Teen Boy Bedroom Decor Makeover on a Budget

by Tonya Staab
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Looking for teen boy bedroom decor ideas? If you are working on a small budget then we’ve got a few ideas to get you started.

Disclosure: Anna’s Linens provided me with a gift card to purchase bed linens.

The last time I decorated Jay’s bedroom was in 2009, and you can see that bedroom makeover here. He’s outgrown the orange and blue decor that he liked back then. I moved the blue into Flynn’s room and the orange into Marisol’s. I’m working on re-purposing some of the other pieces.

Before and after photos of a teen boy bedroom makeover.
Before and after teen boy bedroom makeover

He’s been asking for a while if I could makeover his bedroom. He wanted something a little more mature and decided to use a tiger print blanket as a guide for the colors. He really started thinking about this before Christmas when he asked our family in Australia to buy him a chair from Ikea. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the makeover so it took me a while to come up with all of the pieces to pull it together.

Choosing teen boy bedroom decor

The most important thing before we got started was for me to not to take over this project. This was the hardest part, I’m a bit of a control freak. Instead, I sat down with him and he chose the colors, layout, and bedding to get started. I was able to have some input though, like advising him not to have entirely black bedding but to break it up with other colors, while still keeping the color scheme. Some of the things he really wanted were:

  • Sophisticated style, but using the tiger print blanket as a guide for the color scheme
  • Black plush bedding
  • Photographs and prints on his wall
  • A space to display his hats (which he collects)
  • Candles
  • Increase the walking space around his furniture and chairs
  • View his television from bed or his chair so that his head wouldn’t be turning constantly.

Teen boy bedding

Anna’s Linens came to the rescue recently when they offered me a gift card to go shopping in one of their stores. I had him take a look at the Anna’s Linens website and pick out new bedding. He sent me a few ideas of sets he loved and I went to a local store to see what was available and feel the materials. We settled on a black Microplush Black Mini Comforter Set. He prefers comforters to be in a king-size as opposed to his bed size, which is a queen. Thankfully this one came with two shams that fit his existing large pillow perfectly, and he now has a spare. 

Teen boy bedroom decor and bedding black, white, taupe, and wood.

I also found a set of taupe standard pillowcases for the other two pillows on his bed. Then last (but not least) two Cut Faux Fur Decorative Pillows in ivory. He already had taupe sheets on his bed, so we were able to keep these on. The total cost of linens came to a little over $60. If you aren’t already aware, Anna’s Linens offer a 10% military discount too.

I purchased a black tray table to replace the grey table he had. I had two large dark wood frames in the garage that was once in Flynn’s bedroom (we’d initially purchased them for the twin’s 1st birthday party). These matched perfectly with his new chair and I thought they’d look great above his bed. I printed out photographs of family, friends, and his girlfriend, in black and white – he had to have final approval on all photographs of course.

In the garage I had stored a lamp had hand-carved for me when I was still living in Australia. We didn’t have any tables in the house I could put it on, but it was perfect in Jay’s bedroom. All I needed to purchase was an ivory lampshade for it. Jay’s thrilled with the softer lighting in his bedroom now, instead of using the bright overhead lights on the ceiling. 

His bedroom is still a work-in-progress though. This past weekend we installed a set of three shelves on the wall above the chair to display his favorite hats on. Next, I plan on sanding and painting his desk and television stand, and stain the wood blades on his ceiling fan so they match the darker wood decor we’ve included in his bedroom. He also wants a large print of where he grew up in Australia for the wall opposite his bed. There are other accessories he has his eye on that I think will end up on birthday and Christmas wish lists.

I’ll be sure to update here as I complete each project.  For now, though, he’s thrilled with the progress.

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