An outgrown childhood bedroom gets an update fit for a growing teenage boy. A new queen size bed is the star of this modern industrial farmhouse teen boy bedroom makeover.
My middle son, Gavin had outgrown is childhood bedroom. 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 took the opportunity to update his room decor. And although he probably wouldn’t have cared if his room remained the same I really enjoy redecorated my kids’ bedrooms and he 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 back then but there were a few things that just hadn’t gotten finished yet. I just got those last finishing touches complete and I’m super happy to check another project off our to-do list.
But before we dive into the details of this makeover lets take a look back at where we started…
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 great 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, 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. The top half of the room was painted Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore. Since we really liked that color we painted the entire room 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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We left the faux white wood blinds as the only window coverings in the room. 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.
The old red down light fixture didn’t really provide much light in the room so we opted to replace it. Plus it was bright red! LOL! I found an industrial farmhouse style fixture with 5 lights that looks great in his room. Adding a dimmer to the light so he can lower the brightness when needed since it’s pretty bright with all those bulbs now.
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! 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 is used as an 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! And the new bigger bed meant he needed new bedding. Keeping the bedding simple without too many layers is best for allergies.
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.
Both real and faux plants bring some color and life to the monochromatic vibe in this room makeover.
Since there isn’t much space in the bedroom the walls are where we were able to add some personality to the room. The wall art is both functional and personal. Decorative framed prints from an Etsy seller hang over the bed.
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.
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 get all that high school homework done.
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And a simple gallery wall including family photos, a letter board with a quote from one of Gavin’s favorite tv shows and a few other pieces finishes the bedroom makeover.
I’m so happy to finally finish this teen boy bedroom makeover. And a win for mom because my son loves his new space!
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