Easy DIY Pegboard Headboard

Transform a little boy's bedroom with an easy DIY pegboard headboard.



Kiddies table and stools

A friend recently asked me to make a kiddies table and stool set for her little daughter, after she had seen something locally that was way out of her price range. I was surprised at how easy - and affordable - it was to make.


DIY nightstand for a small bedroom

The compact design for the nightstand or bedside table makes it perfect for next to a day bed, or in a small bedroom with limited floor space.



Mini Mees Bedside Cabinet

Just the perfect size for a toddler's bedroom, you can make a Mini Mees mini bedside cabinet and paint it in your choice of Rust-Oleum 2X colour, or use Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint.


Cloudy with a chance of fun!

Here's a nifty - and easy - way to add clouds to a kids' bedroom in more ways than one - for fun!



A reading corner for children

As the grow, young children need to experience, and you'll want to encourage a love for reading from an early age.



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Eco-Friendly Nursery

When you are decorating the nursery for your new arrival, you'll want to use eco-friendly, non-toxic and organic materials in the room.



Grey Bedrooms for Kids

When you want to decorate a gender neutral nursery, or a child's bedroom with a more modern look, grey is definitely the colour to choose!



Bedroom Storage Wall for Kids

Make your own storage cubbies for essential storage in a child's bedroom or playroom.



Redecorating a room for your toddler

Consider these practical tips from Prominent Paints – a company that is all about making it better when it comes to paint and DIY – and in this case helping you transition your baby’s room into a safe sleep and play area for your child


Tips for Decorating a Baby's Room

Here are a few tips from Prominent Paints that will help make decorating and planning your new nursery even better.



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Before you buy...

False promises, delayed delivery and shocking quality - when buying children's furniture, do your research before and only buy from an established and reputable company.



Children's bedrooms... organised!

Children's bedrooms tend to look at though they have been hit by a hurricane and keeping them organised is not easy. Here are some quick and easy ways to keep a child's bedroom organised.


Use pine for DIY furniture for a child's bedroom

Use laminated pine shelving and pine planks to make a child's single bed or a couple of storage shelves and cubbies.



Plywood or SupaWood toy box

This versatile toy box is fun to make and fun to use. We show you how to make two different toy boxes - using stain or paint.



Kids play table

This child-sized play and craft table will inspire creativity. Featuring work and storage space and chairs that are just the right size. Use a ready-made top and ad a few angles and gentle curves for style.


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Reclaimed pine bed for twins

In a small home where space is at a premium you sometimes need to make a plan. This reclaimed wood bed was designed for young twins... to big for their cot and needing their own bed.

Cabin or playhouse bed

What little boy or girl wouldn't want their very own cabin or playhouse bed. Made from pine and SupaWood, you can buy or make your very own cabin or playhouse bed.


Modern nursery design

Whether it's weeks or months until your new addition is due to make an appearance, you will want the nursery to be prepared for their arrival.


Creative Easel

Let your child express their creativity with this easy easel. The easel sits against a wall and has a handy tray for art supplies.


A nursery full of stars

Use our star template and Prominent Paints Sheen in your choice of colour to create a magical star nursery for your little one.


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Make a skateboard rack

Make this skateboard rack for your kids, or it's a great gift idea. We sprayed outs with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.


Triangle shelves

The idea for this triangular shelf is from Kmart (Australia) and a company that sells the add-on pieces to turn the shelf into a designer piece. We show you how to make the shelf - and finish it off.


Forget chevron... go with zigzags!

If you still haven't built up enough energy to paint walls with a chevron pattern - hurray! Chevron is out and zigzags are a fun way to use paint to add fun detail to walls, especially in a child's bedroom.


Personal wall art for kid's rooms

This project uses small blocks of SupaWood to create personalised wall art for a child's bedroom or nursery.



Multi-purpose nursery

When I saw this nursery furniture designed by Dutch design firm Teehee, I realised the potential of making this as a DIY project using birch-veneered plywood. While you may not be able to buy this unique design here, there's no reason you can't make your own.


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Make a dollhouse bookcase

Here's how to make a dollhouse bookcase for a little girl's bedroom and that offers plenty of storage space. It's made using 16mm SupaWood that you can buy - and have cut to size - at your local Builders Warehouse.


A pair of cleverly designed shared bedrooms

More often than not, a growing family means a larger, more expensive home. Interior Designers Peppermint Bliss took on the challenge to create two cleverly planned children's bedrooms that allow plenty of space for a growing family.


Playful boy's bedroom

As your child grows, so does his or her ideas for how they want their bedroom to look. The boy's bedroom shown here was designed to be a space that would transition a little boy into a young adult.


