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Teenage Triple Bunk Bed Beach Themed Bedroom Makeover

A room for 3 pre-teen and teenage girls gets a dramatic beach themed bedroom makeover with triple bunk beds, camp art, smart organization, and cozy lighting.

This post is sponsored by Romabio.

Ever since Robert and I did the boho cottage shared bedroom makeover for two of the five sisters who live down the street from us, the other three sisters have been begging for a bedroom makeover of their own. (I mean, it’s only fair to even the score, right?)

The challenging part was figuring out the best bedroom layout with plenty of function, room for a triple bunk bed setup, and combining the girls’ different styles into one cohesive look.

coastal bedroom with triple bunk bed and reading nook painted in Romabio Carolina Sky blue ceiling and trim

The girls number one request was a room that felt calming but bright, and the one color they could all agree one was light blue.

So a cottage beach themed bedroom with a little bit of a camp-out vibe felt like the perfect direction.

Before

Here is what their shared room looked like before with a rather cramped triple bunk bed.

triple bunk bed shared bedroom before

Multipurpose Furniture Layout

The biggest needs for this shared room were storage and multipurpose “zones”.

So I found these dressers that can transition into desks or vanities with a simple drop down panel in the top drawer. It can still serve as a clothing drawer, if the girls need the extra storage. But if the girls need to do homework or they need a place to do makeup as they get older, these dresser desks can do it all.

The scalloped chairs work perfectly as desk / vanity chairs or can be moved underneath the loft bunk as a hang out space and reading nook depending on the girls’ needs day-to-day.

dresser desks in a shared teenage bedroom with camp art and coastal wall decor

This was the one little desk / vanity setup they had before.

Before

vanity desk before in shared teenage bedroom

Beach Themed Bedroom Wallpaper and Paint

The main color the girls could all agree that they loved was light blue, so we painted their ceiling, trim, and doors in Romabio Carolina Sky Low Lustre from our Bless’er House paint color line.

I absolutely LOVE this color because it can appear blue, green, or gray depending on the lighting. It’s fresh and clean but cheerful.

Romabio paints are zero VOC and non-toxic, making it the best the healthiest paint choice especially for kids’ spaces. The interior paint is made with natural mineral ingredients crafted in Italy using an ancient Italian technique that adds a gorgeous luminous finish.

For the wallpaper, we used a peel and stick that can easily be removed one day if our neighbors ever choose to change the look of this room in the future. But we went with this classic striped pattern (customized to the colors Eggshell and Celery) that would easily transition into an adult bedroom.

The combination feels so vintage, timeless, and slightly beach themed without being too over-the-top “theme-y”.

blue doors, trim, and ceiling with striped wallpaper and wooden dressers in shared teenage beach themed bedroom

Don’t the vertical stripes and painted ceiling make the room seem so much taller than before? Stripes help elongate a room to create the illusion of more space (just like wearing a vertical striped dress can make you appear taller).

Before

shared teenage bedroom before with dresser and desk vanity

Storage

Burl Wood IKEA Hack Dresser

I created a look-for-less DIY burl wood dresser by adding burl contact paper to this IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers. Adding these gold and glass knobs gave it a little feminine touch.

beach themed bedroom with loft bunk, reading nook, IKEA hack dresser, and boho fandelier

The dresser is SO MUCH bigger than they had before so it could provide lots more space to store clothes.

Before

teenage shared bedroom before
IKEA hack burl wood dresser using contact paper with arched rattan mirror and coastal lamp

Rattan Bookshelf

Since the girls are avid readers and specifically requested the need for book storage, I adding a reading nook underneath this loft bunk with a rattan bookshelf to bring in more coastal style textures.

These scalloped chairs were surprisingly very comfortable. In the middle of this project, I plopped down in one, and honestly I didn’t want to get up because it perfectly hugged my back.

They’re perfect to lounge in but still have the right amount of support to use with the dresser desks.

