When it comes to creating the ideal retreat where boys can live and have fun, focus on function, durability and space for learning and growing.

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These days, nearly anything goes when it comes to making children’s bedrooms fun and functional.

When it comes to creating the ideal retreat where boys can live and have fun, focus on function, durability and space for learning and growing. Here are 10 tips to consider.

  1. Choose bright colors. Consider colors such as red or yellow. Too often, darker hues dominate a boy’s bedroom.
  2. Try interesting patterns. Plaid can lend itself to numerous applications, such as bedding, pillows and throws.
  3. Consider space restrictions. Effective storage solutions may be the most important elements for optimizing bedroom space.
  4. Don’t overstuff. Children’s rooms are often too full of furniture and toys.
  5. Think function first. The ideal bedroom should be usable and functional. Purchase furniture that will grow with your child’s needs.
  6. Incorporate work space. As your child grows scholastically, the need for a quiet and spacious place for homework will be important.
  7. Add adequate lighting. High-wattage bulbs and dimmer switches can be useful touches.
  8. Do an audit. Make it a yearly habit to purge items that are no longer needed.
  9. Consider vertical design. Instead of a furniture arrangement that may make a room feel too small, consider designing up with bunk beds or vertical storage.
  10. Hide the little things. It is typically smaller items that don’t have a home. Consider placing tiny toys in jars or containers.