What if your home could be the place where your teenagers and their friends want to hang out? No more worrying about what they’re doing or where they may be on a Saturday night. Your home can be teenager-friendly and our home living experts at Walt Danley have tips for how to make this a reality.
There has to a designated “teen” space in the home for your sanity and their privacy. Privacy doesn’t mean closed doors or a no-parent zone. It simply means a room or area where the teens and their friends don’t feel as if they’re being monitored every minute. Consider creating a hangout place in a spare lower-level bedroom. Or, turn your bonus room or basement into the perfect teen refuge. Even better is situating your teen-friendly space next to your home theater and making sure that Netflix is at the ready whenever your teens are.
Other suggestions include built-in storage for games and an entertainment center with a large screen TV help to create more space for comfy furniture and room to move around. You may also want to include a kitchen area with a full-size fridge for your teens’ favorite snacks and drinks.
Gaming and Other Fun
Get the game systems out of the teens’ bedrooms and into their own space. Offering your teenagers a place in the home for their own entertainment is a great way to encourage them to have their friends over. If they’re all hanging out playing games at your house, you worry less and you’ll get to know their friends better. Moving the game systems from the bedrooms to the hang-out space also returns their bedroom back into an area more conducive for studying and relaxing unplugged.
Teen-Friendly and Comfortable Décor
A teen-friendly space has ample seating that’s durable, yet comfortable and stylish. It can still blend with your home’s overall design. But keep in mind that the space is likely to suffer spills more often than in your more formal living areas. Pouffs or ottomans are great seating options for teens as is the classic beanbag chair. A soft, comfy sectional can make the space cozy. You can also consider a soft area rug and several large pillows for additional floor seating. Don’t forget end tables and ample charging stations for digital devices.
Ask Your Teens What They Like
Get your teens involved with the planning of their special space, from choosing décor to how the room is set up to create zones for different activities. In a larger space, consider adding game room amenities like a pool table, ping pong, foosball, and arcade-style games. This space then works for the whole family, ideal for get togethers or family game nights.
Ready for a new luxury home with space to fit your whole family’s lifestyle? Contact us today at Walt Danley Realty.