Whether you’re designing your son’s first bedroom or giving their existing room a makeover, choosing the right furniture, decor, colours and themes might seem like a daunting task.
You want to choose a look that’ll last, but more importantly, you want to go for a look that speaks to their own unique personality and interests. This should be a space where he can feel fully comfortable being himself!
We know how messy boys can be, so when you design their bedroom it’s important to consider a few space-saving solutions to keep everything as tidy as you can! You also want to make sure they’ve got the right sized bed and mattress and encourage good sleep hygiene with an environment that’s not too overstimulating.
But enough of that boring stuff! Let’s explore some fun and creative boys’ bedroom ideas that they’ll love for years to come.
You might go for a darker blue wall to resemble the night sky and decorate it with glow-in-the-dark star stickers or space-themed posters and prints, or go all the way and paint a grand galaxy mural to cover the entire wall!
You can pretty much have any and every colour in a space-themed room, but greens, pinks, purples and cyans against a dark backdrop are especially astronomical. Create a starry night using fairy lights, or even better – astronaut string lights, and make sure to include lots of sparkly, glittery details too!
Are they into all things alien? Try dark blue with lime green! This is a great combo for imaginative boys who love sci-fi and the wonders of outer space. Lime green is a lively colour and dark blue is the perfect night-sky contrast.
If you’re designing a room for a younger boy and you’d prefer to avoid too much dark colour, you can always go for a neutral look and reserve the space theme for their art, bedding, toys and accessories.
Lastly, any future spaceman will absolutely love a high-sleeper bed so they can look out over their own personal galaxy!
Active, sporty kids need lots of space to burn their energy! While they might spend most of their time playing outside, they’ll need room to bounce around on rainy days, so it’s wise to choose furniture that will maximise the floor space in their room. A high-sleeper has plenty of space underneath for a desk, wardrobe, futon or otherwise, leaving more open space for play. Cabin beds and mid-sleepers also offer great underbed storage space.
If you’ve got hard flooring, you might also opt for a soft rug – in case they get a bit overactive it helps to have a bit of extra padding around!
You might need extra storage for all their bats, balls, boots and so on – so a nice big toy box is essential for young athletes. Add in a woven storage basket to use as a laundry hamper so they get into the habit of putting dirty kits out of sight – there are plenty more muddy days coming your way!
In terms of colour and style – stripes are of course a sporty go-to. If they don’t have a specific favourite team to guide the colour palette, stripes with any combination of blues, greens, reds, black and white will offer a sporty feel.
Feature plenty of stars in their décor, perhaps some gold details for future Olympians, and some bunting for that festive sports day feel.
If they’re obsessed with comic books and superhero movies, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect toys and accessories for their bedroom! Superheroes are hugely popular with young lads at the moment – and the hype around them won’t be wearing off any time soon.
Of course, kids can be quite specific about their favourite heroes, so make sure you consult them first – a Batman fanatic won’t be too pleased with those Spiderman bedsheets!
The superhero world is bright, colourful, and action-packed – and that’s what you should go for when designing a superhero room for boys. Lots of vivid primary colours and sparkly details surrounding your boy’s bedroom will have him feeling like they’re the star of the next Marvel blockbuster!
The comic book aesthetic also lends itself to boy’s bedrooms, providing the perfect fun, colourful and playful style for young caped crusaders. Think zany speech bubbles, big bold writing, any and every colour and fun cartoon-style art; his décor can make him feel like he’s walking right into a comic book every time he enters the room, which is sure to inspire some adventurous dreams!
There’s so much you can do with a bedroom for boys who love animals! A wildlife theme is so versatile because you can take a cute and cuddly approach with lots of cartoony prints and soft toys all over, you can turn their room into a safari with jungle-inspired bedding and wallpaper and realistic animal wall stickers, or you can even go for a more toned down, sophisticated look that still celebrates their love of all things animal.
For young ones, cute and cuddly is certainly the way to go! Go for fluffy tiger rugs, a big toy box to keep their growing collection of soft toys, and lots of bright and colourful accessories like animal patterned blankets and bedding, and adorable animal artwork.
Emerging zoologists will love a room that looks and feels a little on the wild side. Go for lots of green and other earthy colours like blues, sand golds, browns and oranges. Tiger and zebra prints work great as bedding for boys bedrooms too!
For furniture, focus on creating a more natural look with neutral wooden pieces – a big wooden shelf for their favourite biology and wildlife books is a must!
Don’t forget to fill their room with lots of plants to give it even more of a jungle vibe.
Perhaps their interest in animals is a tad more prehistoric! Boys love dinosaurs, and they’ll be absolutely thrilled with a bedroom packed with all things dino. Just like an animal-themed room, a dinosaur-themed room will look great with earthier tones and natural wooden furniture, but chances are the dinosaurs they know and love are all sorts of colours so you don’t need to restrict yourself all too much!
You’ll see dinosaurs in all sorts of fun and creative styles pop up when shopping for any bedroom accessory and essential. From wall art to lighting to rugs, bedding, storage and beyond – basically anything your boy needs, you’re sure to find a dinosaur-themed design.
Keep the walls simple and neutral with a classic eggshell white or a pale green, and then add tons of character with some awesome dinosaur wall stickers! Find framed dinosaur prints to match any colour scheme, and choose a dinosaur-shaped bedside lamp to match. A T-rex rug is an adorable addition for young one’s bedroom, especially if you’ve got hardwood floors.
Captains-in-the-making will love an ocean-inspired room to inspire their future voyages. The nautical theme is a classic, and it’s one that you can go all out with or take a more toned-down approach while still creating a charming space for future seafarers.
