Anatomy of a Teenager Bedroom

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Besides needing a place to showcase horrifically smelly socks and 50 million year old dishes, teenagers enjoy attractive rooms as much as the next human.

So here are my picks for the necessary components to make a bedroom your teenager will never want to leave. Not that that’s anything new, but, you know.

 1. Bed. Must be comfy, but hip. Definitely with a headboard for sitting up and reading or doing math homework at 1am the night before.

twin bed - Spacify

Twin Bed by True Modern at Spacify

2. Rug. Patterns are a must in a teenage room. Despite their age difference, most teenagers aren’t much neater than a 7 year old.


Safari rug from West Elm

3. Computer desk/homework area. Something simple with clean lines and not too giant so it won’t collect a lot of extraneous items. Perfect.

homework desk

TLD desk from West Elm


4. Big old shelves for tons of books and stuff- (art supplies, of course.)


Whitewashed wood and metal shelves from West Elm


5. Comfy chair for visiting friends.

urban outfitters chair

Madeline chair from Urban Outfitters


6. Cool dresser.


Patchwork dresser from West Elm


7. Art print.

urban outfitters poster

Print from Urban Outfitters


8. Definitely wireless speaker for the iPod.

wireless audiobox speaker Urban Outfitters

Wireless speaker from Urban Outfitters


9. Requisite teen books to help fill up those shelves.

catcher in the rye


pride and prejudice

What am I missing? Maybe some floor pillows and a goldfish. Other than that, this seems like a pretty great room to me!



  1. 09/17/2012 / 8:29 am

    Great list!

    Instead of the comfy chair, my teen daughter’s room has a hammock. Her friends love coming over and using that while they listen to music and pick out outfits to wear to school.

    • 09/17/2012 / 2:24 pm

      Hammock! Now I sort of want to clear out my living room and replace the sofas and chairs with hammocks. How indulgent and wonderful that would be.

  2. 09/17/2012 / 2:11 pm

    i can definitely see that desk in my girls’ room. actually i can see a lot of things in their roonm, once they clean it. which hasn’t been happening lately! lol

    • 09/17/2012 / 2:25 pm

      Omg that’s hilarious. I remember regularly having to make walking paths through all the junk in my room when I was a teenager. Shudder.

  3. 09/17/2012 / 4:56 pm

    You find the coolest stuff! I dare not show my tween or she will make me spend a lot of money of this stuff for her room!

  4. 09/19/2012 / 4:15 pm

    I love all your picks and the books and your witty commentary!

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