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36 Cool Teen Bedroom Ideas

Linda is a seasoned writer and bedroom authority. She loves sharing design trends, decor ideas, and useful tips with her readers.

Create a Cool Den or Bedroom for Your Teen

You remember your teenage years, don't you? You were coming into your own and searching for your true identity. You were maturing into an independent young adult. You needed a space of your own to think, read, watch TV, and gossip with friends. No adult could possibly understand what you were going through—especially your parents. Really nothing much has changed, except YOU are now the parent.

You have taken on the challenge of transitioning a juvenile bedroom to one of a teenager. This is quite an undertaking. What was cool when you were a teen is probably not so cool today. Before you go out to buy paint, bedding, and furniture, you should understand one important thing: You are not completely in charge of this project.

While you may not like all of your teen's preferences, try to strike a compromise with the general design direction and key elements. Whether for homework or social networking, a computer station in the bedroom is mandatory. A place to sleep and clothes storage are also essential components that both parties obviously agree upon.

Creating a cool bedroom for your teen doesn’t need to be a test of wills. Try throwing out a few of these ideas to help bridge the generation gap, and hopefully, you can find some common ground.

Add a bunch of throw pillows on the bed or around the floor for a cool lounge area.

Add a bunch of throw pillows on the bed or around the floor for a cool lounge area.

1. Add Piles of Pillows

Mounds of pillows on the bed and large floor pillows make your teen’s room a place to totally unwind and relax. Pillows can add color and set a mood. Imagine rich textures and paisleys to give the bedroom an exotic boho flair.

Great built-in storage options keep everything under control.

Great built-in storage options keep everything under control.

2. Create Organized Chaos

We all know some teens can have very questionable standards regarding tidiness. Get them to cut down on the mess by creating places to keep everything under wraps. Under-bed storage containers, baskets, and shelving with bins keep strewn clothing and miscellaneous clutter to a minimum. For example, this room takes storage to new heights by constructing a raised platform with drawer storage beneath.

These exotic embroidered curtains give a teen's room that Bohemian flair.

These exotic embroidered curtains give a teen's room that Bohemian flair.

3. Make Windows Fashionable

Most teens are fashion-conscious, whether they admit it or not. Why not extend their love of fashion to the windows? Today, there are so many fun curtain fabrics that you can find something to satisfy even the most design-forward teen. Consider woven grass, Roman shades, or wooden blinds for something more tailored.

Lava lamps, twinkle lights, chandeliers or accent  lighting options help to create a mood.

Lava lamps, twinkle lights, chandeliers or accent lighting options help to create a mood.

4. Add Special Lighting

Your teen needs task lighting for studying, but once the homework is done, it's time for mood lighting for the evening. A string of twinkle lights for the young lady or a funky disco ball for the gent will give their bedroom a groovy lounge vibe.

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Wall decals are an easy way to create art that can be moved around  or replaced with another design.

Wall decals are an easy way to create art that can be moved around or replaced with another design.

5. Hang Unique Wall Art

Wall decals are a great way for your teen to express their individuality and creativity without ruining the plaster or drywall. They can choose from removable wallpaper or decorative decals from various quotes to decorative patterns. This fun wall art can easily be removed and replaced with peel and stick wallpaper or another set of decals.

Duvet covers are great because they protect the comforter and are easily removed to wash.

Duvet covers are great because they protect the comforter and are easily removed to wash.

6. Choose a Fresh Duvet Cover

No room is complete without a cool comforter or duvet cover. I personally like the idea of duvet covers because of their versatility. Just purchase an insert (either down or fiberfill) and encase it in a fabulous duvet cover to suit your teen’s favorite colors and patterns. Pick up a few coordinating pillow shams as well. And by all means, avoid purchasing a matching bed-in-a-bag set. That is so not cool.

Painting the teen's wall color should be a personal choice.

Painting the teen's wall color should be a personal choice.

7. Try a New Paint Scheme

You and your teen can tackle this as the first or final step in the room design process. If she absolutely adores Tiffany blue or he wants dark goth walls, then, by all means, consider the color they prefer. If you’re both stuck, choose a few key fabrics, a rug, accessories, and upholstered pieces to give you inspiration for a wall color. Not up for painting the entire room? Get a quart of paint and tackle a single accent wall—preferably the headboard wall.

19 More Ideas for Your Teen's Bedroom

  1. Hang a macrame hammock chair.
  2. Add a modern fish tank.
  3. Make a chalkboard wall.
  4. Paint pastel or vivid colors.
  5. Create a custom stenciled wall treatment.
  6. Spray on a graffiti wall.
  7. Install lighted initials above the bed.
  8. String beaded curtains as a room partition.
  9. Buy nesting tables for multiple uses.
  10. Apply textural wallpaper.
  11. Get a retro alarm clock.
  12. Dress the floor with a flokati rug.
  13. Find a colorful bendy arm floor lamp.
  14. Place a micro plush blanket on the bed.
  15. Bring in a Mongolian lamb ottoman.
  16. Use a papasan chair for a lounge corner.
  17. Display sports paraphernalia.
  18. Look for an antique iron bed.
  19. Tack a boho blanket on the wall as a headboard.

© 2019 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on May 21, 2021:

These are the cool teens in the bedroom for the ideas. Some are the bedrooms in the neat walls are pretty colors paint.

Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on April 08, 2019:

Dianna, I think it would have been a great bed with the storage underneath. I also think an elevated bed with a desk below is a neat design feature for a homework study area.

Dianna Mendez on April 08, 2019:

There is so much more available today to make teen rooms interesting and comfortable. I am partial to the high bed-storage furniture myself. I would have loved this as a teen.

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