Teen Room Refresh {Before}

After going through my son’s room with him last weekend (you can read about it here), it left his shelves looking bare in some spots and messy in others, making a few required changes apparent. Although we designed his room with longevity in mind, it has been over four years since we’ve made any noteworthy changes (except for bedding, a new lamp and the small stuff that has crept in). He has always been a huge sports fan and, although I wouldn’t call his room theme-y, it definitely has that vibe. Most boys and even men never seem to outgrow that style. Ages 12 and 16 (almost 17) are miles apart and it was time (perhaps long over due) to pack up the Build a Bear, piggy bank and other juvenile looking stuff. (This is where you jump in and give me a hug!)

Planning ahead those 4 or so years ago really paid off. Aside from removing small items from his shelves (and the whack of clothes and other stuff from his closet), his furniture is still suitable for a teen/young adult. At almost 6’3″ he could probably use a longer bed, but his room is too small to accommodate one (sorry bud). I’ve designed quite a few kid’s rooms and I always encourage my clients to purchase furniture that will grow with the child. Artwork and accessories are much easier to replace than beds, night stands and desks. With that being said, the changes we need to make are minor.

Here’s what we’re starting with:

The overall goal for my son’s room refresh is to provide closed storage to hold the unsightly items and create an area to charge all those devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad, PSP…wow, that’s a lot of P’s). We also need to re-style the bookcases to fill in the bare spots and update the look. I think installing a hook somewhere will solve the clothes laying on the locker problem. Finally, I need to replace the hodge podge of hangers in his closet (one of my pet peeves).

All in all these are small tasks that won’t cost much (yay!), but will make a huge difference. I’ll share the after with you once we get through final exams and have time to do some shopping, installation and styling.

Could your son or daughter use a small room update? Have you found any smart storage solutions or interesting decorative items for teens- I’d love to know!

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  1. Lydia says


    I can’t wait to see what you do! And I know how hard it is to pack up the juvenile things- I don’t look forward to that! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jean @ Flower Hill says

    It looks like your have a lot of nice pieces in the room already. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. I have a son too and I have never been into the “themey” (is that a word?) type of room.

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