Budget friendly ideas for decorating a boys bedroom

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Yesterday I shared with you how I painted the striped wall in Mr 9’s bedroom, today I will show you the finishing touches and how I decorated his bedroom at little expense.

I like my kids bedrooms to be a place they love, feel safe and enjoy spending time in. When they were younger I picked the colours for their walls and purchased quilts that I liked, but now they are older I like to give them the choice of what colours they would like in their rooms or what wall hangings they prefer.

Mr 9 is a huge Star Wars fans, however to buy a few framed wall hangings would have cost more than I anticipated.  Instead I searched eBay for a Star Wars Clone Wars wall calendar, as wall calendars usually have great images.  The one I found was 6 months out of date, so was  half price on Ebay, bargain! I placed the prints that Mr 9 really liked into some inexpensive black frames from Ikea, Nyttja $2.99 each, and attached them to the wall using 3M picture hanging strips.  I choose to use the strips so I don’t put holes into the walls, as I am sure we will redecorate again.  His karate trophy’s sit on the red Lack Shelf from Ikea.

The great thing about these frames is when he has outgrown Star Wars I can easily replace these images with the new ones.  The black frames should match any print.  

I found some Star Wars fabric cushion panels on eBay and stapled them to some square canvases.  The colours matched perfectly with his bedspread.

I painted his bookshelf in a vibrant glossy red with black trimmings and also painted the frame of his corkboard to match the frames above

Do you have any budget friendly decorating ideas for a boys bedroom?

Tomorrow I will share with you his Lego unit.

You can find details about how I organise his wardrobe here

 Thank you to Dettol for sponsoring today’s post

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8 comments

Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle October 17, 2012 - 11:54 AM

I love using old calendars for images too. Sometimes I will just print out pictures as well.

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Toushka Lee October 17, 2012 - 11:54 AM

love the red bookcase!
t-shirts are also great to use as wall art. esp if they have outgrown the size but the print is still loved.
I use souvenir t-shirts or fabrics from overseas as art in my home – also stretched and stapled over a canvas.

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Georgi October 20, 2012 - 6:35 PM

Genius! Thank u! Now I know what to do with old keepsake tees besides storing them in mothballs!!!!!!

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Utterly Organised October 17, 2012 - 12:27 PM

The removable wall art stickers are amazing and don’t ruin the walls when you out-grow or get sick of the design. I love the striped walls.

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Michelle October 17, 2012 - 12:38 PM

WoW! My 7 yo would adore that room. You have inspired me …

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Inspired... October 18, 2012 - 12:26 PM

Thank you thank you thank you…. I have two panels to hang up and have not been too keen on sewing them… stapling them onto a canvas is so easy… Thank you Thank you Thank you for saving me hours of heartache!!!

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louhickey October 18, 2012 - 1:26 PM

That looks fantastic! Well done! I was wondering what the green object under his bed is. My son keeps pushing things under his bed, accidentally or not, and there’s always a massive pile under there! I was wondering if you had any ideas (apart from buying a new bed with in-built storage drawers) to stop things from slipping under there…..

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s. davey February 24, 2013 - 8:55 AM

to me it looks like a spare mattress or easy-fall mat (like they have in kinder gyms etc.) for if a friend is staying over.

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