5 must-have items for a fun kids bedroom (and a competition!)

It seems like an age ago since we decorated Taylor’s bedroom in anticipation of her arrival. As part of our home renovation we created a fourth bedroom by converting wasted space in the hallway. I loved having a blank space to work on and threw myself into creating a nursery fit for a newborn, choosing a colour scheme of yellow walls with pink and grey accessories.

5 must-have items to create a fun kids bedroom

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Now that she’s a toddler I’m thinking of updating the room to make it more of a fun kids bedroom, where she can play as well as sleep. As we live in a bungalow Taylor tends to toddle from room to room creating carnage finding something to entertain her wherever she goes. We tend to have the majority of her toys in the living room, but since she isn’t really into watching television I figure it makes sense for her to have her main play area in her own bedroom which is just across the hallway from the kitchen/diner – where the hubby and I seem to spend most of our time.

I’ve been searching for inspiration and have found some really great ideas online for creating a fun kids bedroom – here are some of my favourites.

1. Cool toy storage

Every parent knows that no matter how hard you try to restrain yourself from another trip to Toys R Us, before you know it you’re living in the actual Fun House – and can’t see your furniture for neon plastic. I would love to say that we have more of the oh so classic wooden toys in our house but the truth is, the loud, bright Vtechs seem to be far more appealing to Taylor so far! So I’ve come up with the perfect solution – hide it within an oh so classic wooden toy storage box. Genius. I love these personalised toy crates by Plantabox

Toy storage for fun kid's bedroom

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2. Tipi tent

At 15 months old, Taylor loves to hide in any little nook and cranny she can find at the moment – hide and seek is most definitely her favourite game so I’m sure she would love one of these cute kids tipi tents. I also think it would be a great place for her bedtime stories, especially as she gets a little older (and stops grabbing books from my hand and throwing them across the room in disgust…) Plus one will come in handy to store all of those toys that don’t actually fit into the toy storage box.

Kids Tipi tent for fun kid's room

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3. Creative wall art

When we first decorated the nursery I really wanted to find some unique wall art, but couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for after trawling the wall art stickers on Etsy and NOTHS. In the end I decided get creative myself and painted a cute tree illustration on the back wall which I have to say, I was (and still am) pretty proud of!

I was recently contacted by a company called Instamural who produce beautiful hand painted wall stickers. Each design is painted by hand by the Instamural team using water colours and pen, so nobody will ever know that they are actual stickers once transferred onto a wall (no white lines or shiny surfaces!) They have some stunning designs perfect for creating a fun kids bedroom – check out the competition below for the chance to win this beautiful countryside set.

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4. Activity rug

I’m pretty sure we had one of those activity rugs with the roads when we were little. Or perhaps they had them at nursery? Either way I remember it, which is pretty impressive since it’s probably getting on for 30 years since I last played with one. My sister recently bought one for my nephew when he moved into his ‘big boys bedroom’ after turning three – and the fun memories of whizzing toy cars around one came flooding back. They also do more girly versions these days like this Girls World design complete with a theatre, a bakers and a beach with sun loungers. What more could  girl want??

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5. Fun Reading nook

Okay, so Taylor doesn’t always throw the book across the room and on at least four evenings out of seven now, we have a pleasant little read together. She does have the one shelf of books, but in hindsight I realise now that children’s books are far better displayed front on, allowing the child to interact better whilst also creating a fun feature for the room. I’ve since tried to do this but our floating shelf isn’t really fit for purpose so I’m thinking of changing it for this brilliant IKEA hack – spice racks costing just £3!

Ikea hack for kid's bedroom reading nook

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Instamural have kindly offered one reader of Mum in Brum the chance to win the beautiful hand-painted countryside wall sticker set (featured above) worth £89. For your chance to win just enter via the rafflecopter below. Open to UK residents only.

Alternatively, for 20% off enter the code muminbrum16 at the checkout – valid until 31st March 2016.

Good luck!

Have you created a fun kids bedroom? Do you have any great ideas to add?

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  1. thismummylark
    March 8, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I want to redecorate soon now my sons a toddler. Love tje tent idea unfort his rooms not big enough but i have been looking at the activity mats i like the car and the farm theme. Book nooks are lovely at the moment all his are on a shelf so i will have a think about some shelving and a chair/bean bag for him
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    1. Mum in Brum
      March 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

      We have a shelf too but it does look a bit of a mess! We did upcycle an old rocking chair though that works perfectly for the reading nook. Good luck when you get around to redecorating x

  2. Becky at PinksCharming
    March 8, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Some lovely ideas there, I use the IKEA spice racks and they work brilliantly! I’d also definitely recommend a tepee, we were given one and the girls absolutely love it. Ours is really big though, so a smaller one would be better really, so you don’t have to keep taking it down all the time- that grey and white one is just stunning. And I hear you on the plastic toys. We’ve just had a 3rd birthday so have a new influx. I love the idea of painted crates to store them in! Becky x #TwinklyTuesday
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    1. Mum in Brum
      March 9, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Becky – my sister first mentioned the spice racks and I can’t believe I didn’t know sooner. I’m getting quite obsessed with IKEA hacks on Pinterest at the moment! I reckon I could make my own crates – it’s just finding the time isn’t it? xx