White and blue stripes are the classic look for a nautical boy’s bedroom, but there’s a lot more you can do to give their room that sailboat vibe through their décor and artwork. Maps are great idea, and if they’re into crafting model boats, make sure you’ve got a big shelf for them to show them off. A lifebuoy is always a great shout, and anchors too!
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with opting for simplicity and taking a minimalist approach. Going with neutral colours in the walls and furniture means you’ve got a blank canvas that can continually evolve as your child grows. It gives you a little more freedom to change things up on the regular, and you can still play to their interests through the bedroom décor.
If you’re worried that an all-neutral room will feel a tad lifeless, you can always introduce plenty of colour and character through the bedding, décor, accessories and of course their toys. A minimalist room will mean minimal work for you as you won’t need to worry about repainting or redesigning as your little one’s interests and personality evolves.
For a neutral space, go for creamier whites that offer a little more warmth and energy than a standard white – which can at times make a space feel quite clinical. Plants will bring lots of life to a minimal room too, as well as some stylish art on the walls. Use magnetic wooden picture frames that are easy to swap out if you want to switch theme!
You can explore darker greys, blues and brown hues in their furniture, but aim for consistency across their bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe and so on. The furniture will guide the atmosphere of a neutral room, so choose timeless, elegant pieces that stand out and will last them into adolescence and beyond.
The best bed for your boys room could be decided by a whole host of factors. Size, storage needs, sleepover requirements, sharing siblings and more.
A high sleeper bed can help you meet all manner of needs, even in the smallest of bedrooms. Choose from a bed with a wardrobe, bookcase, desk, daybed or sleepover futon, all within the footprint of a standard single size bed. These clever double use beds come with independent items underneath, meaning furniture such as the wardrobe or day bed can be positioned in the optimum way for your room, or even within another room should you so wish!
Other space saving beds such as cabin beds and sleepover beds are great for storing items out of site that don’t get used everyday. With two roomy cupboards and a large drawer, the Southside cabin bed is particularly great for keeping clutter at bay. Plus an open shelf is our favourite feature for displaying trinkets and prize possessions.
For social butterflies, a sleepover bed is a must. With a hidden trundle sleepover bed tucked underneath the main full size single, easy roll castors mean the trundle glides in and out with ease. Better yet, these sleepover beds aren’t only suitable for little ones, but adults too. Again, fully independent they can even be moved into another room, making them great for visiting grown-up family and friends who come to stay.
Smaller bedrooms don’t have to be less interesting. With a little careful planning, they can be just as creative, practical and even as comfortable as bigger spaces.
Space saving beds such as high sleepers and cabin beds are especially great in smaller boys bedrooms, maximising the space underneath the footprint of the bed for storage, study and even sleepovers.
The simplicity and timeless design of all Aspace beds lends themselves perfectly to any theme you could dream up. Take the Southside Cabin Bed in sunny yellow, for example. From a Saharan desert themed room with animals galore, or a futuristic robots and sci-fi look, to a more grown up grey and yellow theme in later teenage years, all our beds grow with your family.
‘Cosy’ might not be top of your little one’s list of requirements when you ask them what they’d like from their bedroom. However, creating a room which promotes rest, relaxation and ultimately a great night of sleep should be the primary goal in any bedroom.
Our charming Charterhouse single beds are a fantastic base to a cosy bedroom. With signature panelling and beautiful but durable matte paint in our classic five colours, we bring texture to a space. When paired with layers of high quality bedding, blankets, pillows and cushions a relaxing room will quickly and easily come to life.
Whether it be sports clothes, musical instruments, science kit, games, or a combination of all of the above, boys bedrooms need to store a wealth of childhood paraphernalia. Sleek, practical storage solutions are a must. Traditional wardrobes and chest of drawers can be home not just to clothes, but board games, schoolwork and sports kit too.
A bookcase is also a fantastic spot to display knick knacks, art projects and favourite teddies. Desks with storage such as our Revision desks or Pedestal desks not only provide a study space, but also help keep clutter at bay by providing a home for stationery, books and toys. Finally, one of our favourite storage solutions for its versatility, a toy box. Great for not just its namesake, but bedding and sports gear, as well as being a comfy spot for reading too.
There’s a wealth of colours which work well in boys’ bedrooms. Neutrals such as white and greys provide great bases for colourful accessories, or can be complemented with a statement feature wall.
Non-stimulating colours such as blues and greens promote calmness and restful sleep, as well as being fresh and of a colourful level to mask marks caused by bumps and grubby fingers.
A top tip for those of you brave enough to allow your little one to chip in with brighter colour choices, feature or two tone walls are a great way to add a splash of colour without a big commitment. When the time inevitably comes that they’ve grown out of that vibrant electric blue or their favourite football team’s red, an update is only an afternoon’s work rather than a two day makeover.
Read our blog on boys bedroom colours for more inspiration.
With school work, sports kit, toys, instruments, clothes, games and so much more to store, keeping your boys room organised is so important to prevent bits and bobs from going missing. While there’s a whole host of furniture that can help you stay on top of all the childhood paraphernalia, encouraging your little one to use it in order to keep their room clean and tidy is an entirely different matter.
A combination of storage that is both in reach and out of reach helps to encourage your little one to take responsibility for keeping their space clean, while also giving you some control over when certain items can come out for play.
Clever storage solutions which maximise space, particularly for smaller bedrooms can be a great aid to keeping a space organised. Underbed storage drawers, tall boys and quadrant units can all add a wealth of storage to a room using minimal floor space.