teens bedroom ideas

Teenagers are a tough crowd to please. And yes, I know I'm speaking to the converted here. I've got a 16-year-old myself.

That said, there are things we as parents can to keep the peace (and our sanity) and still provide teenagers the space they require during this most interesting morphing-into-adults stage.

These teen bedroom ideas for making a space that you both can live with has the added benefit of providing your teen with a bit of the independence she so covets.

After all, she will be the main person coming up with room decor ideas. But until she's an adult, you still have final veto power.

You'll need to take in all the considerations for the 'tweens bedrooms here, plus figure in the fact that teens really like loud music. Remember the money we saved putting off the big fixes during the tweens? Now it's time to sink it into cork flooring on the walls to soundproof that room. Or at least make some decibel rules.

Teens Bedroom Ideas Should be Geared Toward Providing Solitude

Teens want to be alone. You'll still want to supervise her (especially now), though you'll need to be discreet. But stop and think.

They will be leaving your home soon. This is a way to give them freedom while still under your roof (and nose, I might add). 

Here you'll be taking an entirely different approach than you did when they were kids and tweens. The room decorating ideas will be, for the most part, teenager-inspired.

Allow Teens to Practice Their Organizing Skills

Let them try out their organizing and setup skills with these new additions, but be waiting in the wings in case they ask for adult input. (Highly unlikely, but possible.) 

Let them learn the hard lessons about cleaning, organizing, and the repercussions of a lack thereof under your parental protection.

Occasionally, you'll be called on to teach them a few good lessons about responsibility and cleanliness (a relative term when used in the context of the teenage years). But resist the urge to "surprise" a teen by organizing his or her room yourself.

Instead, always get their input and, most importantly, their participation. A clean, organized life does, after all, start in a small place - the bedroom.

A few ways to inspire a teen to get organized are to give them cool containers to put their belongings in, allow them a budget to organize and decorate their rooms, or invest in under-bed storage boxes to make cleanup easier. You'll likely be pleasantly surprised with the results.

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