Bedroom ideas for modern teens

It can be difficult to decorate for a teenager, but with clever planning you can design a room that incorporates all the elements a teenager needs for a calm and practical bedroom.


Winter Special for children's beds

If you are decorating a child's bedroom, Design-A-Bed are offering a 20% discount on select beds, and special offers on large quantity orders.


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3 Easy ways to make picture frames

There are many ways to make picture frames, and we look at 3 ways, using three different methods to make a set of picture frames for a nursery, or for any room in the home.


Upholstered kiddies chair

After making the kiddies table and chairs as a project for Home-Dzine, a friend of mine asked me to make one for her daughter's bedroom. She also requested I upholster the seats.



A wooden coat tree painted to match a bedroom

Use 12mm or 16mm Plywood or SupaWood and colourful paints to make a coat tree to help keep children's bedrooms neat and tidy.



Shelves that offer adverture and fantasy

This family business uses materials that are child-friendly, with not a piece of plastic in sight. In their little workshop they create ecological, non-toxic furniture and products for kids rooms that incorporate fantasy and adventure.


Wooden play mobile

This simple wooden play mobile won't cost much to make and you can add colourful or interesting shapes, homemade toys or eye-catching items to keep your little one occupied.



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Dreamy bedrooms for little girls

If you are looking for inspiration for decorating your little girl's bedroom, we put together a collection of 18 dreamy bedroom designs. Use these ideas to aid you in decorating the perfect room.


DIY vintage-style bedside lamp

This vintage-style bedside lamp is made using mock licence plates, PVC fittings and galvanised pipe and accessories. What a wonderful finishing touch for a boy's bedroom.



Make a hutch desk for a child's bedroom

This hutch and desk might look complicated, but it's actually an easy project if you break it down and assemble in sections.



Colourful children's bedrooms

Children love colour, whether it's bold, primary colours, or more muted pastel shades. We put together some ideas for decorating a children's bedroom using both bold and pastel colours.

Make a cookie monster rug or play mat

Use super-soft plush fabric to make everyone's favourite cookie eating monster. Using plush faux-fur fabric and some other supplies, I was able to make this rug in under an hour. This soft rug is great for kids, and the cookie pillows really make it complete.

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Kiddies storage chair

Use PAR pine and MDF to make these kiddies chairs with storage tray. You can paint them any colour using Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint or use wood stain or tinted varnish.


Easy and colourful coat hanger

A piece of pine or MDF, some brightly coloured plastic cups and colourful paper or fabric and you can easily make this easy coat hanger for a child's bedroom.



Heart mirror for little girl's bedroom

This adorable heart-shaped mirror with storage shelf is easy enough to make and you can use Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to finish in your choice of colour.



Book ledges for library wall or reading corner

Making up a set of book ledges is a quick and easy project that allows you to create a stunning library wall or reading nook in a child's bedroom.



Making coastal style furniture for a child's bedroom

This coastal style furniture is easy enough to make using PAR pine or reclaimed wood, and is painted in coastal theme colours.



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How to make underbed storage drawers

If you need extra storage in a bedroom, making underbed storage drawers with caster wheels allows you to pack away bed linen, winter blankets, clothes, shoes, or use as storage for children's toys to free up space and contain clutter in a bedroom.


Shared bedroom for boy and girl

For large families, or where space isn't available, sharing a bedroom is a necessity. This shared bedroom shows that you can incorporate spacesaving design - even in a small room.



Rocket or spaceship bed

This rocket / spaceship bed was made for a little boy who loves anything to do with space and I thought it might be nice to show you how easy it was to make the bed.



LivingColors Micro light create playful moments for your child

Designed for kids of all ages, LivingColors Micro lights are packed with the latest LED lamp technology and produces up to 64 different light colours. Lighten up your child’s imagination with a Table Light / Desk Light for your kids bedroom. The light fitting is so easy and fun to use. Your child can choose the light colour of their choice by just touching and swiping the colour strip on the top of the light fitting.

Action figurine table lamp

Inspired by a project that I saw on instructables, here's how to take all those action figures and turn them into a quirky table lamp for a boy's bedroom



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Heart design clothes rail

This adorable clothing rail with heart cut outs would add a finishing touch to any little girl's bedroom and is the perfect accessory if you daughter loves to play dress-up.



Modular cube desk for child's bedroom

This modular cube desk is perfect for a child's bedroom - boy or girl. Stack up the storage cubes, fit doors or shelves and finish off with a cube seal with extra storage. 



Practical desk for child or teen bedroom

This trendy desk is made using 16mm MDF from your local Builders and painted with a Bosch PFS spray gun. The modern design blends will most bedroom styles and it offers storage drawers for school supplies or stationery.


