Children’s Bedroom Storage Ideas: Shared Boys Bedroom Reveal

Today’s the day! The big Shared Boys Bedroom reveal! Come take a tour of the finished room and get tons of children’s bedroom storage ideas!

Six very short weeks ago we lost our minds signed up for what I thought would be an easy task – the One Room Challenge (ORC) where we have to redo a room in … six weeks!

Now, we weren’t renovating a bathroom or doing a total gut job room so I thought “how hard could it be?”.  Truth is, the entire six weeks were extremely stressful, time-consuming, and at times complete chaos.

My head was constantly swirling with ideas and ever-changing plans for the shared boys bedroom.

Every day/minute/second we weren’t at work or sleeping or dealing with tantrums was spent designing something in the room, shopping for the room, or actually completing projects for the room.

And then, BOOM!  Six weeks pass and somehow, by some crazy miracle, the boys’ shared bedroom is finished and is just perfect.

Okay, so it wasn’t a miracle that the boys’ room was finished in time.  I owe so much to my husband and father-in-law who worked endlessly to get everything done, listened to my constant demands and 1 billion texts about what I wanted to do, and helped out with the kiddos when I needed time.  It’s amazing to have amazing people in my life (yes I meant to put amazing twice πŸ˜‰ )

To see how we got to this point, check out the previous weeks of chaos:

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Shared Boys Bedroom Reveal

Alright, enough chatting.  Let me show you my little boys’ new shared bedroom!!

Shared Boys Bedroom packed with tons of storage and organization ideas, a kids craft table, kids reading nook, bunk beds, DIY magnet board, clothing storage and fun, bright and modern design!

Ahhhhh LOVE!!

A photo of a bedroom for children with two bunk beds.
Shared Boys Bedroom storage and organization ideas, a kids craft table, kids' reading nook, bunk beds.
Another photo of the Shared Boys Bedroom, with a kids craft table, kids' reading nook, and bunk bed.
A Shared Boys Bedroom with a fun and playful design.
A Shared Boys Bedroom with a fun and playful design, including an adorable basket and curtain.

Next to the play area is the gorgeous exposed brick fireplace that we finished off in week 4 with drool-worthy cement tile.  Seriously.  I want to cement tile everythingggg.

A Shared Boys' Bedroom with bricks including an adorable basket.

The basket looks so perfect right in the fireplace.  It’s being used to store some stuffed animals hand puppets.

A shared boys' bedroom with bricks and an adorable basket.

Oh my gosh, I LOVE it!

A green stripe of curtain on the window

We added some lovely new curtains to the windows. The bold green and white stripe is perfectly “boy”.

Best part? They’re black-out curtains. So, if your kids pride themselves on being like a rooster and wake up at dawn, the curtains keep them asleep just a bit longer.

{And, yes, Liam thinks it’s funny to be a rooster. He better learn to make coffee for Mama}

a carpet focus with a charming diy cabinet for your boys.

In the middle of the room, we have the most comfortable rug ever.  Seriously.  This rug is so soft you could sleep on it.  It’s fluffy and fun and a perfect place for the kids to play.

It’s no longer sold unfortunately, but here’s something similar.

A photo of a gallery wall a frame hang on the wall,

I made a little monochromatic gallery wall above the dresser using some prints I made myself and a few much better-looking prints from my friend Lora at Craftivity Designs.

Children’s Bedroom Storage Ideas

Let’s take a closer look at all the different parts of the shared boys bedroom – specifically narrowing in on some of the children’s bedroom storage ideas because that’s where I think this room really shines!

You’ll see that throughout the room I used paper mache letters that I decorated with paint and Sharpie to designate different “zones” of the room. There’s “play”, “make” and “read”.

Dress Up Costume Storage Area for Boys

A photo of a cute dress Up Costume Storage Area for Boys.

What do little boys love to do?  PLAY, of course!

We have a bazillion dress-up outfits and old costumes and they absolutely love to dress up and pretend play.

We opted to put three hooks on the wall (similar) to hang costumes. We also added a coat rack with a lot of hooks to hang more costumes up.

A photo of a cute dress-up storage area for boys, with hooks on the wall to hang costumes.

It’s so nice to have all the costumes out hanging and visible so they can pick an outfit out. The hooks also make it very easy for the little ones to put the costumes away themselves.

