Cheap Ways to Decorate a Boy's Room

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A boy's bedroom can be decorated in a way that pleases both son and parents, and also doesn't wreak havoc on Mom and Dad's budget. Reuse items from around the house, such as wicker baskets, but give them new life with a coat of paint. Shop at discount retailers or consignment shops for unique pieces that add a sense of cool, such as old lockers. Remember to create a space that will grow with him. Reference his favorite colors when choosing wall paint and bedding, and use his favorite toys and movies as inspiration for accessories that can be updated when his interests change.

Tools for Organizing

  • Outfit your boy's bedroom with items found in hardware and sewing supply stores. Mount one or two magnetic strips, the kind used to hold tools or knives, above his desk area and adorn it with bulldog clips to hold notes and other important papers. Clean, used soup cans, without the labels, make easy industrial inspired desktop storage for pens and pencils. For boys with lots of small building blocks, skip the manufacturer's block storage in favor of inexpensive doppelgangers. Store the blocks in plastic tool cabinets with pull-out drawers or craft supply plastic totes with removable compartments. Store sports equipment and other items in long, narrow plastic totes under his bed.

Repurposed for Decorating

  • When decorating a boy's room, keep it simple. An accent wall with chunky horizontal or vertical stripes of chalkboard paint adds visual interest as well as an adult-approved space where he can draw on a wall. Look around your house or online for repurposed items that serve as decorative storage, such as lockers for shoes and clothes, or wicker baskets you can paint and attach to casters for customized movable dirty laundry storage.

Choosing Color Schemes

  • Base your color scheme around a one-of-a-kind find. Scour retailers that sell home goods at a discount for standard-size pillowcases with interesting designs, such as the Union Jack or a sports team logo. Keep the rest of the bedding and window treatments simple, such as plain blue or red, so they don't compete for attention. Build your color scheme around your unique find. In the case of the Union Jack, dark navy blue walls and creamy white trim paired with dark red accents, such as a hanging light fixture or table lamps, will mature with him.

Creating a Shared Space

  • Get creative when you're decorating a room shared by two boys. Hang curtains from track rails installed parallel to each bed for privacy and a touch of whimsy. Look for twin beds or bunk beds at furniture resellers, and remember that the twin beds need not be the same, but should be the same color. To leave space in the middle of the room for playing, position the beds in a “L” shape in the corner of one room or position them against opposite walls. Create specific zones in each room, such as two unused corners, where the boys can express their own design decisions.

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