Baby steps... wooden stools for toddlers and tots

These baby step stools are fun to make and small children can use then as seats or as a step stool. Small children have difficulty reaching a sink, or climbing on a toilet and these sturdy baby step stools make it easier.


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Colourful storage boxes

Here's an easy way to make colourful storage cubes using some PAR pine, a few tools and some Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint. You can stack up the storage cubes to make a colourful display that would look great in a child's bedroom or playroom.


Child's bed with bookshelf or storage headboard

In a small bedroom this child's bed with its bookshelf or storage headboard takes up no additional space and offers a place to store books and small toys. You can easily modify the dimensions of this bed to make a larger three-quarter or double bed for an older child or teen bed.


Plywood is great for children's furniture

Plywood decor and furniture is perfect for decorating children's bedrooms or for making furniture. Marine plywood is a strong board product available at timber merchants around the country and costs a fraction of what it would cost to buy hardwoods.


Easy plywood study desk

This marine plywood desk is super easy to make and can be done in a day. Dress up a child's bedroom with a compact and practical desk. Mount recycled paint cans spray painted in bold Rust-Oleum spray paint colours for storage or display.


Bookshelf for books and toys

Our MDF bookshelf offers plenty of storage for books and toys for a child's bedroom. You will only need half a sheet of 16mm MDF to make the bookshelf and have board left over to make a second bookcase, or for another project.


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Before and after teen boys bedroom makeover

Decorating a bedroom for a little boy is fun, but when they become teenagers it can be a tad more difficult. Amy at Amy's Casablanca transformed her sons bedroom in bold, bright colours, using bought and found items on the cheap and putting her decorating talents to use to add striped walls and funky accessories.


From child to teenager - decorating a bedroom

Many parents tend to overlook the fact that as children grow up, so does the need for a bedroom that is better suited to a young adult. So, while teddy bears may still have a special place in any teenager bedroom, so does the need for practical furniture, more room and plenty of storage.


The moon crib comes to life again

Quite a few years ago we featured an article on the moon crib. This fairytale moon-shaped crib for a baby was doing it's rounds across the Internet and we gave it a go. Quite a few readers have made the moon crib and we would like to share the most recently project  submission.


Make a Lego coat hanger

This Lego block coat hanger is a colourful and fun way to encourage young children to hang up their clothes. It's made using a piece of pine and a large pine dowel that is glued together and sprayed with Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover in bold primary colours.


Flip-top school desk for child or adult

Writing the article the other day about creating a study area for a child's bedroom, and the many enquiries I receive about desks, got me to thinking about making a desk for a young child, or a teenager for that matter. So here is my take on making a reproduction flip-top school desk.


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20 Study ideas for children's bedrooms

From a young age, even before starting primary school, children need a place to sit and draw, and later on to study. If you start with study from a young age children find it much easier to make it a habit to sit and learn, whether at home or at school. We have put together a collection of ideas for incorporating a desk to create a study area for children of all ages. 


Curved seat or bench - dressing table stool

If you are wondering how to make a chair with a curved seat, this project shows you the secret. It's not as difficult as you might think. These curved chairs look great as feature pieces or when used in a child's bedroom. But I think their contemporary design allows them to be used anywhere, in any setting.


Colourful options for children's bedrooms

Kids love colour and decorating a bedroom for a young child can be a fun way to incorporate bold and primary colours in ways other than painting walls. Use Rust-Oleum 2X or Universal spray paint to paint old furniture, revamp dated furniture, or make your own furniture - and you easily change the colour as and when you want to. 


Decorate a nursery for twins

Planning a nursery for one can be a real challenge. But when it comes to designing a nursery for twins, that challenge just got doubled! However, there's no need to worry, most expectant parents find the task of putting together a nursery is helped, not hindered, by the specific needs twins represent. Here are some tried and tested nursery design tips for those expecting the pitter-patter of four tiny feet

Built in & modular furniture for children's bedrooms

Bedrooms for young children not only need to offer a comfortable place to sleep, but also to play, as well as accommodate the growing needs of a school-going child that needs to study. With careful design and planning built-in and modular furniture meets the demands for sleep, play and study, and also provides plenty of space for storage.


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Simple desk for boy or girl

I discovered this simple desk design on Maison Du Monde, a French furniture manufacturer. It consists of two open shelf units and a top and sells for around R2500. To make this desk you would only need one sheet of 16mm PG Bison MDF that you can have cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse and a few supplies for a total cost of around R850.