A key part of this entire room makeover is making sure everything has a place.  That way, it’s easier to put away {in theory haha}.

A photo of a boys' dress-up storage area, with hooks on the wall to hang costumes.

The little bags are perfect for hanging smaller items.  In the blue bag (similar), we have little masks and arm/leg things for costumes (which is obviously their technical name!! πŸ˜‰ ).

The clothes stand (also from IKEA) has a ton of hooks which is perfect for the plethora of costumes we have.  Just entirely too many.  I also hung their Star Wars masks on the stand and that adorable fireman’s hat!

Toy Storage Closet for Children’s Bedroom or Playroom

That closet there to the left?  Remember what it looked like before? Let me refresh your memory.

Toy Storage Closet: Before

A photo of a storage solution for all of the toys, which is messy.

It was a MESS with absolutely no efficient storage solutions for all of the toys.

Toy Storage Closet: After

Shared Boys Bedroom packed with tons of storage and organization ideas, a kids craft table, kids reading nook, bunk beds, DIY magnet board, clothing storage and fun, bright and modern design!

It’s like toy organization heaven.  This may be my favorite part of the boys shared room.

We added all the shelving and created a functional, budget-friendly organizational system.

Again, everything has a place.

A photo of a blocks, Legos and trucks. Β Each is in its own bin and all accessible to both boys.

The very bottom is for blocks, Legos and trucks.  Each is in its own bin and all accessible to both boys.

A 2 plastic bin that can be used as a storage solution.

The first shelf has wooden cars and trucks and matchbox cars in matching sturdy plastic bins from IKEA.  I added some mini DIY basket labels for me because, I mean, they can’t read.  But, I think they look cute!

The bins are just too heavy for my youngest to move but light enough for my oldest to pick up and also get to the parking garage.  But, my youngest can still reach in and grab a car or wooden toy if he wants.

A 2 plastic bin that can be used as a storage solution for children's toys.

It’s really perfect because it limits the mess.  There’s no dumping all the toys out, playing for 5 minutes, and then whining about picking them up.  For the most part, they come to grab a few toys and play then put them back.

A photo of the second shelf in a cabinet shows toys.

The second shelf contains toys mostly for just my oldest. There are smaller pieces that are potential choking hazards for the little one and also his Millennium Falcon because that’s sacred to him.

Also, this shelf contains some toys that tend to be “dump out and forget about it” toys – like the bristle blocks and alphabet animals. Having those up out of reach means that the little one can’t just dump them out.  We bring them out to play, then put them back in their place.

I picked up the cutest storage boxes (seen next to the Millennium Falcon) that are perfect for some smaller toys.

A photo of the third and fourth shelves, which are organized with bins.

The third shelf and fourth shelf are both for me because neither boy can reach up here. The lovely gray fabric boxes from IKEA are HUGE and offer a ton of storage while remaining so pretty!

I’ve decided to use them for shoes (that are currently not the right size for either boy but we want to keep them until they fit), Halloween costumes, and seasonal.

Hard to believe we have more costumes outside of what we have hanging in the costume area, but we do. We keep those in the Halloween bin along with their trick-or-treat bags that I lose every.single.year.  

Seasonal will contain goggles, swim shoes swim trunks in the summer, and gloves, hats, and snow gear for the winter.  Basically, anything I have to search for days to find when the season changes will be all in one spot!

A photo of the third and fourth shelves, which are organized with bins.

The top shelf is miscellaneous storage.  Diapers, blankets, and towels.  And Tidmuth Sheds, which is entirely too big (it’s from Thomas the Tank Engine).

Art Area with Art Supply Storage

So, the kids aren’t really into the children’s bedroom storage ideas. Shocking.

But, they are loving their new magnet board and craft table – comprising the “Make” area of the room.

A photo of a craft table with a blue chair for children.

I sketched what I wanted the craft table to look like.  And let’s just say it’s on par with a 4 year old’s drawing.  My ahhhmazing FIL came up with this from my horrible drawing!

Those blue metal chairs (similar) are SO perfect.

There’s storage for all the coloring books here in the craft table.

A photo of a craft table with shelves for crayons, markers, and Play-Doh.

And shelves for crayons, markers, and Play-Doh.

