One of my best friends, Laila, has two cute boys who share a bedroom. She was looking for ideas to give it some personality. I offered to come and help her once we moved back to Utah. So here we are! When Laila and her husband were building this new home I loved that even tho they had the space, they decided to have their beds be in the same room. They have a “hang out space” right outside their bedroom that could have easily been another room. She felt having them share a room would keep them close, best friends, and it would keep them in check! So we wanted to make their shared room a space they LOVED!
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Boys Shared Bedroom Before
They already had these cute iron beds, a great ceiling fan and such a fun shaped room. She just needed help showcasing their personalities. Also, the window isn’t centered, so we needed to adjust the furniture to make it feel more balanced.
Boys Shared Bedroom After-
Can you even handle it?! The boys love it… that’s what we hoped for! We were so excited for them to come home from school to show them. They were so cute when they saw it. “Is this all ours? Is this all new? Where did you get it all?” Leo, the oldest liked the mix of thrifted items and Simeon’s favorite part was the shelf that Kevin built.
Simeon is 13 and Leo is 14…aren’t they the cutest boys? I feel their room matches their personality and style perfectly. Both boys play baseball (really well), so it was fun to mix in their Dad’s vintage baseball pennant flags. The flags were my design inspiration for the room! (find similar fan here).
Walls and Wall Shelf
We originally wanted to do shiplap on all of the ceiling….which is a lot of work, time and money. So I had the idea to frame out the window and add one long shelf on the focal point wall. Make that wall look really custom. Now we don’t even feel like we need the shiplap. We painted the walls in Gray 2121-10 in a flat finish (had the color matched at The Home Depot).
You can add a shelf to any wall and with minimal tools! The Home Depot will even cut your wood to size for you! So in the end you just need a nail gun, we like this cordless nail gun the best.
The shelf was a great way to showcase all the fun things we had found. From each of their initials to the caution sign. Fun little additions!
The window wasn’t framed out before, and it didn’t have a stopping point between the ceiling. To make the window and wall feel more finished we trimmed it out. Again, you can have wood cut to size at The Home Depot, then all you need to do is nail it up! Once hung, we caulked the holes and any gaps, then lightly sanded it before painting.
First time Kevin has trimmed out a window, and he did awesome!
Hung one of my go-to bamboo shades, which helped finished it off and added the right amount of texture.
We also centered this chest under the window and are using it as a nightstand for both of the boys. They have a light over their bed and a little basket on the opposite side for books etc. Sooooo…I could use the space to pack this chest with plants!
We hung Laila’s Dad’s license plate here, both Laila’s parents have passed away at a young age and it is a way for the boys to have a piece of heir grandparents.
We used command strips and put three small puck lights (I could have done the light I normally use and love for the magic light, but didn’t order those in time) so three smaller lights work!
Now the boys have great light for reading at night! PS- those numbers under the sconce were from Laila’s childhood home, another treasure from the boys grandparents.
Simeon looking pretty dang happy with his cozy bed and light!
Beds and Bedding
For the boys bedding I wanted to keep it simple, but it also needed to be fluffy and cozy! They already had the cute iron beds (find similar here). I found the white and black bedding online at thehomedepot.com, unfortunately it is out of stock. Find similar here, great place to look for affordable, stylish bedding!
I did show the boys my design idea before I ordered everything, I was hoping they would love this rug as much as I did. And luckily they did! The colors are so fun and also play off of the vintage sports pennant flags and thrifted items.
Caught the boys checking out the rug! We did a 8’11″x11’6″ under the twin beds. It basically fills up the room, but I like to make sure the nightstand isn’t on the rug and that there is spacing around the perimeter of the room.
She had these metal and wood shelves (find similar here) I styled it with some of their books, home run balls, baskets and more!
Leo had one request- he wanted a desk! We found that fun green desk at a second hand shop (and all the pieces we hung over it). Laila already had the chair in her office, which it is much better here! He really liked the mix of thrifted items, and has now requested more of it in their hang out space.
Everyone is happy with the new space! And I think they can and will totally make their beds every morning!