Children are often notorious for wanting to help decorate their own bedrooms, and teenagers are no exception to this rule. A teenager's room is their own personal sanctuary, which is used for much more than just sleeping. The average teen also utilizes their bedroom for studying, playing games, reading, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. Fortunately, teens are often quite fond of furniture that is a bit on the unusual and funky side, so decorating a bedroom with cheap teenage furniture is usually a relatively easy task.
Shopping for Cheap Teenage Furniture
When decorating a teen's room, you'll have plenty of options for finding inexpensive furniture. Many times you won't even have to look any further than your attic, garage or basement. If you have any older pieces of unused furniture just sitting around, you can probably utilize them in an interesting way when decorating a teen's bedroom. For example, if you are looking for inexpensive teen boy furniture, an old steamer trunk could make the perfect chest at the foot of the bed. A simple wall mirror can be combined with a small writing desk to create a cute vanity or makeup table for a teenage girl. An unused loveseat or comfortable reading chair would also be a welcome addition in either a boy or girl's room. If you don't have any old furniture around the house that you can use, you can often find interesting pieces for next to nothing at garage sales, auctions and flea markets. By thinking creatively, you'll be able to repurpose furniture in interesting ways that almost any teen would love to have in their room.
Painting Furniture for a Fresh New Look
After you locate the perfect piece of used furniture, don't be discouraged if the paint is chipped or the finish is scratched. In most cases, you'll want to give the furniture piece a fresh coat of paint, stain or varnish no matter what. Paint can be an especially quick and efficient way to add a whole new look, since it will completely hide the old finish. However, you will definitely want to clean the furniture's surface carefully to remove any dirt before repainting. Use a mild household cleanser, and rinse well when finished. If the previous finish is glossy, you should also give it a quick sanding, dusting carefully afterwards, to dull the finish and improve the paint's adhesion. Then, add a coat of primer, allow it to dry, and add a coat of the finish paint. After the first coat dries completely, apply a second coat of paint to increase its durability. Teenagers often enjoy brightly colored furniture, so don't feel restricted to using neutral shades. In many cases, the brighter and funkier the furniture appears, the more a teen will love it.
Purchasing Inexpensive New Furniture Pieces
Of course, you can also buy some new pieces for your teen's room and not go over-budget on the decorating project. Bean bags are great cost-efficient additions to any teenager's room. Portable gaming chairs that are designed to sit low to the floor can also work well, especially if he or she has a game system and television in their bedroom. Finally, every teenagers needs a desk in their room, so if you didn't find a used one somewhere that you could refurbish, be sure to shop for an inexpensive new one.
Staff writer for WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, Jessica Ackerman, has extensive design experience using metal tree wall art and wall art musical.
More teen room ideas:
How to Make Your Teenager's Room "Cool"
Decorating Your Teen's Room
Teen Rooms on the Cheap
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