A photo of a craft table with custom-built bracket to hold paper for coloring. Β The paper can be pulled across and held in place by wooden strips anchored into the table, as shown here.

On the side, there’s a custom-built bracket to hold paper for coloring.  The paper can be pulled across and held in place by wooden strips anchored into the table.  GENIUS!

A fun and easy-to-make craft table for kids.

Check out the full DIY tutorial for the kid’s craft table here! Here’s something similar you can buy here!

A fun and easy-to-make craft table for kids, with a DIY magnet board behind it.

Behind the table is a fun DIY magnet board! Here’s something similar if you want to buy one like this!

A photo of ombre distressed magnet letters for each little boy, with an IKEA kitchen storage system to hang fun buckets that are perfect for storing the rest of the magnets.

I made ombre distressed magnet letters for each little boy (tutorial shared on Kenarry).  We used IKEA’s kitchen storage system to hang fun buckets that are perfect for storing the rest of the magnets.

A photo of ombre distressed magnet letters for each little boy, with an IKEA kitchen storage system to hang fun buckets that are perfect for storing the rest of their magnets.
A photo of ombre distressed magnet letters for each little boy and a magnetic board.

Above the magnet board, I used another IKEA product to hang some of their recent art (similar).  Liam was SO excited to show everyone which pictures he painted, and less excited to show Charlie’s haha.

A cute letter with a stripe curtain on each side.

There are those curtains again!  Love!

Reading Nook Tent with Book Storage

On to the tent / reading nook …

A photo of a DIY reading nook white tent with book storage.

My awesome friend sewed the entire tent and two giant floor pillows!  The boys LOOOOVE this space.

Another photo of a DIY reading nook tent with bookshelves.

Here’s a similar reading tent option to buy if you want to add something like this to your kid’s space!

A close up photo of a DIY reading nook tent with bookshelves, showing the books and other items inside.

The wooden spice racks (similar) hold a ton of books and all the books are visible so the kids don’t have to pull out all/of/the/books!

A photo of a DIY reading nook tent with bookshelves, showing the books and other items inside. The tent has 2 pillows on it.

Liam picked out star string lights (similar) that looked perfect in the tent.  Every morning he wakes up, plugs in the star lights, sits on his floor pillow, and reads books.  *Heart melts*.

A photo of a DIY reading nook tent with bookshelves and star lights.
A photo of a DIY reading nook tent with bookshelves and two pillows.

Under bed storage with a train table

Oh and what’s that under the bunk beds?  A DIY train table!!

Under bed storage with a train table
Under bed storage with a train table and a cute boy on the photo.

I’d say they like their new train table for a wooden train track.  Mama likes that it fits right under their bed.

Under bed storage with a train table and two boys in the photo.

Here’s a similar option if you want to buy something like this to roll under the bed.

Another photo of Under bed storage with a train table and two boys playing in the photo.

Wall storage for bunk beds

While the boys are sharing the room, I wanted them to have their own space, too.

Each of their beds has a personalized letter for their name, another wooden spice rack with books just for them, and a pretty art piece held up with washi tape.

Wall storage for bunk beds

The bedding from IKEA is so fluffy, comfortable, and bright.  I could really sleep in these beds!

A photo of a bund bed for boys.

I also found each boy a stuffed animal from Wee Believers that says a prayer or sings a religious song.  So cute.

A photo of a bunk bed with a cute letter C and a book.
The bed is covered with 3 pillows and a stuffed animal.

Charlie loves to point out all the different vehicles on the bedding.  And “read” books πŸ™‚

A boy is reading in bed with books piled up behind him.

Liam loves to go up to his space and read.  Or to hide from Charlie.

A boy's brother is reading in bed at the top of his bunk bed.

The bunk beds from IKEA are a sleek, functional design that takes up the least amount of space possible, which is perfect!

We also picked up the cutest rolling storage bin from IKEA to store the trains and tracks for the train table.  It fits nicely next to the beds and can be rolled over to the carpet when they’re ready to play.

{Look at how fluffy that rug is!!!}

A photo of cutest rolling storage bin from IKEA to store the trains and tracks for the train table beside the bunk bed.

Creative Clothing Storage with Chalkboard Dresser

We also gave their boring, standard kid dresser a major facelift.

A chalkboard painted on the cabinet with a gallery wall above it.

