Boys’ bedroom ideas – 26 ways to update their sleep space

Create a room scheme they'll love spending time in, for both sleep and for play
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  • Searching for boys’ bedroom ideas, to give your little one their dream scheme? Then look no further than these inspiring ideas. From colour ideas to pattern themes, storage solutions and bed shapes, we’ve all you need to ensure a new bedroom fit for any budding young man.

    Their space should be fun, inspiring and obviously reflective of their personalities and hobbies. But it should also be a space you enjoy too, that doesn’t totally compromise the style of your home. Getting them involved in the process will help as they can share their ideas and you can gently guide them into making choices that will suit both them and you. You’ll also want to opt for ideas that will last longer than their current obsession, but if they are intent on having their fav movie character or colour splashed around the room, make sure it is on items that can easily be updated or upcycled.

    Boys’ bedroom ideas

    At first thought, a boys’ bedroom might not be the most inviting room in your house. But as our boys’ bedroom ideas prove, these spaces can be every bit as stylish and stimulating as the rest of your home. Choose the right themes, colours, materials and furniture, and you can create a room that is fun, inspiring and welcoming too.

    We’re big fans of experimenting with colour palettes for any children’s room idea – and getting our boys on board with picking their favourite shades. Sure, that shade could be blue, but why not consider cool monochromes, energising yellows, oranges, reds and restful neutrals, too? Anything could – and should – go in a boys’ bedroom!

    From playful places for pre-schoolers to on-trend dens that tweens will be proud to show off to their friends, take a look at these creative and colourful boy room ideas that are super awesome.

    1. Opt for open storage

    Open shelving on wall of kids bedroom with star carpet

    Image credit: Future Plc/Tim Young

    Save precious floor space in a kid’s room by creating an open wardrobe. Not only will they be able to see their clothes easily, it may even encourage them to out them away!

    Start by removing the drawers from a simple unit and paint in a shade of your (or his!) choice. In a shared room, use different colours for each child. Work out where you’d like to attach the units to the wall, leaving enough space below the bottom one for baskets filled with toys, or a stack of games or books, to maximise the space.

    Once you’ve attached the first unit securely to the wall, fix up the second one, again leaving space in between each one for storage or display. next add a length of wooden dowel between the. unit and the wall to create a useful hanging rail for bulkier jumpers and jackets, then paint to match the units.

    2. Paint the walls black

    kids bedroom with walls painted black and colourful patterns over the top

    Image credit: Annie Sloan

    Yes really we’re suggesting this as one of our boys’ bedroom ideas! But before you worry that we’re losing our touch, we mean paint it black first, then add prints, patterns and whimsical designs on top in an array of colours.

    Annie Sloan, Founder of Annie Sloan paints, says ‘Children respond to colour. Their instinctive attraction towards brighter shades isn’t hampered by a learned fear of standing out, and we should capitalise on that!’.

    ‘Bright shades inspire, build future confidence with experimentation, and activate fertile imaginations. The beauty of using Athenian Black is that all other colours will pop against this most dramatic backdrop.’

    3. Put up a magnetic wall

    Corner of blue child's bedroom with white floor and furniture, magnetic wall panel, and colourful toys and decorations

    Image credit: Future Plc/Simon Whitmore

    Attach a sheet of mild steel to the wall to turn it into an inexpensive floor-to-ceiling memo board. Fun magnets are perfect for younger kids but older ones could also use it as a place to store things that have inspired them, their home work schedule or photos of their mates.

    4. Bring out their wild sides

    JUngle themed kids bedroom with storage bed and globe pendant light

    Image credit: Next

    A jungle theme works well for any kids bedroom including for boys’ bedroom ideas and will certainly spark their imagination. Choose bedding that is bright and fun with lots of animal characters like this Jungle design bedding from Next, but opt for a more grown-up wallpaper. This means you can easily change the whimsical bedding as they get older to something a little more paired-back or muted, but the wallpaper won’t need to be replaced as it still has a sophisticated feel.

    5. Encourage tidiness with a toy cupboard

    Child's bedroom with white walls and blue painted square with coat hooks and cupboard, white painted floorboards and patterned rug

    Image credit: Future Plc/Joanna Henderson

    By customising a basic pine unit (here we’ve used an Ikea Ivar), with a tester pot or two, it becomes a colourful addition to your little ones room, and perhaps, a great way to encourage them to put away their toys inside. It’s wall-mounted design will maximise floor space for play too, and means less chance of toys getting lost under furniture. Alternatively you could paint the doors with chalkpaint to double up as a space for chalk drawing too!

