Vintage kids’ bedroom decor ideas & inspiration from the ’70s

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Pretty groovy floral room for a 70s girl

Super-groovy makeovers to organize your dorm or bedroom (1971)


Has a paraphernalia explosion hit your pad? Are you short on space for storing stereo and records, seating friends? Here’s one reader’s doubly good solution.


Take two double cubes in singing colors and place them under the window, then top with pillows. Presto! You have a mini music center and cushy seating, too. – Jane Schmittdiel, Los Angeles, California

Retro multicolored kids' bedroom decor (1972)


Why stop with two units when you can go on like this:

  • Frame the entire window in cubist casework
  • Get set with op-art canisters to hold miscellany
  • Match wall to shades: stick on dot-and-dash vinyl
  • Zebra-stripe the floor with a no-glue, no-wax covering

Integral Cubics storage units, Con-Tact wall covering, Congoleum flooring

Window decor makeover for teen bedroom from 1971

Separate areas in the bedroom or dorm room

Too-square room, too-full closet? Two heads (plus ours) came up with these practical, decorative notes


Screenery to the rescue! Make a great divide and reap useful extra surfaces — one for fashion and accessory hang-ups, the other for a beautiful furniture backdrop. – Barbara Goldberg, Trumbull, Connecticut

Pair two trunks to make a zany dressing table with built-in storage space. Jetting away? Unstack and pack. – Ann Gilpin, St. Joseph, Missouri


Combine both bright ideas for a marvelous makeup and dressing center; clash lively hues to turn it on

  • Wrap the screenery in outdoorsy gift paper
  • Paint trunks shocking pink (they’ll never get lost)
  • Billow pillows in snappy crinkle vinyl
  • Contour-cover the bed with pillow-matching shine
  • Nest plastic-fantastic tables here and there

Paper by Faroy, Riverdale vinyl pillows, Comark fabric

Colorful screen decor for teen bedroom from 1971

Home decorating: Organizing & storage for your pad or bedroom

Do you start your day with a treasure hunt? Are possessions cramping your style? Peruse these sparkling ways to neaten a nook, put everything in its place.


Paper the walls with blooming vinyl (or any glowy cover-up), then use extra cuttings to make closet door prizes: matching bags for accessory etceteras. – Janet Schluger, Flushing, New York

Make a sunshine stand-tum an old milk can into an umbrella holder by painting it the most upbeat yellow. Or top its lid with a plump cushion for spiffy seating. – Jane Halbach, Cedar Falls, Iowa


Continue the closet clearing with handy sequels:

  • Mix nifty garment bags that go to all lengths
  • Stack two-tone boxes for accessory put-ons Open the door to towel racks, petite pictures
  • Square off the floor with stick-to-it checker tiles
  • Make tracks with furry feet-or hang them up

Wall covering by Wall-Tex, Bogen garment bags, Goodyear floor tiles, Glenoit footprint rugs

Great storage options for teen bedroom from 1971

Time to get organized?

Change your dorm or room into a happy habitat by following these collective tips (ideal for busy students, into-everything activists)


Create a bulletin board of felt: turn edges under, thread yardsticks through and trim in contrast braid, ribbon. – Cynthia Young, Radford, Virginia

Deck the door with a giant writing pad for while-you-were-out messages, noteworthy thoughts; add fluttery butterfly placemats or cutouts for a personal touch. – Betsy Johns, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania


Swing into full zing by adding comfortable plumage:

  • Play up the floor with plush bathroom carpeting
  • Fit a spread to the bed to make it sleek in a wink
  • Give pillows the slip: hide them in bed-matched covers
  • Catch table-turning cans to store stuff and stack
  • Paper walls in prepasted zigzags (easy on and off)

Lysander carpeting, Karla bed fashions, United-DeSoto wallpaper

Organizing and decor for teen bedroom from 1971

Vintage bedroom decor for kids: Change the scene (1972)

In a child’s room, periodic remodelings are a must, just to keep up with the child’s growth and to cover the wear and tear. While you’re about it, why not treat your youngster to a completely new color scheme?

1) A preschooler’s bedroom

We designed this room for a preschooler, but it could be adapted easily for an older child. The yellow and orange scheme is a good demonstration of how to use two related or harmonious colors.

