Reasonable Budget to decorate bedroom

(12 Posts)
SamBlockB Fri 29-Jul-16 16:39:40

We're moving on the 29th of August, we've already picked up the keys to our new property. The main rooms, kitchen, communal areas have just been decorated, now all that's left are the kids bedrooms.

We have 3 kids, DS1 & DD1 (14) and DS2 (9).

The DCs are keeping their basic furniture, beds, cupboards etc but they've been given a budget to decorate their new rooms, with things like rugs and room accessories.

The budget we allowed was £200 each and now my teens are complaining that things like rugs/curtains shouldn't be in the budget even though they have perfectly decent rugs/curtains that they can keep, I can see that they're winning DH over but surely £200 is enough to decorate a teens room.

Pearlman Fri 29-Jul-16 16:42:11

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ZenMom Fri 29-Jul-16 16:42:44

That's more than a reasonable budget and will be a good exercise for them in getting value for their money and being careful about what they buy - hopefully they'll treasure it more if they need to eek out every penny and it's not just handed to them in unlimited form. Good luck!

SalemsLott Fri 29-Jul-16 16:44:05

I decorated dds bedroom for £30, got all materials from the range.

SamBlockB Fri 29-Jul-16 16:52:01

Pearlman, they want to get things like light up alphabet letters, fancy pictures, buntings, wallpaper and duvet sets that match, strange lanterns etc and apparently £200 isn't enough to create a decent looking bedroom hmm

KC225 Fri 29-Jul-16 16:59:18

Can they not make the bunting and Alphabet letter. Otherwise pretty cheap bunting on eBay. Lots of DIY craft ideas on you tube. School holidays are perfect time for upcycling. Ikea is also great for children's rugs and lanterns

PNGirl Fri 29-Jul-16 17:02:35

If they're getting their ideas from YouTube or Instagram tell them those people get stuff given to them free!

Where are they shopping? There's nowt wrong with Ikea and Matalan. Nobody needs to pay Urban Outfitters prices.

SalemsLott Fri 29-Jul-16 17:03:41

B&M are good for reasonably priced accessories.

EsmeraldaEllaBella Fri 29-Jul-16 17:08:01

I think that's very generous. Do they have pocket money they can save up for things too?

SamBlockB Fri 29-Jul-16 17:15:08

PNGirl, I think it's more Tumblr and Pinterest that have clouded their heads.

They keep looking at websites with extortionate prices because they want a particular style, DS1 keeps showing me a wooden bulls head for £39 hmm but as a pp said this is a great chance for them to budget and learn.

davos Fri 29-Jul-16 17:30:00

We have just done all three bedrooms for less than £200 all in.

Dds room is 'insta-perfect' according to her. Yanbu.

NattyTile Fri 29-Jul-16 17:32:34

I've just redecorated our entire house.
Paint £20-60/room, depending on size and type of paint.
Wallpaper - b and m £1.50 a roll in one room, £20/roll in another.
New curtains - £100. Ouch.
Rugs. Cheapest £5, priciest £200.

I'd say £200 is absolutely fine and very generous. If they want to spend more; they can save their own money or wait for Christmas or whatever.

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