DESIGNING a teenager's bedroom is a real
challenge. Teenagers don't want to be reminded of childhood, they want
a more adult look. Therefore their bedrooms need to be truly multi-functional
spaces, rather like a "one-room living space". It is a room
in which they will sleep, study and relax, and it needs to be designed
to deliver on all three levels. It is important for teenagers to explore
their individuality and examine what they like or don't like in the
process of becoming young adults. Their bedrooms should be spaces where
they can grow and explore their interests, hobbies and friendships.
It is also important for their self-esteem to have a space of their
A bed occupies a large area in a room. Therefore in small rooms, beds
could be designed so that space above or below can be put to practical
use. Another possibility is designing multi-functional furniture incorporating
beds, desks, seating and storage space if required. Storage is very
important for a teenager's room. At this age teenagers are defining
themselves by their clothes, make-up, magazines, CD's, electronic gadgets
etc. Ottomans, boxes, hanging storage and extra shelves will all help
to accommodate their paraphernalia.
As these years are some of the most important for education and exams,
anything that encourages studying has to be good. A desk is essential
and doubtless, a computer too. A specific place in the bedroom for study-
perhaps a raised area will help put a teenager in the right frame of
mind for schoolwork. As less headroom is needed for sitting at a desk,
a platform with some storage space below can also be designed. A change
of flooring will also add to the impression of entering an area where
a different function or activity is taking place.
It is also important for teenagers not only to have a bed but a sofa
or a pair of comfortable chairs. They can use this space as a sort of
personal miniature living room for entertaining friends or listening
to music. These chairs must withstand a great deal of punishment. Therefore
an old sofa can be individualized and revitalized by a loose cover.
This is a very practical seating solution. Large floor cushions or a
rug can also be perfect for lounging on too.
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