To make the room look larger, we painted the end wall a shade lighter than the carpet, ran the color across the ceiling, and painted the walls on either side white. Cabinets, door and woodwork were painted with semigloss enamel for easier cleaning.

2) Room for an older child

A combination of wallpaper and coordinated fabric transforms the same room for an older child. We painted the walls and cabinets orange, then played some strong pattern against it.

We papered the end wall and ceiling in the pattern, and repeated it in the bedspread and curtains. The plaid’s neutral colors and white background help tone down the room’s intense color.

Vintage bedroom decor for kids Change the scene tips from 1972 (2)

3) The room for a young teenager

For a young teen, we switched to a mix of bright colors and striped accents. We included all the primary colors, plus green on two walls.

This time, we papered only the end wall, hanging the stripes horizontally to coordinate with the cabinets and to make the room seem wider than it actually is. Matching striped fabric appears on the bed and curtain trim.

High-gloss enamel on the door and furniture shines up the paint-box color scheme, while white ceiling and accents provide the necessary balance.

Vintage bedroom decor for kids Change the scene tips from 1972 (1)

Here’s an interesting idea (including a plan view) to maximize the space in a small bedroom or office. It features impossible-to-miss retro seventies style with its platform area, thick bright yellow shag carpeting and vintage dolls.

Small bedroom idea: Shag carpet & platforms (1976)

Cutting across from door to window, the “upper level” offers space to sleep and study, and leaves the rest of the room wide open for dressing, play and everything else.

The platform is 14 inches high, with three drawers built into the top riser. The mattress and box spring rest in a box on casters that can be pulled out to make the bed. The design of the desk, window seat and headboard are easily adapted to any room — just plan their sizes and locations around the window.

The angular cabinet at the foot of the bed is bonus storage and can be fitted with shelves or used as a hanging space.

Everything here is plywood. Use a lower grade for the carpeted platform, and a top grade for the built-ins so you can get the smooth glossy finish. Add an acrylic sheet to the desk top to protect the work surface.

Vintage 70s small bedroom idea -hag carpet and platforms from 1976 (1)

Vintage 70s small bedroom idea -hag carpet and platforms from 1976 (2)

Retro plan view for bedroom with shag carpet platform (1976)

Split-level systems to make your bedroom work better (1976)

Split-level bedrooms - Vintage 70s decor (2)

Split-level bedrooms - Vintage 70s decor (1)

Fun furniture: Make a lofty bunk bed (1976)

The fireman’s pole makes getting out of bed a zip! And the whole project is a zip to build into any boy’s room. Build the dresser and the wall storage unit first, then install the box for the mattress and springs between them. Add the ladder and fireman’s pole, and everything is ready.

For a spend-the-night guest, or for daytime lounging, add the mattress-only bunk below. The high bunk is 4-1/2 feet off the floor — low enough for handy bed making and for adequate sitting-up space above.

Fun furniture Make a lofty bunk bed (1976)

Fun furniture Make a lofty bunk (1976)


Fun furniture for kids’ rooms: Drop-down desk (1976)

Handsome paneling covers both walls and built-ins in this use-every-inch bedroom. Its biggest asset is the hinged, plywood-backed panel that swings down over the bed to form a king-size work surface.

Magnetic catches hold the panel up. When it’s down for action, it rests on cleats at the head and foot of the bed.

Fun furniture for kids' rooms Drop-down desk (1976)

Vintage furniture for kids' rooms Drop-down desk (1976)

Groovy bedroom decorating ideas from 1970 (2)

Groovy bedroom decorating ideas from 1970 (1)

Pink retro bedroom with in vintage style (1970)

Pink retro bedroom with floral canopy bed and curtains (1971)

1970s girl with blue and green flowered sheets and towels


Vintage white trellis canopy bed from the 1970s

Vintage green bedding - child's bedroom decor (1974)

Vintage teenager bedroom decor (1970)

Pink floral bedroom style from the 1970s

Basic teen girl bedroom decor (1970)

Vintage 70s Stanley Furniture yellow canopy bed

Vintage yellow canopy bed and 70s teen bedroom decor

Boy's bedroom - bunk bed and desk combo (1972)

Mod 70s bedroom decor with platform bunk bed and desk

Creative bunk beds and desk (1978)

Vintage bunk beds and bedroom furniture (1977)

Ribbony retro kids' bedroom decor (1973)

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