys and books your child is already playing with. Pillows and fillable bean bag chairs make great additions, too. And don’t forget about leftover paint! How did you design your playroom on a budget? Share your tips and ideas below!
Kris McCormick is a boy mama, wife, and blogger. Since becoming a mom six years ago, she’s been researching the best advice, resources, and baby gear from small businesses to make pregnancy and child-raising easier for all parents.