How to Transform a Child’s Room into a Teenager’s Room
There is a period in every child’s life that is a very delicate both for them and for their parents – puberty. This is the period when your child stops becoming that sweet angel and becomes a moody teenager who all of a sudden knows everything. Actually, it doesn’t have to be that bad. When my daughter hit the teenage years, I felt for the first time that our conversations were becoming more meaningful and we were bonding on a deeper level. Alongside with these personality changes came her style transformation and a wish for a new room design. As every mother, I was reluctant to change the furniture that was still in a perfectly good shape, but I realized that sooner or later she will have to stop sitting on a chair that has large crayons for legs. Here is what I learned along the way:
Think beyond the present
Just like when you were buying the first batch of furniture when your baby was born, or when they became a toddler, you always need to think about “How will this be useful 5 years from now?”. Sure, you can buy a teenage-sized bed that is adequate for your kid now, but when they hit that growing phase, you will have to replace it anyway, so buy smart and get them a regular-sized bed. Also, when buying a desk, make sure that it is a full-size desk that they will be using when they are in college. Getting an adjustable chair that your child can use now, as well as in the future is a practical solution, just make sure it is comfortable.
Reuse what you can
Reusing is a smart and practical solution, and there is no better time to put it to good use than when redecorating your teenager’s room. If your child is saying that they don’t like their current wardrobe because it has pink bunnies on it – don’t sweat it! There is no need to buy a new one. Simply pick a color that they like and repaint the wardrobe to give it a whole new look. You can also line the inside of the shelves with a nicely patterned lining to conceal the marks of wear and tear and make it look brand new. Do this with the rest of the furniture that needs revamping, and then decide what are the things that you actually need to buy.
Decide what to throw out and what to keep
As a mother, I am probably more attached to my kids’ first toys than they are. I remember how my daughter would never let go of her stuffed tiger for years, so I was nearly heartbroken when she put it in the “throw away” pile. So, I took a new box and labeled it “memories”. We both carefully looked through everything that she wanted to keep and decided whether it has any use or it is just a fond memory, in which case, it would end up in the memory box in the attic.
A good chance for remodels
It’s not likely that your kid will come up to you and tell you that they are ready to sleep on the couch for a week until their room is remodeled, so you should do as many of the big fix-ups now. Apply a fresh coat of paint on the walls and woodwork, sort out any problems with the flooring and check all the electric fixtures. It’s also a good time to get a new rug, browse through mattresses, buy new lamp fixtures and interesting designer cushions you can upgrade now that you can’t do on a regular day. Getting it all out of the way now will save you a lot of time and trouble in the future.
Puberty is a very exciting yet stressful time for all kids, and if you only remember the time you were going through puberty, you will understand how self-expression is important and why they should be given the opportunity to live in the space that they feel happy and comfortable in. Let them choose the style of their room and get them involved in the process to truly make it feel like it’s their own.
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