Our children seem to turn into teenagers very suddenly. Often, this transition starts as soon as they hit double digits, and long before there’s a “teen” in their age. This can be a shock for parents and adjusting to life as a teen mom or dad can be tough. One thing that can help you to bond and form a positive relationship is helping them to create a more grown-up bedroom, instead of leaving them in a kid’s room that they once loved, but now resent. Here are some of the easy changes that you can make to turn your kid’s bedroom into a more mature teenage space.
Add Soft Furnishings
Soft furnishings, like cushions, throws, and rugs add comfort and warmth when perhaps your children are growing out of their old teddy bears and other comforts. They are more grown up and offer a way to create a more personal bedroom, but they also offer warmth and coziness, replacing the gap left by forgotten soft toys.
Bring in Extra Seating to Create a Social Space
While your child might have been happy to play in their room alone, or even to play with toys on the floor when they had friends over, your teen will want a more social space that’s perfect for entertaining in. Find the largest bean bag you can so that they’ve got somewhere to relax or sit with friends. If there’s space, a sofa bed can also be ideal for sleepovers.
Give them Lighting Options
Young children don’t spend much waking time in their rooms after dark. But older children and teenagers might want lamps and other softer lighting options so that they can read a book or watch TV in bed, without having to put the big overhead light on. This can help them sleep while adding functionality to the room.
Make Sure there’s Plenty of Storage
Teenagers can be very messy, and most of them lose things easily. Having plenty of storage won’t suddenly make them tidier and more organized people but it can make keeping things tidy easier, which will help.
If your teenager’s bedroom is large enough, adding a double bed, or even a small double, can help them to feel more grown-up. It’ll also make the bed the focus of the room, which can be good for sleep hygiene, and help them to avoid having lots of empty floor space that they no longer need for playing.
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Find the Right Desk
Think about your teen’s hobbies and interests. Will they want a desk that you can clip a ring light or camera to? Or would they prefer built-in drawers for craft accessories and stationery? Finding the right desk can help you to create a room that your teen can enjoy.
Your child is growing and changing quickly, and as they do, their bedroom and their privacy are becoming more important than ever. While you are making changes, make sure you seek their options and help, and that you don’t make any decisions without them.