Boy bedroom ideas where can be boys
Boy bedroom ideas just want to have guns. And skis on the wall and model helicopters perched on high and nautical ropes hanging from the beams.
No concessions here to a world striving for equality of the sexes; Boy bedroom ideas are still unmistakably boys’ rooms: Rough ‘n’ tumble, tailored, streamlined, sturdy. Especially sturdy. “Boys,” says Rockville Centre interior designer Phyllis Feldman, “are rougher than girls.”
Take Kris and William Folk of Huntington. Kris is 7; William graduates from the “terrible twos” to age 3 next week. Both are tow-headed and blue-eyed, with charming smiles that hide a wealth of mischief.
“Most of the time they get along pretty well, but they do wrestle a lot – and sometimes the furniture gets in the way,” said their father, Frank Folk. “You know how kids are.”
So when William outgrew his crib last year, the Folks had some quick thinking to do. Scrunched into the 9-by-11-foot room that the boy bedroom ideas shared, their two beds left little room for wrestling – or walking, for that matter.
First, Folk and his wife, Irene, looked at bunk beds. But they were too high for the room’s pitched walls. Then they priced built-ins. Too expensive. So Folk, a community health clinic administrator who never wielded a hammer in his life, decided to tackle the job himself.
Folk decided to build bunk beds of thick, sturdy pine so that the lower one would rest flat on the floor. “I was always afraid the little guy was going to fall out of his bed,” he said.
Firring strips tacked up on the wall made the room look like a ship’s cabin, so they added nautical lights. “And then we thought, let’s get a rope for Kris to climb up,” said Irene Folk, a registered nurse. A marine supply store yielded the braided rope and shackle, which the owner assured them could hold at least 1,000 pounds. Folk ensured the rope’s sturdiness by bolting it to a ceiling beam.
Mother added the final touch: A sign printed out by the family’s computer stretches over the bed, proclaiming, “Kris and William live here.”
Creating the boy bedroom ideas was “time consuming, but it wasn’t too difficult to do,” said Folk. It also wasn’t expensive: The built-in bunks cost $129, complete.
Imagination is the key to creating boy bedroom ideas that’ll knock their friends’ socks off.
“Children are very personal, I’ve learned,” says interior designer Ed Singer. “They need places for their own things. It gives them a feeling of privacy.”
Singer and his partner, Wendy Steinhardt of Conceptual Designs Ltd. in Forest Hills, created a boy’s room for the Mansions & Millionaires Designer Showcase now open until June 1 in Sands Point. The partners converted an awkward 8-by-13-foot room into a haven with nooks and crannies and hiding places.
Reinforced Formica boxes carpeted in red – open on the sides for storage – are used as stairs leading up to a carpeted loft. “It can be used with a mat for a guest sleeping over, but I figured it’s really a space for him to escape to,” said Singer.
A daybed, upholstered in gray material, sits on a platform. Behind it is a big triangular shelf that opens for storage. And behind that are recessed shelves to hold still more stuff. A mica enclosure with mirrored, bifold doors acts as a closet, and a small built-in mica desk with a red chair completes the room.
Feldman finds that her clients want very different looks for boy bedroom ideas than for girls. “For boys, you do a tailored room,” she says. “You do simple, contemporary, practical furniture like mica, something that’s easy. You do shutters or plain, tailored curtains or roll-up shades. You do beiges or blues or reds or grays. Girls, you do fussy, you do frilly, you do pastels, you do four-poster beds, you do ruffles.”
Interior designer Debbie Rogers of Jenissa Designs Inc. in Melville suggests a “minimalistic, uncluttered” look for boy bedroom ideas. Walls, floor and furniture should be in a neutral color, with accessories and accents in other colors.