In a New York Times article, writer Ronda Kaysen asks “Who’s in Charge of Your Child’s Décor?,” and it’s a legitimate question. Parents and kids don’t always see eye to eye, and what is suitable for some will not necessarily work for others. While we explore design ideas for boys’ bedrooms in this post, we will keep in mind that the space should, ideally, always be a work in progress — reflecting the child’s personality and interests but hopefully also leaving lots of conceptual room to grow.
Below, we present a curated gallery of contemporary boys’ bedroom ideas.
1. Bookcase Built with Nautical Theme
An exceptionally clever bookcase with a nautical theme is the heart and soul of this room’s design. Built into a headboard wall alcove, the bookcase is both fun and functional — putting these two concepts together should be a winning concept in almost any design project. The bright space also features hardwood flooring, a gray area rug and a modern pendant fixture hanging from the ceiling. Bathing in the natural light from the window, sits an elegant white, wingback chair that looks like it might have been designed by Spanish filmmaker/animator Sergio Pablos for his “Despicable Me” movies. Montreal, Canada’s Red Barrel Studios manufactures a similar chair, available through Wayfair.
2. Moon and Stars Create Dreamy Backdrop
Classic boy’s bedroom in a New York City townhouse, once owned by shipping and railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, the mother of CNN reporter Anderson Cooper. The space features a moon and stars mural on one wall creating a backdrop for a blue denim bunk bed. In the corner, a wooden desk is paired with a modern glass chair and large circular mirror.
3. Built-In Shelving Provides Open Access
More fun and functional design sees bed-bracketing storage shelving, attached to the frame of a wooden bunk bed, include a pass-through shelf, opening the sleeping space up to the rest of the room. The bunk bed includes even more storage space underneath and a ladder to the top mattress. A safety railing for the top sleeper is something which needs to be considered for kids at any age. A large window brings plenty of natural light into the space.
4. Room with a View and Plenty of Storage
Dark wood furniture and dark blue walls dominate this boy’s bedroom which features a bunk bed set on an area rug on top of hardwood flooring. The stairs to the upper bunk cleverly double as drawers for storage, with a dresser and night table providing even more space to keep things off the floor. Large windows let in natural light and a great view of what’s happening outside.
5. Map of the World Decorates One Wall
A massive world map decorates one wall in the design of this boy’s bedroom. Pastel blue walls, carpeted floors and a dark wooden bed frame complete the functional aspects of the room. An acoustic guitar and school books are within hand’s reach in this busy, well-lived-in room.
6. Basement Bedroom with Outside Access
Perfect for an older child, sliding glass doors in this basement bedroom give the occupant rare in and out access to the outside world. The space features a queen-size bed, a study desk in one corner and hardwood flooring.
7. Fun and Functional Bunk Bed
This boy’s bedroom features a multi-functional bunk bed with stairs, that also serves as a fort and storage space, as well as a sleeping area. The space includes a study desk, hardwood flooring and a large window for natural light.
8. Spacious Corner Bedroom All Fun and Games
Spacious corner bedroom features two bamboo frame beds, hardwood flooring, an area rug, ceiling fan and large windows for natural light. The elephant in the room is a very authentic-looking miniature pool table which is not something found in many kids’ rooms. Most bedrooms would not have the space for a seven-foot table, let alone parents who would agree to putting one in.
9. Posters of the Night Sky Dot Bedroom Wall
Boy’s bedroom features a metal Twin Over Full Standard Bunk Bed designed by Viv + Rae. The bed frame includes a built-in ladder and safety rail for extra security. A dresser for clothes and a floor box for games provide plenty of storage. The space also has hardwood flooring topped by an area rug, bucket chair with swivel base and informational posters on astronomy for wall decoration.
10. Unique Bed, Shelving and Cabinet Combo
Compact boy’s bedroom features a unique bed, shelving and cabinetry combo, along with a large window and hardwood flooring. The extensive cabinets and shelving are all designed within hand’s reach of the bed, and in fact, the shelves can only be reached from the bed itself.
