Designing A Tween Boy's Bedroom on a Budget
Designing a boy’s bedroom is no easy feat—especially if you’re on a budget. From finding a way to storing all of their belongings while keeping it free of clutter to making sure the space feels fun and inviting, it can seem like a lot of work.
Today, I’m working with Wayfair to share some of my top tips to designing a functional yet fun room for the boys in your home! Read on to learn how I like to maximize storage space, make a small room appear larger, and more.
Maximizing the space
One of the toughest things about designing a children’s room is dealing with the lack of space. Even if you’re working with a small room, there are several ways to really maximize the space and make it appear larger than it actually is!
First things first—storage. There are a ton of small space storage solutions that you can look into when redesigning, but there are a few key things to keep in mind without having to purchase large dressers or drawers.
Don’t forget about under the bed storage. And that doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy a new bed with drawers attached. Most beds will have plenty of space underneath to take advantage of by using bins, shoe organizers, and rolling storage cases. Utilizing under the bed space will not only keep items organized, but it will also keep the room looking clean and less cluttered.
Walls aren’t just for paint and wallpaper! Utilize wall space for storage by hanging hooks and floating shelves. Hooks and shelves are great for both adding extra storage and giving a bit of personality to the room. If you decide to hang shelves, make sure to hang them high. This will give the illusion that the ceilings are higher than they actually are.
You can also make on the wall storage look more like décor by adding in cute pieces above or on them like this wall mounted chalkboard!
Reimagine the closet space. Between books, toys, games, and clothing they always grow out of, boys can have a lot of stuff to store. Try installing extra rods and shelves into the closet to really increase the storage capacity.
Utilize small storage solutions. Take advantage of small cabinets, chests, and nightstands as a way to up your storage game. This metal nightstand from Wayfair is one of my favorites for a boy’s room because it provides more space while also having a fun and youthful flair. After you find storage solutions that work for you, you may feel like the room seems tight and cluttered. Well, there are ways to fix that too! Here are some of my favorite tips to making a room feel open and airy by drawing the eye away from the small space:
· One of the most effective ways to make a room feel bigger is to add distractions! Yep, you read that right. Adding interesting shapes and colors to a room can actually act as a distraction from the small space. One of my favorite ways to an interesting twist to a room is by using peel and stick wallpaper or wall decals! Peel and stick wallpaper is super easy to install, relatively inexpensive, and is great for renters because it won’t damage your walls. This peel and stick wallpaper roll from Wayfair features a simple geometric shape in a blue color that’s fun but not overwhelming.
· Add height to the room by bringing the curtains or window treatments up high. By bringing the placement of curtains up higher, you are emphasizing the vertical shape which increases the sense of height and openness. It can also bring a bit of movement to the room. You’ll also want to choose curtains that feature fun shapes and colors like these blue striped ones to draw the eye away from the tight space.
· On the same note, when choosing a headboard, try grabbing something with a vertical design. Again, this will elongate the look of the bed and make the room appear larger. This upholstered headboard features a modern vertical design in a super cute color and fabric! Plus, it’s extremely budget friendly. It’s basically a win all around.
Lighting is key
Good lighting is always important, but especially in small spaces to help open up the room and keep it bright. If you’re having trouble figuring out what light fixtures to add to your boy’s room, consider using sconces! Not only will they add an element of design and functionality to the space, but sconces are super easy to install because they require no hard wiring! Simply hang them up, plug them in, and you’re ready to go. These plug-in swing arm sconces are a great option because they will match almost any aesthetic and color scheme you decide on! Plus, they’re pretty inexpensive.
You can also pop some cute table lamps on top of nightstands, dressers, and drawers to add some warmth and creativity into the room.
Keeping it fun
At the end of the day, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a children’s room after all, so make sure to have fun with it! A kid’s room should feel like a space where they can play, learn, grow, and relax so always add color and excitement! A great way to add in pops of color is by experimenting with bedding and rugs.
Instead of sticking to one color for the bed, try switching it up by incorporating a few different complimenting colors. I chose yellow sheets, a navy comforter set, an emerald green throw blanket, and red throw pillows for this room to accentuate the color pallet of the space and make it fun.
I also chose this fun yellow, green, and blue rug to really compliment the bedding and the rest of the room! It features a cool geometric pattern that works with the wallpaper, not against it.