One Room Challenge: Shared Kids Room Inspiration and Design Plan

If you have a shared kids room and don’t know how to make the best use of the space for the little ones then check out these ideas to get some inspiration and execute a design plan!

Hello, friends!  I am back for week two of the One Room Challenge to share some inspirational pictures and our full design plan for the shared boy’s bedroom!  Plus, some progress pictures (but don’t get too excited about those)…

If you are lost play a little catch-up below:

week 1 | week 2 (you’re here) | week 3 | week 4 | week 5 | week 6

One Room Challenge Week 1: A Shared Boys Bedroom with many different decor options

Different interests in a shared kids’ room

I shared this sneak peek of our design choices last week.  As you can tell, I don’t really have a “theme” for the boy’s room, though I’m not totally opposed to the idea.

The problem is one kid is 4 years old and the other will be 2 at the end of January.  They don’t really have common interests, other than bothering each other and trying to steal toys from each other.  And to whine.  SO much whining.

So, I wanted to just make a “boys” bedroom.  A place they can sleep comfortably but also have room to run around and play, make-believe, dress up, and create (color, paint, stickers, etc).  A space that is bright and colorful.  I’m seeing tons of blues and greens and patterns here.

And for ME, a place that is organized and where every toy, animal, creature, crayon, sock, and pillow has a place.

Inspirational ideas for shared kids’ room

So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some inspiration!!

Loving this fun dresser and have a similar idea in mind for our oh-so-plain dresser.

A black dresser in chalkboard paint with labeled drawers to organize a shared kids room and keep clean


A completely organized closet!  Isn’t this one gorgeous?  

Utilizing a cabinet inside a close is a great way to maximize space in a shared kids room


Magnet board!  Can’t wait to DIY something like this one!  For the record, I wanted to do a chalkboard and my husband said it was too messy….

Using a magnet board to give each kid a creative space in a bedroom with letters and number magnets


How cute is this superhero dress-up area?!

A cute way to organize costumes for a share kids bedroom by hanging up costumes and pictures on a wall


LOVE this room.  It’s bright and bold and says “boy” but isn’t a specific theme.  

a Blue themed share kids room with striped decorations and matching bunk beds


Combining ideas for the room

So, here’s how we are going to create the bright and colorful, yet still functional, shared boys’ bedroom:

We are adding some bunk beds and some fun bedding for the boys.  I have a few other pillow ideas and special surprises for them, but for now, this is the idea!

A warm and cozy rug is a must for this room.  We picked out some bright striped room darkening curtains, too that add such a great pop of color.  The fireplace is getting the most gorgeous cement tile.

For the decor, I have a few items picked out and shown here.  But, I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list!

Shared kid’s room progress

Now, as far as progress goes, I don’t have much to show!  We did a LOT of planning. And, a  LOT of shopping.

I was able to clear out both closets and get rid of some worn-out books.  The baby toys were packed away as well as clothes that don’t fit.  

We picked up the tile for the fireplace then realized we needed another piece for installation that won’t be in for 10 DAYS!  Trying not to think about that…

As to what we DID do that I can show in a picture, my amazing husband built the entire structure of the play tent!  It just has to be mounted to the wall.  

My equally amazing friend is going to sew the entire tent structure – the boys absolutely cannot wait to see their reading nook tent.

trusses and a wooden structure for a kids tent in a shared kids room

Finally,  let me break down the entire to-do list:

  • clean out room (toys, clothes, old books, etc)
  • build an under-bed train table
  • build shelves for closet
  • add storage and functional design to the closet
  • repaint the dresser and add new hardware
  • build reading nook tent frame
  • sew reading nook tent
  • sew reading nook floor pillows
  • make gallery wall for above dresser
  • design a reading nook area (where books go, etc)
  • add lights to the inside of the reading nook
  • build magnet board
  • install buckets to hold magnets
  • make or buy curtain rod
  • hang curtains
  • install fireplace tile
  • finish the interior of the fireplace
  • make space felt board
  • make name art for each boy
  • pick sentimental pillows/decor for each of their spaces
  • paint/design letters to designate spaces
  • build craft table
  • add craft table storage
  • buy craft table chairs
  • install wire hanging to display artwork
  • disassemble old beds and reassemble bunk beds

Phew! What a long list!  And such a long post, too!  Thanks for sticking with me 🙂

Last but not least I want to thank these INCREDIBLE sponsors for helping with our shared boys’ bedroom makeover!

Think we can pull that off in the remaining 5 weeks?!  I sure hope so.  I can tell you I am so excited but also SO nervous to get it all done.

Wish us luck!!

P.S.  Don’t forget to check out the other One Room Challenge Makeovers – so so many different projects from some talented folks!

Wishing you a joyful day!


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  1. You are so lucky to get the extra help, It must feel great to de-clutter everything. I love the drapes in the mood board its going to make everything pop, I can’t wait to see them along with the other stylish decor accents.

  2. Looks like you have a lot to do with it still. Hopefully it comes together within the time (you can only do your best). I’m sure the boys will be happy even though you have not necessarily decided on a theme specific. Looks like you already have a great plan.

  3. Sarah,

    We are all so proud of you! You are not only a terrific mom and wife, you are also so talented. To see what you have accomplished is truly inspiring! No doubt mum and dad are smiling in heaven at how beautiful you have made your home! I’m so happy that you and TJ have made such a wonderful home for you your family.

    Aunt Terri

    PS. You are welcome to come redo my house anytime!! 🙂

  4. So many great ideas. I ve got two boys and I I had so much fun doing their rooms but when they ll get a bit older to be able to share the bedroom sure they ll go together and I ll get another chance to redecorate.Like that maybe I ll get a office out of our current nursery!

  5. I feel like packing away too-small kids clothes, bringing in new kids clothes and re-organizing for seasons could be my part time job, lol. It’s good you are getting everything tidy/sorted before you start decorating. Can’t wait to see more.

  6. I’m catching up on the Week 2 progress before heading over to read Week 3, and I’m loving your inspiration. We love the chalkboard wall in our kitchen, but the chalk dust does get messy. It’s not so bad to wipe up from the wood floor, but I’m not sure I’d want it in a bedroom. Although I did spot some “dustless chalk” at The Container Store last week that I’m curious to try!