Sports-addicted kids and teens can have their own personal space in a locker-room-inspired bedroom design. Most people probably would not imagine “chic” when thinking about changing rooms. However, as long as sweat socks are kept off the floor and sports memorabilia is tucked away safe in the closet, a locker room theme can really add to a child’s or teen’s personal space. Choose paint colours to coordinate with favourite team colours, maximise floor space and add a few sports-inspired pieces.
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Things you need
- Paint rollers and brushes
- Used locker
- Spray paint
- Bunk bed or loft bed
- Sports memorabilia and cards
Pick out paint colours for the bedroom. Choose colours that coordinate with a favourite sports team, or find inspiration by looking at the colours in a sports jersey. Don’t be afraid to use more than one colour; duo-toned rooms add dimension and interest. You can paint patterns and murals on walls using bold colours for extra vibrancy. For very small rooms, use lighter colours to create the illusion of space. Paint the walls before moving any furniture into the room.
Include shelving units or bookshelves in the space. Not only is this ideal for storage, but bookshelves can act as a display case for sports books, memorabilia and trophies.
Find used sports lockers. There are several companies that recycle old lockers removed from demolished or updated schools and gyms. These lockers can usually be found at a cheaper price than the locker-inspired furniture sold in stores. The colour of a used locker can be easily updated with special spray paint that adheres to metal. This spray paint can be found in home improvement stores and can be purchased in many colours in matt or glossy finishes.
Choose a metal-frame bunk bed or loft bed for the space. “Study” loft beds can be purchased that have a study desk unit underneath the bed. This increases floor space for indoor sports and activities and gives the occupant somewhere to do his homework, play on the computer or read.
Put sports memorabilia directly on the walls instead of only displaying items in a case or bookshelf. Attach small basketball hoops, baseball bats, golf clubs and more to the wall for three-dimensional artwork. Sports cards can also be scanned into a computer and printed poster-size. Frame the posters for instant art.
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