A friend recently asked me to make a kiddies table and stool set for her little daughter, after she had seen something locally that was way out of her price range. I was surprised at how easy - and affordable - it was to make.
The compact design for the nightstand or bedside table makes it perfect for next to a day bed, or in a small bedroom with limited floor space.
Just the perfect size for a toddler's bedroom, you can make a Mini Mees mini bedside cabinet and paint it in your choice of Rust-Oleum 2X colour, or use Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint.
Here's a nifty - and easy - way to add clouds to a kids' bedroom in more ways than one - for fun!
As the grow, young children need to experience, and you'll want to encourage a love for reading from an early age.
When you are decorating the nursery for your new arrival, you'll want to use eco-friendly, non-toxic and organic materials in the room.
When you want to decorate a gender neutral nursery, or a child's bedroom with a more modern look, grey is definitely the colour to choose!
Make your own storage cubbies for essential storage in a child's bedroom or playroom.
Consider these practical tips from Prominent Paints – a company that is all about making it better when it comes to paint and DIY – and in this case helping you transition your baby’s room into a safe sleep and play area for your child
Here are a few tips from Prominent Paints that will help make decorating and planning your new nursery even better.
False promises, delayed delivery and shocking quality - when buying children's furniture, do your research before and only buy from an established and reputable company.
Children's bedrooms tend to look at though they have been hit by a hurricane and keeping them organised is not easy. Here are some quick and easy ways to keep a child's bedroom organised.
Use laminated pine shelving and pine planks to make a child's single bed or a couple of storage shelves and cubbies.
This versatile toy box is fun to make and fun to use. We show you how to make two different toy boxes - using stain or paint.
This child-sized play and craft table will inspire creativity. Featuring work and storage space and chairs that are just the right size. Use a ready-made top and ad a few angles and gentle curves for style.
In a small home where space is at a premium you sometimes need to make a plan. This reclaimed wood bed was designed for young twins... to big for their cot and needing their own bed.
What little boy or girl wouldn't want their very own cabin or playhouse bed. Made from pine and SupaWood, you can buy or make your very own cabin or playhouse bed.
Whether it's weeks or months until your new addition is due to make an appearance, you will want the nursery to be prepared for their arrival.
Let your child express their creativity with this easy easel. The easel sits against a wall and has a handy tray for art supplies.
Use our star template and Prominent Paints Sheen in your choice of colour to create a magical star nursery for your little one.
Make this skateboard rack for your kids, or it's a great gift idea. We sprayed outs with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.
The idea for this triangular shelf is from Kmart (Australia) and a company that sells the add-on pieces to turn the shelf into a designer piece. We show you how to make the shelf - and finish it off.
If you still haven't built up enough energy to paint walls with a chevron pattern - hurray! Chevron is out and zigzags are a fun way to use paint to add fun detail to walls, especially in a child's bedroom.
This project uses small blocks of SupaWood to create personalised wall art for a child's bedroom or nursery.
When I saw this nursery furniture designed by Dutch design firm Teehee, I realised the potential of making this as a DIY project using birch-veneered plywood. While you may not be able to buy this unique design here, there's no reason you can't make your own.
Here's how to make a dollhouse bookcase for a little girl's bedroom and that offers plenty of storage space. It's made using 16mm SupaWood that you can buy - and have cut to size - at your local Builders Warehouse.
More often than not, a growing family means a larger, more expensive home. Interior Designers Peppermint Bliss took on the challenge to create two cleverly planned children's bedrooms that allow plenty of space for a growing family.
As your child grows, so does his or her ideas for how they want their bedroom to look. The boy's bedroom shown here was designed to be a space that would transition a little boy into a young adult.
It can be difficult to decorate for a teenager, but with clever planning you can design a room that incorporates all the elements a teenager needs for a calm and practical bedroom.
If you are decorating a child's bedroom, Design-A-Bed are offering a 20% discount on select beds, and special offers on large quantity orders.
There are many ways to make picture frames, and we look at 3 ways, using three different methods to make a set of picture frames for a nursery, or for any room in the home.
