Coming up with teenage boys’ bedroom ideas is no easy feat for a parent. You want to give them the creative freedom to express themselves, but there are also practical considerations to take into account as well as the cost of redecorating once they’ve changed their, ever-evolving, young minds.
Around this age, priorities include giving your teen a dedicated desk area for study and creativity and a cosy nook or zone for privacy and chill out time. Next – and perhaps the most important thing in any children's room idea – adequate storage to encourage tidiness. And lastly, that all-important place to lay their head – as sleeping is what teenagers do a lot of, right?
From more mature bedroom themes to totally teen-approved hang-out hubs, we’ve got some great teenage boy bedroom ideas to inspire you.
Teenage boys' bedroom ideas
1. Make room with a high-sleeper
A high-sleeper bed is a design must-have if your boys' bedroom idea is short on space. This multifunctional piece of furniture can double or triple up as somewhere to sleep, somewhere to study and somewhere to relax. Go for a metallic, edgy tone such as chrome to give a more grown-up feel.
2. Chalk it up with a blackboard wall
Be inventive with your wall space and create a DIY chalkboard for your teen's study or 'chill out' space. Start with one feature wall painted half-way in a chalkboard paint, then add a white storage shelf above to keep chalk and stationary to hand.
Continue the laid back and creative vibe with a macramé hanging chair (mounted to a secure structure) and an atmospheric fairy light idea.
3. Make tidying simple
The easiest way to encourage a tidy teenage boys' bedroom is to offer bundles of storage that creates a home for absolutely everything. Kids can accumulate a lot of belongings, so avoid a cluttered scheme by choosing coherent bedroom furniture like this modern light-wood and curvaceous range.
It has as many components as you could think of including a funky sliding 'over-bed' desk.
4. Enhance independent living
Teenagers spend lots of time in their bedrooms so plan the space well to make them feel they have their own 'home within a home' with a cosy grey bedroom idea. Start with grey shiplap on walls to create a cabin vibe and install Anglepoise-style lamps on the walls for a space-saving lighting solution that's adaptable, too.
Give the bed a cool 'corner sofa' twist by adding additional ottoman seating to the side then finish by marrying the two with matching throws and bedlinen.
5. Be inventive with space
If your new loft conversion was built to accommodate a growing teenage son, make the most of sloped ceilings and alcoves. They'll love the hide-away spaces.
This teenage attic bedroom idea has a low-level bed slotted into the eaves space, while cut-out shelf storage showcasing colourful books makes the most of the small square footage. A futon sofa bed adds to the intimate and inviting feel.
6. Carve them out a kid cave
Sometimes teenagers need peace and 'alone time' so create a cosy snug in their teenage bedroom by adding a curtain around the bed. This one is attached to a rustic beam but the effect can easily be created by installing a curtain rod to the ceiling.
Fun fairy lights will frame the nook and adds a whimsical atmosphere. Finish the enclosure with eye-catching posters taped to the wall for a look that is laid back and relaxed.
7. Paint a wall effect
Be inventive with your wall space and create a feature wall idea that highlights and envelopes your teen's sleeping space. Start by painting walls a pale tone then measure from the corner of the ceiling a diagonal line on each wall to the floor.
Mask with tape and fill in the pyramid with a contrasting paint shade. Remove the tape whilst the paint is still damp. Decorate the area with artwork and lights.
8. Furnish with stylish designs
Choosing furniture that doesn't feel childish is an easy way to make your teenage boy's bedroom feel like a grown-up space. By using statement furniture pieces that feel welcome in a living room helps to make their bedroom evolve into a social space, as well as the practicality of where they sleep.
A comfy leather swivel chair is ideal for providing a cool place to hang out and relax. A side table with a removal top is the ideal storage solution for keeping their favourite mags to hand, while they enjoy some chill time in the comfort of their own room.
9. Welcome a vibrant accent colour
Play it safe with traditional blue and grey shades as a background and add a splash of vibrant colour as an accent shade throughout. This smart grey room welcomes an acid yellow ladder, bedside table and soft-furnishings in a similar shade to lift the scheme.
This double bed is perfect if you have two boys sharing a room and wanted to keep the room as neutral as possible to please both parties without looking dull. If you've just one teenage son taking advantage of this room, they can easily turn the lower level into a spacious sofa to hang out with their friends.
Alternatively, if another family comes to stay, this set up makes a great temporary guest bedroom idea.
10. Add extra seating options
A comfy chair or a couple of beanbags are a must for a teenage room. The last thing they want to do is hang out with their friends in the living room, with siblings and parents walking in every five minutes. Create their own private haven within the home which feels like more than a just bedroom.
Extra seating is the easiest way to make the room feel more like a social space. A high sleeper keeps the bed out of the way, creating more space to accommodate a comfy chair or beanbag for their friends to lounge around on after school.
11. Get grown up with a four-poster bed
Investing in a double bed is a great teenage boy bedroom idea as it won't be long until they'll want the extra space to spread out more. Win extra points by making a four-poster bed the focus of the room by stringing funky LED Festoon lights around the top of a black metal-framed bed.