The scallop detail is another subtle knod to the beach themed bedroom since they look a bit like seashells.

kids reading nook with chair and rattan bookshelf

Command Center Zone

I originally meant to order this cheaper bookcase but totally forgot until we were in the middle of this week-long room makeover, so I had to settle for this more expensive shelf with next-day shipping.

It totally worked out though because Robert came up with the idea to use the backside of the bookcase as a command center for the three girls so they could keep track of schedules, jot down reminders, and hang up art or notes as they needed.

We just used Command strips to hang this chalkboard calendar, magnetic white boards, and cork boards on the back.

command center wall in teen / kids shared room

Coastal Wall Decor and Camp Art

For kids’ and teens’ rooms especially, it’s fun to be vibrant and expressive with a collection of art and objects. So I wanted to hang up a few camp art vintage style pennants, some objects for variation, and a couple of coastal wall decor pieces to communicate the style of a beach themed bedroom.

But I didn’t want it to feel cliche; it needed to feel fresh and like something authentically curated over time. It needed to have texture, and it needed to have FEELING. (If you ever need help, here’s my favorite gallery wall hanging trick.)

shared teenage bedroom with beach themed bedroom gallery wall, dresser desks, scalloped jute rug, and blue ceiling

Here is what this corner of the room looked like before we added the coastal wall decor and camp art gallery wall.

Bedroom

shared teenage bedroom before with 3 bunk bed

Coastal Paintings

The piece of wall art that inspired this entire bedroom is this Castle Coast Print by artist Teil Duncan. It’s been one of my favorites for a long time, so I was dying to use it in a teen room.

We hung it in this gold frame since the girls all mentioned how much they love gold. (And a little glitz never hurts, right?)

Beside it, we placed this coastal painting of a vintage Woody Wagoneer with a surfboard on top called “How About Jupiter?” by artist Maja Cunningham. By mismatching the frames, they feel like they’ve been collected over time.

beach bedroom gallery wall with camp art and coastal paintings behind bedroom desks

Vintage Pennant Camp Art

To add some texture, different shapes, and sweet messages, I found these two vintage style pennants to give this beachy bedroom a little camp out vibe.

This “It’s Cool to Be Kind” pennant added some shape variation, and I love the great message well suited for preteens and teens.

The “These Are the Good Old Days” pennant adds an extra dose of vibrance with its pop of yellow to tie in the hints of yellow in the beach art, bookshelf, and pillows around the room.

Decorative Wall Decor Objects

I took a page out of Lay Baby Lay’s book and found this vintage ribbon that added fun dimension and more color to the gallery wall.

And to incorporate more beach style into the mix, we hung up a ukelele that the girls can take off the wall and play if they want.

vintage gallery wall in teenage bedroom above dressers with coastal paintings and camp art
wireless speaker radio on dresser with gallery wall in teenage beach themed bedroom

Coastal Style Mirror

One of the girls really loved boho style, and since rattan is a key element in boho decor, this rattan mirror was the perfect way to blend boho and beach vibe together.

Adding this table lamp in front of the mirror and positioning it opposite from a window helps bounce light around the room to help the space feel larger.

Side note: I meant to add a cute sister photo to this green picture frame and ran out of time, but the palm tree print it came with still works, right? 😉

table lamp on IKEA dresser with rattan mirror, potted plant, and picture frame

Decorative Accents and Accessories

The three sisters love playing music, so I added this vintage style Bluetooth speaker with FM radio so they can play music as much as they want.

A diffuser is always a good idea (especially if the girls need a soft, glowing nightlight or get sick and need to diffuse eucalyptus into the room at night). I added a few drops of this organic Sleep essential oil blend to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Considering all 5 senses in a room creates a cozy experience, so adding these sound and smell elements are just as important as the decor.

wireless speaker radio with potted plant and vintage gallery wall art
vintage gallery wall with beach art above dresser desks and scalloped jute rug

Organization

Besides the command center on the bookcase backing in the reading nook, we also added a few organizers on the desk dressers to help the girls stay tidy.

