When you first design a bedroom for your young child, it can be a fun experience. It’s not unusual to use a theme for the room, focusing on characters, items, or even sports your child enjoys. The goal is usually to create a room they feel safe and comfortable in, and a space that they actually want to spend time in. As they get older and reach their teenage years, that same design that seemed so great when they were young can start to feel dated, out of place, and just not reflective of who they are.
Kids will form different interests and their personality will continue to form as they grow, and there is the fact that as a teenager their room is no longer a place to store all their toys. Often it needs to be functional acting as their place to study, relax, maybe watch a little TV in their own space, and of course sleep. If you’re in the beginning stages of the design process and want to be sure you create a room your teenager will love, then here are some tips and advice to keep in mind.
Pick a Color Scheme
One of the things that will make the biggest impact in the room is the color scheme. What may have seemed like the ideal colors when they were young has likely changed. Rather than make it a guessing game, it’s a good idea to bring your teen into the creative design process. Have them pick a color scheme and say how they’d like to see it used around the space.
Create a Study Space
Teens typically have a fairly sizeable load of homework on a regular basis, so you’ll want to set up a study nook or station. Within this area should be a desk and chair that keeps ergonomics in mind, task lighting on the desk since they may be studying into the evening hours, and plenty of room for supplies and a laptop. Secure Data features an excellent blog that parents can refer to discussing how to go about buying a laptop for a student. It provides useful advice so that you can be sure to find the best laptop for your budget and their needs.
Make the Room Comfortable and Include a Seating Area
You want your teen to feel comfortable in their room and see it as more than just a place to do their homework and sleep. With that in mind you can also design a comfortable seating area. Beanbag chairs are always a big hit with teens and because they are so lightweight they can be moved around the room. This can be the area where they hang out and watch TV, play video games, and visit with friends.
Give Them Plenty of Storage Space
The final tip is to ensure you incorporate plenty of storage space into the design. Shelving, drawers, and closet organizers are all excellent suggestions and will help to keep your teen organized. By giving them enough space to put all their belongings, you’re much less likely to see a constant mess in the room.
Designing a bedroom for your teenager shouldn’t be a solo process. Have them share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas and encourage it to be a family event so that the end result is a space they love.