Student Bedroom Essentials

Posted by on August 1, 2012

Each year, thousands of teenagers transition from middle school to high school. New friends, new teachers, new study habits (hopefully!), new classes, new worries … it can be overwhelming. Having a place to call their own, while supporting their academic and social growth, is a vital part of the teen experience. Here are some ideas for creating a comfortable space for your high schooler.

1. Color cues. Color plays an important role in how humans act and feel in a room. Bedrooms generally call for restful colors like blues and greens, but study areas can be a bit brighter with more energizing colors like red and yellow. Consider desk accessories in these colors or paint a feature wall near the desk in a brighter hue.

2. Zoned out. Teen bedrooms serve a variety of functions: sleeping, studying, and even socializing. Designate areas for each using furniture, layout, color and area rugs. Look for modular, multi-purpose pieces like storage ottomans for extra seating and storage.

3. Functionality. The most essential pieces of furniture for a student bedroom are a desk and chair, especially if long periods of time will be spent hard at work. National retailers offer desks of all shapes, sizes and colors, so you need not blow the budget or use all the available space in the room. The desk should be large enough to accommodate a writing area for homework, a desk lamp, and frequently used items such as pens and paperclips. Select a chair comfortable enough for the average length of working time, and make sure that it will fit easily around the desk and any other items of furniture. A cork board, ribbon board, or magnetic board hung near the desk helps to keep schedules, photos and even homework assignments in view.

4. Does it compute? Whether to allow a teen to have his or her own computer in the bedroom or to designate a more public area of the home for computer work is a subject of great debate among parents. Every teen is different, and it’s a decision that every parent must make. The point is, there is no “right” answer except what works best for your family and your student’s development. If your child will have a computer in the bedroom, make sure the desk is large enough for the computer and open space for writing.

5. Storage, storage, storage. Teens tend to have a lot of stuff. Clever storage solutions can make a room appear larger, so look for ways to maximize the space you have. Dividers or cubbies for desk drawers keep office supplies and accessories in check. Vertical shelving units provide space for books, memorabilia and bins for stowing smaller items, while a bed with drawers beneath could eliminate the need for a dresser taking up precious floor space. Or, purchase bed risers that raise a standard bed frame to accommodate rolling bins or drawers under the bed for off-season clothing storage or shoe storage. Photo © nastazia/