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Recently, we made some updates to our house and helped the kids transform their rooms from kids’ rooms to teen rooms.
With our help, our kids, ages 12 and 14, updated their bedrooms to reflect their ages and unique personalities.
Below are some thrifty tips to help you also transform your child’s room into a teenager’s room.
Budget-Friendly Tips to Change a Kid’s Room into a Teen’s Room
Give the Room a Fresh Coat of Paint
Since painting a room is relatively inexpensive (and somewhat easy to change, if needed), we let our kids choose the paint color. Both of our boys went for shades of blue.
If your child will let you, help them decide what to keep, give, and throw away. There may be some toys and sentimental items that they wish to keep that can be moved to storage or boxes under the bed. This will clear up space to display items relating to their hobbies, photos of friends, and more decor.
Update Furniture and Accessories
If your child is still sleeping in the bunk bed that you got when they were 3-years old, it may be time for an upgrade. Inexpensively, you can switch out wall decor, window coverings, and bedding.
We bought a new comforter bedding set for our son from Amazon and it made a big difference in the feel of the room.
Make Changes to the Lighting
Now that your child may be studying more in their room they will need better lighting. There are many options for trendy lamps.
In addition to new bedside lamps, we added Geeni 9.8-Foot Color Changing Smart Prisma Light Strips from Batteries Plus Bulbs to our kid’s rooms. Not only do these make sprucing up the teen’s room easy, but the colors and schedules can be controlled by voice with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana.
With the help of my husband, we put a light strip with one Geeni Flexible Trimmable Extension Kit for Prisma LED Strip across the top of one of our son’s walls. In his room, we also added smart color-changing light bulbs to his fan.
In our other son’s room, we added a light strip under his shelf to light up his bed.
It was easy to download the Geeni app to our phones and set up the devices.
Both kids love their new lights and all of the options available. They have been changing colors depending on their moods. My kids like to leave most of their other lights off, but just the strips on, for a cool, older kid vibe.
I like being able to turn off their lights using my phone if they happened to leave them on.
Turn the Room into a Smart Room
As mentioned above, we got the Smart Home lights for our kids’ rooms, but they also have other devices not only for entertainment but also for productivity.
In addition to having an Echo Dot, we also bought some Geeni Spot Smart Outlet Plug With Glo Round Nightlight. These also work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana to be controlled from anywhere. You can also program the plugs to turn on/off at a certain time.
The Geeni Smart Home products, including the Geeni indoor/ outdoor 15 AMP smart WiFi Plug that we got for these room updates are available online at Batteries Plus and at Batteries Plus Bulbs stores.
So, without spending a lot of time or money, we were able to update each of our kids’ rooms to make them look more like a teen’s room.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.