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Thirteen. Wow. This is the age that our oldest son turned this year. It also happened to be on the exact day that he started back to school. We wanted to do something special for him, something that would mark how important this year was for him.
For the past few years, our son has been asking for a redecorated bedroom. He didn’t know what he wanted, but he knew that he wanted a change. With his birthday being such a big milestone this year, we decided to surprise him by letting him completely redecorate his room, with the help of our sponsor, Rooms To Go Kids.
His bedroom is on the third floor of our house – off of the bonus room. (see below)
It is quiet and bright, but he felt like it was always just “thrown together” with leftover-type of furniture. He’s right. We never put a headboard or footboard in his room.
He didn’t have a dresser but instead used only the closet. He didn’t mind it too much when he was younger, but now that he was older, he was ready for a bedroom that was more classic and something that would look less childish. He wanted it to feel more “put together.”
It felt cluttered and not sophisticated.
The problem is that we didn’t want something that he would only like for a few years. We wanted something classic, but stylish. We wanted an actual bedroom set that could be used for years to come, without feeling like it was something that he used when he was very young.
We knew exactly where to go to look for his new bedroom suite: Rooms To Go Kids. My husband and I purchased our bedroom set from Rooms To Go over ten years ago and it still looks new. It has held up wonderfully to our three moves, four children, several dogs, etc…
It is classic and always looks beautiful. We knew that this is what we wanted to get for him, as well. We all went and his siblings tried out every piece of furniture that they could.
I love how Rooms To Go and Rooms To Go Kids offers a chance to see the furniture set up in a “room” by setting it up this way in the store. It allows you to try it out and really get a feel for if you’ll like it or not.
We have two Rooms To Go Kids near us. We ended up spending several hours in the store, as our kids all found “the perfect” bedroom set for their bedrooms. 😉 However, for this trip, we were focused on only our son’s bedroom (although I did see some great seating areas that I might go back for in the future… for that bonus room upstairs that I plan on converting into a study/lounge area for the kids.)
We looked at so many sets. There are SO many styles, colors, and choices in the store. Though I have to admit, my favorite part was working with the woman who helped us. She was SO helpful. She gave us her suggestions and they were worth their weight in gold because I can tell you that I don’t know that I would have even seen the one that we picked. The store is so big and filled with so many great options, so her help was great.
Once we decided on the style that we wanted, we were able to pick different pieces for the bedroom. We went with the bed (headboard and footboard), two end tables and we picked the gentlemen’s closet over the traditional dresser. Again, it was her suggestion to take a look at it, and I’m so glad that we did. It works so well in the room. She listened to us, guided us towards a few that would work and ultimately helped us decide.
We then picked the color that we wanted for the furniture. There were several choices, but we opted for a lighter wood, with a little bit of a distressed look. Our son loves that look.
After we finished all of our shopping in the store, we ordered everything and set up the delivery. One week later, the furniture was brought to our home, carried up to the third floor and assembled. (Not to sound lazy, but this is a HUGE BENEFIT of Rooms To Go! Carrying furniture up three flights of stairs is never something that I look forward to.) Plus, the delivery men were as nice and helpful as can be, not to mention quick and efficient.
We prepped the room…
Then they came and they carried it upstairs. We showed them where to put each piece of furniture & they set it up. After they set it up, I went into the room and knew that it was going to be perfect. Our son was at school on the day that it was delivered, so this was going to be a surprise for him. He knew that we were going & he helped to pick it out, but he didn’t know when the delivery was happening.
The look on his face when he came home and saw it told me that we had made the absolute best decision with his furniture. I think that having a set, instead of random pieces like before, gave him a feeling of pride. It was like he knew that we now trusted him to take care of something that was valued and that we cared about him enough to have put in the time and effort to help him find it (even though, if I’m being honest, Rooms To Go Kids made the whole thing-from shopping to buying to having it set up-pretty simple…. shhhh…)
Here are a few pictures of his new Classic Teenage Boy bedroom
We moved the desk out to the bonus room next to his bedroom and we brought in this Gentleman’s Chest for more storage. It looks great.
We also ordered these two end tables because not only do they match, but they are so versatile.
His room looks amazing and he is ready to begin his Teenage Years in style. It is classic, masculine, but still stylish. He can decorate it with whatever he wants and change it over the years because as long as you have quality furniture as the foundation, you are always going to have a great looking room that holds up.
Even “Teen’s Best Friend” agrees.
Our son was SO excited about the bedroom and I am so glad that we choose to do this for his birthday!!
He helped pick everything out and we are all pleased.
It’s a brand new space for a brand new phase of life… as he starts a brand new school year. I know that this will hold up for him, so he can grow into it and it will hold-up and it will never go out of style.
Be still, my heart. They grow up so fast.