There will eventually come a time where your child will ask you to swap the dinosaur or princess wallpaper that they once begged for, for something a little more ‘grown up’. This is a time that every parent will dread as it is a reminder that they’re not their baby anymore.
Happy Beds have shared their top five tips on how to get rid of the children’s room, and create it into a funky space that your teenage children will love hanging out in.
1. Plain does it better
Teenagers aren’t easy, and their tastes will definitely change over the years. The pattern that they may select now, may not be something they love two years down the line, so perhaps select a plain wall paint. Redecorating can cost a fair bit and doing it as little as possible will keep your savings healthy.
2. Get rid of the bunk bed
As convenient as bunk beds are for having guests over, a small double bed is much more grown up. There is more space for your growing teen to spread out than with a single bed, and sleepovers can still be an option – if they’re willing to share that is.
3. Let them express themselves
Perhaps let your teenage son or daughter express themselves in their own, cost effective way. Let them show off their cool collections over their wall, whether this be photographs of friends and family, or train tickets. This is a time for teenagers to express themselves and add their own stamp to their bedroom.
4. Add extra storage
There is no doubt that children love to spread their toys throughout the house and leave them all over the place. Perhaps your teenager needs to grasp the concept of responsibility and keeping things tidy in their own space. Why not invest in an ottoman storage bed so that they can keep their spare clothes, computer games or make-up somewhere rather than scattering it all over the floor?
5. Set up a study area
GCSEs, A-Levels and mock exams often dominate a teenager’s life, which is why having somewhere quiet to study is a great development to a bedroom. Invest in a comfortable chair and a desk with lots of working space to encourage them to do that extra bit of revision when it comes to the exams. While the kitchen table is great, it is often less peaceful than studying in your own bedroom.
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