Our teens are bombarded by CONSTANT stimuli. They are overwhelmed with outside influences. And, while I’m a huge proponent of “family time” as opposed to them disappearing into their own space 24/7, I do think now more than ever it is invaluable for them to feel they have a safe private spot to call their own.
This post is all about what I call the Teen Bermuda Triangle. The philosophy behind the “Teen Bermuda Triangle” is the three components that make up the safe private spot that a teen can get lost in to escape their over stimulated atmospheres. The three components consist of a study or desk area, a lounging area and the all important sweet spot of rest!
They all have a creative side. Some more than others but it’s so worth it to listen and let them create their space of study. I wrote a post a while back about home offices. It is so important for them to feel challenged and inspired in this space! So dig in and use it as an awesome opportunity to get to know your teen. What inspires them? What motivates them?
This is one of my favorite examples of an inspired study nook by TheEveryGirl. So easy and cheap to create! Just the small yet explosive pop of pink is all that is needed to draw out creativity!
The great thing about creating a special spot for teens is that often it’s a pretty cheap venture! Reclaimed or repurposed furniture goes a long way with them!
This is a tailgate!! Great idea!
This one appealed to my daughter Audrey and her Mid-Century Modern style. Do you have an artist under your roof? Honor him/her by framing some of his/her pieces for display!
The “desk” could also double as a “vanity”. This would draw out the creativity in my youngest daughter, Mady!
They also need a spot for those long oh-so-important convos with their friends or a quiet space to curl up with their laptop or (even better) a book!…
Find an old couch to re-upholster in a funky fabric his/her choosing.
Let him/her pick out the paint color. They are often way more in touch with the hippest colors than we are.
Turn a closet into a cool reading nook just for her/him.
Put a childhood favorite chair in her room for nostalgic purposes. You can make it more age appropriate with new pillows. Or have a slipcover made!
It is so important for them to have a sanctuary. A bed that cannot be duplicated in comfort! A spot that will cause them the most home-sickness when they leave for college. Mostly to ensure their emanate return! LOL
I love this example! So cozy feeling with the dark walls, leather headboard, pillows and gallery wall of cool memorabilia!
I don’t know if this is true of all teens, but my 4 are drawn to a space that doesn’t look store-bought. I mean, not so matchy matchy and sterile. They want to put their own touch on everything. Then it really becomes sacred to them.
This is such a fabulous idea! Like bunks on a cruise ship, these are bolted to the wall. The-more-the-merrier right!? Think of the possibilities for sleepovers here. You’d have a safe spot for not only your teen, but 3 or 4 others. I love it!
It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. It just needs to be inviting and all their own!
What are your favorite ideas for the Bermuda Triangle?
Happy Teen Tuesday!