If you’re searching for teen bedroom ideas, think about what your teen loves and see their bedroom through their perspective. A teenager has a different view of a bedroom than an adult — beyond a place to sleep, it’s where a teen escapes from the world of demands and rules.
There are few places where a teen can express themselves unabashedly. The bedroom is the top choice. The beauty of being a teenager is that the world is their oyster. Their favorite things are diverse and sometimes discordant, but with some planning, all ideas can tie together beautifully.
When brainstorming teen bedroom ideas, the most important thing to remember is that their bedroom is an expression of who they are.
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. Keep the following teen bedroom ideas in mind.
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:
- A sleep area
- A study area
- 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:
- A vertically oriented study area. To recreate the look above, create a small surface for writing and make use of vertical space above and below the table surface for storage and other items
- Cork boards or magnetic dry erase boards can clear the small desk surface
- A small bench against the bed’s footboard could be a good, versatile lounge
- Add a few throw pillows and a rug in a corner for a lounge area if space is a challenge
- Place the bed lengthwise against a wall, daybed style. Add mosquito netting or fabric to create an exotic lounge and sleeping combination
- Nix the bed frame and add a headboard decal on the wall to save space
- A sofa table is narrow enough to work on and makes a great desk for small spaces
Hit the Wall with Bold Design
While adults prefer a space that’s calm and understated, teens appreciate vibrantly colored, high energy rooms. The wall is the biggest area you can work with in a bedroom. Some of the best teen bedroom ideas involve the walls. Here are our favorite:
- Bright color
- A custom printed wall treatment
- Removable wall decals
- Custom paint or a graffiti wall treatment for an urban style
- Favorite words in neon or light marquis signs
Fun Teen Bedroom Ideas
Sedate and restful are good, general concepts for adult bedroom design, but teenagers prefer a bedroom that’s fun and a signature of who they are. The number one response to what personality aspect a teen wants to express through their room was “creative”, while calm came in almost last. Bold, imaginative elements will excite a teen like nothing else. Some unique teen bedroom ideas that add fun to a room include:
- A creative swing or hanging chair
- A hanging bed
- A wall mounted fish tank
- A round bed
- A chalkboard wall where they can express themselves (note: chalkboard paint is available in other colors besides black. Hot pink, cobalt blue and lime green are among the latest offerings)
Teens love spending time in their rooms because they feel safe and comfortable. Naturally drawn to feel-good fabrics and textures, be sure to add some touchy-feely elements in a room. Some ideas include:
- Flocked velvet wallpaper
- A faux fur rug
- Hanging curtains to divide the space
- Plush bedding
- Hang fringe
- Pillows of various colors and textures
Let’s face it, teenagers and orderly rooms are a rare combination. Messy rooms seem to be a teenager’s rite of passage. Good storage options will be the best feature they didn’t think they needed but will appreciate.
Having places to keep all their stuff, even if it’s as simple as quickly throwing them in a drawer or chest, keeps their room tidy quickly. Necessary storage items in a room include:
- Under-the-bed storage bins
- Storage benches or storage ottomans
- A cabinet wall around the bed
Make storage fun for your teen, just like you would for all teen bedroom ideas. Combining function with your teen’s unique personality will create a space they will love for years