It’s never been easier to update a child’s bedroom on a budget. Whether it’s a nursery for your newborn or updating a space for an older child, you can now ‘get the look’ thanks to a number of high street finds and clever DIY hacks.
Decorating on a budget also means you can put a little extra money into investment items like a good mattress, quality bedding or furnishings that will last them many years to come, providing a safe and comfortable space for them to sleep.
Kid’s interests change just as regularly as their clothes though, so knowing what to invest in and what you can get away with on a budget to create a special space can be a little tricky, so a good rule of thumb is to spend up to 80% of your budget on investment pieces that will grow with your child. When it comes to items they will eventually grow out of, look for ones with multiple uses (like a cot that converts to a toddler bed, or chest of drawers with removable change table on top for example) or splurge on great quality pieces so you can at least pick up some resale cash after you’re done with it.
How you spend your remaining 20% is up to you, but a good rule of thumb is to focus on the bed first with the best quality bedding you can afford as this is where they spend the majority of their time, and it’s the main focus of the room. Then go for gold with decorative items, wall decals and display shelves where all their toys can come to life.
Considering kids can spend up to 14 hours in bed (on average 8 to 10 hours) it’s important that the bed doesn’t just look great though, but provides a safe and comfortable place to sleep too.
It’s what’s underneath that counts
Always choose practicality over design. Doona covers, cushions and cuddly throws are great for heroing a theme or favourite colour in a room, but just be sure to remove the accessories from the bed or cot before sleeping to avoid any hazards. A great resource for more information on providing a safe area for your child to sleep can be found at https://rednose.com.au/
Leaking nappies or night time accidents during toilet training can not only mean loads of washing, but ruined mattresses – so protecting their bed with a good quality waterproof mattress protector will ensure their mattress is well protected from overnight accidents and staining a substantial investment item.
TIP: During these times, making the bed up twice will help with middle of the night changes. Simply repeat the layers of mattress protector and fitted sheet so that you only need to remove the soiled layer (and change pyjamas of course!) before putting them back to bed.
If your child has sensitive skin, the Protect-A-Bed Tencel range is a great option as it’s approved by the Eczema Association as Sensitive Skin Tried and Tested. You’ll find a great range of sizes for cots and bassinets, as well as single and King singles in all ranges too which is great.
But don’t forget your bed too! The average length of time we keep a mattress is 7 years and if you’ve bought one recently, you’d know they’re not cheap! So it’s well worth protecting it from yellowing (caused by sweat and skin) with a fitted protector too.
But don’t worry – they’re nothing like the ones we had as kids that sounded like you were sleeping on a garbage bag, and they’d tear in the wash and take FOREVER to dry. Not even close to the Protect-A-Bed product! We road tested one ourselves and loved how comfy it was, and even tested its waterproofing capability with a cup of tea – passing in flying colours! Can’t say the same about my sheets though…
Who are you sharing a bed with?
Did you know there can be millions of dust mites in your bed, regardless of how clean you are?
These little critters are a common cause of asthma and other allergies, and whilst it’s virtually impossible to avoid them all-together, you can provide a barrier between yourself and them with the Protect-A-Bed range, preventing your body moisture and skin from dropping into their feeding zone – gross!
Your pillow is also one of the more common places to find large numbers of mites, as the environment is exactly what they need to grow and multiply (are you grossed out yet?). So it’s recommended to replace your pillow every two years, and clean regularly, hanging them in the sunshine to dry for best results as it reduces humidity.
TIP: Wash pillows in the washing machine two at a time to balance the load, using as little detergent as possible. Then run them through the rinse cycle twice and tumble dry.
You’ll also find a great range of pillow protectors from Protect-A-Bed, helping provide that all important barrier between you and your bed bugs! All products are approved by the National Asthma Council Australia and Red Nose (SIDS and Kids) too which is great.
Feeling like the beds in your house need a spruce up?
If updating your pillows and mattress isn’t within the budget just yet, our tip is to start with a good clean (wash bedding regularly, hang doonas in the sunshine etc) and protect the beds and pillows with great quality protectors from Protect-A-Bed for a healthy sleep zone. Then go to town with a new doona cover and cushions to brighten the kids room (or your own!0).
You know we love a great offer, and right now Protect-A-Bed have a fantastic gift with purchase offer on all their products including:
Spend $100 and receive a pack of T2 Sleep Tight tea
Spend $250 and receive an Ecoya candle
Spend $500 and receive a Prtect-A-Bed Perfect Pillow valued at $69.99
You can shop the entire range simply by visiting www.protectabed.com.au
And if that’s not enough, they’re also giving away a $1,000 Flight Centre voucher (regardless of purchase) that you can enter here www.protectabed.com.au. That’s the stuff dreams are made of!