    6. Make a feature of storage

    Open shelving in a kids room with green mountains painted on wall

    Image credit: Shelved

    Turn a piece of storage furniture into a feature, by painting the wall behind with a fun motif or pattern. Here the walls have been painted with a think green band of paint, but the area of wall specifically behind the open shelving unit, have been painted with a geometric, mountain-style design. This turns something practical into something much more fun and banishes the boring. Styling up the shelving with a faux plant and some other cute accessories will make it a more stylish addition for boys’ bedroom ideas.

    7. Create a mountain-scape feature wall with paint

    boys' bedroom with mountain paint effect

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Georgie Durne

    Paint effects are a popular way of adding fun to a boys’ bedroom. You literally have a blank canvas to work with so the more adventurous the design the better. We love this zig-zag mountain range with acid yellow snowcaps that also highlights the bed. Crown Colour Consultant Judy Smith explains how it’s done; “Work out a design on paper then scale up for the walls, using good masking tape to create crisp lines. Kids’ rooms have a license to be fun. Therefore, why not add a bit of playfulness by painting furniture to match or contrast with the walls.”

    8. Set up a stylish study station

    Boys bedroom desk area with cars stuck on magnet stripe

    Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore

    Here’s a fun boy’s bedroom idea on a budget. You don’t need an actual desk to create a dedicated homework area, this clever DIY desk is made using two shelves and matching paint. Mask out a square or rectangle on the wall and fill in the middle with your chosen shade. Once dry mount a matching floating shelf at the bottom and top. Ideal for a teenage boys bedroom idea.

    Complete the look with a contrasting notice board, colourful lamp and plenty of stationery supplies. Magnetic strips for toy cars look striking for boys’ bedroom ideas too.

    9. Build up an edgy feature wall

    Boys' bedroom with faux brick wallpaper

    Image credit: Future PLC/ James French

    Exposed materials look the part in boy’s bedroom schemes as the industrial vibe suits adolescent tastes. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bare brick wall, faux wallpapers and tiles will fake the look easily and is a more sensible choice as it won’t have a rough surface that could scrape the skin. This cool grey, boy’s bedroom scheme has added texture thanks to the matching faux grey brick feature wall.

    10. Invest in an incredible bed

    Boy's bedroom with bespoke feature bed

    Image credit: Future PLC/ James French

    A wow-factor bed will make bedtimes a breeze. From huge bespoke bunk beds that offer hide-away spaces to more classic versions with wheels on the sides or canopies above, a statement kids bed is a striking boy’s bedroom idea and will have friends queuing up for sleepovers galore.

    11. Introduce a theme with soft-furnishings

    Boys bedroom with nautical theme

    Image credit: ILIV

    There is no doubt your child will go through many hobbies as they grow so keeping their bedroom scheme up-to-date with their interests could get expensive.

    Make change easy and affordable by swapping out bedlinen and accessories. Debbie Leigh, Design Manager of ILIV, explains. “Starting with a blank canvas is not only manageable but encourages creativity. Keep it simple by painting the walls a neutral tone and experiment using a selection of colourful bunting and wall art. Adding co-ordinating pillows will liven the room whilst keeping costs at bay, an achievable makeover which can be frequently mixed up.”

    12. Make it feel like a treehouse

    childs room with wood panelled wall and bunk beds with side steps

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Brent Darby

    This is a great one for boys’ bedroom ideas as wouldn’t every young child love to live in a treehouse? Create the vibe by using wooden finishes liberally throughout the decorating scheme. A feature wall made using salvaged wood adds a rustic finish which embodies the design aesthetics of a treehouse.

    Upcycled pallets is a cheap way to achieve the look or recycling old floorboards for a wall panelling idea. Choose a matching wood stain for the bed to make it feel like its part of the wooden wall, for a more immersive treehouse experience.

    Keep the rest of the room simple and pared back, with industrial style furniture and minimal accent colours.

    13. Seek smart storage solutions

    child's bedroom with wooden bunk beds and wicker storage baskets on the wall

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Brittain

    Use the walls to utilise maximum storage potential for a little one’s bedroom. Securely attach attractive baskets to the walls to elevate storage. they out of reach baskets are ideal for everyday essentials, that you wish to keep out of little hands.

