10 Tips for Decorating a ‘Tween Boys Bedroom

10 Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

I’m sharing 10 tips for decorating a ‘tween boys bedroom, gathered by my experience updating my son’s room in our new house. Tyler will be an official teenager in just a few short months and this is the first time we’ve put any real effort into decorating his bedroom since he was a baby and I designed his nursery. ….I know, it’s sad but true.

I worked on this update as part of my partnership with BHG products at Walmart, and I wanted to create a “new” space for my son as he transitions from boyhood to teenager. This doesn’t involve home diy’s or building anything. It’s strictly home decor which anyone can do themselves.

I think you’ll find these tips practical, easy, and a great guide to help you decorate your child’s bedroom.

Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

10 Tips for decorating a Tween Boys Bedroom

1 – Take Inventory and choose a Style

The first thing I had to do was take inventory of what we had to start with, and decide on a particular style for the room. Tyler already had a sleigh bed in an oak wood finish and when we moved we realized that the set of bookcases from our old bonus room matched perfectly and would make a great frame around the bed. They’re also great storage with both open shelves for display, and cabinets to hide the more unsightly items.

The style was easy to choose – classic with a vintage twist. Our son has an appreciation for rustic vintage, and retro items so we added decorative pieces with that look. You can find it in the vintage car print above the bed, the rubbed finishes on the spheres and wire basket/cart, decorative game pieces, and marquee monogram letters.

The room is grounded with classic elements such as the furniture itself, and the plaid bedding.

Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

2 – Add Something unexpected or unique

To create a room that’s not like everyone else’s, add something interesting or unexpected. We chose to paint a chalkboard wall just as you enter the room so it’s a real focal point. He’s been asking for one ever since I painted the wall in my kitchen, and I love how this one turned out.

Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years. Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

3 -Add your child’s Personality

Letting your child’s personality and interests shine through is essential to making them feel comfortable in their space. Tyler has a very eclectic mix of interests {like mother like son!}. He’s an avid reader, he loves to build things & play games, he loves to play basketball with his team and throw the baseball & football with his dad, he loves the outdoors, and now he wants to learn to play the guitar. I tried to incorporate as much of that as possible when decorating his room.

4 – Display items that have meaning to him

When filling the bookshelves and other surfaces it was important to display the things that are personal and have meaning to Tyler. Some obvious choices are his books, and basketball team photo and trophy. Others are things he’s made like his model airplane, clay owl from art class, and the monogrammed pillow he made in exploratory class.

Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

5 – Add baskets for extra storage

If there’s one thing you never have enough of, it’s storage space! This wire basket with chalkboard label is great for holding small items that you want easy access to. We put my son’s DS games inside, which keeps them from getting lost or looking messy. The style blends in perfectly with the rest of the room too.

We also added a vintage-style basket/cart to hold his board games. That way they’re easy to see and grab but still look organized.

Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years. Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years. Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

6 – Turn hobbies into Decor

Last year my son got his first snowboard for Christmas and while it’s fun to use a few months out of the year, it just takes up space the other nine months. I decided to turn it into wall decor which adds personality and an unexpected touch {see tips 2 & 3} to the space. For the snowboard I simply used picture wire, looped it through the boot clip, and hung it on a picture hanger. This may be my favorite thing in the room! Another way I incorporated this ‘rule’ is with the baseballs and glove on the bookshelf.

Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years. Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

7 – Personalize with Monograms

Who doesn’t love seeing their name or monogram being displayed? It’s a classic decorative touch and it’s easy to find ways to incorporate it into your child’s bedroom. We used metal marquee letters to hang on the wall {great night light too}, and the pillow that Tyler sewed in school is placed on the bed. I also spelled out his name with Scrabble tiles and placed it on the book shelf. TIP: use glue dots to hole the tile in place.

Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

8 – Add Rugs and Curtains

Nothing pulls a room together like rugs and curtains! This room looked naked until the curtains were hung and the rug was put down. There’s something about adding the extra dimension on the floor and around a window that brings a room to life – works every time. I love this Moroccan cream rug from the BHG at Walmart collection, and have had my eye on it for months. My son loves it because it’s thick and soft, and comfy to lay on.

I used the Boule bronze curtain rod to hang the drapes. They are a subtle crosshatch pattern that went well with the bedding, and they’re 96″ in length. TIP: hang the curtains as high as you can so the ceiling looks taller and the room looks bigger. A good rule of thumb is to use the grommet curtains {like I’ve done} so that you don’t have curtain rings or hooks adding extra vertical space. A 96″ curtain will fit an 8-foot ceiling perfectly this way.

Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years. Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

9 – Add Maps and Globes

I love the idea of adding maps and globes to a child’s bedroom so they can dream about the world around them. Not only is it a learning tool, but it’s a great way to encourage them to explore outside the US. I think as parents we can get so comfortable with our yearly trips to the beach or Disney that we forget to introduce our children to the joys of travel outside our country. I love adding maps as decor – I just think they’re magical.

Tips for decorating a 'tween boys bedroom. See how I decorated my son's bedroom so it reflects his personality and helps transition into the teenage years.

10 – Provide the Basics

Aside from creating an attractive personalized space for your ‘tween boy, there are some basic utilitarian items to consider.

  • Bed & bedding
  • Shelves and storage
  • Dresser for socks, underwear, pajamas, & other folded apparel
  • Reading area with good lighting – even if it’s reading in bed, provide a spotlight like I’ve done here. A clamp-on lamp works perfectly.
  • Mirror – make sure it’s hung at the proper height for your growing boy.
  • A place to sit and put on shoes – we added a bench at the foot of the bed.
  • Alarm clock and charging station
  • Extra throw for curling up or beating a chill

So there you have it – 10 Tips for decorating a ‘tween boys bedroom. It can be challenging to transition from ‘little boy room’ to ‘teenage boy room’, but these decorating mantras should get us through. We built on a foundation of what we already had, and turned everyday items into decorative ones. The space is eclectic but classic and can be updated as needed.

Now that you’ve seen how I designed my ‘tween son’s bedroom, are you ready to design your own? Just follow my tips for adding decorative accents and making the space personal. Decorate in your child’s style but make it comfortable and functional.


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I was compensated by BHG at Walmart as a member of the Better Homes and Gardens Live Better Network. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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7 Comments

    1. Bird, I’ve never been disappointed with a chalkboard wall. It’s just so cool!

  1. Great tips! My son loved that I used his hobby equipment in his room for decor too! I’ve had my eye on that rug too 🙂
    Debbie

    1. I love that it kills 2 birds with 1 stone, Debbie. A way to “store” the items & decorate at the same time.

      The rug is nice and thick. Go for it!

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