15 boy's bedroom ideas to create the perfect kid-approved space

Win all the cool points with these boy's bedroom ideas.

Boy's bedroom ideas
(Image credit: Fiona Murray)

On the hunt for boy's bedroom ideas? Well good, you are in the right place. And we are here to save you hours of potential arguments and tantrums and help you and your son come up with the coolest bedroom design that he will love for years to come. 

So take a deep breath, you are in good hands, and start planning how you want your boy's bedroom to look using all our fun and creative ideas. Get him involved too! Let him be part of the process from the beginning, helping you pick colors, prints and furniture. And nope, that doesn't mean you have to turn the room into an all blue, dinosaur den with camo netting hanging from the ceiling – there are loads of ways to decorate a boys bedroom that will suit both your style and your sons... passions. 

We have put together our top styles for boy's bedroom (although they are all very gender neutral so can obviously be used for girls' rooms too!). So just keep on scrolling for the most adorable spaces to inspire, and check out our kid's bedroom ideas feature for plenty more looks. 

1. Think about how the room works with your home 

Where's the best place to start when designing a boy's bedroom? 'Outside of the bedroom.' according to Joanna Landais Founder of Eklektik Studio. 'As with any interior planning, a child’s bedroom should create part of a cohesive scheme throughout the house. Whether the house is decorated in Scandinavian or Bohemian style.'

'Then, consider your key pieces: bed, desk and storage solutions and think carefully about the amount of storage you will need in years ahead. Once you know your dimensions, think of a layout and how it will work best for your child, their own playtime, play dates and sleepovers.'

'Don’t forget about yourself, reading time or night feeds. Space permitting, plans seating area for yourself or another adult who will be sending their time with your child.'

2. Get them involved with the color scheme 

Kids' room with yellow ceiling

(Image credit: David Giles)

The easiest place to start when planning a boy's bedroom is with the color scheme. It's something you can both decide on together and will dictate a lot of the design decisions so it's good to decide on colors first. Now, you don't want to be painting the room every month as your kid's favorite color changes, but do consider what colors they are loving right now and bring them in splashes – like with the yellow in this bedroom. 

Note that all the walls are kept fresh and white, the perfect neutral backdrop for adding in other colors as your kid's tastes change. And painting the ceiling is a great tip as it means the color isn't as dominant as it would be on all four walls, plus it's playful to have a colorful ceiling. 

Find plenty more paint ideas for kids' bedrooms in our gallery. 

3. Make playtime the focus with a fun theme

Boys bedroom in an attic

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Most boy's bedrooms double up as a playroom, so make toys and fun the focus from the off. Keep toys accessible at kid-level, and plan quirky things into your decor like this cute rug that replicates grass and the wallpaper that continues that outdoor theme. You want the space to feel like a little refuge for your kid, a place they can escape to that will allow their imagination to run wild.

4. Pick a cool kid-approved bed

A brooding palette with flashes of Art Deco creates drama in the period home of Cat and Dain Maginnis

(Image credit: Dan Duchars/The Contented Nest)

What  kid wouldn't love to have this in their bedroom? It's like a playhouse and a treehouse but in their bedroom and they get to sleep in it every night! Not only does it look fab, but it also gives them a sense of privacy too, a place to go and read or play, where they feel like they have their own space. Plus you can decorate it to suit their tastes, changing it up as they grow. 

5. Get the bed up off the floor

boys bedroom with bunk bed, built-in storage, wooden floors, shaggy rug and a ladder

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

This is such a cool boy's bedroom idea for when they are a little older, and the dea of having your bed essentially on the ceiling is brilliant as opposed to terrifying. In this kid's room, the bed is built above the wardrobes, with a ladder taking your up to the sleep space. It creates such a cool cozy nook, and it's perfect for smaller rooms because you don't need to cram in both a bed and storage, you get both in one, leaving more floor space for play!

Boy's bedroom ideas

(Image credit: Fiona Murray)

A gallery wall is a fun and easy way to bring some pattern into a boy's bedroom no matter what their age. It's a lovely way to get the things your kids love out and on show – frame their favorite books, movies, quotes, photos, anything you can hang on a wall get it up there. 

Also loving the half-painted walls and the lovely mute color scheme too, it feels fun and child-like but also could totally work in our bedroom too, so gets the adult's stamp of approval. 

7. Create a cool industrial feel with gray

How to use exposed brick: grey bedroom scheme with grey brick-effect wallpaper for teenager

(Image credit: Katie Lee © Future)

Decorating a teenage boy's bedroom? Lucky you. The key is to just keep everything feeling nice and neutral and then they can go to town adding their own touch with the decor. Gray is always going to be a safe color to go with, it's cool, classic and will suit whatever vibe your boy wants to create in his space. 

