Friday, April 24, 2015

Shared Boys Bedroom- reveal

After sharing bits and pieces of my boys' room this month, 
I'm finally sharing their entire room today! 

Here is what the boys room looked like before.  
There really wasn't anything wrong with the looks of it.  
The problem (and what prompted the redo) was that my boys used to fight 
about being on each other's beds, non stop!!  
Being that the beds were side by side,
 it also didn't leave a lot of room for anything else in the room.  
Our main goal for their bedroom, was to give our boys more 
room and separate their spaces a bit.  

Our first step was getting this loft bed from IKEA.  
It's the Stora bed.  
I'm not going to lie, it was a struggle to put together.  
It took my husband and me almost an entire day to do, 
and we had to add a few extra boards and screws to it.  
But now that it's all done, we LOVE it!  
My little one sleeps on top and seriously loves having his own space.  
He was a little nervous his first night, but has slept really well every night since!

Because of all the floor space the loft bed cleared up, we were able to give both of our boys a desk. 

For one of them, I used furniture grade plywood that I connected in an L shape and stained.  
The left side is sitting on top of some storage cubes we had in our old furniture stash.

My other son's desk is made out of the same furniture grade plywood, with some legs from IKEA.  See post here.

Here's another view of the lego desk and how it fits in the boys' room.

We have a full size bed underneath the loft.  

I let my oldest choose art for his room.
There are framed quotes, a comic book initial, basketball canvas, (all made by me)
a metal sign (Hobby Lobby), a batman shield (made by me) and 
batman car print (Patent Prints on Etsy.)
We found the basketball lights at Academy Sports, the basketball pillow at IKEA 
and the basketball lamp was a total score for $2 at Goodwill!!   

There is a shelf above the window for trophies.  We are starting a pennant collection to go around the room.  So far this is all we have, but we are working on it.

We have an IKEA (this is not a sponsored post, even though it sounds like it.  I have just bought lots of stuff from there) Expedit bookshelf.  The bins at the bottom hold small toys, nerf guns, figures etc.  My boys are both big readers so the upper 2 shelves hold all of their books.  

Above the Expedit is this chalkboard like wall art I made.
I just used black poster paper and chalk pens.  

Above the dresser is this state wall art I made for their room's previous decor.
My boys were born in Utah and Tennessee, so I still love these!!

So that's it!  
A shared boys bedroom for a teen and elementary school child.  
It functions well and they are both happy!!  

Here are all the boys room posts in one place.

Thanks for following me along this boys room journey!!!  


  1. SO clever! Your boys' room looks great. I could have used some of these ideas for my own two girls.

  2. SO clever! Your boys' room looks great. I could have used some of these ideas for my own two girls.

  3. What a great room! The personal touches are so nice.

    Emily - Rossetto

  4. Love love love love love love this! IKEA is the best right!? Thanks for linking up to our Feature Friday Link Party! I'm excited to share your reveal on social media this week 😁

    1. Thank you Crystal! IKEA is super dangerous for me! Good thing the closest one to me is 4 hours away!

  5. Love this! We eliminated the top/bottom bunk rivalry by getting two identical lofted beds, each with its own desk underneath! Found you on Pin Worthy Wednesday! I live dangerously close to Ikea (less than 5 minutes away). You can imagine what my house looks like!

  6. Is the bottom bed on just a metal frame. Love it.

    1. Thank you! Yes, the bottom bed is just a mattress and box springs on an inexpensive bed frame. Have a great week!

  7. Looks great! Are the beds both single beds? I was just looking at the stora, and the dimensions look like a double bed on top.

  8. Wonderful ideas. Fabulous way you pulled everything together. I have a teenaged son, and there are so many things in your boys room that he would love. I especially love the bunk bed. I love the space between the bottom and top bed. Your taste in decoration is outstanding. Thank you so much for this great post. Now I have to go get working on making my son room this great.

  9. Love your bed set up for your boys. We have two boys, 10 & 12 that would love the bunk/loft setup you have created. Your setup looks much more substantial/safer on the top bunk. It looks like your sides are taller than ikeas. You mentioned you added a couple extra boards, what did you do to 'beef' up the beds? Did you buy the loft bed from ikea too? Is it a full or queen? Thanks so much for the info.

    1. We added 2 1x6 boards underneath the top bunk to secure it. It felt really wobbly without them. Otherwise we built the bed exactly as it came from IKEA. It's a full over full loft bed. We used a twin mattress on top so we had to lay several 1x8's over the top of the loft to make up for the size difference. My son uses the space for his stuffed animals and other things. HTH!


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