How to Decorate a Skateboard Kid's Bedroom

Written by erica tambien
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How to Decorate a Skateboard Kid's Bedroom
Help your child reflect their love of skateboarding by decorating their room. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

As of 2009, more than 11 million Americans consider themselves stakeboarders, and the sport is a multibillion dollar industry. Skateboarding is particularly popular with kids, and many young skaters may want to reflect this part of their lifestyle in their room decor. There are plenty of ways parents can incorporate this activity into their child's bedroom decorating theme.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Latex wall paint
  • Skateboarding-themed wall border
  • Skateboarding stencils
  • Craft paint
  • Wall brackets or display hooks (like those used to hang bikes)
  • Shelves
  • Skateboard-themed bedding
  • Skating posters
  • Poster frames
  • Digital camera (optional)

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    Paint the room. White walls may seem boring to young, edgy skater-types. Consider covering the walls with bright hues that embody the active skateboarding lifestyle. Cobalt blue and red are two appropriate colour candidates. Cover the walls with a coat of primer before applying the actual paint to ensure the colour is vibrant. If the colours might seem too bright or might close a small room in, consider painting only one wall as an accent wall.

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    Decorate the walls. Some home stores sell wallpaper borders featuring skateboards. Apply these by following the manufacturer's instructions. Some require wallpaper paste. Some are actually stickers you can peel from their backing and apply directly to the wall. You can also use stencils and craft paint.

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    Display the child's skateboard prominently. Discarded skateboards left in walkways or near stairs are safety hazards. Installing brackets or hooks to hold and display your child's board allows it to be grabbed quickly when needed and keeps it out of the way the rest of the time. Plus, it turns the board into a decorating focal point. Purchase large brackets or hooks appropriate for displaying skateboards at home stores. Follow the product's instructions to install them properly.

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    Install shelves. Shelves provide function and style. Traditional and floating shelves are both great for displaying skating competition trophies and other sporting memorabilia your child collects. They also make use of otherwise empty wall space and can help you fight the war against clutter.

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    Place skateboard-themed linens on the bed. You can either piece together sheets and a comforter that your child likes or buy a whole "bed-in-a-bag" kit.

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    Hang skating posters. Framed pictures of skating superstars can be used to decorate barren walls. For a more personalised touch, grab your digital camera and take pictures of your athlete doing his or her thing. Blow up the shots and hang them in the room. Print shots in black and white and crop them in creatively for even more flair.

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