Teen Bedroom Styling Tips
Style Editors Top Teen Styling Advice
Rooomy Style Editor, Fi Campos, shares her expert advice on how to
style your teenagers bedroom ensuring it is both functional and stylish.
Styling rooms for teenagers can be tricky. There are several important factors to consider when kitting out their room, and by involving them at the planning stage, you can help sculpt a space together that’s somewhere to call their own, and is an extension of their identity. Some of the things to consider when designing for teens are to create a sense of privacy for them, somewhere they can be themselves, a safe haven in which to relax and lounge as well as sleep and work, and an inspirational environment that aids optimism, enthusiasm and relaxation.
Do your homework
If there’s something a teen is sure to need plenty of, it’s desk space for their all-important study and homework time. Even if it’s not top of their ‘To Do’ list, having a designated area of their own in which to research, study and revise is a great start and is the first step in encouraging them to tackle small tasks at a time.
When it comes to designing their desk area, it’s a good idea to try and create an environment where they feel in control. – A space for them to pin some of their favourite things or study notes to a wall works well. Encourage them to express their study style and personality, and it’s more likely to be somewhere they want to hang out more.
The key piece of furniture for their study station is of course a desk, and teenagers are much more likely to be inspired to do their coursework if they have a cool study space that they’re proud of.
I’ve been taking a look at desks on the market. There really is something for every teen, but deciding which type is all a matter of priority …
If your teens’ room lacks good storage yet they have a lot of study aids, look out for desks with integrated storage. – Hidden shelving, cubby holes or even built in cupboards make for great homes for all those folders, sketch books and revision guides.
This fabulous industrial style desk from Maisons du monde features fantastic storage for books, folders and stationery, and I love the built in backboard which doubles up as a pin board (without the wall damage), as well as creating a focal point. The black and wood finishing gives it a grown up, sophisticated edge too.
For something a little more Scandi inspired, I just love the new Edit desk from Little Folks Furniture.
With solid beech legs, a sizeable work top and neat cubby holes underneath, for me it’s the perfect fusion between practicality and style. Clean, modern lines and the two tone effect created from the solid Beech legs and easily wipe-able work top make it a simple, Scandinavian design that’s sure to last in the style stakes.
For compact bedrooms where you still need to steal a bit of space for study, this drop down desk by Made has such a lovely clean look, which can hang on a wall, saving on precious floor space. I also really like the way that when it folds back up again after use, it hides the clutter and the homework away, which can encourage your child to have some all-important down time away from their studies.
For particularly compact teenage bedrooms, it may be a good idea to take a look at a space saving bed for extra storage.
Beds that have it all
Gone are the days when a bed was just a bed. Multifunctional beds are one of the most popular options when it comes to teenage sleeping solutions, and you can certainly see why. From beds that make use of the wall space with integrated ladders, through to high beds with built in furniture underneath, these are great grown up beds that your teen can really call their own, with everything they need to hand.
This Vox bed available from Cuckooland has a range of storage options which include these wonderful modular, ladder-style clip on shelves. The shelving can host a whole manner of things, including mirrors, storage boxes and hooks, saving on lots of floor space and creating a personalised sanctuary at the same time! It creates a great backdrop as well, which makes sorting their décor a breeze as fun wall art can be created with their own belongings.
For a compact teen bedroom, high sleeper beds with various other furniture pieces underneath can come in infinitely handy when it comes to kitting out a smaller space.
High sleeper or loft beds are the ideal bed for a teenager because they can house so much stuff under them, keeping everything neat and tidy (we can but try!)
The Little Folks Furniture’s Fargo range is built from sustainably sourced, solid hardwood frames with proper old fashioned jointing methods, so you just know the set up will last. The brand stocks a range of loft beds with desks underneath, day beds and double beds too, but my favourite combination for compact teen rooms is their high sleeper bed with storage desk and day bed, as it effortlessly combines work and rest space alongside a classic modern look which will fit most interior spaces. Plus, it’s really versatile as the day bed is completely independent from the rest of the bed frame, making it an ideal contender for a guest room at a later stage.
The Parisot Milky mid sleeper bed is a great example of pared back urban design. With a built in raised desk for studies, roomy storage drawers and a mid sleeping platform all in a sleek, minimalistic style, it just oozes the cool vibes that your teen is sure to be looking for.
Extra seating for guests and chill time creates a cosy vibe where space allows, and is a welcome addition to a teen bedroom. Comfy seats such as bean chairs, occasional chairs and even futon chair beds provide them with an inspirational space that isn’t all just about study and sleep.
The Haru single chair bed from Made.com is a stylish lounging chair that doubles up as a spare bed; perfect for sleepovers. The Haru comes in a range of great colour options and if you have enough space their a double sofa available also.
For something a little squishier, and that can be easily moved around their room, try Mikabou for the ultimate in bean seats. This seat with high back and separate foot stool would be just the perch for snuggling into and reading a good book, or gaming till their heart’s content.
When it comes to decorating your teen’s room, they may have changing tastes, so it can often be a good move to keep the walls fairly neutral and add hits of strong colour through their accessories. To create a space that really represents their personality, curate their collections on a gallery wall and make them into a work of art; for example a wall of books, hats or model cars can make for a great feature wall.
Or, if you’re happy to let them go with the flow, let your teen loose with a paint brush and a few pots of colour. Murals are big news at the moment, so why not let them create their very own design? Painted walls may sound daunting, but they can be easily reversed with a lick or two of paint later down the line.
This gorgeous mural by Jen Foxley is an example that she designed and created for a teenage bedroom. I adore her use of colour palette and the design here. – Great not only for teenage bedrooms, but for any other room too!
Light bulb moments
Cool lighting ideas can help shift a room from children’s bedroom to teen den, almost immediately.
This monkey light from Graham & Green is a fun addition to a room and offers mood lighting for a multifunctional space.
… and who doesn’t love a ‘70s lava lamp? They’re great for stress busting too; a few minutes watching the bubbles move inside these and exam anxieties will be a thing of the past!
So there you have it, my top considerations for teen rooms in a nutshell:
- Plan their study station
- Consider multifunctional beds for teens in order to make their space work harder
- Look for additional comfy seating for that all-important down time
- Let them express their identity (within clear boundaries)
- Light up the room with some funky mood lighting
Happy styling! x
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