Use 12mm or 16mm Plywood or SupaWood and colourful paints to make a coat tree to help keep children's bedrooms neat and tidy.
This family business uses materials that are child-friendly, with not a piece of plastic in sight. In their little workshop they create ecological, non-toxic furniture and products for kids rooms that incorporate fantasy and adventure.
This simple wooden play mobile won't cost much to make and you can add colourful or interesting shapes, homemade toys or eye-catching items to keep your little one occupied.
If you are looking for inspiration for decorating your little girl's bedroom, we put together a collection of 18 dreamy bedroom designs. Use these ideas to aid you in decorating the perfect room.
This vintage-style bedside lamp is made using mock licence plates, PVC fittings and galvanised pipe and accessories. What a wonderful finishing touch for a boy's bedroom.
This hutch and desk might look complicated, but it's actually an easy project if you break it down and assemble in sections.
Children love colour, whether it's bold, primary colours, or more muted pastel shades. We put together some ideas for decorating a children's bedroom using both bold and pastel colours.
Use super-soft plush fabric to make everyone's favourite cookie eating monster. Using plush faux-fur fabric and some other supplies, I was able to make this rug in under an hour. This soft rug is great for kids, and the cookie pillows really make it complete.
Use PAR pine and MDF to make these kiddies chairs with storage tray. You can paint them any colour using Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint or use wood stain or tinted varnish.
A piece of pine or MDF, some brightly coloured plastic cups and colourful paper or fabric and you can easily make this easy coat hanger for a child's bedroom.
This adorable heart-shaped mirror with storage shelf is easy enough to make and you can use Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to finish in your choice of colour.
Making up a set of book ledges is a quick and easy project that allows you to create a stunning library wall or reading nook in a child's bedroom.
This coastal style furniture is easy enough to make using PAR pine or reclaimed wood, and is painted in coastal theme colours.
If you need extra storage in a bedroom, making underbed storage drawers with caster wheels allows you to pack away bed linen, winter blankets, clothes, shoes, or use as storage for children's toys to free up space and contain clutter in a bedroom.
For large families, or where space isn't available, sharing a bedroom is a necessity. This shared bedroom shows that you can incorporate spacesaving design - even in a small room.
This rocket / spaceship bed was made for a little boy who loves anything to do with space and I thought it might be nice to show you how easy it was to make the bed.
Designed for kids of all ages, LivingColors Micro lights are packed with the latest LED lamp technology and produces up to 64 different light colours. Lighten up your child’s imagination with a Table Light / Desk Light for your kids bedroom. The light fitting is so easy and fun to use. Your child can choose the light colour of their choice by just touching and swiping the colour strip on the top of the light fitting.
Inspired by a project that I saw on instructables, here's how to take all those action figures and turn them into a quirky table lamp for a boy's bedroom
This adorable clothing rail with heart cut outs would add a finishing touch to any little girl's bedroom and is the perfect accessory if you daughter loves to play dress-up.
This modular cube desk is perfect for a child's bedroom - boy or girl. Stack up the storage cubes, fit doors or shelves and finish off with a cube seal with extra storage.
This trendy desk is made using 16mm MDF from your local Builders and painted with a Bosch PFS spray gun. The modern design blends will most bedroom styles and it offers storage drawers for school supplies or stationery.
These baby step stools are fun to make and small children can use then as seats or as a step stool. Small children have difficulty reaching a sink, or climbing on a toilet and these sturdy baby step stools make it easier.
Here's an easy way to make colourful storage cubes using some PAR pine, a few tools and some Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint. You can stack up the storage cubes to make a colourful display that would look great in a child's bedroom or playroom.
In a small bedroom this child's bed with its bookshelf or storage headboard takes up no additional space and offers a place to store books and small toys. You can easily modify the dimensions of this bed to make a larger three-quarter or double bed for an older child or teen bed.
Plywood decor and furniture is perfect for decorating children's bedrooms or for making furniture. Marine plywood is a strong board product available at timber merchants around the country and costs a fraction of what it would cost to buy hardwoods.
