If you are like me, a busy mum with kids, then time is probably one of your biggest enemies. We just don’t have enough hours in a day. To get things done, ideally, I would need a 48 hour day. Plus my middle name should be “late” because I’m constantly, well, late. Late for school, late for meetings, late for trains, late for everything.
So anything which saves me time, is a Godsend. Recently, I redecorated N.B. room (if you missed it you can read about her teen room here) and I have another kids room project coming up very soon. As usual I have only few hours in a day allocated to making it all happen smoothly and on time. Therefore, I thought I share with you how I manage the redecorating project around work and family commitments so you can implement these time saving tips yourself.
By the end of this, you should have a better idea how to approach your kids room project and feel less stressed about it during the process.
Time saving tips for redecorating a kids room
Before we can start even getting some ideas and inspiration, we need to know more about the actual space we will be working with.
I know this is part is so overlooked but you can save so much time when you do your homework first. I normally start with measuring the space and furniture before sourcing any products. When it comes to measuring, do it at least twice to make sure that your figures are correct. Draw it on a piece of paper if it helps.
For example, when I was looking for a chest of drawers to go in N.B.’s built-in wardrobe we inherited from the builders, I knew I had to look for one with max of 75cm width and 40cm depth. The height wasn’t so important as such so I was flexible for up to 100cm.
Because I knew the required approximate dimensions, I didn’t waste time on looking at anything that wasn’t suitable for her wardrobe.
Once you have your space analysed, you can start to get some inspiration on Pinterest. Open a new board dedicated to your project. The board will act as your mood board and concept board in one. Focus on the details too. From storage systems, shelving to rugs, textiles and materials. Look for lighting, colour schemes, layouts and window treatment ideas.
I know it can be very easy to get distracted with inspiration, images, products and other ideas so put a time limit on your search. Once you find closest representation to your vision, move on to the next thing, Be strong enough to block out everything else.
Recommended time spent: 1 – 2 hours
Keep it simple
From your Pinterest board you will be able to work out the colours scheme, the style and feel you want to achieve in the room. But don’t get too confused. Keep your colour scheme to 4 core colours and 1 or 2 accents. By the end of this stage you should have a clear idea of the type of lighting the room needs, flooring, wall paint or wallpaper, furniture and others. You should start seeing the space with a much clearer vision.
You can make a list of items, the room will need and draw a simple picture where things will go. Colour them in for a more realistic visualisation.
Recommended time spent: 1 – 2 hours
Plan, Plan and Plan
The next step is to start searching the market. I normally do that online and/or through my suppliers. So let’s say you need a small writing desk for a corner which has sufficient writing area plus some space for storing stationery, folders and a desk lamp. But it needs to be quite compact too. Anything which saves space is ideal. I would look at high street retailers like Dwell, Ikea, Bo Concept or Gaultier. If I can’t find anything suitable, I’d contact my suppliers in the UK and Europe. For example, I know that Italian, German and Swiss companies make great kids furniture which is flexible, compact and made from solid materials so I would contact them.
If however, I can’t find absolutely anything, I design a bespoke piece which my carpenter can make for me. Whatever the outcome of my research is, I put it in the room’s plan in a spreadsheet. Include the lead time so you know when to place the order.
This process shouldn’t take you more than few hours. There is no point of going around the circle. You might need to compromise a bit, but always stick to your plan!
Recommended time spent: 3 – 4 hours (depending on the size of the room)
Now, it’s time to go out and source all the products. Get the big items ordered and ticked off your list first e.g. the bed, furniture, window treatment (if bespoke), flooring, rugs and lighting. Be aware that art, fabrics and wallpaper can take some time to deliver too, if not in stock.
Everything else, such as accessories and any other small items can be purchased in one day while going shopping. I call this type of shopping as “shopping for purpose” which means that I only look for things I need in order to complete the project and take it to the finish line. These are usually the details which contribute to making the room unique and put together.
Recommended time spent: up to 2 hours (depending on the size of the room)
And that’s it for now. I will cover some other ideas in more detail in my next posts. If you don’t want to miss them, just subscribe via the box on the sidebar or below.
I hope that you found this post helpful. I think the biggest time consuming factor is “getting distracted and being confused”. If you, however, follow your plan and stick to it, you’ll see that your time on this project will be much less than you otherwise would have spent.