With a new school year just around the corner it’s the perfect time of year to give your tween or teen’s bedroom a much-needed overhaul. Not only will having a space they love encourage your teenager to actually keep their lair cleaner and neater, but reorganizing and redecorating with your burgeoning adult’s interests and needs in mind will let them know that you understand this is an exciting and sometimes difficult time in their lives–and that you appreciate their individuality. Here’s a look at some tips and tricks that will lead to room makeover results you’ll both love.
Start With a Plan
Teenagers are well-known for their impulsiveness. However, the first step in your teen bedroom makeover project should be letting the voice of experience speak through. Set a budget, talk about your teen’s wants (a hangout spot, fuchsia walls, a life-sized cutout of Natalie Dormer) and your own vision for the perfect room (more storage, a bedspread without stains, a scholarship-worthy homework station) and then meet in the middle with decorating and organization strategies that work for both of you.
Reuse, Freecycle, and Think Outside the Box
Before purchasing any new furniture or accessories, take a good look around and decide what you’re keeping and what you’re getting rid of. Keep an open mind about furniture–while he or she may have grown too tall for that twin bed, other items in the room might get a completely updated look with a fresh coat of paint or new hardware. Don’t forget to check the rest of the house, garage, basement, and attic for forgotten items that might find a more appropriate home in your teen’s new room.
Save the biggest chunk of your budget for furniture and accessories that will go the distance. A nice bed, good desk, and small arm chairs or ottomans will be worth the investment, especially as your teen can transition these pieces to a dorm room or their first apartment later on. For accessories and decorations, make time to go “junk hunting” together. Flea markets, thrift stores, and garage sales can all be great places to stumble across affordable and funky finds that you’ll both love.
Give Them Their Own Space
Once you’ve added a coat rack or organization bins to keep clutter off the floor and set up a homework station, be sure to put a little thought into creating a teen-friendly space for them to bring friends over and enjoy. Pictures of their friends, skateboards, trophies, or musical instruments on the wall (depending on your teen’s hobbies and activities) will make the entire room feel personalized. An old futon, loveseat, or even a fluffy rug with floor pillows strewn about will all be welcome additions to the makeover, as well.