This marine plywood desk is super easy to make and can be done in a day. Dress up a child's bedroom with a compact and practical desk. Mount recycled paint cans spray painted in bold Rust-Oleum spray paint colours for storage or display.
Our MDF bookshelf offers plenty of storage for books and toys for a child's bedroom. You will only need half a sheet of 16mm MDF to make the bookshelf and have board left over to make a second bookcase, or for another project.
Decorating a bedroom for a little boy is fun, but when they become teenagers it can be a tad more difficult. Amy at Amy's Casablanca transformed her sons bedroom in bold, bright colours, using bought and found items on the cheap and putting her decorating talents to use to add striped walls and funky accessories.
Many parents tend to overlook the fact that as children grow up, so does the need for a bedroom that is better suited to a young adult. So, while teddy bears may still have a special place in any teenager bedroom, so does the need for practical furniture, more room and plenty of storage.
Quite a few years ago we featured an article on the moon crib. This fairytale moon-shaped crib for a baby was doing it's rounds across the Internet and we gave it a go. Quite a few readers have made the moon crib and we would like to share the most recently project submission.
This Lego block coat hanger is a colourful and fun way to encourage young children to hang up their clothes. It's made using a piece of pine and a large pine dowel that is glued together and sprayed with Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover in bold primary colours.
Writing the article the other day about creating a study area for a child's bedroom, and the many enquiries I receive about desks, got me to thinking about making a desk for a young child, or a teenager for that matter. So here is my take on making a reproduction flip-top school desk.
From a young age, even before starting primary school, children need a place to sit and draw, and later on to study. If you start with study from a young age children find it much easier to make it a habit to sit and learn, whether at home or at school. We have put together a collection of ideas for incorporating a desk to create a study area for children of all ages.
If you are wondering how to make a chair with a curved seat, this project shows you the secret. It's not as difficult as you might think. These curved chairs look great as feature pieces or when used in a child's bedroom. But I think their contemporary design allows them to be used anywhere, in any setting.
Kids love colour and decorating a bedroom for a young child can be a fun way to incorporate bold and primary colours in ways other than painting walls. Use Rust-Oleum 2X or Universal spray paint to paint old furniture, revamp dated furniture, or make your own furniture - and you easily change the colour as and when you want to.
Planning a nursery for one can be a real challenge. But when it comes to designing a nursery for twins, that challenge just got doubled! However, there's no need to worry, most expectant parents find the task of putting together a nursery is helped, not hindered, by the specific needs twins represent. Here are some tried and tested nursery design tips for those expecting the pitter-patter of four tiny feet
Bedrooms for young children not only need to offer a comfortable place to sleep, but also to play, as well as accommodate the growing needs of a school-going child that needs to study. With careful design and planning built-in and modular furniture meets the demands for sleep, play and study, and also provides plenty of space for storage.
I discovered this simple desk design on Maison Du Monde, a French furniture manufacturer. It consists of two open shelf units and a top and sells for around R2500. To make this desk you would only need one sheet of 16mm PG Bison MDF that you can have cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse and a few supplies for a total cost of around R850.
This simple wall shelf can be mounted above a bed or desk to provide storage for toys, books and accessories, or decor. We used 16mm PG Bison MDF and the project took 30 minutes to cut and assemble everything. Order your board and have everything cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse and then grab your power tools...
This practical storage bench also serves as a toy box. The seat lifts up to provide a place to store toys out of sight and keep any child's bedroom uncluttered. You can paint the storage bench in any combination of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint colours - to suit the existing bedroom decor or to add a splash of colour.
Kids love to play with lego and you invariably end up with pieces of lego all over the house. Why not make a simple organiser that can be used to store lego and small toys but still allow the kids to have easy access - and an easy way to tidy up after they have finished.
This pretty house-shaped desk is ideal for any little girl's bedroom. The design takes up very little space but offer plenty of storage. The front section of the house roof drops down and serves as a desktop; resting on the open cabinet doors. Lift up the desktop, close the doors and the desk becomes a decorative bedroom accessory that you can paint in pastel or bold colours.
