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This is one post I am so excited to share! Check out our 12 year old boy’s bedroom that we redid for his birthday. We had a few challenges: the room is in the basement, we had to install the flooring and trim, and we were designing on the budget.
12 Year Old Boy Bedroom Reveal
The kid needed more storage space including places for clothes and LEGO, a desk for homework or building, and a stand for his TV. To maximize space we went with a loft bed which freed up enough room on the floor for some extra storage.
One thing I’ve always hated about home renovation posts are how impractical they are. Hopefully you enjoy this one that features our real-life set up, complete with my son’s actual treasures displayed around the space.
This renovation has been a long time coming. We built the basement bedrooms over a year ago but hadn’t gotten around to completing them. In fact, the room still isn’t quite done: we still have to put the ceiling up and add in his baseboard heater. But we weren’t going to wait until that was done to give the kid an amazing room now.
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Setting Up a Desk Area Under the Loft
Under the loft is my absolute favourite part of the room. The dark blue mountain was there from before and it worked so well with the new bedroom layout. We used an inexpensive desk with mismatched legs to continue the black and white theme of the rest of the furniture. On the top, another shelf holds collectibles and small LEGO sets.
The bookshelf is mounted to the wall so there isn’t too much on the floor which makes the room feel larger and more open.
Storage Solutions for Teen and Tween Boys
I find my kid needs things to be simple so we decided to skip the dresser entirely. Instead, I used a Kallax from Ikea with bins for all his clothes. Let’s be honest – they’re always unfolded anyway, but least now they’ll fit even when not put away neatly.
A lower, matching shelf holds the TV and Xbox. We also had some hooks already on the wall that are great for hoodies.
Using Toys and Collections in the Decorating
The shelf in this picture was chosen for displaying LEGO, although there isn’t much on there right now. Most of his sets got broken apart due to poor storage – now when he builds them they have a place to go. The bottom 4 cubes have baskets that are storing all the loose pieces and instructions.
On the wall, a peg board holds his Nerf gun collection.
Some other little additions that really added to the space are:
- Extra lighting on his desk and one on the wall next to his bed
- Headphone and smart phone holder for the desk
- Plenty of hidden storage to hide clutter
- Open storage to display collectibles
- Adjustable height swivel chair so there’s room to grow
- New pillows, duvet (and cover), and more “grown up” sheets
If you’re wondering, the floor is actually the least expensive peel and stick tile we could find at Home Depot! It went down quickly and looks really nice. We stuck it right to the concrete. The total installation time was about two hours with two of us working, which included all the cutting around the edges.
We went through just over 2 boxes – but there’s no waste since it will go in the other basement rooms.
What’s in the Room
Almost everything came from Ikea. Their prices are pretty good and it was the style we were going for. The shelves with the cubes are from the “Kallax” line and the bed is the “Vitval” loft bed (we didn’t like the desk option that came with it since it was so small).
Best of all, the entire thing was budget friendly!
He’s really happy with his new room, which is what’s really important. As soon as we surprised him he immediately went to work setting up more LEGO on the shelves.
I think it’s important that kids have spaces that appeal to them in both design and function, not just the parents. We kept his personality and needs in mind when choosing pieces for the room, making sure that everything would work well with the type of kid he is and the way he plays.