House Tour: My Boys Shared Bedroom

 Hello everyone!  Happy summer day to you!  (or happy winter if you are in Australia!)

Yesterday I posted my daughters tween girl bedroom, and it got me thinking about my boys room.  We haven’t really done much with this room since we moved the boys in together.  We just hung new curtains and added a few little things.  This room doesn’t have a theme, and it’s not all matchy-matchy, but there’s just something about it’s eclectic-ness that I adore.  And I love that each side of the room seems to suit each of my sons.

And it’s back to that thing I’ve learned, where you just have to let your kids have their own sense of being and style.  Would I love the room to look like an immaculate, perfectly decorated room from Pottery Barn?  Sure.  But we’re on a budget, plus my kids have opinions (crazy that?!) and what I like, most of the time they don’t!

Anyway, come have a look!

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It’s a small room, so getting everything into it was a challenge!  We knew we needed to have beds with drawers and shelves because there’s just not the space in the room for 2 dressers.  So it’s a bit tight, but it’s homey too!

Then we tackled putting the bedding together.  The bedding doesn’t match, obviously, but there’s something about the way this room doesn’t match that works.  Plus I think that the polka dots on the walls kind of tie everything together.  All the colours are complimentary enough that somehow it does match?

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But what I love the most is how cute it is to see both of my boys laying in their beds in their shared room.  It makes me feel so cozy and happy.

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Each side matches each of my boys.  This side of the room belongs to my 3 year old, so it’s a little ‘cuter’ but not too babyish.  This side of the room also has the biggest wall, so we hung a world map on it.  The boys love it and and are constantly naming places in the world to visit.  Love that!

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This side of the room belongs to my 9 year old son.  It’s a little more grown up but not too grown up!  (I don’t want them growing up too fast!)

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So that’s it!  That’s my boys room!

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I really like to try to keep things real, so I’m sharing this room with you because of its realness.  I love it, my boys love it, and it’s a REAL LIFE room.  We live a real life, in a real life home, with real life decorating.  No show home here (I’d love that but…).  Plus, I couldn’t leave my boys out of a room spotlight on the blog!  (they notice these things…)  😉

Thanks for coming by!  Have an inspired day!
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Room details:

  • Skateboard bedding:  from Costco about 5 years ago
  • Green & white animal bedding:  IKEA
  • Matching beds & shelves:  Costco
  • World map:  Costco
  • Lamps:  Superstore

Sharing with The 36th Avenue, French Country Cottage, Design Dining & Diapers, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots & Jello