Small Design, a company based in Denmark, ,have developed a range of children's furniture that is functional and colourful. The range of children's furniture includes a selection of tables and chairs, as well as benches. While all the furniture is manufactured using Birch plywood that is not readily available in South Africa, you can substitute with laminated pine or MDF.
A popular theme that is popping up everywhere, is to decorate a nursery in gender-neutral colours with a lamb or sheep theme. If you're not able to find the accessories that you want for your lamb- or sheep-theme nursery, grab your power tools and paints and start crafting your own range of unique accessories.
Make a tree-shaped coat rack or hanger out of PG Bison 12mm MDF and paint this in your choice of colour for a fun coat rack or hanger for a child's bedroom. Arrange with your local Builders Warehouse to cut half a sheet down to size, or make more than one and give them as gifts.
I saw this desk on pinterest and immediately thought it would be a great project for a DIY Divas workshop. The Divas completed the desk today and I though it might be nice to share the project with you. Make this desk for a home office or for a child's bedroom.
If you are struggling to choose a colour for a gender neutral nursery, there is no easier colour to choose than white. Decorating a nursery in white allows you to design a modern nursery that is serene and soothing, or up the excitement level with a splash or two of bold colour.
Play tents are popping up everywhere - in the garden, on the patio, and definitely in a children's bedroom. They are easy and affordable to make and children can spend hours playing imaginary games or taking time out in their own secret hideaway. All you need to make a teepee-style tent is a canvas dropcloth and some dowels, as well as a bit of rope and a few embellishments.
The holidays may have come and gone, and have no doubt added to the already strained storage capacity for your child's bedroom. Shelves are overloaded, toy boxes filled to the brim and you can't seem to find storage space for new items.
Decorating a bedroom for a little girl can be a fun experience - albeit sometimes an expensive one - if you don't keep a tight rein on spending. For an affordable bedroom makeover for a little girl there are plenty of tips and tricks that you can use to decorate a trendy and colourful bedroom.
This kiddies desk or storage table and chairs is actually quite simple to make and looks stunning once painted with Rust-Oleum in shades of blue. The desk lid lifts up and offers a nice storage space for toys or craft and painting supplies.
If you daughter is a little ballerina, she will love these tutu bedroom ideas using tulle. See how to use tulle to make a tutu no-sew nightfrill, or make a tutu table with tulle. You will find plenty of creative ways to use tulle to design a bedroom that any little ballerina or princess would love.
There are some absolutely gorgeous designs out there for children's furniture, but since most manufacturers don't ship to South Africa, it's nice to know that local designer Design-A-Bed can manufacture children's bedroom furniture - and beds - to order.
If you are looking for ideas to decorate a nursery, adding an upholstered or fabric covered pelmet is definitely one idea you might want to consider, especially if you are fitting blinds or a plain window treatment.
This adorable tatty teddy mural adorns the wall of a special little girl's bedroom. Painting a mural itself is not difficult - it all depends on the design you choose. Tatty teddy took 4 days to complete, but the result what oh so worth it.
Applying wall vinyl designs to a wall is one way to add interest to a plain wall, or in this case, an empty corner in a room. In this little girl's bedroom, a custom design was printed onto vinyl and then stuck onto the wall. If you aren't good at drawing and painting, using wall vinyl allows you to add creative touches without worrying about how it will look.
Children always need a place to store their small toys, craft suppliers and even small items of clothing, such as socks. This fabric pocket organiser is quick and easy to make, and you can use fabric scraps, offcuts or recycle old clothes to make it really affordable.
Decorating a kiddies bedroom can be expensive when it comes to adding fun accessories, that's why we have put together a selection of DIY decor crafts and projects that you can do in a day (or on a weekend) to add colour and interest to any child's bedroom.
Browse the Internet looking for plywood furniture for children's bedrooms and you will come across plenty of designers, many of whom started out as a home-based business and have gone on to become major furniture producing enterprises. Here in South Africa there is plenty of scope for anyone wanting to start out in exactly the same way.
