Giving my son his grown up bedroom wish!

Ever since we moved into our home, almost eight years ago now, Jacob has always had the box bedroom. He has gone from having a mid-sleeper to a cabin bed, white walls, to blue walls – the change over the years has been ongoing. But this year I have saved and saved to give him the grown-up bedroom that he deserves. His bedroom has always had to be done last – when referring to the kid’s bedrooms {my bedroom doesn’t even register!}.

Over the years, he has hardly complained and the Mum guilt – due to that – hit hard towards the end of the summer holidays, which is when I vowed to give him a bedroom makeover. He deserves it and I was so excited to take on the challenge to make his box bedroom, amazing! 

My biggest hurdle was painting his bedroom & ordering him carpet! However, with that done {because I am a machine!} the next biggest hurdle was his bed. The bed he had was the Homebase Ohio Beech High Sleeper and it was the perfect small bedroom storage solution. It had a desk built in, as well as drawers, shelves and more importantly, a wardrobe. However, over the years the novelty of the bed, I guess, was something Jacob grew out of. He hated having to get up and down the ladder, his wardrobe door fell off and so on. So, the bed was the first hurdle to make a decision on and naturally, I visited Pinterest for inspiration.

In Jacobs box bedroom, there is a stair box – an annoying box, built over the stairs and it cuts off a good chunk of his bedroom space. Some people have wardrobes made over stair boxes etc. But Jacobs was just a place that found his laundry spread over and other such crap a pre-teen boy develops from his bedroom. However, little did I know that a Stairbox bed was a thing! 

To achieve the stair box bed, we have kept all of the large pieces of MDF from his high sleeper. Meaning, the only other thing we need is some 4×4’s to make the frame. My Dad is on stair box bed duty and once it is done I’ll be sure to share with you guys.

Boys bedroom makeover

With the major challenge of the bedroom leapt over like a legend, I had the rest of his bedroom layout, to plan. He would need some storage {Hello Ikea!} as well as a desk to do his homework on. Lucky for me, I happened to see a really nice desk on Lionshome. What he needed was somewhere to do his school homework as well as store his insane amount of video games and trinkets! 

Bedroom makeover

It will be the ideal place for him to do his homework, which is something he really needed. I guess, having to share the dining room table with your five-year-old sister during homework time isn’t ideal! But now that he has his own space – he’s over the moon. 

Bedroom makeover

Kallax unit, Ikea

Seeing his room evolve from marvel covered walls and Iron Man wall lights has been pretty amazing. It has already gone from a little boys bedroom to a grown-up boys bedroom in no time at all. The final touches will be to put his shelves up {with funky LED strip lights}, hang up his poster frames, make his stiar box bed and his bedroom makeover will be complete. 

I am so thrilled how fast we’ve been able to get this done for him. As a final touch, we decided to add a sofa chair {that pulls out to into a bed}. Which means, no more top & tailing when his friends are having a sleepover! This was a huge wish for Jacob to have in his new bedroom and it feels amazing that we could make it into a reality for him.

Boys bedroom makeover

Overall, utilising every available space in his box bedroom hasn’t been too difficult. Thankfully! It’s been making sure we make the right decisions, as well as figuring out the logistics and making sure he had what he needed in his bedroom and nothing more. And do you know what? We cracked it! The key factor that made the rest of it possible, was without a doubt, the stair box bed! So if your child is in a box bedroom and they have a stair box in there – look into Pinterest for inspiration! It has honestly been the best decision we ever made.

*This is a collaboration post with LionsHome



  1. 21/11/2018 / 1:48 PM

    Very smart and grown up! I’m impressed at quite how many games he has too 🙂

    • 27/11/2018 / 10:59 AM

      I’m horrified by how many games he has!! haha! In fairness, those are all for his Xbox 360 which the girls now have.

  2. 21/11/2018 / 2:20 PM

    I feel your pain with the stair box, I’m impressed that you found a solution.

  3. 22/11/2018 / 8:54 AM

    It looks very organised and tidy. My son needs a bedroom revamp. The desk looks good too. Hope your son appreciates his new bedroom

    • 27/11/2018 / 11:03 AM

      He just needed it SO badly! I just hope it KEEPS it tidy – however, I fear I may be asking too much! lol

    • 27/11/2018 / 11:04 AM

      Slow and steady wins the race! And I’m sure he will love it. Jacobs loving his so far – we just need to finish it now.

  4. 22/11/2018 / 1:55 PM

    What a fantastic grown up bedroom – it’s so important to give kids a space that’s really their own!

    • 27/11/2018 / 11:05 AM

      It really is and after years of waiting for his to be done – he so deserved it!

  5. 22/11/2018 / 4:12 PM

    Aw this is lovely. Kids as they grow need their own identity and a grown up space so this looks ideal for your boy xx

    • 27/11/2018 / 11:09 AM

      He just loves it so far and it’s not even fully finished yet, bless him! x

  6. 22/11/2018 / 6:38 PM

    It’s a very grown up room, with the desk feature to ensure he has his own space to do homework. I think you’ve utilised the space well and the sofa chair is a great feature to have when his friends stay over.

    • 27/11/2018 / 11:11 AM

      This was my thinking! I just need to get it fully finished now and he can fully enjoy it, then!

  7. 24/11/2018 / 8:52 AM

    Ahh I bet he’s really pleased with it! You’ve done a great job x

  8. Jem
    26/11/2018 / 8:28 PM

    Such a smart and grown up room. I bet he loves it.

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