With a heavy school load and an even busier social schedule, teens have a lot on their plate. Creating a safe, stress-free haven where your teenage son or daughter can knock out their to-do list and spend time with their friends is a great way to help keep them on track, but designing a space that is both practical and stylish can be harder than it looks. Need a little inspiration?
Most spaces in your home already have a designated use. The kitchen is where you gather with family and your master bedroom is your nighttime respite. Bonus rooms are often found tucked away over garages or in attics and sometimes create challenging layouts.
A place for multiple teens to sit and put their feet up is a must-have for a hangout room. Instead of carting your kids and teens to their friends' houses on a regular basis, create a hangout room their friends will want to visit. It does not take a lot of effort to create the perfect spot for playing video games, listening to the latest hits and just relaxing after school.
When your child reaches his or her teenage years, it's a time in life when he or she is really figuring out how to navigate a new life stage. His or her interests will likely change, and your teen will want to stay current on what's cool — and will likely want things that let him or her express his or her changing personality. The products in this category can help you and your teen decorate his or her bedroom, ensuring it provides the proper level of style and functionality needed to study, rest and entertain friends.
As a mother of two, Emily Mughannam of EM Design Interiors can create a playroom with both hands tied behind her back. So when she returned to the design world after maternity leave, she wanted to challenge herself with a teen-only hangout room. The pressure was put on Emily to please her client, a chic, fashion-forward year-old.
There comes a point when your kids grow out of their playroom. Legos and dolls are no longer cool, and neither is the primary color scheme. So put up your playroom and opt for a swanky modern lounge fit for video games, movies, and maybe even a ping-pong table.
My girls are just small, but I still find myself worrying about what friends they will make when they go to school. And the teen years? See why I will never be the cool mom? And the style is timeless so that you can invite your friends over for a movie night, too!
Making your room a great hangout spot for your friends is a fun and easy process! Create different spaces within your room to make it into a fun and inviting atmosphere. Express your own unique style and decorate your room with lights, photos, posters, and a whiteboard.
Now check your email to confirm your subscription. A few months ago I shared with you how we created a multipurpose space in our basement by creating zones for workout equipment, TV watching, and storage for craft supplies and games. It became pretty apparent that we didn't have a good solution when my teens wanted me to drive them over to their friends' homes every weekend but didn't want to invite anyone to our home.