This book caddy retail at around R1200 if you had to buy them ready made. Make your own and it will cost you nothing if you use any offcuts lying around, or R600 for a sheet of 16mm PG Bison MDF and you can then make 3 or 4 units from one sheet.
Loft beds, when well constructed, and designed with safety in mind, definitely have a place in a children's bedroom. In a small bedroom, or shared bedroom, a loft bed allows for sleeping above and play below, allowing the smallest bedroom to be a fun place for any youngster.
Decorating a nursery or children's bedroom can be fun... if you have a dash of creative ability. But if you don't you will love this project. This beautiful nursery is decorated in shades of pale blue and pink, with splashes of white and magenta polka dots.
Browse the Internet and you will find plenty of designer ideas for furniture using reclaimed timber. In fact, furniture made using reclaimed wood has become an option for many looking for furniture for a home. While the idea is a good one, the pricing being asked for this type of furniture are exorbitant and unrealistic.
Designing and decorating a boys bedroom can be just as much fun as decorating a bedroom for girls. The only difference is that furniture should be sturdy enough to take the knocks that invariably come with having boys!
I often receive enquiries on some of the bedding featured in bedroom articles. The good news is that you can now buy directly from international stores and have duvets and bedding shipped to South Africa.
If you are looking for ideas to decorate a nursery, here are just a few stunning nursery designs that I came across. Why these nursery designs in particular? The colours are modern and fresh, yet easy to replicate in your own nursery design.
But before you restore an old cot or crib, there are a few steps to follow to ensure the project runs smoothly and the painted or varnish cot or crib is properly prepared for a lasting finish.
With property values at a premium and rates for rental properties going through the roof, you sometimes have to settle for a home that is smaller than what you originally planned for, especially if you have small children. But you can turn a small bedroom into a shared space that is filled with light and space.
As they grow children require ever-increasing storage space. A place to hang clothes, to store toys, storage for books, and eventually a space to do their homework. And today's older kids need space for video games, PC or laptop, and perhaps even their own TV or hi-fi.
While once again searching around for ideas using PVC pipe, I stumbled across a great idea for using PVC pipes (in this case scaffolding) to make a headboard. This is a great idea for a children's headboard and you can buy PVC pipes in various sizes, as well as all the connecting pieces, at your local Builders Warehouse.
We have seen damask stencils, geometric stencils, chevron stencils, and now it appears that houndstooth stencils are becoming popular for decorating a feature wall. In this project a houndstooth stencil was applied to a feature wall in a little boy's bedroom - with stunning results.
Little girls love pink... and in this home a pink bedroom and bathroom are just what every little girl longs for. The bedroom is dressed in shades of palest pink with just a hint of soft green, while the bathroom is a bolder pink with lime green accents.
I have seen quite a few projects where CDs and stiff cardboard have been upcycled into clothes dividers for closet for a little girl or boy, or for separating clothes in an adult closet by days of the week, or seasons of the year. This is such an simple project that makes it easier to find clothes and is a great idea since we don't have these closet dividers available locally.
Although this cabinet is perfect as a bedside table for a child's bedroom, it can also be used as a bathroom storage cabinet or even a side table for a lounge. You can finish it with various techniques to fit in with your own personal style and add as little or as much detail as you want.
I recently found myself on ethan allen and, while this range of furniture is not available locally , there's no reason why you can't use this inspiration to make your own bedroom furniture for a girl or boy. Many similar designs are locally manufactured and all you need is a can or two of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to add some colour.
I have just finished making a desk for a little girl that can also be purposed into a study desk for a child or adult, or a dressing table. This desk / dressing table can be painted in your choice of colour and even distressed if you are looking for a more cottage or shabby chic finish.
We can't do ideas for a girl's bedroom without looking at ideas for a little boy as well. Even little guys like to have some style in their room... a theme or colourful setting where they can spend time playing with cars, action figures or building with lego.
Decorating a bedroom for a little girl is such an exciting project to take on. Choosing a colour scheme, selecting the right furniture, picking out decor accessories and then putting it all together. With two grown boys I never really had the chance to experience the joy of decorating a bedroom for a little girl, but I still love browsing through beautiful images of bedrooms that would be perfect for a little lady.