      1. Becky at PinksCharming
        March 9, 2016 at 11:21 am

        They have some crates in IKEA actually, which you could paint! But they don’t have lids. So might not be quite what you’re after. They look nice unpainted too, if you don’t get round to it…. xx
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  3. Alice Nipper and Tyke
    March 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Oooh I like the books on a picture rail. We have soo many books – it is impossible not to keep buying them, isn’t it!? I really want the kids to start playing in their room more, but at the moment it is just filled with their beds. We are planning to get them a bunk bed soon, so maybe then there will be more space and my living room can be less ‘explosion in toys r us’-like. I can dream, right? 😉
    x Alice
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    1. Mum in Brum
      March 9, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Haha, it seems no matter how hard we try the toys just seem to walk themselves into every room of the house! They will love having bunk beds though, I rememeber my sis and I had them for years and loved them! 🙂 x

  4. An imperfect mum (Catie)
    March 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I love the style of the toy boxes and great that it can be personalised. we have picture frame shelves for our books but i like these spice racks and so cheap. You are right books look so much better face on especially when a lot of the illustrations are art work in their own right. 🌸

    1. Mum in Brum
      March 9, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Great aren’t they? I can feel an IKEA trip coming on soon – if I dare! x

  5. Mess and Merlot
    March 8, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Oooo I love the wall library idea – I just posted about my daughters new bedroom, this would be a perfect space saving idea! #twinklytuesday
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  6. absolutely prabulous
    March 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    That teepee is much nicer than the one I’ve just chucked outside in the odds and ends box just today! And despite giving away shed loads of books the last two years I still have so many they won’t fit in those fab ledges (which I always wanted to get). I love this post though. Mine are now too old for rugs etc like this but I salivated over the beautiful pics. Lovely post my dear. #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Mum in Brum
      March 9, 2016 at 11:04 am

      I know – I thought I’d leave out the big ugly storage box under the bed to put all of that junk that doesn’t look so good on display! x

  7. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    March 9, 2016 at 8:14 am

    I need to bookmark this as we will be moving! soon! I want the little tent and the book storage corner. Such lovely ideas and perfect for a growing little girl. We bought wall stickers when we decorated the nursery. Such a good idea. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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  8. Mummy Fever
    March 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I love the tee pee – i have always wanted one of those, never mind the children! #sharewithme
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    1. Mum in Brum
      March 9, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Haha, I know I like to hide in our tent and put my fingers in my ears!!

  9. My Mummy Likes
    March 9, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I really need organisation in my oldest daughters room, Shes 4, theres my little ponies and barbies everywhere!!! Great post #bestandworst
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  10. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)
    March 9, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I love that teepee! I really want to get one for my daughter when she’s a bit older. I’ll probably combine it with a reading nook to save space though! 🙂 #sharewithme
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  11. Sarah
    March 9, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Those tepees look great but they are a pain in the backside! They slump, slide about, the fabric scrunches down arghhh! #bestandworst

  12. Sarah
    March 9, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Don’t get the tepee! They look great but they are a pain in the backside, always slumping, scrunching, tipping over. They NEVER stand like they do in the pictures!!

  13. Mary Smith
    March 9, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I love the book shelves, we have them around our house. So useful! These ideas are lovely and all looks gorgeous x #bestandworst

  14. Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life
    March 10, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I love that tent, my daughter would love one of those. I also really need some of those book shelves as I need to get my daughters books away from her little brother who loves to destroy them x #sharewithme
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  15. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    March 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Wow! Lovely ideas! I love that creative wall art, unfortunately, need to convince my husband to be brave enough to do it our kids bedroom. The fun reading nook looks beautiful, I agree making the books facing front actually looks more interesting and appealing to the kids, need to change our book case I think. Thanks for sharing these ideas! #coolmumclub
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  16. MMT
    March 10, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    This wall art is really lovely – we are just about to upgrade Tig’s wall stickers (blog post to follow next week)…
    I’d add to this list, maybe for when Taylor is a bit bigger, a bed canopy – every princess should have one 🙂
    x Sarah
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  17. Laura
    March 11, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Great post! I agree with all of these. We’re decorating our son’s new room later this year and I can’t wait 😀 #bestandworst
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  18. My Petit Canard
    March 11, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I love these ideas! Especially the wig wam, the activity mat and the wall stickers. I love decorating little ones rooms as there is so much lovely stuff out there to pick from, you really can make their rooms their own. I cant wait to see what you do with it, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled :-). Emily #TheList

  19. Mummy's Blog
    March 11, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I love the tipi, I’ve been thinking about getting my daughter one, she currently has a rather bright pop up princess castle – which she loves, it’s just not the most stylish looking thing! She actually uses that as a little reading nook, she’d take her books in there and read all day if I let her! x
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  20. Rainbowsaretoobeautiful
    March 11, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I’m finally able to think about decorating a kiddie room with Jane. Both her older brothers are on the autistic spectrum and can’t really have much in their bedrooms for safety and to help them with their sleeping difficulties. Jane is now three and I’m excited that we might now be able to do things she’s like in her own room! 😊

  21. Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
    March 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Some really wonderful ideas for your little ones bedroom. We’re in the process of turning our toddlers room into more of a fun space for her too. She’s now got a beanbag and cushions for her reading nook. I’d love to get her a Tipi as she loves to build dens but I’m not sure it would fit in her bedroom. #TheList x

  22. Sarah | Digital Motherhood
    March 13, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    What a lovely room! I love the rug especially 🙂

  23. Jenny
    March 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I pinned this …it’s so lovely and we have a lot of these for B’s room but we are working on MM’s big girl bedroom now and I can’t wait to get it finished. Inspiration here. Thanks for linking up to #ShareWithMe.
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  24. You Baby Me Mummy
    March 17, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Ooh really gorgeous things! Baby has a reading nook and a tee pee (but we don’t have enough space to have it up all the time). I love the wall art, so beautiful. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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