When your son reaches his teens you’ll no doubt find that his bedroom becomes more than a place to sleep and more of a place which becomes his own space, typically strewn with clothes and mess!
However, once he reaches sixteen you may find he takes a little more notice on the look of his room as friends stay overnight for more than an impromptu visit!
You should remember that it’s your home, not his and as scary as it may sound he may well be leaving to go to college, university or just leaving home to live with a partner or house share with his mates, so you need to plan the room so that once he’s fledged the nest his room will become vacant and become a spare room.
One thing you can never have enough of is storage, irrespective of the size of the room maximise space by having lots of storage space. Once your teenager has left home you can always start removing storage cupboards. De-clutter and clear out all the stuff they no longer need to make more room.
You should also bare in mind that many teenagers simply can’t afford to leave home, recent surveys show that many young men now stay at home until their 30s! If this is the case it may be worth turning their room into a bed sitting room if there is sufficient space. After all you need you own space and so will they!
If you can afford to sound proof the room with a solid door, thick carpeting with plenty of underlay or even the latest acoustic panelling, remember that sound proofing will help reduce the arguments and protect you from their music!
Dress windows with easy to operate blinds to save having un-drawn or half drawn curtains which make the room look messy! Wooden Venetian blinds are ideal for coordinating with furnishings and flooring and look as good from the outside as they do from the inside. If, like most teenage boys your son likes to lay in black out curtains or blinds are also a good option.
Young teenage boys can survive with bunk beds or a single bed which can incorporated into the layout of the room. In a few years they’ll be asking for a double bed or larger so this will need to be taken into consideration when re-vamping their room.
A study area is also important and even though you class it as a study place it will also be used for social networking and playing games, so it needs to be user friendly and comfortable.