6 IKEA hacks for styling kids rooms on a budget

Inspirational kids decor IKEA hacks

6 IKEA hacks for styling kids rooms on a budget. A post with links to 6 tutorials and how-to guides for creating beautiful furnishings and furniture from simple IKEA pieces.

I should imagine that at times we all fantasise about having a bottomless pit of money to create the most wonderful rooms for our kids – well ok, sometimes I just fantasise that I have a bottomless pit of money full-stop. But the reality for most of us is that we need to use a little creativity of the financial and artistic kind to create spaces that our kids will love to sleep in and hang out in.

IKEA hacks turn everyday into extraordinary

IKEA hacks are a great way of helping your kid’s bedroom style budget go just that little bit further. Take a well-designed but simple piece of furniture or furnishing from IKEA – ok BUY, I mean BUY – and use an IKEA hack to transform it from lowly mass-market product into something unique and wonderful for your child’s bedroom, nursery or playroom. I’ve spied a bunch of great IKEA hacks since starting Kids Room Style File and I thought it about time to curate a selection of my favourites into a post that I hope you will find inspirational and educational. Well, the educational bit comes if you click through the website from whence each idea was spied to find how-to guides, tutorials and more information on how each hack was created.

Re-style an IKEA chalk board with chalk paint

IKEA hacks: An IKEA chalk board / white board decorated with pale blue chalk paint. IKEA hacks - how to paint an IKEA chalk board to make it look beautiful for a kids room or playroom

A simple tutorial by Silvia Bujan on her Na Lua Dolce blog about how to re-style an IKEA chalk board / white board using chalk paint. The board pictured has been painted using a beautiful soft mint colour chalk paint. Yum!

If you can’t face the trek to IKEA you can buy some IKEA pieces via Amazon. Here’s  a link to this IKEA chalkboard and whiteboard

Create Mr Moon from an IKEA Fado lamp

IKEA hack: Transforming an IKEA Fado table light into Mr Moon by drawing on face for the moon, using a painting, Mr. Moon by Martin Krusche, as inspiration Rosandra from the ace Mommo Design blog has taken inspiration from a painting called Mr Moon, by artist Martin Krusche, to create a Mr Moon light, perfect for a kids room or nursery, from an IKEA Fado table lamp. Could you take inspiration from a favourite painting to create a unique light for your child?

You can buy an IKEA Fado Lamp easily on Amazon.

Fashion a jelly fish from an IKEA paper lantern

IKEA hack: Turn an IKEA paper lantern lampshade into a Jelly Fish lampshade, great for a kids room or playroom. IKEA hack paper lantern tutorial. There’s a whole bunch of hacks for IKEA paper lanterns, in fact I could probably do a whole post on them! But this is one of my favourites, it’s by Brenna over at her Paper and Ink blog. Hop over and Brenna to find a tutorial that takes you through the stages of turning a simple IKEA paper lantern into a fun jellyfish lampshade. Use paper of your choosing to match the colour scheme of your kids room or playroom.

Beautify a simple IKEA dresser

IKEA hack: IKEA Tarva dresser painted in apricot ombre shades to create the perfect dresser for a teen girl bedroom. Highlighted by the team at Decor8, this is a great hack for turning a simple IKEA Tarva dresser into something decidedly more beautiful, using graduated shades of apricot ombre paint. The result would make the perfect dresser for a teen girl bedroom. Why not go one step further and change the drawer handles to create something really awesome?!

You can buy the 3 drawer IKEA TARVA on Amazon.co.uk

Theme an IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers

IKEA hacks: Switch the drawer knobs on an IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers to create a themed piece of furniture for a nursery or kids room. IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers with drawer knobs changed to be pirate themed drawer knobs. As suggested above, another way to create a unique piece of furniture from a simple IKEA piece is to switch drawer knobs or door handles. I found this re-styled IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers on the German Solebich blog. The Hemnes drawers have been made over by adding pirate themed drawer knobs.

Transform an IKEA bunk bed into a castle bed

IKEA hack: how to transform an IKEA bunk bed into a fantastical bed play castle And finally, something a little more ambitious on the IKEA hack front. This is much more of a project than a simple IKEA hack, but as you can see, the results are worth it! Swedish blogger Miss Bauer takes you through the stages of turning an IKEA bunk bed into a whimsical castle bed, using beautiful fabric, paint and more. You can click here to see stage one of the IKEA bunk bed hack. And stage two is here Now it’s your turn to get creative…. let me know what you come up with, so I can share it with other readers of Kids Room Style File !

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5 beautiful nursery ceiling mobiles

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5 beautiful nursery ceiling mobiles

I developed a real thing for nursery ceiling mobiles when I was styling M’s nursery a few years back. We started off with one and ended up with three… I would have bought more if her nursery hadn’t been so teeny tiny!

It’s the little details that make a room unique and a beautiful mobile hung from the ceiling is certainly one great way to do that. So, here’s a selection of some of the loveliest nursery ceiling mobiles out there at the moment. Which one will you pick for your baby’s nursery?!

  1. Garden Spiral Mobile £15 Decobaby
  2. Bird Baby Mobile £35 NotOnTheHighstreet.com
  3. Wooden Sailing Boat Mobile £8.49 Amazon
  4. Owl Moon and Star birchwood mobile £39.95 This Modern Life
  5. The Butter Flying Cloud Mobile £45 AlexandAlexa.com

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Sorbet coloured wooden storage suitcases

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Wooden storage suitcases

From £30 – £75 Buy them here

Ever since buying M a shabby chic kiddie size wardrobe from eBay a couple of months back, I’ve been on the look out for some storage suitcases to sit atop it.

Finally I found this wonderful collection of wooden storage suitcases in mouthwatering sorbet colours in the Oliver Bonas online store.

