Car Themed Bedrooms for Kids

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Car Themed Bedrooms For Kids

Does your son or daughter absolutely love race cars? If so, a car-themed room may be an ideal decorating option for your child, no matter his or her age. If you are working with a large enough space, you can set up a play-area with a toy race car tracks and play mat rugs. To decorate, you can cover the room with wall-décor, bed sheets, curtains, and hanging pieces in your child's favorite colors. Whether your child prefers cartoons, old fashioned cars, futuristic designs, or NASCAR, cars provide a versatile and creative thematic option that can evolve with your child as he or she grows.

Age-Appropriate Car Themed Bedrooms

Depending on your child's age, a car theme can be hit or miss. In all likelihood, your 13-year-old probably won't like the same cartoony designs that she appreciated as a toddler. Instead, she may prefer a vintage and artistic look, so don't be alarmed if she stops playing with her race track that she loved so much when she was in kindergarten.

Growing up is normal and inevitable, so keep this information in mind when you're designing your child's bedroom. Unless you are lucky enough to have a generous redecorating budget, you should plan out a theme that is basic enough to last for the long haul.

Luckily, a car theme is versatile enough to evolve with your child. For younger children, you can work with cartoon-based décor, and for older children, you can incorporate realistic designs, play structures, and NASCAR themes. For a truly spectacular idea, you may want to mount a video game console along with a projector to create an extremely enjoyable atmosphere.

car themed bedroom for kids

If you are considering an entertainment center, make sure that your child is mature enough for car-racing video games, and teach your child the importance of balancing play-time with school and study time. You might even want to establish a set of rules ahead of time in order to maintain control in your child's bedroom. No matter what themes you select, make sure that you factor your child's unique needs and maturity level. He or she may not be ready for video games, sensory overload, or an entertainment-intensive environment. You know your child best, so you should trust your judgment.

If you're not sure whether your child will outgrow a car theme, you can opt to use temporary and inexpensive décor as opposed to expensive furniture items that may be difficult to replace. For example, you can mount cardboard walls to a bed to create a sleeping area in the shape of a race car. You can also use framed or non-framed wall posters instead of more permanent wallpaper and wall murals. You can also use toys and inexpensive play structures to set the tone of your child's car-themed bedroom. Using temporary options, you can go from a car theme to something else in less than a few hours.

Car Themed Beds

If you have a toddler or child in elementary school, you may be considering a race car bed. These types of beds are typically twin size and smaller and are most suitable for children who are under the age of 10. In general, race car beds are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and models with the most common colors being red and blue. Some of these beds are even convertible, meaning that you can change their build to suit a variety of age ranges. For example, you may be able to raise and lower the sides of your bed to accommodate a young toddler, and as your child grows older, you may be able to elevate the bed higher off the ground. If you have two children sharing a room, you may want to loft one bed and place the race car bed underneath. When it comes to race car beds, a variety of styles are available, so you can find models that parallel cars that are available on the market, or you can opt for a look that is more vintage.

car themed bedroom for kids

For the most part, a sturdy race car bed will cost between $300 and $500 and will require replacement when your child grows older. If you want to prolong the life of your child's bed, you should consider an adjustable model which costs between $500 and $1,000. Although the second type of bed is more expensive, it has a longer lifespan. To compare, a basic child's bed costs between $100 and $300. Some toddler beds may even cost under $100.

If you feel hesitant about buying a car-shaped bed, you can consider temporary décor such as bed sheets and cardboard side panels. Race car bed sheets are available from a variety of retails in many colors for under $100, and you can even make your own race car bed panels as a low-budget family art project. If your budget is higher, and if you are looking for a more permanent option, you can use real wood panels, and you can even build your own headboard.

Car Themed Play Mats

Car-themed play mats serve a dual purpose as toys and as functional bedroom items. They are ideal for toddlers and kindergarteners who are beginning to play with basic toy cars. With a play mat rug, your child won't enjoy the bells and whistles of ramps and remote controls; but if your child enjoys patterns and puzzles, then this might be an enjoyable option. Car play mats are available in a variety of sizes and range in cost between $30 and $100 depending on size and material.

Car Themed Bedrooms For Older Kids

As your child ages, he or she will demand more challenging and interesting stuff. At this age, your child can enjoy mature themes, video games, televisions, remote controls, bells, and whistles. Before you go out and buy this expensive stuff, make sure that your child is actually ready and mature enough to handle these expensive items. At this age, your child's biggest priorities are school and healthy development, so even if your child is old enough to have a television in his or her room, you should create an environment that is healthy and practical for studying and homework.

Last Updated: March 28, 2012
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