When I was a kid, my parents built me and my brother a room in the basement. As it was being built, I was so excited. My dad built us a bunk bed which we had for years (through high school… he had the foresight to use a bunk bed design that turned the bunk bed into two twin beds.
Our parents let us choose the wallpaper as well so it was a terrific boys room. We loved that room.
As a kid I was very excited and so I’m excited to present this gallery featuring design ideas for boys’ bedrooms.
This extensive and growing gallery features many styles, colors, furniture options and more.
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Types of Boys Bedrooms
According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), all new homes have a master bedroom with an average area of about 309 square foot. Other bedrooms make up about another 481 square feet. They’re typically smaller at less than 200 square foot each. Even that amount of space gives you a lot to work with when choosing between types of boys bedrooms.
Having your own room is a rite of passage for many children. It is the milestone from sharing a bedroom with Mom and Dad to having a place to call your own. But it’s also essential to approach it with a practical point of view. There are the planning and budget to consider. You also need to think about the type of purchases you make and how worthwhile they are.
A. Preliminary Bedroom Planning
There are several other factors to consider for a child’s room that may not be on your radar for an adult bedroom. For one, it may serve other functions than just a place to sleep at night. It may act as a playroom or a place to study. That’ll mean a judicious use of space, especially for smaller areas.
Then, the room will keep evolving as your son grows older. The cool fort he had as a toddler won’t seem as fun down the road. You have to consider the types of changes you want to make along with the expected costs. A simple upgrade can get out of hand quickly if you fail to plan. You may find it helpful to plan the layout on paper before committing to any major changes.
B. Bedroom Costs
Your expense will vary depending on the degree of structural changes you want to make. On the low end of the spectrum, you can easily update a room with a new coat of paint for less than $100. If you are building an addition, your budget will skyrocket to upward of $40,000 or more. You’ll also need to factor in other costs such as permits and contractors.
A simpler plan will focus on easy DIY projects like refurbishing secondhand pieces or adding a new color scheme. Good quality furniture can run $1,000 or more. The best way to begin is to start with a budget and stick to it. Account for all the features you want to add. Let’s go over some of them to help you with your planning.
C. Types of Boys Bedrooms
The many designs of boys bedrooms reflect the diversity of interests and personalities of the children. It would be hard to pinpoint it down to one type. It involves a blend of colors, designs, and themes that give a child the freedom to create a personal space. You’ll find that many of the design rules you use for other rooms in your house are less important when it comes to kids.
No matter what the final product, you want to create a safe place for your son to relax and feel comfortable. Balance and harmony are important too. It’ll make a room feel more inviting even if you’re constantly reminding your child to clean his bedroom. Let’s begin with the main feature of it, the bed.
1. Single Beds
A single bed won’t take up a lot of space at 39 by 75 inches long. It’s an affordable purchase, especially if you stick with a standard piece. You can also go the DIY route here with a platform bed for an excellent father-son project. If the room is big enough, you might want to opt for a full-size one instead to save costs down the road when he becomes a teenager.
2. Bunk Beds
You’ll hardly recognize the traditional bunk bed from your youth with all the new styles and options available today. The standard one still exists. But you’ll also find them with added features like built-in desks and wardrobes. Even the shape has changed with L-shaped models and twin over full bunk beds.
They can provide sleeping accommodations for one to three children. Some will have the bed portion on the top with a desk occupying the bottom space. These styles offer a smart option if space is an issue. You can get two or more pieces with one bunk bed along with extra storage.
3. Loft Style
The loft-style bed is similar and resembles a room of the same name. The bed sits higher off the floor with railings on the sides to prevent falls. You’ll see many of the same features as bunk beds with desk or drawers underneath the sleeping tier. They are excellent space savers.
4. Gender and Age-Specific Beds
If you’re looking for something less practical and more fun, take a look at the gender and age-specific beds available. You’ll find models with camo, tents, and forts. They serve as both places to sleep and playrooms, making them another cost-effective choice. The one drawback is lifespan. The car bed that was fun as a youngster won’t have the same appeal for an older child.
5. Single Room or Shared
Another essential consideration for the types of boys bedrooms is whether the space is shared or not. It makes sense to double up from an economic perspective. Younger boys may appreciate the companionship of a sibling. They’ll learn cooperation, a vital life skill. A single room will teach a child independence. Our advice is to ask your children what they prefer.
You’ll find a broad range of costs with each feature of your son’s room. Researching each one separately will allow you to tweak your budget for the best ROI. The best approach is to find the right balance between the durability of the materials and an affordable price. Keep the special considerations in mind too.