See Girls’ Bedroom Ideas Here.
12. Captain’s Window Plays into Nautical Theme
Boy’s bedroom features a bunk bed lit with wall lights, carpet flooring, storage trunk and large windows. The bed includes a built-in ladder with a Captain’s Window at one end.
13. Night Train to Dreamland
Elegant bunk beds, giving off a night train vibe, feature wall lighting and plenty of storage for clothes, books and toys. The upper bunk does not have a safety rail, or any visible way to get up for that matter, but it does include curtains for privacy, just like on a train.
14. Music Room Gets Top Marks for Fun and Functionality
Spacious boy’s bedroom is large enough to have its own stage with drum kit, keyboards and electric guitar. I’ve actually been in some clubs that had smaller stages than this. The colorful room seems to have been designed to accommodate maximum visual and audio levels for a growing music fan. Well played and top marks for both fun and functionality.
15. Surf’s Up in Room with Double-Wide Bunk Beds
Bedroom designed for older kids features a massive bunk bed frame with a two mattresses below and an equal amount of space on the top level. The structure also includes an access ladder, safety rail and lots of storage. Geometric wallpaper decorates the room in tandem with blue carpeting and large windows. A surfboard hanging on the wall and a longboard resting against a desk fill us in on some of the occupants’ interests.
16. Hanging Beds Suspended from Wall and Ceiling
Elaborate hanging beds feature two “bunks” attached to the wall and ceiling with a rope pulley system. The rope on the lower bed is for decoration only while the upper bed is fastened to the ceiling. A ladder provides access to the upper deck which is open on three sides and does not have a safety railing.
17. Superhero Theme Rules in Boy’s Bedroom Design
This boy’s bedroom features a Batman-inspired superhero design with an upper deck built over a floor-level bed. The upper tier, with ladder access and safety railing, is intended as a play area but can be used for sleeping, too. The space also includes a work desk with shelving, large window, carpet flooring and an area rug.
18. Bedroom Showcases Wood Craftsmanship
Bella Home Builders installed a real boat for a bed as part of the décor in this boy’s bedroom. The nautically-inspired bed and computer table features fine wood craftsmanship which can also be seen in the window frames and exposed beam ceiling.
19. Decorative Wall Art Distinguishes Modern Bedroom
Modern design and furnishings define this boy’s bedroom featuring a queen size bed, hardwood flooring with area rug and extensive wall decoration. An electric guitar and amp are placed next to a chair under a window letting in natural light.
20. Long, Thin Bedroom Perfectly Symmetrical
Elegant design in the walls and hardwood flooring distinguish this boy’s bedroom. Like a train compartment, the long, thin room’s two beds are symmetrically aligned with overhead storage.
21. Tent Bed Frame Camps Out Under a Ceiling of Stars
Boy’s bedroom features galaxy-inspired wall design with a pull-out drawer for storage built into the bed frame. The triangular bed frame is both functional and playful and can be whatever the room’s occupant wants it to be. The space also includes carpeting and a window skylight for fresh air and wishing upon stars.
22. Fishnet Ceiling Draws Decorative Interest
Fish rope hangs from the ceiling in this boy’s bedroom featuring hardwood flooring, work desk and lots of shelving. Modern French doors open to an outside balcony.
23. Bunk Beds Work Well for Small Ones in Small Space
Metal-frame bunk bed, featuring a black and white color scheme, includes an access ladder at the end of the structure and safety rail for the top sleeper. A lounge in front of large window also has a drawer for storage.
24. Tent Bed Frame Adds Playful Touch
Bright childrens’ bedroom features a tent bed with a rustic frame, hardwood flooring, area rug and a high ceiling. The space, in a home newly renovated from an old industrial loft, also has white brick walls and a large window letting in plenty of natural light.