Category Archives: Bedrooms

Toddlers to Pre-teens Bedrooms

Sport Theme

Butterfly theme

Decorating kiddies and pre-teens bedroom is a lot easier than that of new kids but its not fuelled by that great anticipation and the nesting phase has long left you. This is because you already know who you will be decorating for and their likes and dislikes, favourite colours, cartoons, movies and stars.

Boys bedding

Bat man

This will give you an idea of how to decorate their rooms. For bedding most retailers have a variety of character sets, mats, pillows and other accessories. You could also get the letters and flowers or stencils from your local scrapbooking or craft stores.

Racing cars

toddler bedroom decorating ideas

Pink love

Decorating Kids Bedrooms

Froggy theme

Finding out that you are pregnant and the whole pregnancy period is very exciting. I remember how excited I was and the planning that followed. I had a specific look for the baby room and knew exactly where to get everything but the bedding; I had a tailor make them for me.

Below are a few looks you may like. Baby boutiques here in south Africa a very expensive and for particular themes you will have to go the tailor route as they may not carry them. Look around in major retailers as well as hardware stores, you still have time If its still early in your Pregnancy to shop around for the individual items and please do not despair as this is the most enjoyable time.

I enjoyed this putting together of the room and the joy of seeing it all come together as I brought each new item home.

The above theme is my favorite and the one I chose for my daughter, I even had frog sidelambs(from Builders warehouse). and covering slips for the chest of drawers( whichI got from PEPs- they have a few varied themes). I opted out of the wall paper(most baby botiques carry) and dought a border from Game stores.

The following website will help with where to find stuff and inspiration; www.kidzworld.co.za

if you need extra help you can leave a comment with your email address and I will get back to you.

Making your own headboard – Part 2

White tufted headboard with rectangular button pattern

Making your own head board or updating your old upholstered one can be moderately difficult to do but very rewarding. I will show you almost step by step directions you will need to pull it off. The steps are the same for all the headboard style just the size of the boards used will be different.

You will need:

Boards cut to size

Material cut at to size (leave at least 7cm extra on the sides)

Staple gun and staples

Betting cut to size

Foam cut to size

Nails (will depend on the option you choose)

Buttons (optional according to your choice of headboard)

Any home improvement store or building supplies store will be able to help you cut all the boards according to your needs, free of charge. The same applies to the fabric/haberdashery store.

Before you start you’ll need to know a few things about your bed:

1.            Width of your bed: The headboard should be slightly wider than your mattress. Don’t forget – the padding and foam will add slightly to the width also (usually less than 2.5cm).

 

2.            Height of your headboard: This is up to you; first you’ll want to figure out the purpose of your headboard. Are you creating it only for décor purposes, or is it also for functional purposes such as for resting against it to read a book or watch TV? If it’s for function, be sure you make it tall enough so you can comfortably lean against it without your head hitting the wall!

You can choose to do a few small blocks  or one large one, below is the options of the small blocks

Red squares headboard

This is the patch work look

 

This is the layering that you should follow

how to layer the items

 

  1. 1.       Have enough fabric to generously cover the front of your headboard and the back side about 25 cm extra. Wrap the fabric over the top edge of headboard and secure with a staple in the centre, about 7cmfrom the edge.

2. On the opposite edge, pull fabric taut and staple to secure. Repeat on remaining two sides, then staple all around the edges, pulling cloth tight.

 

3. Fold the fabric at one corner into a neat finish by tucking the excess underneath and smoothing the top down. Secure with three or four staples, keeping the folds flat and even. Repeat for each corner.

4. If you would like to add buttons you should have extra 60cm of fabric from the edge as the button pattern requires more fabric, there are special button that can be bought from your local haberdashery- they should also be able to show you how to cover them with your fabric of choice.

5. Saw your buttons on to the fabric and betting before you staple it on to the board. Take a tailor’s chalk and draw on the diamond pattern on the fabric and saw the buttons on at the crossing point.

finished

When done you can hang on your wall

DIY headboards

strip walls with walpapered headboard

Every bedroom is different but most have a common focal point, the headboard. Headboards come in a variety of styles and I will show you how to make your own using very little tools and ones that can be changed as often as possible without breaking the bank.

We will star with the simple and proceed to the one that needs a bit more effort.

With this ‘headboard’ scatter cushions were used, you can choose any colour that suits the colour scheme of your bedroom or those that will create a contrast.

What you need:

Hooks (quantity is determined by the size of the bed and cushions)

What to do:

Saw on pieces of string to all the ends of your cushions, then measure the distance between the ends of one side and mark on the wall with a pencil and then insert your picture frame hooks (they will not damage the wall and still give great support).  You will need to make 3or 4 rows depending on the size of your cushions and when you are done you can tie the strings to the hooks and you have a new head board or you can vary it like the second picture.

Scatter cushion headboard

 

AGrden Chair headboard with frames

 

In this picture the cushions are all hang individually and the string is sewn to the back of the cushion

Single cushions in dots

 

There is a lot of ways to vary this kind of headboards, you can use pictures  and canvases  as done below.

Use your favourite pictures and enlarge-very centimental

 

These suede canvases create a 2 dimesional look for the headboard

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