Hi friend! I hope your week is off to a great start! I’m so excited to share my 11 year-old son’s bedroom makeover with you today! The post was going to be titled “Tween Boy’s Bedroom Makeover” but he wasn’t fond of the word “Tween.” 😉
I have to admit, I was really smitten with James’ old bedroom, especially the wallpaper and blue trim, but he was ready for a change. We’ve been toying with the idea of him moving into the ‘media room’ for months, and a few weeks ago, on a whim, we finally did it!
The media room is a large room located right off the upstairs hallway, but it rarely got used. It had a big screen TV mounted on the wall, two leather chairs, my mini treadmill with some workout equipment and that’s it.
James liked the idea of moving in there because it was a larger space and had the big TV. I liked it because he spends a fair amount of time in his room, and this room is more centrally located than his old room at the back of the house.
Also, his old room opens right into a wall, so I’d have to walk in and peek around to find him if he was sitting at his desk. Now, as soon as I open the door, he’s right there! #momwin
And, he can hear me so I don’t have to YELL AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS when I’m trying to talk to him when he’s upstairs and I’m downstairs.
He and I were able to move most of the furniture ourselves, but the bed and desk required Brian’s help. We kept the same bed and furniture that was in his old room, and just rearranged it into here. He had strong opinions about where the bed and desk would go, so I let him choose. I just wish the lights were centered better- but we may change that in the future.
I do like how the dark blue bed coordinates with the dark walls (Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams).
I kept his Euro shams and softest sheets on the bed, and gave his bedding an upgrade with a striped comforter/pillow case set from the new Gap Home line at Walmart. Have you seen it? It’s so good! All the pieces are well made and meant for mixing and matching.
The navy quilt is from Walmart too and it’s a little hard to tell in the photos, but it has a slightly faded effect that looks cool and relaxed- perfect for a tween’s room. It’s also super soft, an organic jersey cotton blend.
The light blue and white striped comforter and pillows helped lighten things up a bit. I’ve been so happy with the selection, quality and prices at Walmart Home. You can find things for every area of your home and the site is super easy to navigate. The Fall Home Lookbook is calling my name next! I’m so ready for the change of seasons, but I digress! 🙂
During the week, James is allowed on electronics at 7 p.m. after a “mom check” that his homework and daily responsibilities are done. When screen time is up, he can stay up and read if he’s not tired yet.
Here’s the big TV that drew him into this room. He’s got it set up so he can play video games on it and we can watch movies from his bed now.
We kept his same dresser that he’s had forever and it’s held up well! The striped bin holds his dirty laundry and he empties it into the laundry room on the weekends. I wash and fold his clothes, he puts away and hangs up.
Which brings me to the issue of there not being a proper clothes closet in this room. Since it was designed as a media room, the closet is shaped to hold electronic components.
Brian mentioned that he could help install a hanging rod in here and we got that project done last weekend.
It was pretty simple, we just cleaned out the space, tidied up the wires, and Brian installed the rod at a height that James could easily reach.
We also adjusted the shelves to make them more functional for uniform shorts and pants.
The “after” is so nice and holds all of James’ hanging clothes like his school uniform and button down shirts, plus a couple of suits.
He really was impressed with it and there’s even space at the bottom for his steering wheel driving game and a couple of lego boxes.
GAMING DESK SET UP
James is super proficient at computers and gaming- his teachers affectionately nick named him “tech support” at school! He set all of the components up himself (thank God because I have no idea how to do it!) He loves playing Minecraft on the computer and it’s amazing the things kids can create in that game.
The gaming desk was his choice and he likes how the L-shape gives him more surface room. His second monitor is the old TV that used to be in my office.
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The gaming chair was a Christmas gift and he loves it! It’s cushy, rolls, swivels and also reclines with a footrest!
On his phone, he likes to play Clash Royale and Cash Inc.
BOOKSHELF & NOOK
We moved his bookshelf into this room and put most of his books on the bookshelf in the hallway. That way, he could use the bins on the shelves for extra storage.
He’s still great at solving Rubik’s Cubes, which seriously impresses his little sister (and me). He can solve one in under a minute and competed in a World Cubing Association tournament a couple of years ago!
I just got him this floor cube and it makes a great foot rest. I like come into his room and sit in this chair with my coffee in the morning and chat. The footrest is a really nice addition!
Can you tell how happy he is in his new room?! The next project will be cable management. I was careful to corral those ugly wires for the pics, but let me know if you’d be interested in seeing how we control the chaos of wires in the future!
And now what do we do with the empty room?! It currently has his guitars, keyboard and my treadmill and some weights in it. It’ll probably stay that way for awhile!
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Have a fantastic day friend!
Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring today’s post