When you have teenagers in the house as well as younger children, the whole house can feel a lot smaller. Young children don’t often mix well when teenagers, who just want a little privacy from everyone else. Teenagers need their own space to relax, unwind and feel a little independent, and it’s up to you to ensure that they get that space. Instead of bundling your teen in the car and ferrying them to the nearest friends’ houses, why not look at the space that you have and create your own teen hangout? All you have to do is create the right space, and your teenager can have a hand in adding the rest.
Colors. Chuck out the bland beige and pale pastels for this room, because the whole point of a teen hangout is a place to be bold. Bright colors have to win here, because you want to reflect the personality of your teenager. Get yours involved to help you choose colors. If you are more conservative with your decorating, why not keep the bland beige for three of the walls and add a crazy accent wall with psychedelic coloring? Whichever way that you decide to decorate the room, the funky accessories that your teenager chooses can brighten it up.
Furniture. This one is an easy one. You need to have a storage space for video games and books, as well as furniture to lounge on. It’s got to be both comfortable and functional at the same time, and you have to choose wisely when it comes to items of furniture. If your teenager is a budding DJ, you’ll need a space for decks. Anchor a TV to the wall and have a load of scatter cushions and giant bean bags around for comfortable lounging.
Storage. We mentioned a storage space for video games, but think about how you want this to look. Hidden storage is all the rage and when you opt for cabinets like these, you can really make the room look sophisticated.
Extras. Earlier, we suggested that your teenager could be a budding DJ, and if that’s the case you’re going to need to install DMX1STEP to your teenage hangout. This type of flooring can absorb sound, meaning that if the hangout is upstairs you’re not going to hear much noise from downstairs. It’s not the place to add valuable décor and ornaments, so get your teenager involved in decorating and choose materials that can withstand the many spills and rough use that it could be on the receiving end of. Consider a refrigerator for older teens but don’t make it too easy for them to never come out again!
Your teenager needs a little space to be themselves and get away from the rest of the house, and that doesn’t mean that they’re antisocial it just means they’re growing. Take the time to give them some independence and you’ll be rewarded for it later. Give an inch and they’ll take one hangout room to go.