Girls bedroom ideas: How to create a cool homework space to help them stay creative
If you’re looking for some girls bedroom ideas, you’ve come to the right place! As my daughter is preparing herself for a move to a big school and with SATs exams in the next couple of weeks, we both felt her room needed a little rethink. OK, I thought! But she happily agreed! Her old Ikea desk was way too small for her. And shoved into to the corner of the room it did not give her much space for creativity!
As I was just moving my own small office space from our bedroom to newly created space downstairs, I agreed to give away my old Ikea desk. Excitedly she accepted the offer as my desk, although not big at all, was much bigger than hers.
So, she has a desk! But that’s not enough!
I needed to figure out how to create a cool homework space to encourage her creativity too. If you’re a parent of a kid in a certain age, then I’m sure you know (and let’s just call it what it is) they can get a bit lazy! It is so much easier to pick up a phone and chat with friends for hours or watch the same video on YouTube for hours.
Luckily, she has so many different after school activities that her “phone time” is restricted anyway. But I wanted to make sure that when she is in her room, she not only has a proper place to do her homework or study for exams, but also a place that is fun and one that will help her stay creative too!
And I’m quite happy with the result! Just take a look:
So, what I did exactly?
If you’re looking for some girls bedroom ideas but your budget is limited, than you’ll be happy to know there was barely any money spent. Obviously if you’re trying to create a homework space for you kid you will need a desk. And that’s the biggest expense. But if you already have a desk, you can jazz it up a little and the space around it too for even bigger impact! And that’s what I did – for less than £20!
Chalkboard magnetic paint – one of the best girls bedroom ideas!
Well, this paint is a great choice for any kiddo, and it’s still great when they get older too. It’s not a big discovery, they’ve been around for few years. My son has his own chalkboard wall since we did his room two years ago. My daughter was always complaining why she didn’t have one so I thought this would be a great starting point for her new homework space. (Try this one)
Apart from being a chalkboard, the paint I’ve chosen also has magnetic properties. But to get the most of it you need to apply three coats. As I’ve run out of paint after two coats, there’s only few magnets that actually stick to the wall. We weren’t bothered at first. But now, after few days since the wall has been painted, I think I might get another tin of paint and give it a final coat. Not because it doesn’t look right. It actually looks gorgeous. The paint has a great matt finish. And although it is smooth, it gives a bit textured look that catches the light at the same time. I am seriously considering using the same paint somewhere else in the house. Simply because of the paint finish!
Having the entire wall to scribble on, write beloved quotes and important notes on is great for the kids of any age. And it’s great for the kitchens or home offices too! And if you opt for a magnetic one, that gives them even more opportunities to stay creative.
Cork boards are one of another great girls bedroom ideas (or bedrooms of any kind). I’ve decided to add some cork boards too as the initial idea was to do the whole wall in cork. I even went as far as ordering few metres of cork but my calculations were wrong and had to cancel the order at the end. After that my daughter told me she didn’t want cork on her wall any more… Typical! Luckily I got the money back and managed to sneak in some cork to the room anyway! But by painting it the same colour as the walls I made it less visible and she actually loves it… Typical again!
Ikea desk makeover
Let’s move to the desk now. The most important piece in creating kids homework space. As the desk was white and very plain I decided to jazz it up a little with a gold craft adhesive paper which I’ve found in Home Bargain. It cost me less than £3 for two rolls. But as the desk had metal bits to pull the drawers up I’ve painted them first with the same black paint I used for the wall. I think you have to admit that greyish metal and gold don’t meant to be together! And it’s little details like that that really make a difference.
Sticking the craft paper proved a little bit more difficult and the air bubbles just kept on reappearing. But I got there at the end… I decided to do the drawers and add few stripes to each leg of the desk… just for fun! And then I got carried away with the gold paper and treated a desk lamp to a little makeover… and a pencil holder too! But I think the effect is rather cool, if I can say so myself. So if you’re looking for some girls bedroom ideas or just want to add some interest to a desk (or any furniture), sticky paper is a great and cost effective solution! (Try this one from Ebay)
So, what do you think about this homework space?
I really like the gold in the desk against the black wall. It makes the room look more grown up but still cool enough and I’m happy to say, my daughter likes it too.
There will be a second part of the makeover, once we’ve agreed on the wallpaper… I don’t expect this to be any time soon!
So, is it the best girls bedroom idea ever? Probably not! But it’s all about being resourceful and working with what you already have in the house. And as a result spending as little money as possible.