A child's bedroom should reflect the interests, hobbies and personality of the child. You and your child can enjoy decorating around a love for skateboarding. Look for reasonably priced skateboards at yard sales to add to the room. Many skateboards have bright graphics on the bottom that are pieces of art in themselves.
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The sport of skateboarding is synonymous with city streets and parks. Skateboarding competitions take place on courses designed to look like the environment you would see walking through any city. The walls of the room need to reflect this important element of the sport. Cover one wall with faux brick wallpaper. Paint the other three walls in the skateboarders favourite colour. Allow the child to paint graffiti on his brick wall with acrylic paint. He may choose to paint words, names or draw pictures. This graffiti wall can be somewhere he can let his personality shine. Keep the graffiti on the wallpaper to avoid problems painting over coloured paint in the future.
Don't let extra skateboards lie around in the closet or under the bed. Hang the skateboards up on the wall, and show off the graphics. Remove the wheels of the skateboard, and thread fishing line through the two holes at one end of the board. Tie the fishing line with a double knot, leaving enough room to hang the board from a standard picture hanger or hook. If your child has posters of famous skateboarders, place the poster inside a poster frame, which not only protects the poster but looks neater hanging on the wall.
Allow your child to choose the type of bedding he wants for his room. An older child may want to stick with a solid colour for his sheets and comforter. To jazz up a solid coloured bedroom set, purchase a couple throw pillows or a large throw blanket in a skateboard theme, which will add to the theme of the room without looking too childish. Younger children may choose skateboard-themed sheets and blankets. You can tone down a busy bedding set by adding a few solid coloured pillows.
Storage in a skateboarding room should feel industrial and urban. Place a few galvanised pails around the room for storing small items. Graffiti the name of the items that belong in the pail onto the front of the pail for easy organisation. An old board, or one that does not have any graphics, can become a shelf to hold books or mementos. Drill two shelf brackets into the bottom of the board, and attach the other side of the bracket to the wall.
A park bench is an object skaters use to perform tricks. A bench in the bedroom can add extra sitting room while continuing the skateboarding theme. Look at yard sales and flea markets for an inexpensive bench. Skateboarders are used to seeing "No skateboarding allowed" signs, so print out "Skateboarding allowed" on a piece of printer paper from your computer. Frame the sign, and hang it outside your child's door. Depending on the room cleaning ability of your child, you may want to add "Enter at your own risk" to the sign.
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