20 Kids’ Bedroom Ideas So Fun They’ll Stop Sleeping in Your Bed

updated Sep 13, 2023
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Being an adult is overrated, for many reasons (laundry, bills, figuring out how to cancel plans without offending anyone). Another reason? Our rooms are so boring compared to kids’ bedrooms.

Kids’ bedrooms are vibrant, creative, and, at least these days, surprisingly styling. They’re designed to energize and inspire…who doesn’t want that? Whether you have a kid on the way and are thinking about nursery ideas or you’re looking to make over your toddler’s bedroom, here are 20 kids’ bedroom ideas brimming with some grownup design inspo.

1. Sentimental Art

Save your precious wall space for something, well, precious. A framed traditional Korean dress (a gift from an aunt) is prominently displayed in Denie’s Melbourne bedroom.

2. Learning Nook

“My favorite element is Miles’ play area,” Habiba Koroma says of her kid-friendly Harlem loft. “Using a bookshelf as a room divider in the living room, I was able to effectively create a space where Miles could reign. The anchor of the space is an IKEA Kura bunk bed, which serves as an amazing springboard to create fun nooks for play and learning.”

We especially love the top bunk bed storage that gives Miles easy access to everything he needs.

Credit: Lizzie Ford

3. Built-In Storage

A bed frame with built-in storage, like the IKEA model in Milly’s Glasgow bedroom, is a great way to maximize space in a small bedroom.

4. Statement Walls

Statement walls aren’t just for adults! Van’s nursery in Culver City, California features a dramatic black-and-white color scheme, but the dark statement wall behind the crib creates a calming vibe.

Credit: Emma Fiala

5. Reading Rainbow

Turn your kid’s storage into a colorful bedroom centerpiece by arranging their books by spine color, like we saw on Allison and Jeff’s home tour. We know this is a bit of a touchy topic amongst our bibliophile readers, but can we agree it works (at least, for children)?

6. Built-In Bunks

Built-in bed nooks, like these sweet bunk beds we spotted on Chris Loves Julia, offer a space-savvy alternative to bulky twin-sized bed frames. To take it to the next level, create a built-in reading nook along the same wall.

7. Pare Down

Should you already have storage elsewhere (say, in a playroom or in cubbies in the closet), a single bedside stool is all your kid’s room needs by way of nightstand. And, as seen on A Cup of Jo, add some swing arm sconces to score some extra space in a shared room.

8. Crib Color Coordination

The colors in nurseries are usually soft and muted. But if you prefer something punchier, take notes from Natalie and Scott’s home tour. Try layering bold prints and patterns in the same color palette and having some fun with art. (Just be prepped to move any low-hanging pieces, like the bunny light, once your little one starts to grab for everything.)

9. Pennants, Please

An eye-catching banner moonlights as a colorful canopy for a low-lying four poster bed, like we saw on Laura’s home tour.

10. Space Station

A clean-lined floating desk, like this wall-mounted one inside Kenzie’s room, creates extra room to color and store stuff — without taking up any precious floor space.

11. Map Matters

An old-school map of the world, like the vintage one we saw in Finn’s room, doubles as a colorful (and educational) work of art when prominently placed in a kid’s bedroom.

12. Gimme Shelter

A tree house-inspired twin bed transforms a bare kid’s room into a fun-filled fortress in no time (from A Beautiful Mess).

13. Bold and Colorful

Polly’s ’70s-inspired bedroom features retro patterns, bold shapes, and vibrant colors. What’s not to love?

Credit: Viv Yapp

14. Big Kid Bed

An oversize bed frame with round corners, like this extendable one we spotted on YC Chen’s home tour, provides plenty of room to rest and play while staying child-friendly.

15. Chalk It Up

Cover an empty bedroom wall with a fresh coat of chalkboard paint and voila: Your kids will be entertained for weeks. Bonus points if you pair it with a Scandi-inspired play kitchen like Room to Bloom did here.

16. Mini Minimalism

If you thought there was no such thing as a minimalist-style kid’s room, think again. A simple all-white bedroom complete with colorful graphics and clean-lined furnishings, like these simple bunk beds from Sonia and Ibán’s home tour, offers plenty of creative inspo (sans the distractions).

17. Blushing Beauty

A soft palette of pale pink, like Kaitlyn’s blush bedroom on House of Hawkes, offers the right amount of color without overpowering a more subdued space.

18. Chill Out

Here’s another minimalist-style room, this time in the home of Erin and Creighton Barrett: Black, gray and white graphic prints set a soothing vibe without sacrificing an inch of style.

Credit: Joni Lay

19. Look Up

Vivi and Brigette’s bedroom is a great example of a cohesive shared space: The key is to create unique areas for each child while keeping the color story the same throughout (in this case a white bed/crib and black accent furniture).

20. Wonder Wall

Fashion a single statement wall in your kid’s bedroom with some bold—but washable—wallpaper, like we saw in Oscar’s room.