A 12 Year Old Boy’s Bedroom Showcases Collections

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By Susan Morrell

Children love to collect things, and a twelve year old boy is right in the prime of collecting his little treasures. Designing a bedroom for him requires a lot of storage to house his collections, and you may want to incorporate display areas in the room. As a matter of fact you may be able to design his whole room around his collections and really end up with the perfect bedroom design. Make the distinction between his collections that are mostly for viewing and the ones that he really plays with, and plan their storage accordingly. Storage should always be easy to access if you want your child to actually use it.

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Most boys have any number of cars, soldiers and action figures. You could store or display them on open shelves or use a display cabinet. If your child still plays with the collection, then open shelves is a better choice. When the collection is mostly to admire, then the glass door display case would be a good selection.


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Boys also love trading cards. Whether they have wizards or baseball heroes, card collections can get to be quite extensive. Using a photo box or a card collector’s book to display this type of collection makes the most sense. Of course you could always mount and frame favorite cards so that they can be displayed on the child’s bedroom wall. You can have fun doing this. For example if you cut a piece of green poster board to mount behind a baseball card. You can add a brown baseball diamond, and then you can mount the card on the ‘field’ in the position that the player normally plays. You can also rotate which baseball cards are displayed by using a photo cube or a photo box with a display front.


Most children these days have an electronics collection, which may include video games, DVDs, CDs, and then they may also have favorite books and magazines. Using magazine bins on bookshelves is a great way to store these items. You can also use plastic shoe bins for DVD and CD storage.


If your child has a lot of collectibles, you can build a display shelf around the top of the wall and use this space to display model airplanes, car collections, autographed sports paraphernalia, and other small collectibles. A high shelf like this is a perfect way to showcase delicate collectibles that you do not want handled.


You can also use some of his collections to decorate his room. If he has a lot of photos, you could frame and hang them in a large grouping on a wall to make a really interesting addition to his room. You could use one large frame and build a collage of his favorite photos. You could also use the clear plastic frames, and literally cover a wall with them. It is easy to swap out one photo for another, and it makes a really fun wall display.

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