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33 Comments

  • Reply Ali July 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM Love it! Eclectic is the way to go :) I also love that your 2 boys, although sort of far apart in age, can happily share their room together. That says a lot about their upbringing :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 9, 2013 at 10:42 AM What a nice thing to say Ali! Thank you! (you made my day honestly!)
  • Reply Elaine - Visual Meringue July 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM Great room. Love the eclectic feel. And that green bedding is so adorable!
    • Reply Rony Mikal July 9, 2013 at 12:11 PM Elaine, you are absolutely right but you forgot to mention the green and blue spots on the wall. Looks amazing..!!
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM Thank you Elaine! I'm realizing that my decorating style is more eclectic than I thought! :)
  • Reply Barb July 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM It looks fabulous! So happy for the boys!
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:45 PM Me too! It's so cute and cozy!
  • Reply Megan July 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM I love it! My boys share a room too.
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:46 PM Thanks Megan! I wasn't sure if it was going to work having them share a room, but so far it's been great!
  • Reply Sara K {SaigeWisdom} July 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM I love that all the kiddos have the same lamp only in different colours. Aren't you amazed by my attention to detail? ;) ha! one day I'll be able to do a house tour.... one day. xo
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:48 PM Good eye! Love those lamps and couldn't pass them up at $5 a piece! Awesome!!
  • Reply LaQuita July 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM I absolutely love it! I love how real it is. I think those of us on a budget can definitely relate to keeping things classy, but cute especially when we don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a kids room. I'm in the middle of redesigning my kiddos room too. What use to be Jungle themed and Disney Princess will soon be a room filled with One Direction posters and a room with Disney's Cars, lol. How time flies, eh?! Where did you get the comforters from? They're adorable!
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM Thank you LaQuita! It's so hard when you picture the room looking one way, but kids have a mind of their own haha! And SO true about time flying! I don't know when it happened that my girl was decorating with Dora one day, and the next One Direction! P.S. the skateboard comforter is from Costco a couple of years ago, and the green & white animal one is from IKEA just recently!
  • Reply Dani @ lifeovereasy July 10, 2013 at 11:09 PM It looks like the sweetest room for 2 brothers. So nice that they are side by side! My girls shared until recently, and they are very close. I remember having a big map on my wall when I was young - it was my favourite thing!
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM Thanks Dani! I love having them together too! It's so cute!
  • Reply Jennifer Dawn July 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM This looks great! So neat and tidy! I'd love to have you visit my weekly link party and link this up. Hope to see you there. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-50.html
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM Thank you Jennifer!
  • Reply Gretchen@BoxyColonial July 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM Love that they each get a side of the room to fit their personality :). We used to have that Ikea bedding, too--so cute!
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM Thanks Gretchen! It's always fun trying to match things for different personalities!
  • Reply Therena July 11, 2013 at 11:02 PM I love this! I think its fabulous that the spreads don't match, but they go! So cool!
  • Reply Toodie July 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM Who says everything has to be perfectly matched to be enjoyed? This room is the epitome of cuteness!
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM Thank you very much! I think it's so cute too!
  • Reply Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog July 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM I love that it fits your boys perfectly--that's the most important thing! We just moved our two boys (4 & 2) in together, so the decorating is a jumbled mess in there, but someday I'll get it turned around! I popped over from Tatertots and Jello. Thanks for sharing! ~Abby =)
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM Thanks Abby! Best of luck with the move - tough it out...it's worth it in the end!
  • Reply suburbsmama July 13, 2013 at 9:28 PM I really like this room. I kinda like it that it doesn't match, I have been trying to get some ideas for my kids shared room (girl/boy) so their bedding is not going to match either. If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/07/sunday-linky-16.html
    • Reply Jo-Anna July 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM My daughter and son shared a room for a couple of years, and we just approached their joint room the same way - each side was theirs to decorate as they wished, and it was super cute!
  • Reply Leslie September 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM Hi! What a great looking room! Thanks for sharing it! I have twin boys (almost 6) who share a very small room....we recently got a bunk bed for them, but I hate it! (they love it)....too hard to snuggle with the one on top, too hard to change the sheets, and it completely over powers the room...If we go to two twin beds, there will be very little floor space left. It is an L shaped room with a radiator in it, so it really limits us. Questions for you....Do your guys play in their room? Do they have toys in there, and if so, how do you store them? We do have one large dresser that we need to keep....I love the look of two twin beds, and am hoping to convince the boys and my husband to get rid of the monstrous bunk bed! I just don't know what to do with all of their other "stuff"! Thanks for any suggestions you might have!!!
    • Reply Jo-Anna September 8, 2013 at 8:59 PM Hi Leslie! My boys room is actually quite small, so it sounds like we have a similar problem with toy storage! I have a small (very small) set of 2 shelves that are about 2.5 x 2.5 feet with space for baskets, and that is the only space for their toys, which suits me just fine because it's less for me to clean up hee hee. But we do have a bonus room that is basically their toy room so that's where the bulk of the toys go. I'm hoping to do a post on our bonus room soon! That room is a challenge all in itself! :)
  • Reply Organizing A Shared Boys Bedroom - A Pretty Life In The Suburbs April 10, 2014 at 8:24 AM […] in particular though was bothering me…our boys room.  Last year we moved our boys into a shared bedroom, and it’s been a great success thus far.  They’re good together, we haven’t had […]
  • Reply Heather September 28, 2015 at 4:47 PM I'm trying to figure out my own shared small room. I was wondering if you could share how many inches are between the two beds and how that works for moving around. I'm working with 88 inches wide and I'm thinking of getting 36" beds (single rather than a twin) and I can't decide if 14 inches between the beds will work. thanks!
  • Reply Anji October 7, 2016 at 10:53 AM I like how the room reflects both of their likes and dislikes, the shelves are quite cool. My sons are nearly 2 & nearly 4 and share a room, it has a jungle, zoo pirate theme laughs.
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife October 8, 2016 at 3:08 PM Thank you Anji! I think it's great to let them have their own style added to their room...it makes the space just that more fun!

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