Boring to Bold Boys Sports Themed Bedroom

We moved into our house almost 4 years ago and since day one I have been planning and plotting my boys bedroom decor. Come take a tour of their room that has finally been transformed from a boring to bold space! Fair warning: I ended up splurging on a couple of items but you can always use this for inspiration and DIY many of the items you see!

First lets talk about the before… Large, bare walls. No storage. Mis-matched everything. Messy. This room needed major help. Fortunately it had plenty of space and potential!

The most important thing was storage, storage and more storage! Now that baby sister is mobile and getting into everything, we needed to get their room set up with lots of cabinets, cubbies and shelves to house their toys, games and other items we didn’t want the baby touching.

I first dreamed of built-ins to surround the window (THIS was my inspiration). Well, it turns out that built-ins like that cost over $3,000 :( Ikea to the rescue! I purchased the STUVA Storage system which fit EXACTLY into the space. Not a millimeter to spare. I liked that the cabinets and drawers had doors so you could throw toys in for easy clean up. Plus it had the perfect little desk area for the boys to sit at and color, do a workbook, or homework.

For added storage, Target sells this kids storage ottoman that fits perfectly under the Ikea desk! I feel like I really lucked out that it came in the perfect bold colors to compliment the room. My only true frugal find was the blue textured stripe accent rug from Target. I found it on clearance for only $17 and for its large size (48×66), I thought this was a steal. Unfortunately I think it has been discontinued but I did find someone selling one on Ebay.
Stick on Command hooks let my boys show off their medals on one side of the bookshelf and magnetic chalk board from Jo-Anns is a fun way to post and “frame” pictures of the boys at their favorite activities. And if this is the first time seeing my crochet basketball hoop net, you can get the pattern HERE.
Pennant flags of our favorite teams line one wall. We have been collecting these for years and plan to add a couple more! Extra-large Painted Letters from Pottery Barn Kids are a stand-out feature and my oldest loves that his letter is in his favorite color, red :) 

The wall-mounted book shelves are also from Pottery Barn Kids and hold a lot of their favorite books as well as little brothers favorite doll – Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks Cornerback!

The Bean Bag Soccer Ball and Football were both purchased from Amazon and the coolest, most fun part of the whole room is the Ikea EKKORE Hanging Seat! The boys are very excited about their new reading area. We have a rule at bedtime: If you aren’t tired, then you can pick out a book and read quietly.

I think the key to designing any room is to take your time. I’ve been collecting little sports-themed items for a couple years. My Aunt found these awesome vintage football player bookends at an antique shop.

Grandma gifted the boys this beautiful sports-themed bedding years ago and not only has it held up nicely, but it is what I based the whole color scheme around. The loft bed is from Ashley Furniture Outlet (now closed). Here is what we love about the bed: the built-in drawers, stairs instead of a ladder, and a low top bunk (for safety and for easy reach to tuck in my child and to make the bed). What we don’t love is that the wood is pretty cheap (particle board) and the lower bed has to be completely pulled out to sleep on. But that does make for a fun fort area!

Lastly, old sports equipment like these lacrosse sticks made perfect artwork for empty wall space!

Ultimately my boys ended with a sportsy sanctuary that they love spending time in. A room that is not only fun but also functional with plenty of hidden storage spots! I hope you have been inspired by this little makeover. And if you haven’t had a chance to check out baby sisters DIY nursery, you can see it HERE.

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  1. says

    Awesome boys bedroom. I love that the top bunk isn't so high. Couldn't you use the foot of the bottom bunk as the head so you wouldn't have to pull it out?

  2. says

    The room looks great!! Any boy would be so happy to have this as their room. I love the storage unit, it fits perfect and adds tons of storage. All of the sports decor is so cute!

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