    By lifting storage you are not taking up valuable floor space – making your space better suited to play.

    To match the rustic aesthetic try using smart wicker baskets under the bed for additional storage. Decorate with warming rustic tones of coral to accentuate the natural materials.

    14. Decorate with sunny shades

    yellow walls painted in childs bedroom with abacus

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Holly Joliffe

    Any colour goes for a child’s bedroom, we’re no longer confined to the stale notions of blue only for boys. We say the bolder and brighter the better. This vibrant yellow is like filling the room with sunshine, and what more could you ask for as a boys’ bedroom idea?

    ‘All around the world we recognise the power of this joyful shade to conjure hope, positivity and happiness’ explains Dulux’s Creative Director Marianne Shillingford. ‘The energy in this colour buzzes like a bumblebee in a jam-jar, which helps get the creative juices flowing.’ Making it perfect for encouraging expanding young minds.

    15. Hang wall art at child height

    young child's room with grey painted wall, green bed and books on picture ledges

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    Whether they’re a toddler or nine going on 17, hang wall art at the right height. That way, they can enjoy the pictures just as much as you. Floating shelves are also a great way to make a feature of your child’s books and make sure they’re easy to hand come story time.

    String up some decorative fairy light ideas to cast a soft glow over the room as it gets closer to bedtime.

    16. Add a bunk bed to create more play space

    White bunk beds in wall-panelled bedroom with nautical theme and hanging shark

    Image credit: John Lewis & Partners

    Whether your children share a bedroom, or frequently have friends to stay, consider investing in bunk beds rather than twin beds. Thanks to its stacked design, a bunk bed takes up a much smaller footprint, so the room will feel more spacious. That means more space for your little ones to have adventures with their toys on the floor, which is essential if you don’t enough space in your home for a playroom.

    17. Squeeze in extra storage with a cabin bed

    Red storage bed in childs bedroom with blue wall and rainbow rug

    Image credit: Aspace

    Add accessible, extra storage with a smart cabin bed. The under-bed drawers are suitable for children of all ages. A cabin bed is perfect for a room that’s short on space and even has an exposed shelf for little ones to pop their books on after story time.

    Continue the vibrant colour scheme throughout the bedroom with a rainbow carpet and bright wall art, which should suit your child’s tastes until they reach their early teens.

    18. Extend the room theme from the walls to the bed

    Bear themed bedroom with cloud mirror on wall

    Image credit: Debenhams

    For a cohesive look, extend the wall theme to the bedding, accessories, wall art and rugs. Animal designs, stars and simple shapes in monochrome shades remain a popular unisex choice. All of which should see them through the years, from tiny babies to toddler years and beyond.

    Here, a rocking chair with a fluffy cushion is the perfect place to cosy up, as you read your little one a story, or rock them to sleep on your knee.

    19. Make a feature out of hexagon shelves

    boys' bedroom with grey fox wallpaper and storage cubes on wall for toys

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole

    Transform some humble shelves into something a little more special. These hexagon shelves can be arranged in any order to create a feature wall where your child can arrange and display their favourite toys.

    The best part about these shelves is that they’ll stand the test of time as your little one turns into a teenager. Your child can change the display and colour of the shelves as tastes change, without needing a complete room overhaul.

    20. Add character with wall stickers

    white kids bedroom with yellow bed and colourful accessories

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Jeremy Lawrence

    Wall stickers are an easy and cheap way to let your kid put their stamp on a neutral bedroom –  our white bedroom ideas demonstrate more examples of how to do this. Many websites will even offer you the choice of getting the stickers personalised with your child’s name, or a motif you’ve designed yourself.

    Though wall stickers can be a little fiddly to put on the wall initially, once they’re on they will not budge until you choose to peel them off. Plus, they’re designed to disappear without a trace. That’s right – no nasty marks you’d otherwise have to paint over.

    All this makes wall stickers ideal if you live in a rented house. they’re also a smart choice if your child is in that tween-period. One minute they’re obsessed with monkeys – next thing you know, they want a Banksy-style design on their wall. Both can be achieved with a simple sticker change.

    21. Be bold with accent colour choices

    boys' bedroom idea with yellow bunk bed and khaki green walls

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Jeroen Van Der Spek

    Traditional colours such as blues and reds are a classic option, but don’t be afraid of zingy yellows or calming pastel shades if you want something a little different. Dare to be bold by painting bunk beds in a standout colour to make them a cheery focal point. However, if you do decide to brighten up the furniture, it’s best to keep your walls and floor low-key and neutral. That way, your feature pieces really sing out.

