Since I was a teenager, my bedroom has always been my sanctuary. Most of the time, if I’m at home, I’m probably spending time in my room. Being a teenager is hard enough so the solace of a cool, comfortable, private bedroom is at its peak necessity during the adolescent years.
Having your own bedroom is a privilege and it’s an even greater opportunity to be able to decorate your bedroom the way that you like so if the chance presents itself, teens should try to make their bedroom feel like an at-home getaway.
I redecorated my bedroom after getting my first job at 15. It was such an exciting project to take on because it was the first time that I was able to see my own style reflected in my room. Heretofore, my walls were plain white and I still had the same Snoopy sheets from when I was a kid so needless to say, a change was overdue.
Even though I was making money at my job, my cheques weren’t quite big enough to ball out so much of my bedroom makeover was done on a very limited budget. I was also able to incorporate some easy DIYs.
One of my biggest objectives throughout my bedroom makeover was versatility. I don’t plan on living with my parents for the rest of my life but I wanted a bedroom that could grow with me for as long as I did still live at home.
I used to marvel at the elaborate bedrooms that kids would get on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but even as a kid, I wondered how an extravagant Crayola themed bedroom made for a toddler could possibly suit a teen later in life?
It’s harder to incorporate adaptable elements into a young child’s space but as you enter the teen years, try to swap out distinctly juvenile furniture for more sophisticated, timeless pieces that can act as bedroom staples as you transition into adulthood.
As your child adopts a more grown-up personality, develops grown-up opinions, and endures grown-up experiences, it’s imperative that their bedroom grows up as well. This is especially important throughout the high school years because adolescence is comprised of a lot of things beyond teens’ control so having a room that reflects their tastes and interests is empowering.
This is also why it’s important to integrate elements of DIY into your teen’s space. After all, nobody can bring your vision to life quite like you. DIY also allows you to cut costs on smaller details and invest in bigger pieces that will last over time.
An important investment in your teen’s bedroom will definitely be storage. One of my biggest takeaways from moving is that you can accumulate a ridiculous amount of stuff throughout your childhood. Moreover, it can be hard to let go of these things if they hold sentimental value. Whether or not you decide to part ways with relics from your childhood, having an abundance of transitional storage can afford you the freedom to switch up your decor and still hold on to pieces from your past.
Above all, it’s important to make sure that your teen feels represented and reflected within the walls of their room. You may feel compelled to negotiate some of your teen’s more questionable design choices, but remember that your teen’s bedroom should be just as unique and special as they are.