If there is one thing the Danes are good at, it's thinking outside the box. Kids furniture company Kidsfactory have launched a range of treehouse beds that combine play and sleep. The treehouse beds, which are on stilts and accessed by a ladder, take up no more room that a standard bed would, but offer more space for play down on the floor.
At Design-A-Bed they receive lots of enquiries to manufacture furniture found on the Internet, and particularly on Pinterest. This heart bed is one of those. The client fell in love with this bed set and wanted the exact same design for her young daughter.
I recently stumbled across this ingenious idea that offers an alternative for new parents. This cot attaches to the side of the bed, but still has enough space for baby, with baby literally within arms reach, so parent and child get all the benefits of sleeping together and helping you to bond with your baby.
A client asked me to design and make this gorgeous cottage bed for her little girl. At first I was a bit wary of all the colours, but the end result really looked absolutely amazing.
Easy DIY magazine recently commissioned me to design a couple of quick and easy headboard projects for future issues. I put my thinking cap on for this and one idea that immediately came to mind was to paint a headboard, the second was to apply wallpaper to the headboard.
Easy DIY magazine recently commissioned me to design a couple of quick and easy headboard projects for future issues. I put my thinking cap on for this, and one idea that immediately came to mind was to paint a headboard.
That cute, teddy bear wallpaper and pink furniture set was perfect when your child was growing up, but a bedroom makeover is on the cards if your child is turning into a teenager. It's not always a case of tossing out and buying new, careful planning and buying right at this stage will carry your teenager right through to when they leave home.
This adorable rag quilt is filled with wonderful colour and pattern that is perfect for any little girl's bed and you can choose your own fabrics, either from scraps that you already have, or from offcuts in the bargain bin at your local fabric store.
Kids are messy... Rearing two active boys and taught me the value of having plenty of storage and teaching my kids how to use it. Storage is essential for a child's bedroom, but it needs to be practical and pretty if kids are going to use it. With this in mind we look at various storage options for children's bedrooms.
The problem we face, here in South Africa, is a lack of selection for children's desks. The ones available in stores are either of inferior quality, or lacking in design. Take a look at some of these desks available at PB Teen (a division of Pottery Barn).Once you have seen these designs, you should be inspired enough to rush out and buy a set of power tools to make your own study desk.
Children need plenty of storage space and this great idea allows you to incorporate storage into design. The tree mural is a wonderful way to add fun shelves that children will enjoy. Although these shelves are designed to be at grown-up height, you can design your tree mural with lower branches for more shelves.
The crib easily transforms into two chairs and also features a storage shelf. You can add a canopy over the top simply by hanging from the ceiling.
It isn't always possible for children to have a bedroom of their own, and many have to share a space with an older or younger sibling. But a shared bedroom doesn't have to mean that space is cramped and the room is packed with furniture. Here are some ideas and inspiration for designing and decorating a shared bedroom.
It's a fact that kid bedrooms are often small and pokey, with minimal built-in storage and inadequate natural light. To compensate for this there are various ways that you can design a room that incorporates all the essentials and is bright, organised and a fun place to sleep.
Knowing the girls we know, their bedrooms will become hiding places of doll body parts, books on fairies, hair clips, pictures of the cast of High School Musical and the occasional pair of your shoes. But that doesn't mean you can't inspire in them an early interest in interior design by decorating their bedrooms beautifully. And remember, it needn't be pink...
Not every girl wants to be surrounded by princesses and fairies, but all girls love a sense of majestic opulence and glamour. Plush soft furnishings and textured fabrics combined with sparkly lights and lots of reflective surfaces give a fairytale feel without being kitsch.
Details like the trim in this bedroom for a little girl, add a beautiful finishing touch and take away the 'boxy' look. Architectural details and mock panels are very easy to achieve with the right materials and a few basic power tools. Heidi shows us how she created the perfect bedroom for her daughter.
Nothing says "sweet dreams" like a bedtime story. Top off the bed with a house-shaped headboard that doubles as a bookcase for bedtime reads.