These concrete bookends have slots for extra notebook and school supply storage, and we added these round acrylic desktop organizers for storing school or art supplies and makeup inside of the dresser desks.

homework desks and vanity in teenage bedroom with blue doors, trim, ceiling, and vintage wallpaper

Triple Bunk Beds

The triple bunk bed the girls had in this room before had really tight sleeping spaces, so we spread out three beds into a new configuration by positioning this double bunk twin bed and bunk loft side-by-side instead. Now, the girls have enough head room to sit up in bed.

The metal bunk beds add a little antique style to the room. I chose white make the room light and airy (even though I had to spray paint one bunk bed because the white was out of stock).

Bedding

Because it can be challenging to make beds in a bunk every day, we sprung for these Beddy’s bedding sets I’d heard nothing but great reviews about. I have no idea how they’ll hold up yet, but the girls loved how easy they were to zip up like a sleeping bag to quickly make their beds, and the minky fabric inside is super soft.

For a little pattern play, I added these floral printed gold quilt shams, blue geo printed pillowcases, and pink floral block print Kantha quilts.

triple bunk bed in shared teenage bedroom with beach theme

Rug

I found this really cute Serena and Lily dupe scalloped jute rug that added more of that beach material texture and mimicked the scallop detail in the chairs.

The jute made the room feel so cozy and brought in a much needed natural element.

Window Shades

I’ve used these cordless pull down bamboo shades in several room makeovers because they are the most functional and budget-friendly I’ve been able to find.

They add great texture and warmth to a room and block out a lot of light (they’re not blackout shades but they are light filtering). The shades looks so good on their own I decided not to add any fussy curtains to the windows at all.

bamboo window shade, striped wallpaper, blue trim, and jute rug in beach themed bedroom for teenagers

One last look at what this bedroom looked like before!

Before

triple bunk bed in shared teenage bedroom before

Lighting

Fandelier

Since the girls would be climbing into their triple bunk bed with their heads close to the ceiling, I really wanted to avoid using a traditional ceiling fan with blades. (That would be a disaster waiting to happen, right? Getting smacked in the head with a ceiling fan blade is one way to wake up, I guess.)

So I found this caged ceiling fan with a rattan-like shade that works REALLY well! The air output is every bit as good as a regular blade ceiling fan. And the remote can change the light bulb color and even has a dimming function. You can see more top rated fandeliers here that I love.

Wall Lamps

A triple bunk bed makes it pretty much impossible to access a nightstand with a bedside lamp, so I found these wall mounted plug-in lamps from IKEA that are operable with a pull string inside so each girl can control her own lamp right from her bunk!

wall lamps beside triple bunk bed in shared bedroom with fandelier light fixture

Table Lamps

For the dresser, I found this beachy table lamp with a classic linen shade. I added this modern task lamp on the opposite dresser for extra light if the girls need it to do homework too.

On the rattan bookshelf, for some extra reading light, I placed this mini lamp with built-in USB ports where the girls can charge their devices as needed.

coastal decor on top of vintage dresser IKEA hack with blue door and striped wallpaper

That’s it! There were so many little details that went into this room that it’s hard to keep them all straight, so here’s a list of sources we used.

Room Sources

In addition to the Carolina Sky paint color we used in this bedroom, you can see more of the Romabio x Bless’er House paint color collection here.

triple bunk bed and loft in shared teenage bedroom with coastal decor

I know I say this every time we share a room makeover, but this one turned out even better than I envisioned.

This camp out cottage beach themed bedroom just makes me want to be 12 again… or makes me want to buy a beach house and go crazy all over again with coastal bedroom decorating. Maybe both.

If you want more DIY and decorating ideas for teens’ and kids’ rooms, you can see more below.

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46 Comments

  1. Once again, you and Robert “nailed it!” So beautiful, and functional, while giving a serene space for these three lucky girls.

  2. Well done, you guys. It looks absolutely awesome.

    I love the color you chose – those doors are swoon-worthy – and that dresser is whoot!

  3. Lauren this looks absolutely perfect!!! I love every aspect of it! I want to be 12 again, too, and I’m way further from it than you are.

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