How to properly design a teenager’s bedroom
…and make your kid happy
(4 min read) So, this article’s working title was “Designing a perfectly balanced teenager’s bedro… nope”, because it is a part 2 of that previous “Designing a perfectly balanced master bedroom article”. However, I know my boss would be like: “Can you be normal and not sickeningly sarcastic at least with the title?”, thus the calmer happy-go-lucky version up there.
So let’s have a chat. We all know that teenagers don’t really have it easy. With all the hormonal changes, social awkwardness, and cultural norms, it is no wonder they are mosquito-level annoying. Needless to say, understanding is key. Imagine if your feet suddenly started growing uncontrollably, your eyebrows fall off AND you have an uncontrollable crush on Jungkook from BTS. THAT’S how your teenager feels all the time. It’s a hard-knock life, amirite? And that is exactly why you shouldn’t go around designing their personal space to your liking. Here are a few tips on how to best design your teenager’s bedroom.
1. Go in prepared
Teenagers are usually all over the place emotion and interest wise, so be prepared for some random ideas and quick changes. Things probably won’t run as smoothly as you expect them to, so arm yourself with patients and, once again, UNDERSTANDING. Keep in mind that the room will probably end up being an eclectic mash-up of styles and/or colors, but that’s fine as long as it makes your teenager happy.
2. Go for the furniture
Unlike with the wall color/s and technology, most teenagers will let you serve some options when it comes to furniture and they’ll choose their favorites from there. That is usually where you will be able to establish some particular style and try to match it to your teenager’s wants in terms of comfort.
3. Surprise them
If your kid is into Harry Styles, frame its Watermelon Sugar cover album, if they are into gaming, get them a new gaming chair, if they are into girly stuff get them a pink lazy bag, etc. Basically, just surprise them with something you know they’ll love. They will be thrilled and more ready to compromise.
4. Carpets and drapes
Once you’ve covered the furniture and agreed on something you both think is “vibing”, it’s time to go for carpets and drapes. Keep in mind that your teenager will get to do the decoration part all by themselves, so once you get the gist of that part, you can propose carpets and drapes accordingly.
5. Don’t forget that zoomers will rule the universe
A bold statement, but a true one nonetheless. Their time is coming and it could likely be even more challenging than ours is, so give the support. If they want to do graffiti on their wall, let them. After all your parents allowed you to do that audiotape cobweb on your ceiling, remember? Embarrassing I know, but that was once you. Being an adult doesn’t necessarily mean being stiff. Loosen up a bit and trust your teenager’s tastes.
We use to do this one regularly, remember? However, in this section, I will try to give you some more practical tips that may come in handy once you’ve established the upper five.
- Go for bold color combinations (black/yellow (shout out to Wiz Khalifa), pink/navy blue, beige/neon green, etc.)
- Get plenty of both fixed and floating shelves
- If your teenager isn’t into posters, propose an oversized wall décor
- Insert black accents whenever you can
- If your teenager reminds you of our generation’s goths and emos, try adding some flashy décor here and there
- Don’t forget customizing the desk area; for example, add some cork boards or even magnetic dry ones
- Add a small cushioned bench against the footboard of the bed for when their friends come
Don’t forget to have fun! However the room turns out to look in the end, if your teenager is happy with it, you should be too.
I really appreciated this post! I have 2 sons in the preteens that I’ve been wanting to redecorate rooms for. The tips and photos have given me ideas on things we might do for them!
My teen daughter would LOVE a room like any of these. Sadly, we don’t have the funds, so she just basic things, ha. But she keeps saying she wants to re-do her room and I’m like “with what money, love?”
I remember that as a teen I dreamed of a bedroom like this many times. That reflects me, but design me. In short, I believe that for those who create all this it is very stimulating!
I love splashes of color in every room decor. This are some excellent tips they are very useful.
I LOVE the idea of bold and bright colors for a teenagers room. It ads life and fun into the space!
These are all wonderful looks for a teens room. I especially love the pink one with the addition of oranges as it is a cheery look that will ensure you wake up ready to rock any given day. Love this and thank you for sharing!
I love designing rooms for my boys and pulling the whole idea together. I haven’t done a teenager’s room since I was a teen, though, since my boys are still young. I always gravitated towards the fun bright colors as I got older. When I was early teens I remember having a space-themed room and, of course, a Harry Potter room.
These are some great ideas of how to design a teenager’s room. I don’t have kids, but I love them a lot! Very trendy! 🙂
This is so amazing! I learned so much, thank you for sharing!
All of these rooms are amazing!! I would’ve killed for any of these when I was a teen! Btw, I love that you mentioned how it’s important to “loosen up a bit and trust your teenager’s tastes.” Definitely great tips!
What fabulous ideas! My favorite was the black and white with red accent pieces!
Teenagers are wildcards. Some of them are clean freaks while some of them can handle their room being extremely dirty.
Others don’t have a sense of decor.
So I am loving this a lot!
I wish my son’s room looks as nice as these. Unfortunately, when we redecorated his room all he wanted was a black leather headboard, a brown La-Z-Boy chair, a black desk and hockey posters on the walls. But he is happy!
Love these ideas! Our girls are 6 and 8 so not teens yet but even at this younger age they would love some of the designs.
Thanks for the tips! I find that teenager’s bedrooms are quite difficult as their tastes tend to change regularly… I love all the designs in this post though!
I think this post is super helpful for parents of teenagers. they are so hard to handle! and having a comfortable and cute bedroom might mean less of mess too
These are great bedroom decors or designs to make for a teenager, will share this with my sister as she is going to re-decorate one of her teens bedroom.
Okay I would have LOVED a few of these when I was a teen. They’re so fun and unique.
My teenagers would love the gaming room theme! They gave up a bedroom to make a gaming room and are now all sleeping in the same room, lol.
Making a mental note of this because eventually we will have teenagers and lots of opinions
Well loved these ways and ideas..glad you shared these with us…this blog post is definitely very helpful for every of parent…great work though….World in Eyes
My boys are no longer teenagers but I know they’d like that gamer themed room. For me, I just instantly fell in love with that purple room! So pretty!
I love these ideas! Teens are so hard to design for but I think these are some really great ideas to get started!
Very practical tips! I love the way these bedrooms look too. I wish I had a bit more say in designing my own bedroom growing up ha!
I love the one with gray and yellow design. Classy yet manly.
These are cool interior designs for teenage bedrooms. I like the designs with guitars, hearts, and gamer. Thanks for sharing 🙂
I wish I was a teenager again to decorate my room following these awesome pictures.
Some fantastic ideas here, I asked my daughter and she loved the bold colours and she definitely needs more storage space
Oh my word! I’m not a tennager and many hate having anyone decorate their rooms. But I so love these ideas! Book marking your site for inspiration.
These are some gorgeous room ideas. I know having a teenager design their own room would help them within making decisions of seeing what they like instead of the parent making the design decisions themselves. During the teenage years, it is a great chance to explore their dislikes as well as likes for the type of room design they’d like.
Nice room arrangement. I love all the ideas here especially the pinky room.. Love the heart mats.
These are actually good ideas as teenagers room interiors, I like how it is simple and modern!
I would like to design a room for my tween. Though he has all he needs, it would be fun to get a different perspective.
There are so many great rooms here! I love mixing current interests with pieces that will withstand time.
My six year old would love that cap. America/Marvel bed room even if he is not a teen.
These are great ideas! Love how each room has a theme. Thanks for the tips!