Storage shelf for boy's bedroom

This simple wall shelf can be mounted above a bed or desk to provide storage for toys, books and accessories, or decor. We used 16mm PG Bison MDF and the project took 30 minutes to cut and assemble everything. Order your board and have everything cut to size at your local Builders Warehouse and then grab your power tools...


Storage bench that's also a toy box

This practical storage bench also serves as a toy box. The seat lifts up to provide a place to store toys out of sight and keep any child's bedroom uncluttered. You can paint the storage bench in any combination of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint colours - to suit the existing bedroom decor or to add a splash of colour.


Lego or toy storage units

Kids love to play with lego and you invariably end up with pieces of lego all over the house. Why not make a simple organiser that can be used to store lego and small toys but still allow the kids to have easy access - and an easy way to tidy up after they have finished.


DIY house-shaped desk for little girl

This pretty house-shaped desk is ideal for any little girl's bedroom. The design takes up very little space but offer plenty of storage. The front section of the house roof drops down and serves as a desktop; resting on the open cabinet doors. Lift up the desktop, close the doors and the desk becomes a decorative bedroom accessory that you can paint in pastel or bold colours.

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Practical idea for modern children's furniture

Small Design, a company based in Denmark, ,have developed a range of children's furniture that is functional and colourful. The range of children's furniture includes a selection of tables and chairs, as well as benches. While all the furniture is manufactured using Birch plywood that is not readily available in South Africa, you can substitute with laminated pine or MDF.


Gender-neutral lamb theme nursery

A popular theme that is popping up everywhere, is to decorate a nursery in gender-neutral colours with a lamb or sheep theme. If you're not able to find the accessories that you want for your lamb- or sheep-theme nursery, grab your power tools and paints and start crafting your own range of unique accessories.


Monkey business tree-shaped coat rack

Make a tree-shaped coat rack or hanger out of PG Bison 12mm MDF and paint this in your choice of colour for a fun coat rack or hanger for a child's bedroom. Arrange with your local Builders Warehouse to cut half a sheet down to size, or make more than one and give them as gifts.


DIY easy home office or child's desk

I saw this desk on pinterest and immediately thought it would be a great project for a DIY Divas workshop. The Divas completed the desk today and I though it might be nice to share the project with you. Make this desk for a home office or for a child's bedroom.


Gender neutral white nursery ideas

If you are struggling to choose a colour for a gender neutral nursery, there is no easier colour to choose than white. Decorating a nursery in white allows you to design a modern nursery that is serene and soothing, or up the excitement level with a splash or two of bold colour.


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Teepee tents for a child's bedroom

Play tents are popping up everywhere - in the garden, on the patio, and definitely in a children's bedroom. They are easy and affordable to make and children can spend hours playing imaginary games or taking time out in their own secret hideaway. All you need to make a teepee-style tent is a canvas dropcloth and some dowels, as well as a bit of rope and a few embellishments.

More storage for a children's bedroom

The holidays may have come and gone, and have no doubt added to the already strained storage capacity for your child's bedroom. Shelves are overloaded, toy boxes filled to the brim and you can't seem to find storage space for new items.


Affordable bedroom makeover for little girl

Decorating a bedroom for a little girl can be a fun experience - albeit sometimes an expensive one - if you don't keep a tight rein on spending. For an affordable bedroom makeover for a little girl there are plenty of tips and tricks that you can use to decorate a trendy and colourful bedroom.


DIY kiddies storage table and chairs

This kiddies desk or storage table and chairs is actually quite simple to make and looks stunning once painted with Rust-Oleum in shades of blue. The desk lid lifts up and offers a nice storage space for toys or craft and painting supplies.


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DIY kiddies craft table

Our kiddies craft table is perfect for a playroom, or make it smaller to fit into a bedroom. We based the design for this table on our garden table, but modified the top to allow for paint pots to hold crayons, pens, pencils, paintbrushes, and even water for painting.


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Tutu-licious bedrooms for little girls

If you daughter is a little ballerina, she will love these tutu bedroom ideas using tulle. See how to use tulle to make a tutu no-sew nightfrill, or make a tutu table with tulle. You will find plenty of creative ways to use tulle to design a bedroom that any little ballerina or princess would love.


International design available locally

There are some absolutely gorgeous designs out there for children's furniture, but since most manufacturers don't ship to South Africa, it's nice to know that local designer Design-A-Bed can manufacture children's bedroom furniture - and beds - to order.


DIY upholstered pelmet for nursery

If you are looking for ideas to decorate a nursery, adding an upholstered or fabric covered pelmet is definitely one idea you might want to consider, especially if you are fitting blinds or a plain window treatment.


