Kids Cabin Theme Bedrooms: Design Ideas
How to Create Cabin Theme Bedrooms
By Interior Designer Tracy Svendsen | Published October 2025 | Updated January 04, 2024 |
One of my favorite themes for a little boy’s room is the log cabin kids’ rustic bedroom theme. This was my son’s choice, Dakota, and we had a lot of fun achieving the “lodge” look for his room. What I liked best about it was that it was suitable for a young boy, but works just as well for an older boy. There is a lot of room for creativity with a rustic-style theme room. Many boys like to camp out, hike, fish, and explore the outdoors. The room can be created to feel like your child is experiencing a wilderness adventure every night! Some design tips and suggestions are as follows:
1. There are many options for bedding that are suitable for a rustic look, such as comforter sets that feature bears, moose, elk, deer, and camping scenery. Log cabin quilts are another option, and numerous log cabin and rustic-theme quilts are available. Denim fabric or plaid flannel patterns for bedding and linens can also be used. For my son’s room, we used a solid print earth tone comforter, a beautiful rustic coverlet with moose in a fall scene, and an assortment of throw cushions with wildlife and Navaho prints.
2. Rustic wood beds, heavy timber-look bed frames, or handcrafted log beds are best for the rustic bedroom theme.
3. Walls can be painted in earth-tone colors, such as tan, rust, copper, or warm shades of brown. A color scheme of red and hunter-green contrasts well with wood tones. If possible, choose a color from the bedding or a complementary contrasting color. Wallpaper borders are available with everything from bear, moose, elk, camping scenes, snowshoes, forests and trees, and trout. Another fun option is to use log wallpaper. This works best if it is run partially up the wall. The paint above can be a neutral crème or tan color to prevent the room from looking too dark. Wood paneling or rough-sawn plywood panels can also be used. Try painting log ‘beams’ on the ceiling.
4. A stone fireplace running up the length of one wall creates a cozy feel. Fake stone can also be purchased. Wall art can be purchased with wilderness scenes, animals, the woods, etc. Photos can be cut out from books or magazines, framed and hung on the walls, or clustered together in groups on dressers and bookshelves. We used prints by Bev Doolittle for my son’s room, as we both loved the color and scenery. Stock photos of bears, moose, and deer can be purchased for a minimal price. They can be printed and framed. Rough frames can be made by hand. Small tree branches can be used as curtain rods.
5. Use stuffed animals, such as beaver, bear, moose, elk, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and owls. Throw pillows with the same animals can be used on the bed or grouped together on the floor. Hang fake geese in mid-flight from the ceilings. Use old trunks to store toys.
6. Try painting an outdoor scene on the wall, or purchase a forest mural. This can then have a ‘window frame’ applied to the surrounding edges. Accessories can include vintage signs, country cabins or wildlife area rugs, rustic lighting, and decorative lanterns.
7. Wooden furniture works the best in the log cabin theme room. Use simple squared-off furniture in oak, pine, or rustic furniture. Vintage household items, fishing lures, canoe paddles, or a set of weathered snowshoes can be hung on the wall. Canoe bookshelves work well in this space.