Teenage Bedroom Ideas
How to Create a Cool Teenager-Approved Hangout Spot
If you thought transitioning your little one from a nursery to a big kid room was emotional, get ready for “Where Did My Baby Go” version 2.0 as you turn their room into a teenager-approved hangout.
Just like every phase up until this point, you’re going to slowly relinquish some control when it comes to upgrading your preteen’s bedroom. As the parent, you still get a say of course, but your son or daughter has plenty of his/her own opinions and will let them be known. The key to a successful teen approved bedroom is working together, listening to each other, and compromise. It’s about biting your tongue when your teen chooses to hang posters of his favourite band posters on his walls rather than the contemporary art you love so much.
There’s bound to be a bit of a struggle when working with your teen to create a new space, but here are some foundational teenage bedroom ideas that will (hopefully) make things run a little smoother.
Your growing child has definitely outgrown his/her childhood bed and is ready for something a little more spacious. Depending on the size of the room (and of your teenager) bed size will vary for each family. Regardless of whether they’re cozy in a twin or sprawled out in a California King, there are a few ways to make the bed a focal point of the room.
- An elegant canopy hanging from the ceiling over the bed gives the entire room a soft feel.
- A cool light fixture that matches the theme of the room (and personality of the teenager) above the bed.
- Some posters in a frame above the bed.
- Apply a piece of funky coloured/patterned wallpaper to the wall behind the bed for an inexpensive “headboard.”
- A painted palette or a vintage door can also be a creative option for a headboard.
When it comes to the theme of a teenager’s room, less is usually more. Your teen’s room is a reflection of them, so you probably won’t be able to find everything you need in a complete set in the bedding section of your local target. Say goodbye to the owls and trains and nautical themes and focus more on how the room makes them feel.
- A ‘fun’ room may have brightly coloured walls, textured rugs, a hanging bubble chair and a chalkboard wall for friends to leave messages.
- An ‘artsy’ room may have bold colours, framed pictures on the walls, and a desk space for drawing, writing or creating.
- A ‘musical’ room may use instruments or album covers as wall art, feature dark colours and metal finishes, and incorporate your teen’s favourite lyrics throughout the room.
- The more ‘study space’ themed bedroom may incorporate things that make it easy for your teen to focus on academics. A sleek desk is just perfect for fashion designers to be or for writing essays. Covert a corner into a library where they can read books to pursue interest in their future career plans.
I remember having (..then already!) literally a library of architecture books and interior design magazines as I have always longed for a professional real estate career or a house staging job. Hmm, remarkable.
If you’re not sure you’ll be in this house forever, you may want to opt for a calmer, more neutral design theme. This will make it easier to sell your home in case you decide to move out before your teen does. A room that is overly personalized may make it harder for buyers to see themselves in the room.
Create a Teen-Friendly Lounge
Regardless of what type of room your teen envisions, it’s safe to assume they’ll want a cool place to relax with their friends. Add beanbags, futons, hanging chairs or floor pillows to make the room a comfortable place to hang out. Creative storage spaces free up space in the room for hanging out and make the room appear bigger.
For TV lovers, a wall mounted TV saves room vs. a TV placed on a dresser. A charging station for cell phones, a dry erase board for drawings and messages, or a small fridge can turn a traditional bedroom into the coolest hangout spot in the neighbourhood.
Don’t Forget a Place for All of Those Selfies
Your teenager probably takes a lot of photos. Whether its 400 selfies with friends on the way to school or dramatic nature photography, your child’s photography should be on display in their room. Make a clothespin mirror to display all of your teens’ favourite shots, or use an old picture frame to display them. Combining string lights, clothespins and a few of your teenager’s favourite photos is a creative way to display their photography skills and dress up a plain wall at the same time.
Your child’s nursery was a reflection of your style and tastes; their teenage room is a reflection of theirs. Your teen can have a space of their own that looks like it belongs in a luxury home magazine without the hefty price tag and while getting them involved in the process. Keep in mind that in just a few short years, this room will be empty and it’ll be your turn to use the space however you want. With some creativity, patience and a lot of love, you and your teen can create a space that you both will appreciate.
I hope, you liked some of my teenage bedroom ideas, let me know.