Paint a tatty teddy mural


This adorable tatty teddy mural adorns the wall of a special little girl's bedroom. Painting a mural itself is not difficult - it all depends on the design you choose. Tatty teddy took 4 days to complete, but the result what oh so worth it.

How to apply vinyl wall decals

Applying wall vinyl designs to a wall is one way to add interest to a plain wall, or in this case, an empty corner in a room. In this little girl's bedroom, a custom design was printed onto vinyl and then stuck onto the wall. If you aren't good at drawing and painting, using wall vinyl allows you to add creative touches without worrying about how it will look.


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Fabric pocket organiser

Children always need a place to store their small toys, craft suppliers and even small items of clothing, such as socks. This fabric pocket organiser is quick and easy to make, and you can use fabric scraps, offcuts or recycle old clothes to make it really affordable.


DIY ideas for kid's rooms

Decorating a kiddies bedroom can be expensive when it comes to adding fun accessories, that's why we have put together a selection of DIY decor crafts and projects that you can do in a day (or on a weekend) to add colour and interest to any child's bedroom.


Plywood furniture is big business for kids

Browse the Internet looking for plywood furniture for children's bedrooms and you will come across plenty of designers, many of whom started out as a home-based business and have gone on to become major furniture producing enterprises. Here in South Africa there is plenty of scope for anyone wanting to start out in exactly the same way.


Book caddy or shelf

This book caddy retail at around R1200 if you had to buy them ready made. Make your own and it will cost you nothing if you use any offcuts lying around, or R600 for a sheet of 16mm PG Bison MDF and you can then make 3 or 4 units from one sheet.


Loft bed ideas for a children's bedroom

Loft beds, when well constructed, and designed with safety in mind, definitely have a place in a children's bedroom. In a small bedroom, or shared bedroom, a loft bed allows for sleeping above and play below, allowing the smallest bedroom to be a fun place for any youngster.


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Storage crates for children's bedrooms

We have previously featured a project that shows how to make your own wine crates, and you can make a few minor modifications to the design to create the adorable storage crates for a nursery or children's bedroom.


Polka dot nursery

Decorating a nursery or children's bedroom can be fun... if you have a dash of creative ability. But if you don't you will love this project. This beautiful nursery is decorated in shades of pale blue and pink, with splashes of white and magenta polka dots.


DIY your own designer furniture

Browse the Internet and you will find plenty of designer ideas for furniture using reclaimed timber. In fact, furniture made using reclaimed wood has become an option for many looking for furniture for a home. While the idea is a good one, the pricing being asked for this type of furniture are exorbitant and unrealistic.


Great ideas for boy's bedrooms

Designing and decorating a boys bedroom can be just as much fun as decorating a bedroom for girls. The only difference is that furniture should be sturdy enough to take the knocks that invariably come with having boys!


Gorgeous duvets / bedding for youngsters & teens

I often receive enquiries on some of the bedding featured in bedroom articles. The good news is that you can now buy directly from international stores and have duvets and bedding shipped to South Africa.


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Beautiful ideas for decorating a nursery

If you are looking for ideas to decorate a nursery, here are just a few stunning nursery designs that I came across. Why these nursery designs in particular? The colours are modern and fresh, yet easy to replicate in your own nursery design.


How to paint or varnish a cot or crib

But before you restore an old cot or crib, there are a few steps to follow to ensure the project runs smoothly and the painted or varnish cot or crib is properly prepared for a lasting finish.



Decorating ideas for shared bedrooms

With property values at a premium and rates for rental properties going through the roof, you sometimes have to settle for a home that is smaller than what you originally planned for, especially if you have small children. But you can turn a small bedroom into a shared space that is filled with light and space.


Budget storage solutions for kids

As they grow children require ever-increasing storage space. A place to hang clothes, to store toys, storage for books, and eventually a space to do their homework. And today's older kids need space for video games, PC or laptop, and perhaps even their own TV or hi-fi.


PVC pipe or scaffolding headboard and furniture

While once again searching around for ideas using PVC pipe, I stumbled across a great idea for using PVC pipes (in this case scaffolding) to make a headboard. This is a great idea for a children's headboard and you can buy PVC pipes in various sizes, as well as all the connecting pieces, at your local Builders Warehouse.


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Houndstooth stencilled feature wall

We have seen damask stencils, geometric stencils, chevron stencils, and now it appears that houndstooth stencils are becoming popular for decorating a feature wall. In this project a houndstooth stencil was applied to a feature wall in a little boy's bedroom - with stunning results.


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Pink and lime green for a bedroom and bathroom

Little girls love pink... and in this home a pink bedroom and bathroom are just what every little girl longs for. The bedroom is dressed in shades of palest pink with just a hint of soft green, while the bathroom is a bolder pink with lime green accents.


