Today’s teenagers are design-conscious and up to date on the latest trends. But they’re torn between childhood and adulthood. Most teens have beloved toys they’re not ready to give up, but look for a room that’s older and more sophisticated than their childhood room.
A teen will most appreciate an approach to their room as their mini, self-contained apartment where they can spend most of their time comfortably. Regardless of size, a teen’s bedroom needs to be versatile enough for them to spread out and get homework done, hang with friends, lounge and sleep, all while reflecting their personality.
Teen bedroom ideas should include functions specific to their age, as well as look great. While adults prefer a space that’s calm and understated, teens appreciate vibrant, high energy rooms.
A Multi-Purpose Room
Consider their room as more than just a sleeping space. As they begin exploring their independence, having a room where they can hang out, study and lounge with friends is almost more important to them than sleep. And the social aspect of a room is big. A survey of global teenagers by smartgirl.org found that the #1 thing a teen would add to their room is a poster of themselves with their friends. Work with your teen to creatively address the following areas in their room:
1. A sleep area
2. A study area
3. A place to lounge with friends
If small space is an issue, use creative approaches to meet their multi-purpose room goal. Some teen small bedroom ideas for creating a versatile, small space include:
1. A vertically oriented study area. Create a small surface for writing and make use of vertical space above and below the table surface for storage and other items
2. Cork boards or magnetic dry erase boards can clear the small desk surface
3. A small bench against the bed’s footboard could be a good, versatile lounge
4. Add a few throw pillows and a rug in a corner for a lounge area if space is a challenge
5 Place the bed lengthwise against a wall, daybed style. Add mosquito netting or fabric to create an exotic lounge and sleeping combination
6. Nix the bed frame and add a headboard decal on the wall to save space
7. A sofa table is narrow enough to work on and makes a great desk for small spaces