A Guide to Creating a Fun & Funky Living Space for Your Teenager
Teenagers today have a lot of pressure put on them; some would argue that they have more pressure put on them than any other generation before them. As a result of digital technology, the world seems to move so fast these days. It can be difficult for adults to keep up let alone the average teenager. That’s why it’s so important to create a space for your child somewhere at home, so that they can feel safe, and have somewhere to escape from the rest of the world.
Now, you may not have the space available in their bedroom, or perhaps they share their bedroom with a younger sibling. If this is the case, you could use the attic or loft space, or even the garage instead. Failing that, simply create a space that both siblings can enjoy, and then allocate them times where they can have sole use of that space. It doesn’t matter where the space is, just so long as it’s somewhere that they can call their own. A private haven that they can come back to at the end of the day, and leave all their worries about exams, friends and the opposite sex at the door.
So, how exactly do you go about creating such a space and what would you include in it? Well, we’re going to answer that question with this easy to follow step by step guide.
Bean Bag Chairs
There’s nothing that screams relaxation quite like a big comfy bean bag chair. You can get them in a range of styles, fabrics and colours. So even if you have a very picky teenager on your hands, you’re guaranteed to find something that suits. Bean bag chairs will encourage your teenager to kick their shoes off and unwind at the end of the day. They can also be moved around easily, so they’re great for when friends come around for sleepovers, etc. They can also double up as a gaming chair, so their uses are many, making them more than worth the investment.
Lava Lamps or Fairy Lights
Why opt for a traditional light source when you could have a lava lamp? They’re fun, funky and have uber retro appeal. Staring at the colourful neon patterns lava lamps create will help young minds switch off after a busy day at school. Alternatively, you could decorate the main wall of their bedroom/living space with fairy lights. There’s no rule that says that fairy lights are just for Christmas. In fact, loads of places sell them all year round, and they’re available in a wide range of colours and styles.
Designate a wall, it can be large or small, and let your teenager express themselves any way they like. Obviously, profanity is a no-no. But aside from that it’s a case of anything goes. It will help to nurture their creative talents, and it’s a great way for them to express any difficult emotions they may be experiencing.
It can be hard to connect with our teenagers, so a simple gesture like this is a great way of showing them that you understand and that you care.