8 Essential Items for a Teenage Bedroom
Tick off this teen room essentials list to design their dream space
Changing tastes and varied interests are part and parcel of teenage life. As a result, posters, prints and photos can be put up and taken down with dizzying speed as loyalties shift.
If you want to protect bedroom walls from the frequent application of sticky tape and Blu-Tack, think about making space for a pegboard, pinboard or magnetic panel instead, so items can be pinned up and taken down as many times as your teen’s heart desires, without ruining paint or wallpaper.
Homework really starts to build up during the teenage years, so if you want to get your child into a regular study schedule, and you have the space, a quiet corner for working is a good idea.
At its simplest, this can just be a slim desk or shelf against the wall, with a good task light and space for organising notes, books and pens. Wall-mounted storage is also useful to help corral study notes and loose papers, as well as a small stool that can be tucked out of the way under the desk when not in use.
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A mix of lighting is important in any room, but particularly in a teen bedroom, which needs to cater for different moods throughout the day.
Bright task lighting is important near the desk for homework, and also by the bed for reading. But in tandem with that, softer, relaxed lighting, such as fairy lights or warm table lamps, are good for helping to create a cosy den when homework is done for the day and the room needs to transition into a space where your teen can relax.
Sleep is important at every age, but especially so during the teenage years, so a dark, calm sleep environment should be a key part of the bedroom design.
Blackout blinds or lined curtains are the best way to control light levels and block out streetlamps or early morning sunshine.
Other sources of light, such as screens or electrical chargers, should be switched off every evening. In addition, devices should be turned onto night mode after dark to help with the wind-down process.
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When children are little, toy storage is essential in a playroom or bedroom. But as they grow, this need for storage multiplies as they add larger clothes, bigger shoes, school books and hobby equipment into the equation.
To keep the majority of these items out of sight, invest in as much closed storage as you can manage, from chests of drawers and blanket boxes to built-in cupboards. Anything that has a door is your friend here, so clutter can be swept out of sight and tidy habits gently encouraged.
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Clothes are a big part of self-expression, and it’s key to have space to display (and admire) them in a teenage bedroom. To avoid a ‘floordrobe’ situation, clothes storage should always err on the side of more rather than less.
A combination of practical shelves with some hooks or a rail will allow for everyday clothes to be neatly stored out of sight while a few favourite clothes can be displayed and admired. On a related note, a laundry bin is also a good addition if space allows.
When your teenager has friends to visit, chances are they won’t want to sit in the living room with the rest of the family, so space and privacy to hang out is often high on the priority list for a teenage bedroom.
Beanbags, soft rugs and plenty of cushions can help to create floor seating for a gaggle of teens, so factor in plenty of soft textiles.
Dealing with tech is an important part of designing a teen bedroom and USB charging points are probably an essential item for powering phones, tablets and computers.
However, if you want to limit the amount of screen time your child has at home, it could be worth creating a dedicated ‘digital zone’ in one corner of the room, away from the bed, where all gadgets can be left when it’s time to sleep, rather than having a charging station near the bed.
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