Design Ideas for a Shared Boys' Room

These designer solutions make great use of a shared (small) space.

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Room for Two

This shared boys’ bedroom may lack in space, but there are no sacrifices in style thanks to smart space planning, careful layering of colors and textures, and lots of whimsical elements. With ageless elements like hanging chairs and resin antlers, this is a room kids can continue to grow into and not out of.

Smart Space

A Parsons-style desk paired with stylish stools creates a space-saving and versatile option for a bedroom that functions as a sleep, lounge and homework space. This layout also leaves room for more fun seating options, such as hanging hammock chairs.

Light Bright

Floor-to-ceiling white linen drapes help reflect light back into the room, making the space feel larger, brighter and airier.

Timeless Appeal

An elegant glass table lamp placed in front of the window almost disappears into the reflection of the backyard but is anchored by a linen shade in the same blue-grays seen throughout the room.

Extra Points for Pattern

A Moroccan dhurrie rug adds plenty of visual interest as the base layer to this space. A wool rug with a high-contrast pattern is a durable and forgiving choice for a kid’s room.

Rethink the Chair

Hammock chairs create a quiet spot for reading or relaxing without taking up a lot of square footage. The chunky rope also adds an element of texture to the space.

Vintage Details

Add personality to a space by repurposing old toys, family heirlooms or handmade gifts into one-of-a-kind artwork, like this model ship.

Little Things Mean a Lot

Every home has a story to tell. Even with a modern makeover, this Craftsman bungalow pays homage to its historic bones with reproduction crystal doorknobs.

Work Station

Think outside the box when creating a workspace that needs to accommodate more than one person. In this shared boys’ bedroom, a Parsons-style desk allows multiple seats to be stored underneath. The working wall affords kids a low-commitment way to tape artwork and mementos right at their eye level. Gold garden stools provide versatile seating options that can accommodate group study sessions.

Global Affair

A forged-iron, cage-style chandelier adds a touch of masculine, classic style and emits plenty of light by way of four Edison bulbs.

Cozy Touches

Chunky textural fabrics, such as these oversized Euro shams wrapped in ivory cable knit, create a preppy and comfortable place to lounge.

Color Counts

The key to a well-designed space is purposeful layering of colors, textures and patterns. The rug, duvet and blankets vary in size and are carefully balanced in the same color palette of blues and grays. Not a single hue is used twice, yet the overall effect is a well-collected, matching look.

Old School

Vintage industrial materials lend a lot of character to a space, and they can also be a practical choice in rooms that might see a lot of traffic or wear and tear.

Heavy Metal

A metal table lamp adds character, color and texture to this space. The white lampshade complements nearby artwork as well as the chair rail.

Hang Time

A blue-patterned throw pillow adds texture and character to this boy's bedroom.

Small Potted Plants on White Windowsill

Small potted plants are an easy way to dress up a windowsill and add character and color to a room.

Organizing an Art Gallery Wall

Blue painter's tape is used to mark the locations for a couple of pieces of art on this gallery wall.

Metallic Antlers

A set of metallic antlers makes for an eye-catching accent in a boy's bedroom.

Desk With Stool in Boys' Green Transitional Bedroom

A dedicated homework station in this boys' bedroom makes sharing and working in the space easy. A hanging hammock chair nearby offers a fun place to relax in between study sessions.

Vintage Industrial Locker Nightstand

A vintage industrial locker serves as a nightstand in this boys' bedroom, adding character and storage to the shared space.