Bedroom update: space for a teenager


Who spends more time in their room – you, or your teenager? When their daughter Luzie (13) started secondary school, Stephan and Nicole decided they would swap bedrooms. "Luzie’s old room has a sloped ceiling, and not so much natural light, which isn’t ideal for working at a desk. So the swap made total sense for all of us!"

IKEA Ideas - Bedroom update: space for a teenager

"I’ve always loved animals, but especially pandas, so there are lots of little bears all around my room, and black-and-white textiles to match!"

IKEA Ideas - Bedroom update: space for a teenager

Before: busy bedroom

Nicole and Stephan’s former bedroom is a bigger, brighter space for Luzie, where she now has plenty of room to read, hang out with friends and do her homework. Swapping rooms gave her the chance to make her space less childish, too. "My old room was much more girly,’ says Luzie. ‘There was lots of red, and patterned wallpaper, and my bed had a crown on the top. I love my new room – I’m always in here, unless we’re doing something together as a family downstairs. It feels much more grown-up."


IKEA Ideas - Bedroom update: space for a teenager
IKEA Ideas - Bedroom update: space for a teenager

Calm color scheme

Choose a relaxing base color; pastels work well. It’s much easier to keep your room calm, no matter how many colourful books, ornaments and textiles you add afterwards! And a calm setting is important, according to the National Sleep Foundation, the average teenager needs 8-10 hours sleep. "I like having a colourful room – our home definitely has more personality than average because of our handmade and crafty decorations."

Mostly monochrome textiles

Luzie chose black-and-white cushions, rugs and bedlinen which feel grown-up but still fun, and complement her passion for pandas. With piles of pillows and a mixture of soft lighting and shelves to display treasures on, it’s easy to turn her bed into a comfy spot to read, watch films on a laptop, or listen to music. "The extra cushions are useful for when my friend Matilda comes to sleep over too!”

IKEA Ideas - Bedroom update: space for a teenager

“I’m not a breakfast person, but if I’m lucky, Mum brings me up a smoothie with a straw to drink in bed before school!”

Smart stationery storage

It can be tricky to keep a well-stocked desk space clear and tidy. Luzie’s solution is to make the most of her wall; she keeps less essential stationery on her floating shelves, her favourite pens hanging from a rail, art pencils in drawers, and everything else in customised pen pots pushed to the side. "I made these pen pots with Mum years ago. We don’t craft together as much as we used to, but I still love doing creative things!"

“I hate letting go of things, even small things, so my room is full of travel mementos I’ve had since I was younger.”

IKEA Ideas - Bedroom update: space for a teenager

Storage to grow up with

Invest in adaptable pieces of furniture that kids can use forever – or until they move out! When Luzie was smaller, she kept her picture books and toys in the KALLAX unit. Now each cube is the perfect height for her school books and files, craft materials and bags, stowed away in simple white boxes.

Customise accessories.

Luzie painted her desktop drawers white to fit in with the rest of her workspace. But inside they contain a little surprise! She’s sorted the contents of each drawer by colour, to make choosing a pencil for sketching quick and easy.

IKEA Ideas - Bedroom update: space for a teenager

An ever-changing picture wall

Start your own mini art gallery. Luzie and Nicole hung a selection of frames in various sizes and colours on one section of a wall. Curate your own collection of pictures, posters and photos, and change them as often as you like! Keeping them in a particular area makes each piece stand out more. "I will always put effort into decorating – it helps you to create a happy and positive space to spend time," says Nicole.

Keep it calm and clutter-free.

Maintain a calm space by limiting the amount of storage on any one wall. "I used to have more shelves, but we swapped them for mirrors," says Luzie. "They make the room feel bigger and brighter.”