Mum saves £400 on DIY gaming room for tween sons

Mum-of-two Jade Lowe, 32, wanted to give her sons Addison, 7, and Kairon, 11, a home makeover for Christmas, and revamped their room.

The creative mum, who works in childcare and lives in Warrington, Cheshire, did it all in two days on a £350 budget.

After seeing ready-made bunk bed gaming stations in the shops for £760, Jade found a way to cut down the cost to £320 by buying the key items separately, saving her £440.

She picked up two black, metal-framed high sleeper beds from Argos, which were on offer for £90 each. The desks were second-hand from Facebook Marketplace for £10 each and the drawers were £60 each from Ikea.

Jade’s mum bought two gaming chairs from Amazon for £80 each as the boys’ Christmas presents.

The space-saving set-up was everything the boys wanted – somewhere to sleep, game and study – for less than half the price of the ready-made ones Jade had seen.

‘My boys’ shared room was comic themed before the revamp and they had both outgrown it,’ Jade told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.

‘They are really into their gaming, as most kids their age are. I wanted to create a room where they could play, sleep and have space to do their schoolwork.

‘It’s a small space, so I wanted two high sleeper beds. The ones with the gaming set-ups already built-in were really expensive, so I needed my own budget solution. I wanted to create something similar but not at that price.’

The boys even got a cool mini fridge for drinks and snacks, costing £40 from Amazon, which was another gift from granny and granddad.

Jade added: ‘My favourite features are the LED lights, the ceiling light and their little mini fridge. The LED lights can be connected to a phone or gaming device so they flash along to the music.

‘Personally think mine look a lot better than the ready-made ones I’d seen, especially when they’re lit up. And I did it for a fraction of the cost.

‘Everything was fairly straightforward and I’m over the moon with the results as it’s exactly as I envisioned it. All I wanted was for it to be comfortable for them and the rest was created with them in mind.

‘The boys absolutely love their room. They each have their own space now. They video-called their friends straight away when they saw it on Christmas Day and they can’t wait to have a sleepover when it’s allowed.’

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