​There are a lot of great inexpensive ways to theme a child’s room for a train lover! Our DIY train theme bedroom ideas give you tips, inspiration, and a few tutorials to create a one of a kind train bedroom for your little engineer!

Invest in a simple train stencil, and use it in creative ways…a train on the front of each dresser drawer, in a border around his headboard, as a border on sheets and pillowcases, (use fabric paint), on curtains, or even on a floorcloth that you paint with tracks so they can play with their play trains on the floor.

Use paint to create a wall background that sets the stage… stay as simple  or be as complex as your skills allow…



Use scrap wood and aluminum tubing to create a “track” on the wall…

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Or just paint the track on with magnetic paint, and use toy trains directly on the wall!

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This is an under-bed train table by Diary of a Preppy Mom that is pure genius! She has a step by step on how they created theirs.

Try getting some craft foam sheets (get them at the craft store, they look like construction paper, but made out of foam so thicker) and cut them into simple trains with scissors, then use as wall hangings. You could even get more complex, cut details out of other colors of craft foam, and glue on. By the way, the craft foam sheets sell for about 40 cents a sheet, pretty cheap!



Create one of a kind train decor accessories from scrap wood and paint. This one done by Chic on a Shoestring is great for even an older child’s room!

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Another option would be to look for little inexpensive train toys, then glue them to the edge of shelving units, you could even line them up like a train on the track. This could also be done along window or door molding.

Finally, try out your version of this train bed.. you can DIY this! Scrap wood, plywood rounds, and paint! Something simple for the front of the train is within most of our reach… Ideas? This one is from Leslie at ‘Segreto Finishes‘…  They painted a mural on the wall, then built the bed around that. Share in our comments section!


​As always, keep safety an ultimate priority in your decorating plans, especially when designing rooms where children play.

Image Credits: Diary of a Preppy Mom, Pinterest, First Palette, Chic on a Shoestring

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  1. jaslyn July 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Love the train track on the wall w/ aluminum tubing. What did you use to hold them in place, glue gun, nails, adhesive glue? My son would LOVE it

    1. Kathy Woodard July 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      The train track project is not ours, but I would use whatever you are comfortable with…. I would probably see if I could make it work with small nails before I pulled out the glue… that can be hard to remove later on!

  2. Jenn August 15, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Is there a how too for the railroad crossing sign

    1. Kathy Woodard September 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Hi Jenn! The link above the train sign photo was incorrect, we have fixed it and it takes you to the how to at ‘Chic on a Shoestring’, who were the creators of that project… Sorry for the inconvenience!

  3. kim October 10, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Can you please tell me the origin of the metal railroad tracks ? Ive been searching with no luck .

  4. Kristin May 16, 2015 at 7:49 am

    How can I get the directions to make the train bed?
    Thank you!


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