Teen bedroom design ideas

Teenagers are not the most accommodating of characters, so they can make pretty tough customers when it comes to designing a bedroom for them. Steering a path between schemes that are too childish and ones that are too grown-up is key.

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  • Buy a large laundry basket – it's the simplest way to stop clothes piling up on the floor.
  • Be ruthless when clearing out the room – junk just clogs up storage space
  • Changing features like bed linen, lampshades and rugs can give the room an instant update if your teenager tires of the scheme quickly.
  • Bean bags or floor cushions are great for creating a chill-out area.

Make sure it's versatile
Teens like to spend hours holed up in their bedrooms, so the space has to be fit for a number of functions. It will need to double as a study area and also a place to socialise with friends. It may be worth having a spare fold-out bed for sleepovers, or if you have space, a small sofa bed. A sofa bed has the added advantage of also providing somewhere to relax and watch TV, if your child has a set in their room. Try to create distinct zones for the room's different functions using colour or a fold-out screen to partition off the study area from the bed.

Allow them to express themselves
It is very important that teens are involved in decorating your their rooms, as it is one of the first chances they have to own a space and express their personality. Let them experiment with colours or designs that might not be what you would choose for yourself. They could customise old furniture and choose their own accessories such as posters, prints, cushions, rugs and lamps.

Compromise where you can
Give your teenager the freedom to choose the main colour for their room, then help them to pick a scheme that works well around it. If you really hate what they choose, try compromising and pick a slightly different shade of the same colour which is more palatable to you.

Prioritise storage
Teenagers' rooms have a tendency to get extremely messy, so well thought-out storage is a must. Make sure that there is plenty of cupboard and drawer space for clothes, and use drawer dividers and shoe racks to keep things organised. Ensure there is shelf space for display items and use magazine files to keep school folders and papers together. Decorated storage boxes are great for keeping clutter out of sight.

Mix up the lighting
Use plenty of ambient lighting in the form of wall lights or spots to prevent your teenager's room becoming dingy and dark. Use task lighting by the bed for reading and by the desk for studying. A central hanging light with an interesting shade can also be used to create a focal point.

Personalise the bed
Girls will often tend towards having decoration around the bed such as muslin, netting, an elaborate bed frame and lots of cushions or tactile layers of bedding. Boys will normally prefer a more minimal bed frame, and bed linen in a neutral block colour or with a simple geometric print. Most teenagers also prefer a double bed if there's space for it as it makes them feel more grown-up.

Decorate the walls
Rather than using patterned wallpaper, which teenagers may tire of quickly, try using stencils or wallstickers which are easier to remove or paint over. A wide range of styles is available, from feminine flowers and butterflies to urban graffiti-style motifs.

Think seriously about soundproofing so that you will not be disturbed if your teenager wants to play loud music or stay up late. Avoid bare wooden floorboards and instead go for thick carpet. A heavy fire door will also help to contain noise.