How to Outfit Your Bedroom Like Your Favorite ’90s Cartoon Character
In the 1990s, animated shows and movies dominated pop culture and defined a generation: “Toy Story,” the first fully computer-animated movie, inspired the imaginations of children on-screen and off. Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup redefined what the “perfect little girl” is made of. Daria’s sarcastic musings about society and the human condition made our angst-ridden teenage selves felt heard.
For many of us, the inspiration from these characters extended offscreen — they weren’t just the coolest characters, they had the coolest stuff. From Arnold’s hipster, jazz-infused loft and to Daria’s minimalist, angst-filled teenage crash pad, here are eight 1990s cartoons with bedrooms we all wanted.
Bart’s Room on “The Simpsons” (1989)
With his rebellious attitude, mischievous ways and stated pride in being an underachiever, Bart Simpson was an icon for pre-teen ’90s boys. Not much as changed today, as the show continues its nearly three-decade run, and Bart’s room continues to be a dream bedroom for kids whose parents won’t let them have skateboards and slingshots.
Arnold’s Room on “Hey Arnold!” (1996)
Arnold’s bedroom was the holy grail of 1990s bedrooms, so much so that two decades later it’s being 3D rendered. With a killer sound system, a glass ceiling and a remote-controlled couch that folds out of the wall (hello, extra floor space), Arnold’s room was basically the childhood dream of every ’90s kid.
Daria’s Room on “Daria” (1997)
With padded walls, a drab color pallette and a minimalist aesthetic, Daria’s pad was the personification of teen angst. The poster girl for all things sarcastic and nonconformist, Daria’s bedroom — featuring quintessential ’90s accessories like a Walkman — seemed like the perfect place to bemoan society, capitalism, superficiality and how annoying sisters are.
Dexter’s Bedroom and Lab From “Dexter’s Laboratory” (1996)
The bedroom of Dexter, the slightly mad boy-genius and title character of 1996’s “Dexter’s Laboratory,” may not seem like much at first glance. But just pull the right book from the trick bookshelf or access the entrance under the seemingly innocuous red rug and you’ll gain entry to a secret laboratory built for crazy experiments and even crazier inventions. What ’90s kid didn’t want their own secret hiding space after seeing Dexter’s?
SpongeBob’s Room on “SpongeBob Squarepants” (1999)
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? While SpongeBob’s aquatic abode was modest, his bedroom — featuring a diving board, a foghorn alarm clock and buoy headboard — was the perfect place for nautical nonsense. As kids, the under-the-sea adventure was irresistible.
The Girls’ Room on “The Powerpuff Girls” (1998)
The Powerpuff girls were famously created from “sugar, spice and everything nice” — plus a little dash of Chemical X. Their bedroom was inline with this theme: think heart-shaped accessories, plenty of stuffed animals and a crime hotline for when the mayor had a crisis. A pasteled-out paradise, the Powerpuff Girls’ bedroom was dream of every ’90s girl who wanted to be fierce and fashionable.
Arthur’s Room on “Arthur” (1996)
Everyone’s favorite academic aardvark, Arthur’s bedroom reflected his intellectual nature. With several built-in bookshelves and ample light to read by, Arthur’s bedroom was every bookworm’s dream. Plus, if you had a teacher like Mr. Ratburn, it seemed the perfect place to get all that homework done.
Andy’s Room in “Toy Story” (1995)
When we were introduced first to Andy in Pixar’s 1995 installment of the “Toy Story” franchise, his room was a homage to Sheriff Woody: cloud-adorned wallpaper, a western-themed comforter, a wagon toy box. As the movies progressed, we saw Andy ditch the western theme for star-painted walls and a Buzz Lightyear comforter before eventually plastering over his childhood memorabilia with movie and music posters in “Toy Story 3” — a growing up theme all ’90s kids could relate to.