A blackboard feature wall continues the industrial style and encourages creativity. Offset the strong black backdrop with an injection of colour using rugs and bed linen.
12. Go from kid to teen with a theme
Make the move from boy's room to teen with a grown-up theme like this celestial scheme, ensuring the teenager version is 'in a galaxy far far away' from nursery-style rockets and aliens.
Start with a monochrome two-tone effect as your backdrop, then choose a sturdy white wooden bed (or bunk bed) to give a NASA-designed spacecraft feel. Accessorise with lots of astronomer-style wall art such as 'moon prints' and galaxy maps. Vintage science-fiction books would make interesting finishing touches.
13. Start with a blank canvas that's easy to change
If you're not keen on the idea of making a trip to a decor depot every year for a new pot of paint, accommodate your teenagers changing tastes by keeping the walls of the room a blank canvas using the best white paint.
White walls might not be the trendiest option for a teenage boys' room, but you can easily adapt to your teenagers changing interests with framed prints on the wall and patterned bedding.
14. Let your teenager express himself
What teenager wouldn't love the licence to graffiti all over their bedroom walls? It's the perfect way to express yourself during those difficult years when you're struggling to work out your own identity, plus it creates an irresistibly edgy look.
While this decorating option may only be for more laid-back parents, it does have its advantages. It's a lot cheaper and easier than wallpaper, for example...
15. Stamp style with accessories
If getting creative on the walls is a bridge too far, let your teenager express their style through accessories instead. A statement patterned duvet set is a great way to do this. It makes an instant impact in a room and is quick and easy to change if and when your son gets bored of a look.
Navy blue is a reassuringly masculine shade and makes an ideal backdrop to practically any colour scheme when balanced with fresh white. Wall stickers are a practical bedroom feature wall idea, too, as they can be easily peeled off when it's time for an update.
16. Show off cool collections
If your son has a favourite hobby or collection, why not incorporate it into his teen bedroom design scheme? The caps in this bedroom make an interesting storage solution and talking point. A plain white backdrop lends the bright and colourful applique details on the headgear extra impact.
17. Set up a smart study area
Teenage years can be dominated by school exams, so a tidy and organised study area in a teen's bedroom is a must. Invest in a good quality desk and chair and fit a funky pegboard above the desk area so your teen has plenty of space to store notes and reminders. It's actually a great small home office idea for a grown up, too.
18. Make a big statement with an oversize map
Maps provide a great motif for decorating in a teen's room, with charted murals or map prints making a great impact on a large expanse of wall. They're also a handy tool for coaching (you and) your kid through their geography homework.
Keep the look graphic and edgy by adding a Union Jack rug or bed linen and stick to a simple colour palette of two or three primary colours for a smart, cohesive scheme.
18. Squeeze in a dedicated study space
Squeezing a desk into a teen's tiny bedroom may not be an option. A small alcove or window recess can be transformed into a study area by fitting in a narrow desk or fixing a section of worktop on wall brackets.
Dedicating a desk area away from the view of the bed goes a long way to motivate study, rather than sleep or socialising.
19. Inject energy with orange
Deep orange will inject a feeling of energy and creativity into any space, making it ideal for a boy's teenage bedroom. Limit the orange to alcoves or one wall and choose a cool monochrome scheme for the rest of the space to balance the look.
20. Go back to school
For a fail-safe scheme that boys will love, try this fun take on schoolroom style. Choose 'uniform' navy blue as your backdrop, teamed with weathered wood boards on the floor. Then add personality with school room-inspired furniture, from locker room metal cabinets for storage to an old school desk.
Top it all off with fun accessories from the classroom, such as a bright metal chair, Anglepoise desk lamp and wooden cubbyhole storage.
How can I personalise a teenage boy's bedroom?
'Tailor the space to be all about them,' says Rachel Homer, interiors blogger and writer, and mum of two boys. 'An interesting and colourful pinboard gives them a place to show some personality, where they can pin up whatever makes them happy.
'From music posters and family photos to school certificates to be proud of, this is the pace for them to celebrates what matters to them.'
What should be in a teenage boy's room?
'For a teenage boy, his bedroom is like a fort, protecting him from the outside world,' says Rachel Homer. 'It's a place where he can go to get some private space or hang out with friends and siblings'.
'It's also a place where he can start to express his own identity separate from the rest of the household. This could be by putting up posters, showing off collections, choosing a striking duvet cover or using his favourite colours on the walls.'
That said, teenage boys' bedrooms also need to be practical, especially if your teenager is at the age when he needs to study for exams, so good storage ideas and a desk area are both key.
How do I tackle the changing tastes of teens?
When choosing a decorating scheme for a teenage boy's bedroom, bear in mind that young teenage tastes will change as they get older so it might be a good idea to go for a wall colour that's easy to live with and update the look with accessories, rather than having to redecorate every couple of years.
Of course if you're happy to redecorate – or, better still, your teenager is happy to do it themselves! - then let them be as adventurous with paint colours as they like. After all, it's only paint and easy enough to paint over when the time comes for a more grown-up scheme.
Additional words by Jennifer Ebert
Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.
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