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Recycle CD's into closet clothes dividers

I have seen quite a few projects where CDs and stiff cardboard have been upcycled into clothes dividers for closet for a little girl or boy, or for separating clothes in an adult closet by days of the week, or seasons of the year. This is such an simple project that makes it easier to find clothes and is a great idea since we don't have these closet dividers available locally.


Make a bedside cabinet

Although this cabinet is perfect as a bedside table for a child's bedroom, it can also be used as a bathroom storage cabinet or even a side table for a lounge. You can finish it with various techniques to fit in with your own personal style and add as little or as much detail as you want.


Beautiful bedrooms for girls & boys

I recently found myself on ethan allen and, while this range of furniture is not available locally , there's no reason why you can't use this inspiration to make your own bedroom furniture for a girl or boy. Many similar designs are locally manufactured and all you need is a can or two of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to add some colour.


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Easy DIY arts & craft table and chair

Today we had our DIY Divas Workshop and made this child's art and craft table and chair. We cut out all the curved pieces and sanded where necessary and the entire project (excluding painting) took 2 hours from start to finish.


DIY dressing table or study desk

I have just finished making a desk for a little girl that can also be purposed into a study desk for a child or adult, or a dressing table. This desk / dressing table can be painted in your choice of colour and even distressed if you are looking for a more cottage or shabby chic finish.


Decorating ideas for little boy's bedroom

We can't do ideas for a girl's bedroom without looking at ideas for a little boy as well. Even little guys like to have some style in their room... a theme or colourful setting where they can spend time playing with cars, action figures or building with lego.


Ideas for decorating a little girl's bedroom

Decorating a bedroom for a little girl is such an exciting project to take on. Choosing a colour scheme, selecting the right furniture, picking out decor accessories and then putting it all together. With two grown boys I never really had the chance to experience the joy of decorating a bedroom for a little girl, but I still love browsing through beautiful images of bedrooms that would be perfect for a little lady.

Indoor treehouse beds

If there is one thing the Danes are good at, it's thinking outside the box. Kids furniture company Kidsfactory have launched a range of treehouse beds that combine play and sleep. The treehouse beds, which are on stilts and accessed by a ladder, take up no more room that a standard bed would, but offer more space for play down on the floor.


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Find out how to make a heart bed set

At Design-A-Bed they receive lots of enquiries to manufacture furniture found on the Internet, and particularly on Pinterest. This heart bed is one of those. The client fell in love with this bed set and wanted the exact same design for her young daughter.


Ingenious idea for cot for crib

I recently stumbled across this ingenious idea that offers an alternative for new parents. This cot attaches to the side of the bed, but still has enough space for baby, with baby literally within arms reach, so parent and child get all the benefits of sleeping together and helping you to bond with your baby.


Make a cottage bed for little girl

A client asked me to design and make this gorgeous cottage bed for her little girl. At first I was a bit wary of all the colours, but the end result really looked absolutely amazing.



Use wallpaper to create a unique headboard

Easy DIY magazine recently commissioned me to design a couple of quick and easy headboard projects for future issues. I put my thinking cap on for this and one idea that immediately came to mind was to paint a headboard, the second was to apply wallpaper to the headboard.


How to paint a headboard

Easy DIY magazine recently commissioned me to design a couple of quick and easy headboard projects for future issues. I put my thinking cap on for this, and one idea that immediately came to mind was to paint a headboard.


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Easy and affordable art for a nursery

Create your own colourful artwork for a nursery or child's bedroom with some framed canvas and craft paint. This is a reasonably affordable and simple way to add splashes of colour to a nursery or a toddlers bedroom.


Beautiful bedroom for a little lady

Forget about theme rooms, these bedrooms are timeless and traditional. Not for your average tomboy, take a look at some bedrooms designed for a young lady who loves pretty but practical furniture with flourishes and frills.


DIY moon crib or moon bed

What infant or toddler wouldn't love to sleep in this fairytale moon crib or bed? Designed by Creme Anglaise, the moon crib retails at around R11,000 - a bit pricey for us South Africans, but you could make your own moon crib or bed.


Decorate a teen bedroom

That cute, teddy bear wallpaper and pink furniture set was perfect when your child was growing up, but a bedroom makeover is on the cards if your child is turning into a teenager. It's not always a case of tossing out and buying new, careful planning and buying right at this stage will carry your teenager right through to when they leave home.


Toy box on wheels

You can use any box to make a portable toy box. All you need are four castor wheels and some Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint and you have a portable toy box that can go anywhere! Designed by Erin Loechner at Design for Minikind.


