You don't have to break the bank to make a special space for your children to play. A game room provides children with a kid friendly place to keep their toys and play with each other. Spare bedrooms, finished basements or spaces above the garage all make ideal game rooms for children. While transforming a blank room into a play space for children may seem like a costly operation, there are many ways to save money and decorate the game room for cheap.
Paint the walls. Often, home improvement stores or paint shops offer cans of returned or old paint at a discount. Select a cream or ivory color for most of the walls to keep the space warm, sunny and bright. For a pop of color, paint one wall in a cheery accent color, such as a sky blue or grass green.
Add some wall clings. Many department stores or home goods shop sell large wall clings. Images, such as a tree with an owl or a city skyline, add some excitement to the space, are easy to put up and cost significantly less than a mural. Save even more money by waiting until the wall clings go on sale.
Turn old pillows into fun cushions for the children to sit on in their game room. Browse the clearance rack for fabric at your local fabric store. Try to select fabric with fun patterns and colors that kids will love. Using a sewing machine or even a thread and needle, sew a simple sack-like case for the old pillows, then place them in the room for the children to lounge on.
Breathe new life into old storage units for a practical way to jazz up the space. Purchase a bookshelf, armoire or other storage unit from a yard sale or thrift shop, or update one you already own. Add a fresh layer of bright paint, some decorative crown molding on top and collapsible cloth drawers in fun colors before organizing books, games and other toys.
Hang some artwork. Have black and white snapshots of the family and kids enlarged to poster size. Let the children create their own art for cheap, by painting or coloring on paper. Scout the house for colorful postcards, old calendar pictures or scrapbook paper. Frame the artwork and hang it in the room for easy, cheap decorations.
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