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Frugal Teenage Bedroom Decorating

by Nikki Willhite

By the time your child is a teenager, they feel like an adult. It may be hard to get into their room, let alone decorate it. However, most of us like our homes to look as nice as frugally possible, and that includes our children's rooms.

Girl's are usually more anxious to have a decorated bedroom than a boy. However once boys get into it, they can get quite excited about displaying hobby items and other things that interest them.Teen Bedroom Decorating


- Begin by sitting down with your child, paper and pencil in hand, and making a plan. Never belittle their ideas, but be firm in what you will and will not accept in your home. Let them know that you are collaborating,  but that their choices have to be acceptable to you.


For instance, if they have got it into their head that they want their walls painted black, unless that is okay with you, let them know that black walls are unacceptable. However, as a compromise you can paint the walls white... but put large posters with lots of black on the walls. Poster are not expensive, and they cover a lot of wall space. If they want black, they can get plenty of it that way.


- If you need to bedding, buy it before you begin decorating. it is very easy to find paint to blend with a bedspread, but difficult to paint first and then find a bedspread to match.


- Next choose your colors, beginning with the walls. Pull a color out of the bedding, or use colors from the items they plan to display. It will pull the room together.


- If you want your teenager to keep their room clean, you must provide them adequate storage. Use every bit of their closets for storage. If you don't have a storage system, put a couple shelves up high and double the clothing rods.


- Use double duty furniture when possible. End tables should have storage beneath them. Use bookcases, trunks and other versatile pieces next to the bed.


- Pick up a desk for homework and other tasks at a thrift store or garage sale.


- If you have the room, a  couple of chairs for when friends come over is also helpful.


- If you are going to change the carpet, keep it soft so kids can sit on the floor.  Or make large pillows for wooden floors.


- Finally, put the personality into the room.   Display hobby items and collectibles on the walls and flat surfaces. 


Children's bedrooms are usually small. It doesn't take much to give it a little personality and character. Help them make it "their space" and keep it from overflowing into your space.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!

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