    22. Maximise corners with clever shelving

    corner shelves in kids bedroom with toys and books

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore

    Make the most of every inch of the room with clever wall shelves. Taking floating shelves into the corners can be the ultimate use of this often-underused space. Use a cluster of simple single ledge shelves – IKEA, Wilko and Argos are great sources of budget options. Position two different sizes sat side-by-side to create a V-shape. Alternatively, if you have matching sizes, cut the edges into a point to match them up in the corner seamlessly.

    23. Make it monochrome

    monochrome kids bedroom with bunk beds

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore

    A child’s bedroom doesn’t necessarily need to be super bright– one boy’s bedroom idea is to embrace dark and moody hues for a dramatic look that will add depth. This monochrome scheme benefits from plenty of pattern and texture to lift the space, while quirky art adds character and personality to this children’s room.

    24. Think of a theme to add personality

    kids bedroom idea with fox wallpaper and orange bedding

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Claire Lloyd Davies

    If you have a young child, it’s likely they will be drawn to bright colours that stimulate their senses. Liven up a scheme with a feature wall adorned with wallpaper in a fun print, like this design by Scion. Wall stickers are another great way to liven up a scheme (and are sure to be a hit with the kids).

    Take a theme and run with it in a child’’s bedroom. This cheery fox motif wallpaper is the starting point for a playful scheme with bold co-ordinating bedlinen, an orange lamp and a cute fox cushion on the bed.

    25. Make a small space bright

    boys' bedroom with green bedding and beside lamp

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Claire Lloyd Davies

    Keep the look light and airy in a loft bedroom by painting walls white to compensate for the lack of natural light. Go for cheery bedlinen and accessories to keep the look bright and playful, with colourful artwork or vinyl stickers on the walls for decoration.

    26. Paint the floor

    Blue painted wooden floorboards boys' bedroom idea

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Paul Raeside

    Create a playful space for your boy by painting stripes on the floorboards in different hues of their favourite colour. Paint them in a graduating range of colours for added effect – you could use colour cards as inspiration.

    How can I decorate a boys’ small bedroom?

    Children don’t necessarily need huge bedrooms as their smaller furniture can seem dwarfed by the surroundings. So, if your boys’ bedroom is small and cosy the key is to make the most of every inch of space. Rachel Homer, interiors writer and mum of two boys suggests. “Choose a storage bed, add plenty of layered, narrow shelving to walls and even the ceiling can be utilised to hang decorative accessories such as aeroplanes, jungle foliage, or planets depending on what they are into”.

    Also think about reducing the footprint of furniture to make the space seem bigger. Wall hung wardrobes, slim bunk-beds and storage that makes the most of wall space, will all help the floorspace seem larger, therefore the room feel larger too.

    While colour is important in any childs’ room, think about using it to enhance the space, rather than make it feel small and dark. Lighting is your friend to make the space feel larger too, so opt for a variety of side lights, as well as a ceiling light, then have fun with neon wall lights too.

    How should I arrange my boys’ bedroom?

    When it comes to how you should arrange your boys’ bedroom you should first and foremost ensure the room is a sound sleep environment. As this is the primary purpose of the space, invest in a comfortable bed, that has the flexibility to adapt with them as they grow. Depending on how old they are, a small double could be a good option to cater for sleepovers or visiting guests.

    Try not to place a bed up against a radiator, as not only will it stop the heat from circulating around the room, there is also the danger or them getting burnt if the radiator is too hot. Think about positioning furniture to give your little ones the most amount of floor space for playing in, but also in a way that features plenty of storage.

    If your little boy also needs a desk space for getting creative or doing homework, think about investing in a high-level sleeper with desk below, so that you’ve not adding to the overall footprint of furniture.

    How can I make a boys’ bedroom inviting?

    Finding a space in your boy’s bedroom for peace is a vital element for making them feel safe in their environment. Hang a curtain or canopy around their bed with string LED lights for them to retreat to. Or, add a comfortable chair next to an accessible bookshelf to create a reading nook that will give them a happy place to read, enjoy quiet play and have downtime to themselves.

    Think about what aspects they’ll love when having friends over too. Any kind of den or hiding space always goes down well, or if there is the option to build a platform, climbing wall or even add in a swing chair, all these things will make for an inviting space.

    Additional words: Holly Walsh

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