14 playful vintage and upcycled kids bedroom ideas

Kids bedroom ideas using vintage furnitureI’d like to think I’m not a hoarder, but some of the items I had as a child will probably never get thrown out. Rather than keeping old toys stowed away in the attic, there could be ways to display them in a child’s bedroom. If you’re looking for kids bedroom ideas that can make use of the old and mix with the new, you’ve come to the right place.

Being able to reuse heirloom pieces from parents and grandparents in a child’s bedroom, is a wonderful thing. If however, all those items have moved on, decorating with vintage furniture and finds, can also result in a magical interior for little ones.

Inspired by stylists, bloggers and other creative folk, these 12 kids bedroom ideas will show you how it’s done. Hopefully that Sylvanian owl family will come in handy one day.

Vintage cabinet

Blue vintage cabinet in a kids bedroom

I found this project on the blog Lottieisloving. This beautifully styled girl’s bedroom features a blue vintage cabinet and Midcentury sideboard (pictured at the top of this post). This is the work of Emily, co-founder of Singapore-based boutique Cuckoo Little Lifestyle.

The contemporary look is created by introducing chunky textiles, bright pinks and pastel shades. Bold graphic elements have been achieved with a gallery of black frames, a patterned Moroccan style rug and Aztec cushion, as well as the circular pattern on doors of the sideboard.

Vintage plate decoration

Shy bunny decal on vintage plate by The Story Book Rabbit

This vintage plate with decal is by Sydney-based illustrator, Kelly White of The Storybook Rabbit. Kelly set up her business after buying a tiny black rabbit called Juno. She soon found a way to combine her love of bunnies with all things vintage.

Illustrated vintage plates by The Story Book Rabbit

The adorable ‘shy bunny’ pictured, is one of the characters that feature on her vintage plates, which can be attached to the wall as decoration. She says her themes often include love, happiness, friendship, family, big events and ‘meant to be’ moments. See more of Kelly’s love of vintage on her Instagram.

Suitcase chair

Suitcase chair kids bedroom ideas

South African designer Katie Thompson is a prolific upcyclist and you can see more favourites from her portfolio here. Under the brand REcreate, her upcycled products range from typewriter lamps to bottle top baskets and she also does made to order designs. These two monochrome chairs are called Farmyard Pair and are upholstered in a fun farm yard themed fabric by Design Team Fabrics. If you feel like trying your hand at making one of these, here are a couple of suitcase chair DIY tutorials from See Kate Sew and Snapguide.

Vintage map

Vintage decor ideas for kids

What better way to inspire travel early on, than with a huge map of the world to gaze up at. This is Theo’s room, put together by blogger mum Marie-Eve of Lake Jane. For original maps and charts look at Etsy seller WindmillPrintshop* who are based in the Netherlands.

Fun upholstery

creative chair upholstery kids bedroom ideas

Shanghai-based designer Nicole Teng is the founder of Brut Cake. She designs beautiful one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories using antique furniture, found objects and vintage fabrics. Many of her pieces are brought to life with funny faces and animal characters which she designs alongside skilled craftsmen who use traditional techniques. I love Nicole’s mix of quality craftsmanship and naive design, inspired by the Art Brut movement.

Vintage picture gallery

Thrifted paintings in a gender neutral bedroom

Claire Brody is an interior designer in Austin, Texas, who created this shared kids bedroom for a client. Claire chose colours that felt soft and gender neutral, but not boring.

The gallery of thrifted pictures, some of which were bought from a shop called Room Service, is designed to make the space feel ‘collected and bit imperfect’. Colours in the pictures tie in with colour scheme, but also stray from it, creating the collected feel. And how great is that vintage rattan bench? See the rest of the room at Claire Brody Designs.

Olive tin stool

kids bedroom ideas upcycled olive tin stools

German design duo Petra Schultz and Karin Yilmaz-Egger founded their company Rafinesse & Tristesse* in 2005. They make a whole host of home accessories from recycled olive oil tins, including these Tin Tuffet stools which are reinforced from the inside with wood. Upholstered in different fabrics, each seat is one-of-a-kind.

Vintage 1950s shelving unit

Midcentury dresser in a kids room

This is the home of Jenny Bäckström who you’ll find over on Instagram as Your Daily Deco. This vintage shelving unit was found at a flea market and offers plenty of space to store toys and books. Adorned with fairy lights, it makes a great statement piece and works beautifully against the soft greens and pinks.

Decoupage motif

Vintage school chair upcycled with rabbit motif decoupage

This cute upcycled vintage school chair is by Etsy seller Epimade*. The steel legs have been painted in muted clay and the seat features a decoupaged vintage illustration of a hare on a pale pink polka dot background.

Vintage book bunting

Bunting made from vintage book for children about animals

Peony and Thistle are based in rural Scotland. They give unloved books, maps, board games and fabrics a new lease of life by turning them into journals and bunting. This garland is made from a discarded vintage book about animals – available to buy on Etsy*

Vintage posters

Vintage poster in a childrens room

Johanna Karlsson is a mum of three living in Småland, Sweden. Passionate about recycling, she’s created many beautiful spaces for her kids, using vintage finds. I particularly liked yellow accents picked out from the vintage tiger poster and fairy lights adorned with small vintage lamp shades. You’ll see lots more on her instagram.

Vintage decor for a child's room

Upcycled vintage school chair

Upcycled kids school chair

This retro chair has been restored and totally transformed by illustrator Victoria Taylor, founder of Handsome Vintage. The chair features a charming illustration of a giraffe with its head in the clouds and two bears wearing party hats. See all Victoria’s available items on Etsy.*

Vintage storage trunk

Vintage trunks in kids bedroom

Interior designer Mariska Jagt created this Scandi minimalist interior for a newly built property. The whole house follows a chic monochrome aesthetic, but features vintage finds throughout, such as these vintage trunks. This room has a cool, industrial feel, perfect for a teenage boy. Let’s hope he can keep it that tidy!

Vintage sideboard

Vintage shelving unit in kids bedroom

Nina Invorm is a talented ceramicist, illustrator and graphic designer, living in the Netherlands. Here, one of her heartwarming prints ‘You are so, so easy to love’ is here displayed above a vintage sideboard, in her stylish, colourful abode. You can purchase her fantastic work on Etsy* and be sure to check out her vintage plate designs too.

Like this post? You might also enjoy my vintage decor inspiration for grown up bedrooms too. You can check that out here.

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Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).