Hang some floating shelves for them to adorn their vinyls or retro games consoles or whatever it is they are into that makes you feel ancient, and pick out furniture that adds to the steely, gray, industrial feel. 

8. Add a mural to a boy's bedroom

Boys bedroom with mountain mural

(Image credit: Ikea)

Murals are such a fun way to add a bit of excitement to a boys room. Picking something nature-inspired like this mountain vista gives this room an adventurous feel and will stimulate all those creative senses. Plus, this is a great look for a smaller bedroom too, as it turns a blank wall into essentially a massive window that creates the allusion of more space. 

If you are decorating a smaller space, be sure to check out our small kid's bedroom ideas too for plenty more inspiration.

9. Use prints and toys to add personality 

Child's bedroom with monochrome patterned feature wall and fun Scandi-style bed covers and cushions

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

This boy's bedroom is so fun and creative – it feels like a child lives there, which is so important when designing your space. Let your style have some input but remember the room has to be kid-friendly too. Make sure some of their toys are always on show or easily accessible, baskets and shelving are a stylish way to do this.

See all our toy storage ideas over in our gallery. 

10. Mix fun prints and patterns into a neutral scheme

Boy's bedroom ideas

(Image credit: Fiona Murray)

Anyone else a little bit jealous of this boy's bedroom? Minus the giant toy octopus and shark plushy, we reckon we could go for this room. This is the perfect example of how to design a boy's bedroom that's neutral, and so has longevity, but still feels fun and creative. The mix of funky leopard print with the blue and the sea theme is just right for a child's room, but you could easily change the bedding and the prints to create a whole new look as your kid gets older. 

11. Get your storage spot on

Child's room with red spotty wallpaper and a wall-hung desk

(Image credit: Megan Taylor)

In any boy's bedroom, no matter what their age or style, you are going to need storage, and plenty of it. 

'When planning a bedroom for children you need to think of the various types of storage needed, who the space will be designed for and how the space will be used.' explains Medina King, Creative Director of MK Kids Interiors.

'The age of the child will play a major role in the types of storage and use. Children ages 0 - 2 will need clothes and book storage, you will also need to consider a changing area, comfortable seating and a side table for bottles, wipes etc. Ages 2 - 7, will need storage for toys, consider role-play toys, such as shops, trucks, and dolls. Primary school children are also keen on sleepovers and extra beds should be considered when designing. Older children will need more book storage, as well as a desk for studying, as well as more clothes storage.'

Find loads of storage ideas for kid's rooms in our guide. 

12. Add a feature wall with wallpaper

Kids bedroom with orange wallpaper and blue fireplace

(Image credit: Kasia Fiszer)

How sweet is this orange print? It feels so fresh and fun paired with the vivid blue of the fireplace. Adding a single wall of a cute whimsical wallpaper can instantly liven up your space and give you a color scheme to base the rest of the room around. Plus, it's not too tricky to cover up in a couple of years should you and your child want to redecorate. 

13. Or go bold on all four walls

Boys bedroom with palm wallpaper

(Image credit: Fiona Walker-Arnott )

The jungle theme is just a classic, and choosing a tropical print wallpaper for all four walls is instantly going to a fun feel to a bedroom. Continue the theme in the rest of the room by adding animal motifs, more splashes of green and a cozy rug to soften up the space. 

14. Use a tipi to create a den-like space

Boy's bedroom with tipi

(Image credit: Georgia Burns)

If you have the room, adding a tipi to a younger boy's bedroom creates an instant den for them to crawl into a play in the day or read at night. They have a fun den-like feel, like they are on a camp out in their own bedroom. They also make for some great sneaky storage for toys as you pick up throughout the day. 

15. Bring in a chair to create a reading nook 

Boy's bedroom ideas

(Image credit: Fiona Murray)

As your boy gets older, he might want a place to sit and read with you or by himself away from his bed. Adding a little reading nook with a soft sidelight and plenty of cozy cushions gives him that dedicated space to sit and focus – plus it gives you a spot to perch to read before bedtime too. 

What should you include in a boy's bedroom?

What you should include in a boy's bedroom will depend on the age. 'Toddlers will have different needs to a pre-schoolers and teenagers hence it’s generally easier to plan for older children as you now their needs and preferences. But a play corner is always a good idea to keep the little ones occupied. This can later turn into a reading corner and eventually perhaps a TV/ Computer area.' says Joanna Landais.

'The sleeping area is also important, in particular proximity to radiators, especially important with babies and toddlers as the littles ones can easily overheat. Also window treatment and black out options will give you extra hour of sleep in the summer months and an extra layer of insulation in winter.'

'Lastly, storage - ideally open and closed as toys will be coming in all shapes and sizes from small stackable toys to chunky Nerf Guns at 6+. Having accessible storage is also important so children can learn to entertain themselves and hopefully tidy up at the end of play time.'

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.