Created in a vintage style, the suitcases have a distressed paint finish and decorative paper lining. What’s not to love?!

Buy one or buy the lot, the choice is yours… I’ve plumped for the medium and large for now, as they’ll be sitting on top of furniture. However, I may well go back for more…

Suitcase dimensions

  • X-Small: 38cm x 23cm x 11.5cm
  • Small: 44.5cm x 28.5cm x 14cm
  • Medium: 53cm x 36cm x 20cm
  • Large: 60cm x 42cm x 22.5cm

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Black and white animal nursery print + TellKiddo discount code

Black and white nursery print, black and white print in frame for baby nursery

£8.79 Buy it here

Black and white prints are perfect for hanging on nursery walls, as the sharp contrast of tones is appealing to young babies whose sight is still developing.

This handprinted  minimalist animal nursery illustration, by Swedish artist Maria Sabbah at TellKiddo, is just the ticket to make your baby smile.

It’s available in two sizes. Though please not the frame is not included.

Poster Size:
21 x 30 cm (A4) 8.3 x 11.7 inches
30 x 42 cm (A3) 11.7 x 16.5 inches

Maria has kindly offered visitors to Kids Room Style File a discount code for all her products on the TellKiddo Etsy store. Simply use coupon code: TELLKIDDO15 for a 15% discount across the TellKiddo range of nursery prints and children’s cards. 

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Villa Julia cardboard house

Villa Julia Cardboard House, Villa Julia Cardboard Den

£167 Buy it here

Fancy going for a variant on the ubiquitous (but fabulous) kids teepee? How about this lovely monochrome cardboard ‘Villa Julia’ playhouse, designed with asymmetric angles and a country aesthetic?

The playhouse has a slab,roof, stone foundation and  chimney, which all serve to make Villa Julia stand out from other cardboard playhouses.

Villa Julia comes flat-packed and has simple assembly instructions. And if the proud new owner of the house wants to move away from monochrome, they can fill-in the blank spaces on the villa’s exterior with colours of their own choosing. I suppose you just need to make sure to stipulate that drawing on walls only applies to Villa Julia…. and not the rest of your home!

I first spotted Villa Julia on Made in Design, hop over and take a look for more info.

Villa Julia dimensions…  L 165 cm x W 120 cm x H 135 cm

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WEAMO midi stool in sunflower yellow

Weamo Midi Stool in Sunshine YellowSunflower yellow midi stool

£84.95 Buy it here

Sunshine on a rainy day… this sunflower yellow midi stool by Brit furniture designers WEAMO will brighten up any kids room, even on the dullest of rainy UK days. It’s part of the WEAMO Bright Kids Range and comes in a range of colours aside from sunshine yellow…

  • Sunflower yellow
  • Deep ocean (blue)
  • Pretty in pink
  • Strawberry Sunday (red)
  • Peapod (green)

The midi stools are 26cm high and are delivered ready to use straight from the box.

The team at WEAMO design contemporary homeware and children’s furniture, making sure every piece is fun, functional, hardwearing and ergonomic. They use FSC certified timber – birch plywood – produced from well-managed forests, allowing them to do their bit for the environment and all our children’s futures. Take a peak at the WEAMO website to check out their entire range of beautiful furniture that will no doubt become heirlooms for the generation after next.

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Reversible coral and natural bamboo blanket

Panda and the Sparrow bamboo blanket in coral and natural stripe

Reversible Coral and Natural Bamboo Blanket

£22 Buy it here

This super soft bamboo baby blanket by Panda and the Sparrow comes in three reversible colour options, one side plain, the other side striped. The blanket is double thickness jersey and one of the many wonderful things about bamboo is its natural thermo regulating properties.

And as bamboo is high absorbency, it is said to carry a mother’s scent and aid a baby’s sleep. How wonderful is that?

The baby blanket can be used for swaddling, in a cot, the pram or even as a playmat in a nursery.

If you’ve happened across this post before 9th July 2014 click here to enter the Kids Room Style File competition to win one of these gorgeous bamboo baby blankets.

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Rabbit Print magnet friendly wallpaper

Rabbit print magnet friendly wallpaper, Rockett St George

Rabbit print magnet friendly wallpaper

£55 small £81 large Buy it here

How many ways can I tell you how much I love this wallpaper? Ooooh hundreds and hundreds… but instead I’ll keep it simple and tell you a little about it and why it’s perfect for a teen bedroom.

In short, magnet friendly wallpaper is a super alternative to having a magnet board. It’s great for hanging drawings from, leaving reminder notes on, sticking up photos… And what’s more, when it comes with a gorgeous rabbit print on, it’s just something really special to look at. It even comes with five of its own magnets.

The wallpaper needs to be stuck on the wall using a good quality wallpaper paste. It comes supplied in a roll in one of two sizes…

  • Small 63.5cms x 265cms
  • Large 127cms x 265cms

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Leçons De Choses Yellow Skateboard Shelf

Leçons De Choses Yellow Skateboard Shelf, Alex and Alexa

Yellow Skateboard Shelf

£66 Buy it here

Yo! For all you too cool for skool parents wanting to create a way cool kids room, you gotta get you a skateboard shelf by Leçons De Choses! Yip, who knew you could make a skateboard into a shelf… well Leçons De Choses did.

Crafted in Canada, the skateboard shelf has the edge when it comes to shelving for a cool kids room. It measures 79cm x 20cm. There’s more than just this yellow colour way as well, it comes in…

  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Turquoise
  • Khaki
  • Natural wood

Oh and if you really get on a skateboarding tip, there’s also a super cool skateboard clothes hanger

Leçons De Choses Wood Skateboard Clothes Hanger, Alex and Alexa

Skateboard Clothes Hanger

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