The chalkboard paint on the front is my favorite!  I hand-lettered all the words with a chalk marker.  It took foreverrrr because I was never quite satisfied.  But, I’m loving how it turned out!

A chalkboard was painted on the cabinet, and a gallery wall hung above it.
The cabinet was painted with chalkboard paint.

Clothes Closet Organization Ideas for Children’s Bedroom

Lastly, we organized the other closet in the room that is used mostly for clothing.

Clothes Closet Organization Ideas for Children's Bedroom.

Since they are both sharing this closet for their clothes, we have color-coordinated hangers (even though they are clearly two different sizes, it just looks prettier πŸ˜‰ ).

A photo of a basket on the cabinet.

The cute baskets at the top store their hoodies which always seem to take up SO much room. 

A photo of a hook that works perfectly on the cabinet closet, which is where they store their hooded towels.

We have a hook for their hooded towels, which works perfectly.

A photo of a hook that works well on the cabinet closet with clothes hung from it and a tool bench under it.

There was plenty of space for their tool bench (which they pull out when they want to play with it).

A storage unit from IKEA to store toys.

We also added a storage unit from IKEA to keep a few “loose” toys under control.

The photo of three bins of the storage unit are superheroes and other figurines, trucks/cars, and puzzles.

The three bins of the storage unit are superheroes and other figurines, trucks/cars, and puzzles.

Mesh sports bags on amazon to store toys.

I HAD to figure out a way to organize puzzles.  The pieces always end up everywhere and my head was going to explode.  So, I found mesh sports bags on Amazon that the puzzles fit perfectly into.  That way, the pieces can fall out but not be all over the place.

So, do the boys like their new room full of children’s bedroom storage ideas?

A photo of baby boy seating.

It sure looks like it, doesn’t it?

two boys playing with crayons.
A photo of two children drawing on a table together.

WOW!  It feels SO good to be done.  And beyond thrilled with how the room turned out.  Every late night and long day working on it was totally worth it.

I can’t thank my sponsors enough!  We are so lucky to have teamed up with such amazing companies.

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Oh … and that announcement.  Why are we having the boys share a bedroom?  To make room for baby #3 coming this April!  Oh, and she’s a giiiiiirrrllllll.  We are so excited.  Expect a very pink, frilly, ruffly, all-girl nursery sometime in the New Year πŸ™‚

Thank you for sticking with me throughout this challenge and just in general.  I’m consistently humbled by and thankful for all of your continued support <3

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118 Comments

  1. You knocked this whole thing out of the park, darling! You had a vision from day one and you executed perfectly. Our sons (and future daughter) are so lucky to have you as their mother. I love you❀️.

  2. Oh wow! If this isn’t the best boys bedroom of the year then I am not sure what is! What a lovely space done in such a short space of time. I love all the different centers and their bedding is just so inviting!! That closet is really a transformation!! I am so glad you got this done and it is one less thing to worry about. Loved seeing these full shots of the room.

    Congratulations on the exciting announcement – glad you had help from family to make it through this room. Now to start on the pink room??? Ha!!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments, Zan! I’m so glad you love the room. Isn’t that closet a mom’s dream?? I am so glad to be done, too!! We didn’t just have help from family, my FIL seriously was amazing. It couldn’t have been done without him.

      And we are so excited for a little girl! Funny, if I had a girl first (or second) I probably wouldn’t be so into “pink” because I’m truly not a girly girl. But, since I’m 2 kiddos into blue and green I’m dreaming of ALL the pink πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my goodness Sarah! This is SUCH a fun space! I’m sure the boys LOVE it – I can just picture our little guy jumping right into the fun with them! I love all the fun fabrics you chose and how awesome is that train table!!! You totally knocked it out of the park my friend!

  4. Oh wow Sarah, I love how this room turned out. It looks so pretty and cozy. I love all the little and functional details. I am so excited you guys finished the room but even more so about baby #3. Congratulations!!! I am so beyond happy for you!!

  5. I LOVE everything about this room! I’m mommy to one little girl, so boy rooms totally scare me! But I can definitely use some of the organization tips and tricks! And a big congratulations on #3! I’m expecting baby #2 in January and it’s amazing how exciting it is even though I’ve gone through the whole pregnancy thing before! Each baby is a gift. I’ll be praying for an easy pregnancy and delivery for you. ~Chelsea

    1. Thank you Chelsea!! I’m glad you can at least use some of the organization ideas for your girl(s) room(s). Congrats on baby #2 I’m so happy for you! Life gets a whole lot more crazy with two kiddos haha. I have yet to have an easy delivery so I’m praying this is the time!!