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Make a rag quilt

This adorable rag quilt is filled with wonderful colour and pattern that is perfect for any little girl's bed and you can choose your own fabrics, either from scraps that you already have, or from offcuts in the bargain bin at your local fabric store.


Storage ideas for kids rooms

Kids are messy... Rearing two active boys and taught me the value of having plenty of storage and teaching my kids how to use it. Storage is essential for a child's bedroom, but it needs to be practical and pretty if kids are going to use it. With this in mind we look at various storage options for children's bedrooms.


Children need a place to study

The problem we face, here in South Africa, is a lack of selection for children's desks. The ones available in stores are either of inferior quality, or lacking in design. Take a look at some of these desks available at PB Teen (a division of Pottery Barn).Once you have seen these designs, you should be inspired enough to rush out and buy a set of power tools to make your own study desk.

Decorative shelf for children's bedroom

Children need plenty of storage space and this great idea allows you to incorporate storage into design. The tree mural is a wonderful way to add fun shelves that children will enjoy. Although these shelves are designed to be at grown-up height, you can design your tree mural with lower branches for more shelves.


DIY crib that becomes two elegant chairs

The crib easily transforms into two chairs and also features a storage shelf. You can add a canopy over the top simply by hanging from the ceiling.



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Surprise bedroom makeover for daughter

Reader, Candice and her husband, whose 11 year old daughter was away for 2 weeks during the December holidays, decided to surprise her daughter by giving her bedroom a makeover.


Sustainable design for a toddler's bedroom

Whether you've been taking steps toward green living or you're a newbie and want to jump start your efforts and reduce your carbon footprint on earth, one area of opportunity is your toddler's room.


Modern, trendy bedrooms for kids

Forget about primary colours for a child's bedroom - these rooms are using a kaleidoscope of colour to create children's bedrooms that are bright and beautiful.



Ideas for a built in closet for children's room

Having recently stumbled upon new design ideas from ClosetMaid, I thought it would be nice to share some of the stunning ideas they have come up with. They might inspire you to rip out and install a new closet.


Paint a pine dresser or chest of drawers

We created a crackle effect on an old chest of drawers for a unique and colourful effect for a little girl’s bedroom. Crackling gives an antiqued, weathered look to furniture, accessories and trim in a couple of hours.


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Designer bedrooms for kids

Steal ideas from these fun and functional children’s rooms that offer smart design, cool themes, and fun colours.



Decorate a teen bedroom

While transforming a teen’s bedroom into a stylish space may require some help on your side, with set guidelines and some collaboration you’re likely to overcome the 'eye roll' or an argument.


Design a gender neutral nursery

Look anywhere these days and there is a definite trend towards designing a nursery that caters for boy or girl - a gender neutral nursery.



Decorate bedroom for little boy

We always feature such lovely ways to decorate a bedroom for a little girl but rarely for a little boy. So for all you moms out there looking for ideas for a little boy's bedroom, this article is just for you!


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Decorate bedroom for little girl

Be inspired to create the perfect bedroom for a little girl or young lady. We show you different bedroom designs that would fit into any home and can easily and affordably be duplicated.



Decorate bedroom for young lady

Every mother experiences a time when her little shabby chick grows into a Chic Princess. It's a time when Barbie is quietly laid to rest and nail polish, lipstick and mascara start appearing on the shopping list.


Vintage design for a nursery

I recently stumbled upon this wonderful nursery. New parents, Eric and Kirsten have decorated a beautiful nursery for their daughter, Addison. This is a pictorial library of the finished nursery.


Storage ideas for children's rooms

Finding suitable toy storage can be quite a challenge. If you're short of space you'll need to be imaginative and clever with your ideas - and, it can also be tricky finding solutions that will blend with your home's decor. Take inspiration from this selection.


Nursery ideas to copy

Whether you're starting from scratch or sprucing up what you've already used, browse this selection of inspiring nurseries for darling bits of inspiration to decorate your child's nursery.



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Car headboard for little boy

What boy is not fascinated by cars - no matter what their age, and this cute Volksie headboard is perfect for any little boy.



Cuddly storage ottoman

We wrapped our storage ottoman in faux cowhide suede and added extra padding and a thick foam top to make it extra cuddly and perfect for a nursery or children's bedroom.



A shared bedroom

It isn't always possible for children to have a bedroom of their own, and many have to share a space with an older or younger sibling. But a shared bedroom doesn't have to mean that space is cramped and the room is packed with furniture. Here are some ideas and inspiration for designing and decorating a shared bedroom.


Space to play

No more pencils, no more books, summer is a great time to give kids’ bedrooms a new look. Enlist your children in the design, and find projects they can do themselves. Here are some ideas, tips and simple decorating projects to get you started.


