Little lads to big boys – create a room that will last

Children grow out of clothes, toys and bedrooms. So when you’re next decorating your son’s bedroom, create something that will last him longer than his latest pair of trainers. The trick is to decorate a boy’s room with colours, patterns and design themes that will grow with him.

Introduce quirky design themes (their latest fad) with caution. If he’s 5 years old, walks, eats and sleeps Spiderman, it’s unlikely to last long. Unless you plan on redecorating every 2-3 years, introduce a theme with accessories rather than paint!

spiderman muralDesign themes

Curtains and bed linen are the easiest way to inject a design theme into a room. By keeping the walls and floor coverings neutral, you can replace accessories and soft furnishings with more sophisticated pieces over time, without the hassle and expense of redecorating the entire room.

football theme bedroom

Wall stickers are a cheap, quick and easy alternative to painted murals and they’re easy to remove! These stickers are available from Not on the High Street.

robot wall stickers


Enough storage in a kid’s room is key. Whether you have space for free standing storage, or need to utilise unused space with made to measure built in storage, having plenty is essential to keep the room organised and as tidy as possible. Reclaimed lockers or this clever box storage by Guus Oosterbaan will keep all of his toys tidy.

kids storage

Floor to ceiling shelves are great to display treasured toys or keep things out of arm’s reach, and keep floor space free for fun and games.


Invest in off-white or plain wood furniture, it’s hard wearing and fits with most design themes. It can also be easily painted and re-painted when his tastes change. Second hand furniture can save money and is usually better quality than a lot of new pieces, in addition you won’t worry so much when it takes a few knocks.

Bunk beds or a store away trundle bed is another must for when friends come to stay. Cushions and bean bags are great too. Invest in good quality materials that will withstand heavy wear and tear.

wooden bunk beds

A study area needs to be clutter free, large enough to work in and with plenty of storage. A good size quality desk and chair will last him until he flies the nest, so these are worth getting just right. Remember to make sure the lighting is good by including a directional lamp in addition to overhead lighting.

This stow away desk is great  for painting and colouring in activities!

kids desk

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Whether you need a carpenter to make you a built in cupboard for all of your son’s toys or a painter to roll on some scrub-able paint, we have thousands of quality, local tradesmen covering 24 trades, across the UK. To find one, all you need to do is post your job for free and we’ll put you in contact with up to 3 tradesmen in your local area. Each tradesmen will quote for your job and you’ll be able to review their ratings online and select the right one for you. Once s/he has completed the work, don’t forget to rate him/her!

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