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Ideas to create a teen hang-out space

A child’s teenage years are when their desire for independence and identity really takes hold. Having a space at home to call their own helps. The size of the space is less important than a sense of ownership and being able to express themselves. Take a look at the ideas Lison (14) and her parents used to make her happy hideaway…

An overview of French teenager Lison's teen bedroom, including a red two-seater sofa and personalised lime green stool.
An overview of French teenager Lison's teen bedroom, including a red two-seater sofa and personalised lime green stool.
An overview of Lison's desk and workspace, including a red board with paper clippings arranged into a heart shape.
Lison is outgoing with a big personality. She’s creative and loves art and drama, and has reached the stage at school where homework matters, so having a space to focus on work is good.

Lionel, dad and environmental manager, France

A closeup of colourful IKEA circlular chooks mounted to a white wall, hanging a collection of necklaces and bracelets.

Make space for dreams that grow and change

Let the interests, hobbies and passions of your teen influence how their room takes shape. Encourage them to share their ideas on how to make the space work – then bring them to life together. And be prepared for the room to change. As your child grows, they’ll want their room to grow with them, so find ways to update the room that don’t rely on big jobs further down the line, such as using stickers to add colour instead of repainting the entire room.

A bright red display box that shows off Lison's favourite tresures, including a doll, small books and nail polish.
A closeup of a stool's seat painted lime green and being decorated with black deco tape and handwritten words.
A portrait of Lison, a 14-year old teenager from France.
Our living room and kitchen are one big space. We spend a lot of time there as a family but it’s nice to have my own room where I can shut the door and be with my friends.

Lison

A closeup of a clear glass jar with money and bills inside with a taped note that reads 'Big Dreams' to save up for a goal.

See everything in the room as a chance to make a statement

You need the basics: a comfortable sleeping space, room to study, somewhere to relax and hang out with friends, plus storage that keeps everything sorted. But the practical parts of the room don’t have to be boring. Your teen’s possessions reflect their personality, so make it possible to put their items on show – from hooks to hang their favourite outfits and jewellery, to glass-fronted cabinets that can be filled with collections, and pinboards where concert tickets and photos can be displayed with pride. Open it up, then let your kid hack it their way!

An overview of a teen's bedroom with white and pink patterned bedlinens and a vintage suitcase used as a bedside table.

A flexible sleep zone

A bed just might be a teenager’s best friend! Bedding makes a big difference to the look of a bedroom, and letting your teen pick theirs is a quick, affordable way to let them stamp their personality on their room. Lison has room for a small sofa where she can relax and sit with friends. If that isn’t possible, let the bed double as a sofa by adding a mix of cushions and bolster cushions – comfy to lean against, and easy to throw off the bed when you need to sleep.

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Photography: Christina Bull
Styling: Ashlyn Gibson