Creative children's bedrooms

It's a fact that kid bedrooms are often small and pokey, with minimal built-in storage and inadequate natural light. To compensate for this there are various ways that you can design a room that incorporates all the essentials and is bright, organised and a fun place to sleep.


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Traditional colour options for a nursery

This article is for all the mums-to-be out there who are struggling to find ideas on decorating a nursery. I recently came across a range of gorgeous furniture at Restoration Hardware and thought that you would enjoy - be inspired!


Create more space in a shared bedroom

When space is limited and children have to share a bedroom, there can often be disagreements about who gets what space, and whose stuff belongs where. Here are some ideas for dividing up a shared bedroom without limiting the space.


Create more space in a shared bedroom

There are girls that want their bedroom to be cool and funky, and there are girls who want a modern bedroom with all the mod cons, but there will always be girls who want a bedroom that is truly romantic - where frills, bows and ribbons abound. Be inspired ...


Make a crib or cot that becomes two chairs

This beautiful, sturdy baby crib or cot easily turns in a striking and practical pair of chairs



Storage canopy for a crib or cot

Add extra storage to your nursery or kids' room with this accessible and washable canopy.



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Fairytale loft bed

A loft bed has always been a popular furniture choice in children's bedrooms. There is plenty of room to play underneath, while the top part in our version is so imaginatively decorated that sweeter dreams are guaranteed!


Storage headboard

A multipurpose shelving unit serves as a fun headboard and provides storage and display space for toys, collectibles, and bedtime storybooks



Pretty bedrooms for a little girl

Use your imagination and look for unique and creative ways to add colour, dress up the room and incorporate accessories to create a room that is comfortable and pretty.



Trendy teen rooms

Stuck with a small bedroom for a tween or teen. I have done some 'surfin' and come across some clever ideas that would work - no matter how small the bedroom!



Contemporary girls bedroom

Knowing the girls we know, their bedrooms will become hiding places of doll body parts, books on fairies, hair clips, pictures of the cast of High School Musical and the occasional pair of your shoes. But that doesn't mean you can't inspire in them an early interest in interior design by decorating their bedrooms beautifully. And remember, it needn't be pink...


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Beautiful nursery ideas

Expecting a new addition to the family? Decorating a nursery for your new born is as easy at logging onto your PC and surfing the Internet. There are so many wonderful ways to decorate a nursery that you will be spoilt for options ...


Pink bedrooms

Decorate a bedroom fit for your little princess. Whether she wants pink or lime green and orange, adding colour and decor to a bedroom has never been easier.



A pretty pink nursery

After having two boys, I was certain that I was never going to get my pink little girl. And then I discovered that I was pregnant. 9 months later, our sweet Baby Ellison arrived - Welcome to Ellison's room!


How to organise a children's bedroom

Young children need plenty of storage, and it's good to get them into being organised from an early age - and less work for you when they grow up! Large shelf units - filled with labelled containers - are ideal for storage in play spaces.


Decorating ideas for girls bedroom

Not every girl wants to be surrounded by princesses and fairies, but all girls love a sense of majestic opulence and glamour. Plush soft furnishings and textured fabrics combined with sparkly lights and lots of reflective surfaces give a fairytale feel without being kitsch.


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Create a soothing nursery

With a first baby on the way, the task of decorating the nursery can be daunting. You want to create a relaxing space that is cute and functional (filled with furniture and colours that could grow with the little one) and won't cost as much as a house.


Little girls bedroom makeover

Details like the trim in this bedroom for a little girl, add a beautiful finishing touch and take away the 'boxy' look. Architectural details and mock panels are very easy to achieve with the right materials and a few basic power tools. Heidi shows us how she created the perfect bedroom for her daughter.


Tips for decorating a nursery

Decorating the nursery is one of the most exciting rituals in preparation for the arrival of a new baby. Whether you are expecting a boy or a girl there are some fantastic children’s furniture and fabrics around so you should have no shortage of inspiration.


Ideas for a boys bedroom

When it comes to bedrooms, it doesn’t have to be a case of blue for a boy. There are plenty of imaginative ways to decorate a boy’s bedroom and the first step is getting your child involved in coming up with design ideas and choosing accessories.


Planning a nursery

Good planning is essential to create a nursery which is safe, practical and flexible. Only a year separates the newborn from the active, exploring baby. These early months represent the most intensive period of development in your child's life.


Storage headboard for little girl

Nothing says "sweet dreams" like a bedtime story. Top off the bed with a house-shaped headboard that doubles as a bookcase for bedtime reads.



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