Jazz Up Your Classroom Décor on the Cheap

Your classroom is your home for eight hours (or more) every day of the week—nine to ten months out of the year. That means the walls and floors can quickly get boring or even dispiriting. But spending a lot of money probably isn’t in most teachers’ budgets—and the wear and tear of students tromping in and out can quickly make its mark on every surface. Fortunately, there are wallet-smart ways for you to add a little zing to your classroom.

Take chalkboard: These accents used to be big and spendy, but chalkboard paint has made transforming any surface into a writable board easy. Clever containers are another way to add function and beauty to your room—even simple solutions like a colorful cart that wheels around for ease of use. Cool plastic cubes turned on their sides and covered with colorful fabric? You’ve got a bench for reading time.

Want more ideas? This graphic can help you get started to a more welcoming classroom:

 

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Jazz Up Your Classroom Décor on the Cheap