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Inspiration for Gabe’s Bedroom: Classic Decorating for Little Boys

Our son, Gabe, turns two this December (how time flies!) and I have been thinking a lot about how to decorate his new room to feel less like a nursery and more like a “big boy’s room.” We won’t be transitioning him out of his crib for a little while, but I’m already considering getting him two twin beds for when he’s old enough to have sleepovers. Did you transition your child from their crib to a toddler bed, a twin bed, or even perhaps a full-sized bed…? I’d love to hear what worked best for you! Below, explore some charming boys’ bedrooms by some of my favorite designers. I hope they inspire you as well.

(Design by Amy Berry)

(Design by Amy Berry)

(Design by Amy Berry)

(Design by Madre Dallas)

(Design by Alyssa Kapito)

(Design by Madre Dallas)

(Design by Henry Bickerton of Jamb via House & Garden)

(Design by Andrew Fossey via House & Garden)

(Design by Mark D. Sikes at the Coastal Living Showhouse)

(Design by Vanessa Macdonald via House & Garden)

(Design by Amanda Lindroth)

(Design by Anne-Marie Midy via House & Garden)

(Design by Erin Gates via Leslee Mitchell Art)

(Design by Erin Gates via Leslee Mitchell Art)

(Design by Ben Pentreath via House & Garden)

(Wallpaper by Katie Ridder via Lonny)

(Design by Lauren Fornes via Architectural Digest)

(Design by Emma Jane Pilkington)

(Bedroom in Aerin Lauder‘s East Hampton home via Elle Decor)

(Design by Alyssa Kapito)

(Design by Alyssa Kapito)

(Design by Katie Ridder)

(Design by Alyssa Kapito)

(Design by Katie Ridder)

(Design by David Netto, Architecture by Gil Schafer)

(Design by Katie Ridder)

Do you have a favorite little boy’s room that I’ve missed?! Let me know if the comments below!

8 replies on “Inspiration for Gabe’s Bedroom: Classic Decorating for Little Boys”

With my first son we went from a crib to toddler bed, then a twin bed later. With my second son we’ll go straight from his crib to a twin – the toddler bed felt to me like an extra step/transition and I wish we’d just gone straight to the twin! Congrats on the move to your beautiful new home and welcome to the south!!

Hi Katie!
This post is fantastic! It includes all my favorite boys rooms from Gil Schafer and Amy Berry along with so many I’ve never seen. I have 2 boys in the same room each in their own twin bed. We transferred them out of their cribs at 2 years old right into their “big boy” twin beds and they never had a problem with falling out or staying in bed. We just got them a little alarm clock that turns green at 7am when they are allowed to get up. They just wait in bed and look at books that are on the dresser in between the two beds. Good luck with the transfer from crib to bed…it’s always a little sad to pack up the crib.

Such great ideas in these images! Those matching twins in the blue fabric from House & Garden is perfection. Regarding the crib, I would leave Gabe in there until the last possible minute! Once you give them the option to get out of bed they will and you will sleep less :) My older daughter climbed out of her crib around 2 so we had no choice but my younger daughter just moved to the toddler bed and she’s over 3. No need to rush it!

I was waiting to see if you’d pick any captains’ beds. Finally, on that last set of bunks, you found one! If you’ve got room, a set of singles in natural wood would look great in your classic southern home. No need for a dresser with all that extra storage! Think about scouting the flea markets for a vintage nautical map to frame! Have fun sweet girl!

I agree with the others – wait until he won’t stay in the crib to transition out and then go straight to a big boy bed. The extra step of a toddler bed isn’t necessary. Love all the images here especially the bunk beds (my 7 year old dreams of bunk beds!) and the Ben Pentreath room. I like these because they also have “space” for the little person’s own design personality to come out as he gets older :) So excited to follow along on this journey!

Toddler’s beds are completely unnecessary! Go straight to the big boy bed and 2 twins for sleepovers would be ideal. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out. Enjoy!

There won’t be many sleepovers 5-7 years… design for a boy to be able to play in his room along with sleeping….

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