Three Kid Room Designs We Get Asked About All The Time

September 4, 2020  —  Written by Julia 

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We’ve designed A LOT of kids’ bedrooms over the years, but there are three types that we are repeatedly asked for advice on — a little boy’s room (as a girl mom, it does slip my mind), a princess room (lots of requests for this one!) and a small bedroom. Walmart wanted to partner with us on kids’ bedroom designs this season, and we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make a few mood boards using some of our favorite pieces from their kids’ furniture and decor that are timeless enough to grow with your child (and easy on the wallet!).

1. A Boy’s Bedroom! 

I’ve actually always wanted to do a boy’s bedroom so this was fun for me! I think with most kids’ spaces art is going to make it feel well designed and I love the pair of prints in this moodboard. I also focus on sturdy furniture, and classic patterns–you can never go wrong with stripes! A bookshelf for his collections and a slouchy chair to lounge in a wipeable fabric.

Abstract Art: $76
Retro Lightning Art: $48
Bookshelf: $129
Table Lamp: $49
Platform Bed: $129
Striped Sheets: $18
Rug: $22
Nightstand: $94
Dresser: $218
Bean Bag: $35


2. The Princess Room

A princess room needs a canopy bed and I fell hard for this one from Walmart! Mixed with drape-y bedding and a soft palette keeps this bedroom peaceful for a princess. I imagine an additional fabric canopy (isn’t the gold one so beautiful!?) in a corner to make a cozy reading nook, but it can also easily be placed over an existing bed to transform it! The dresser and nightstand are sturdy pieces that will absolutely grow with her.

Table Lamp: $69
Linen Trim Pillow: $24
Cloud Pillow: $12
Canopy: $31
Canopy Bed: $168
Rug: $514
Nightstand: $102
Bedspread: $53
Dresser: $279
Rocking Chair: $35

3. A Small Room

When I was growing up, my sister and I shared an attic bedroom. For the majority of the time, we slept on the same side, but there were a couple years that I was itching for independence and I scooted my bedroom over to the opposite side of the stairs, in a small 6×9 space. I loved it! There are a few things that will maximize a small room for kids and a daybed is at the top of the list! The great thing about a daybed is it’s MEANT to be against a wall. Line it with pillows to cozy it up. Floor space is precious, so wall-mounted sconces are a must! No closet? No problem. A free-standing wardrobe in a light color tucked in a corner will be the perfect spot for putting everything away. (Small spaces get messy fast!) Which is why I also recommend a couple of floor baskets for toys and books. Anything the can be corralled or put away will go a long way in helping the small space feel larger. And lastly–a big piece of art for the wall!

Rainbow Art: $58
Sconces (set of 2): $120
Trundle Daybed: $300
Rug: $342
Beige Border Pillow: $50
Gold Tassel Pillow: $32
Tassel Fringe Lumbar Pillow: $26
Pom Pom Throw Blanket: $17
Rattan Baskets: $52
Faux Fur Chair: $109
Wardrobe: $299


What kind of kids room should we do next?!

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  1. Michelle says:

    Great affordable ideas, I just bought the sconces! Small room ideas please ????! My kids rooms are 10×10 and I’m always looking for more ideas. I want to add personality and color to their walls but am worried because they are so small. Any ideas? Thanks!

  2. Sole says:

    I LOVE these! And I really like seeing the prices of thing and how budget friendly they are. I would love to see ideas for a shared bedroom. I have two little ones sharing a room and they are a boy and girl. It’s always hard to hit that balance and make it fun but still gender neutral. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jessica R. says:

    I would love to see a tween boy’s room. I am at a loss as to how to decorate the bonus room that my two middle school boys share. We need functional but presentable, so we can store all their gaming gear and school supplies, but also a place for them to entertain their neighborhood friends. Thanks!

  4. Diane says:

    I love the Walmart selections! QHow about first apartment after college bedroom? It is such a big transition for young adults to feel independent and starting off their careers.

  5. Miranda M says:

    What about a shared bedroom? Like 3 kids. Where do you built in, combining pre-teen with pre-k and incorporating independence within the shared space. Oh did I just write my own struggles?! Maybe ???? but I loooove your mood boards

  6. Chris says:

    Wow! So great! Thanks for doing this!!!

  7. Ashley says:

    I would love to see a few gender-neutral takes for brothers and sisters who share!

  8. shannon says:

    Gender neutral nursery!

  9. Andrea says:

    Big sister3 years and little brother coming will share the same room. Would love inspiration for that. It’s going bro help me

  10. Ann says:

    A question about the Eames-style chair from Walmart in your music room: Does it offer good lumbar support? I am in desperate need of good lumbar support in a nice-looking chair! Thank you.

  11. Dianne Phillips says:

    Practical, not cost-prohibitive, and great design!

  12. Christie says:

    These room designs are darling! Just like the description for the small bedroom, I’d love the descriptions of the rooms to be all inclusive rather than gendered like “boy’s” or “princess” That way, when a kid wants a cool room with graphic art and a beanbag or a room with a canopy bed and curtains, both are valid options for anyone. KWIM? ❤️

    • AmandaKB says:

      I agree with Christie. As someone who was never a “girly girl,” I’d love to see more gender neutral ideas as well. Maybe something with a nature or exploration/travel theme?

  13. Amanda says:

    I have four girls that are almost teenagers. They are two to a room. Can’t we do a shared teenage room??

  14. Kelly says:

    Love, love these!! Mood boards are some of my favorite posts. For your next room moodboard? I suggest and Uber charming, gender-neutral cottage nursery. Maybe with a plaid wallpaper?? (Can you tell this is a selfish request? ????)

  15. Christie says:

    Hi Julia, I enjoyed seeing these rooms you put together! I’m wondering why it’s necessary to call them a “boy’s” room or a “princess room” – they’re all beautiful rooms for whatever wonderful kid wants to live in them! ❤️

  16. Lindsay F says:

    Ok wow- these designs are even better than I was expecting (and I always expect greatness from y’all). I am impressed with Walmart’s selection. Love, love, love all 3!

  17. There’s a typo on the price for the bedspread for the princess room! I was like, dang, that’s an expensive comforter! ????

  18. Heather says:

    Any idea on what to fill in the bean bag cover? Another bean bag or just the filler stuff?

  19. Lindsay says:

    These mood boards are so cute! I would have died over that canopy bed as a little girl!

  20. Lindsey says:

    Wow- love these!

  21. Mary says:

    Love this! I love the lounge bean bag chair linked in the boys room. On Walmart’s site it is the cover only though. Any ideas on how/where to get the filler for it?

  22. Gina says:

    I so enjoy your blog! This in going to sound so trivial but, how do you clean your paint brushes? Do you toss most? I am frugal but also know running water continuously isn’t free. Any tips or tricks would be great- rollers too :)

  23. MYKLESET says:

    I so enjoy your blog! This in going to sound so trivial but, how do you clean your paint brushes? Do you toss most? I am frugal but also know running water continuously isn’t free. Any tips or tricks would be great- rollers too :)

  24. Margaret says:

    These are so cute! I love that you are working with an affordable retailer. Any chance you have a link to that Sherpa floor lounger in the third room?

  25. Candice says:

    Home from college, pandemic style, and needs a “dorm”… that kind of bedroom?

    I have two home right now, trying to study amongst their childhood crap. ????

  26. Leslie says:

    Oh my gosh! This is the post I’ve been waiting for! I appreciate you did this with Walmart – the pieces are easy to get and affordable…would still love to see a boy’s bedroom when you don’t limit yourself to one retailer :)

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