  6. Looks like your boys love it already! That table is perfect, you’ll have to thank your FIL! And I wish I had a fireplace in my bedroom as a kid – lucky guys! This space is beautiful – you did a great job πŸ™‚

  7. Great job Sarah and fam! The room looks ~amazing~!! I’m trying to reorganize my little mans room so I’ve been watching your progress. I’m loving that craft table – might see if carpenter George can hook me up ? Congrats on baby #3! Little girl rooms are so much fun to create too ??

    1. Thanks so much Kristy!! I’m so glad you’ve been following along. It’s weird documenting our family life on the internet .. I’m always wondering if people actually care haha. We will be sharing the full craft table DIY soon – once I convince my FIL to write the post because Lord knows I didn’t help with that at all haha. I can’t wait to make a little girl’s room. Hope you’re doing well πŸ™‚

  8. What a dream room for your boys. Not a single thing I would do different if I was doing a room for my kids. Was worth the pain and suffering.

  9. the room came out so great!! i don’t know which i like better – the craft table or the train table under the bed. you did such a great job. congrats on babe #3!!

  10. What a fabulous space!! I love the reading nook (and that you have Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – my favourite ABC book), and the pull-out train storage is genius!

  11. Such a cute room! I love the pull out play space! I wonder if that would help my daughter keep her room cleaner. πŸ˜‰
    Congrats on the pregnancy!

  12. Wow!! Such a fun and cute (and definitely joy filled) space you have created for them!! I love the costume area and the little tent… and all the colourful touches you’ve added!

  13. I love your boy’s room. It is SO colorful, SO organized, and So functional!! Congratulations on your new baby girl! That is wonderful news πŸ™‚

  14. The room looks terrific – the boys must love it. It has everything they need and could want. Congratulations on your new little one!

  15. All I have to say is WOW! I absolutely love it all.
    CONGRATUALTIONS on the Baby Girl Ahhh! What an awesome announcement. Can’t wait to see the nursery.

    Ps those cement tiles, oh my decor heart.

  16. O.M.G.!! This room turned out AMAZING! What a sweet space for your two boys. And what a great reason to have them share a room. Congratulations on baby #3!! That definitely is an exciting announcement! πŸ˜‰
    I can’t wait to see the girly nursery!
    Our girl nursery isn’t all that girly, but maybe you’ll like to take a look: http://www.niftythriftythings.com/ellas-baby-room/

    Thank you so much for sharing this great room!
    XO! Vanessa

  17. Ok, I don’t even know where to begin. I LOVE so many of the projects in this room! That art table, the kids’ dresser, and train table, the tiles – ahhh – it’s all so gorgeous yet functional! I am totally going to install little bookshelves above my girls’ beds for them to store their special books. I love this idea, and the mesh bags for puzzles! Congratulations on the little girl that will soon be coming your way!

    1. Aww you are SO sweet Jenny, thank you for such a thoughtful comment!! And, thank you for reading all my little details of the room (like the mesh bags for puzzles)! I’m so glad you like it – and the little bookshelves are so stinkin’ cute. The boys love having their own space. Your girls would LOVE them!

  18. Congrats on your little girl! That’s so exciting! My boys would be so jealous of this room! There are so many great details that you included. I love it! Can’t wait to see your frilly girl’s room!

  19. You did such a great job!!!! I cannot wait to see some of the tutorials. I love how organized, functional and playful it is. Thanks for including my art, too πŸ™‚ Congrats on baby!!! P.S. My kids love a shared bedroom — and I’m sure your boys will, too!!

  20. I love this room! And I want to make one of those DIY train tables. My son has a giant one in the middle of his room with a loft bed. but he wants a regular bed, so I think I am gonna try to make one of these that will slide under a regular bed. he will have so much more space that way.

  21. You did such a great job! I love it all – and the detail you showed was so nice. I feel like I was able to see it all in person. Anddd HUGE congratulations on the baby girl. I can’t wait to see what you do with the nursery πŸ™‚
    Best,
    Kelly