Last week, when your teenager asked to remodel his or her room, your initial reaction was, “It’s just fine the way it is!”
But after looking through your kiddo’s room, you have to admit it looks much more childlike than teen-ish, particularly with the comforter you bought when your teen was 11, as well as the twin bed and the small bookcase with barely any storage.
Here’s some great news: It’s possible to redecorate your teen’s room in a way that’s fun and trendy, but won’t break the bank. As a bonus, this is a project the two of you can work on together.
Check out the following three tips on how to remodel your teen’s room to celebrate his or her new chapter in life.
1. Make the Bed the Centerpiece
In many teen rooms, the bed is not only where they sleep, but it’s also a great place to sit, text their friends and do their homework. First, upgrade the bed from a tiny twin to a queen-sized model at a minimum. If you can find a bed that includes built-in storage, this will serve as a major plus when it comes to storing comforters, winter blankets and your teen’s other mountains of stuff.
For instance, the Parlee from Jerome’s Furniture is a queen-size storage bed that comes as a set with a dresser, mirror and nightstand. If your teen needs new furniture for the whole room and likes the look of the grey acacia wood, this is an economic way to outfit the entire room.
Or, if your teen only likes the bed, you could always use the other pieces in the guest room or find a queen-size bed that is sold by itself. Then, once you have the bed, have your teen choose new sheets, a comforter and pillows.
2. Add Plenty of Teen-Friendly Colors
Another budget-friendly way to transform a room from a child space to a teen hangout is with color. Before going all in, however, realize that your son or daughter’s ideas of desirable colors and patterns may be different from your own, and that’s okay. With that in mind, head to a local paint or home improvement store and bring home a number of paint chips to let your teen choose which colors he or she wants on the walls, doors and ceiling.
Remember, wall paint is temporary and can always be covered up. Thus, if your son or daughter insists on navy blue and orange walls with a black ceiling or is asking for reds, yellows and purples, just go for it. You can also run the idea of painting the ceiling an interesting pattern and/or using stick-on wallpaper to create an accent wall. As a plus, it’s easily removable if your teen changes his or her mind.
3. Know You Can’t Have Enough Storage
As you likely know, teens tend to own tons of personal belongings. If it’s driving you crazy seeing everything laying all over the floor and bed, consider buying some budget-friendly storage for their books, clothing, electronics and more.
For example, wire baskets are easy to hang, can be used to hold all types of items and are gentle on the wallet. Also, floating or corner shelves can be attached to walls and used to hold photos, collectibles, ear phones and more.
Your Teen Will Love the New Room
Despite what you might see in home interior magazines or on TV shows, teen room makeovers don’t have to cost thousands of dollars. By focusing on the bed as the main upgrade and then redoing the paint, bedding and adding plenty of storage, your teen will no longer feel like a young kiddo in his or her bedroom.