An outgrown childhood bedroom gets an update fit for a growing teenage boy. Wait until you see this modern industrial farmhouse teen boy bedroom makeover. A space designed to last right through the college years.

teen boy room with queen bed short 3 drawer dresser and desk

My middle son, Gavin had outgrown is childhood bedroom. Insert mom sad face!

Seriously though, now that he’s over 6 feet tall it was time to move him out of his twin-sized bed and into something a bit bigger.

So when we bought him a new bed I jumped at the chance to update his room decor!

He probably wouldn’t have cared if his room remained exactly the same but as for me…I really love redecorating my kids’ bedrooms. And this kid was long overdue!

The Design Plan

So a while back…

Well, actually quite a while back…I came up with a design plan for Gavin’s bedroom makeover.

And most of this makeover was completed waaay back then. But there were a few things that just hadn’t gotten finished yet.

But yay me…I just got those last finishing touches complete and I’m super happy to check another project off our to-do list.

design plan of teen boy bedroom makeover

But before we dive into the details of this makeover lets take a look back at where we started…

before picture of bedroom with bright red painted stripe on wall

Oh boy…I told you the room was in desperate need of a makeover.

When Gavin was little his favorite color was red. And being the amazing mom that I am (haha) I let my kids make some of the design choices in their bedrooms…I mean, after all, it’s their space.

But when he requested a red room I had to come up with a compromise fast! So…I painted the walls with a red stripe rather than painting the entire room red.

Painting the Walls

Changing the wall color was the first step in updating this little boy bedroom to a teenage space.

teen boy bedroom makeover view of bed and desk beside it

The top half of the room was already painted Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore. Since we really liked that color we painted the entire room that shade of gray…no more tri-colored walls. Yay!

Painting the walls one color unified the space and made it feel more cohesive.

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Window Treatments

We left the faux white wood blinds as the only window coverings in the room.

double windows with faux wood blinds in bedroom

Unfortunately, Gavin has allergies, and having curtains just adds another place for dust to collect.

His upholstered bed, bedding, and wall to wall carpeting hold enough dust on their own…no need to add more textiles to his room!


I found an industrial farmhouse style fixture with 5 lights that looks great in his room.

bed with artwork on wall over headboard and industrial ceiling light fixture

That old red light fixture didn’t really provide much light in the room so we opted to replace it instead of repurposing it.

We added a dimmer to the new industrial-style light so he can lower the brightness when needed since it’s so much brighter than his old one.


We kept Gavin’s dresser and desk since they were in good shape but more importantly, they are small so fit well in his room.

Plus reusing what we already had saved us money. Score!

teen boy bedroom desk and dresser area

A large closet in the room holds the majority of his clothing so having a small dresser isn’t an issue.

We moved the desk next to the bed which now allows Gavin to use the shelf space as a side/night table. His books, tissues, and phone that he uses as his alarm clock are all within reach.

Small Bedroom but Bigger Bed

Despite the small size of the room (only about 10 1/2 x 11 1/2 feet), we were able to fit a new queen-sized upholstered bed in the space for my growing boy!

upholstered queen size bed in front of windows

And the new bigger bed meant he needed new bedding. Keeping the bedding simple without too many layers is best for allergies.

close up of sheets and bedding

We were excited when Linens and Hutch wanted to send us sheet sets for our review. I chose these gray pinstripe sheets for Gavin’s new bed.

And for a kid who doesn’t get super excited about things…he proclaimed that they may be the softest sheets ever!

You have to try a set for yourself and we have an amazing deal for you too! Just use the code simply2moms at checkout to receive 30% off your order.

A simple duvet cover in white and gray block stripes from Ikea is perfect for a teenager.

So easy to wash!

And a cozy throw blanket at the end of the bed is perfect for chilly nights.

Room Decor

Both real and faux plants bring some color and life to the monochromatic vibe in this teen boy bedroom makeover.

view of lamp, faux plant and speaker on top of dresser

Since there isn’t much space in the bedroom we used the wall space to add some personality to the room.

Decorative framed prints from an Etsy seller hang over the bed.

queen sized bed with 2 framed prints above. plant in galvanized bucket at foot of bed

The wall art is both functional and personal. You can check out more details here.

view of bedroom closet doors with row of hooks on wall next to it

A row of wall hooks tucked behind the door is a perfect spot to hang hats, coats, or backpacks to keep them off the floor in this tiny room.

view of desk with cork board hung above

A combination chalk/cork board hangs above the desk and is helpful for organizing. The chrome lamp and desk accessories also help Gavin stay organized and hopefully get all that high school homework done!

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close up of desk accessories

And you know a room makeover wouldn’t be complete around here without a gallery wall!

How many is too many gallery walls in one home? Asking for a friend!

Do you remember I added one in Emma’s Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover

And one in the Family Room.

Another going up our Staircase.

And finally our huge Farmhouse Gallery Wall.

But back to Gavin’s teen boy bedroom…

His fun but simple gallery wall includes barnwood frame filled family photos, a letter board with a quote from one of his favorite tv shows, that super cool galvanized letter G, and a decorative wood arrow.

view of bedroom looking over corner of bed to desk and dresser area

I’m so happy to finally finish this teen boy bedroom makeover.

And it was a win for mom because my son loves his new space!

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