The top choices for bedroom flooring are carpeting and hardwood, respectively. The advantage with the former is that you can choose stain resistance fibers with high resiliency to traffic. They provide a cushion for falls and can muffle loud noises. The disadvantage is spills. As a parent, you know it’s not a matter of if but when.
There’s more maintenance with a hardwood floor when it comes to refinishing it. But the risk for permanent damage exists with spills too. A middle-of-the-road solution is a floor with an area rug covering the spots that will likely get the most wear like near a play area or under the bed.
The advantages of a multifunctional bunk bed become clear when you decide on other furniture to add to a boy’s room. You’ll need to get a dresser and a nightstand at the very least with other choices. You should consider including a desk in the floor plan to give your child a dedicated space to do homework. It may even encourage him to get his lesson done on time.
Ambient lighting with overhead lights is a smart choice for a boy’s bedroom. Floor lamps serve a similar purpose, but there’s the risk of breakage if the roughhousing gets fierce. You may want to include a desk lamp for studying. And the wee ones will certainly welcome a nightlight to ward off any monsters.
Source: Pottery Barn Kids
4. Window Treatments
Window treatments can be both decorative and functional. Room-darkening curtains or shades are a godsend during long summer evenings. Likewise, noise-reducing curtains will help create a better sleeping environment if you live on a busy street or in an urban area.
It’s essential to be able to control the light in your child’s bedroom so that he can get a restful night’s sleep. The right room temperature is also important. Insulating shades can help keep a room warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. Remember, poor sleep can affect his health and his grades at school.
5. Shelves and Storage
Built-in shelves or free-standing bookcases offer extra storage for both books and personal mementos. One purpose of giving a child his own room is to let him express his individuality. You may even inspire him to read more. It can also act as a reminder for younger children to put things back when they are done with them.
You’ll often see bright colors in kids room because it brings vitality to a space. But there’s a fine line between creating a happy environment and keeping the energy too high—especially at bedtime. You can remedy this in a few ways. First, you can limit busy colors to accent pieces in the room. Think of an orange computer chair or a colorful poster.
You could make one side of the bedroom an accent wall. Removable vinyl tile is an affordable way to create a big impact without putting out a lot of cash. It’s a job you and your son can complete in an afternoon.
Another option is to give in on the color and paint the ceiling white. The room will retain the openness especially with a shade and finish that reflects the light. But if your child still wants a wild hue, don’t panic. You’ll be able to cover most anything with a self-priming paint.
F. Styles and Themes
If there is a style that is evident, it’s likely because of a particular piece that a parent chose. That’s not a bad option if you want the room to fit in with the rest of the house. Kids bedrooms often follow the eclectic look with a collection of personal items, favorite objects, and souvenirs. It’s an excellent way to encourage a child to take ownership of their room.
The most popular styles for bedrooms include contemporary, traditional, and transitional. Each brings its own sense of comfort to a room. A theme is often part of the decor as another expression of individuality. Popular boy bedroom themes include:
- Action Heros
The one rule with styles and themes is that there are no rules. Let your child pick something classic or forge his own path with something new.
Personalizing a room with treasured objects is a great way to bridge the gap between the bedroom’s transitions. It’s easy to swap out some posters and an age-specific table lamp than it is to redecorate an entire room. It will help keep it feeling up-to-date through the many changes going on in your son’s life.
Some options you can consider are a wall shelf with trophies or awards to celebrate your child’s achievements. If your son plays a sport, use a piece of equipment or a cap as a wall ornament. He can put removable stickers and decals on the wall and ceiling which you can easily remove once the idea goes stale. If he has a collection, frame it and hang it.
H. Special Considerations
Designing and furnishing a boy’s bedroom is a totally different task than remodeling a parents’ bedroom. It’ll see a wider range of uses. It’ll also get some rougher use, especially as your boy ages. These factors will affect your choices and budget. The price tag, after all, is only the upfront cost.
1. Treatment and Maintenance
Plan for high traffic when decorating a boy’s room. Keep it in mind when you choose flooring or any other furnishings. The wise parent will check the labels of all fabrics for cleaning instructions. Avoid materials that are less resilient or require special handling. It’s much better to stick with items you can wash or treat at home than those you’ll need to dry clean.
The same caution applies to routine maintenance. Choose materials that can handle frequent cleaning without becoming threadbare. Don’t forget to consider other features in the room such as the walls. An eggshell finish is a better choice for a child’s room than a flat paint.
2. Lifespan of a Theme
It’s essential to realize up front that your child’s room is a work in progress rather than a final product. You’ll like redo it several times before they leave home. You can keep your costs in check by including some evergreen features that may stay constant like neutral wall colors like white or beige. Remember the fleeting quality of tastes when investing in this project.
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As you can see above, there are many different styles, furniture and colors used in little boys’ bedrooms.