Tour my teenage son’s fully remodeled bedroom and see everything we did to turn his 1970s room into a modern treehouse design with a custom gaming cloffice.
Noah’s bedroom is complete! Like, complete complete. Back in July I finished up the accent wall and the wood paneled ceiling, but due to timing and budget restrictions, we had to put our other ideas on hold. Here we are three months later and we have finally finished up everything that was on our to-do list. I am so excited to (virtually) walk you through this super cool teen room and show you the budget-friendly ways we pulled it off.
I won’t go too deep into the “before” photos or the reason why we went so big with this remodel since I shared the full backstory in this post, so if you missed it you can backtrack for all the deets. Long story short, Noah deserved a big change and he helped design this whole plan.
See those jail cell gray walls and popcorn ceiling? They’re outta here. And that layout? Gone. And I’m dying to show you what we did with his small closet…spoiler alert, there aren’t clothes in it anymore. Ready to see the “after” pics? Here we go!
We ditched the big desk and bookshelves to make room for the bed to be centered in the room. There’s just something about a bed in the middle of the room that signifies a kid is growing up, right? We had Noah’s bed up against the wall so there would be more floor space, but he recently asked for the bed to be in the middle of the room.
Cue the tears as this mama slid the bed to the center, realizing that the days of playing with toys in the floor may just be over. Under the bed are still some containers of Hot Wheels cars and tracks, and there are still some action figures in the closet, but I think he may be holding onto those for more of a sentimental aspect versus a “play with me Mom” Sunday afternoon.
The wood accent wall and the wood paneled ceiling are still going strong, and now that we added this new bedding it all seems to flow together even better than before. Can we just take a second to notice how the green walls, wood ceiling, and leather pillows are screaming all the cozy vibes? Seriously, sometimes when he’s at school I just sit in here and admire his room. PS: All the bedding is from Beddy’s and I have a blog post with all the deets coming next week.
Remember the bulky shelves and desk that were on that wall? Introducing the best Lego storage shelves ever! I ended up stealing Noah’s bookshelves for my office, and after months of searching, I finally found a wall mounted system that fits all the different heights and sizes of his completed sets.
I ordered these shelves and let me tell ya, they are heavy! I’m honestly impressed that they’re still hanging. I keep waiting to hear a crash in the night, but so far so good! I love that there are a variety of spaces to categorize his Lego sets. There’s still some extra space on another wall, so if his collection grows I may order one more, but for now two is enough.
The Gaming Nook “Cloffice”
I’ve been seeing the “cloffice” dominating Pinterest, and since Noah’s clothes are mostly folded, we decided to give this trend a try. Except instead of an office inside the closet, he wanted a gaming nook. I guess we could call it a “clamingfice”… Okay, so the name is still in the works. But whatever it is, it’s cool. Ready to open these doors?
Ta-da! Remember earlier when I said I stole Noah’s bookshelves for my studio? Well, it was technically a trade. Those shelves inside his gaming nook are actually the shelves from my craft room and held all my craft supplies and Cricut machines. We did a little swap-a-roo and it totally paid off.
The remaining toys he hasn’t sent to Goodwill are now all stored inside matching clear containers with big fat labels on the closet shelves. His go-to’s are on the bottom and smaller lesser-used stuff is on the top shelves. By going with uniform containers versus randomly colored bins like in his last room, it feels more put together and grown up. I made the labels with my Cricut Joy and Smart Labels.
The left side of the closet gaming nook holds some of his art supplies and books. The Ikea Pegboards are perfect for organizing pens, markers, and pencils, and the trays and cups can be taken down and sat right on the table when he’s ready to draw.
The right side holds his Playstation and Xbox, along with headphones, controllers, and other gaming supplies. It’s usually way more stuffed than this, but he was out of town with his dad on vacation and had a lot of his electronics with him. Trust me, it does not look this neat and tidy normally.
I lined the whole closet with LED strip lights and stuck some pop lights under the top shelf for some extra light while he’s drawing since there’s no fixture in the closet. And for now, the power strip runs from the side wall into the closet, but eventually we will have our electrician install an outlet. Temporarily though, this setup is working out just fine.
We used every inch of this closet to store as much as possible in the neatest way we could. One side wall holds his hats, and the other side wall holds some random supplies, both with simple nails and Command hooks.
And every teen room needs a giant wooden hand to hold a remote, right? I’m super impressed at how well this Ikea Boaxel shelving system has held up over the years. It’s been installed and removed three times already, and it still looks brand new. If you have wondered if Ikea shelving is strong and sturdy with its cheap price tag, here’s proof that it’s well worth it.
The Rest Of The Room
I’m sure you’re asking where all his clothes and shoes are now, right? My mom gifted us this dresser she had in her garage, and we were able to fit all his clothes inside except dress shirts and pants. Those got moved to the guest bedroom closet, which is totally fine since we already keep winter coats in there. Noah’s shoes are kept in our shoe area in the kitchen and gym, and winter accessories are in the guest room, too.
In the entry area of the room, there are two metal pegboards to hold his Nerf Guns and Light Sabers. We have tried a bunch of different methods for these big toys, and these pegboards have turned out to be the best option so far. They’re easy to access and put away, and he really likes having all his “weapons” on display.
Tutorials For Noah’s Room Projects
Here’s the full tutorial for how I made the wood accent wall, and here’s how I installed the wood paneled ceiling right over the popcorn texture. I think I can safely say this room is completely finished now, and I have tons of Instagram Reels and TikTok videos recorded to post. I filmed every step of the way, every organizer, and every storage hack, so make sure you’re following me @lelaburris on both platforms to see them all once they’re posted.
Sandra Gandy says
Wow! Noah’s room looks amazing. I’m sure that he loves it.
Brad Gandy says
Thank you! He seems to love it so far.