Does your home have a bonus room that is currently unused? Whether your kids have outgrown their old playroom or you have a finished basement waiting to be repurposed, turning a bonus room into a teen hangout is a fabulous idea. You’ll love that they have a safe place to hang out at home, and they’ll relish in the privacy of their exclusive space. Here’s what to include on your renovation project plan when transforming a bonus room into a teen hangout.
Opt for a flooring material that is durable and easy to maintain.
You might as well hang a “NO CARPET” sign on the door of a teen hangout, because it won’t last a week. Whether it’s dirty shoes or spilled soda, floors are bound to get messy. (Sidenote: Apply the same principle to couches and make sure you’re choosing functional fabrics that are spill and stain resistant!)
There are a lot of flooring materials to choose from other than carpet. Tile and vinyl floors are both great options that come in a variety of different colors and styles. These materials are both super durable and easy to clean, so they will definitely hold strong against a pack of teenagers.
Build the ultimate entertainment center with all wood cabinetry.
Your renovation project plan is not complete without the installation of an awesome entertainment center. If you have teenage children, you know how they are when it comes to technology. Whether they are binge watching their favorite show or playing video games, life tends to be centered around screens. (Let’s not even get started with the phones!)
Ensure everyone is happy by building a custom entertainment center with all wood cabinetry that will showcase that big screen TV and also provide ample cabinet storage for their games and electronics. The more storage, the better. If there’s not a place to put it behind closed cabinet doors, you know where it will end up.
Include not-seated activities like table sports.
You don’t want any rough housing, but you also don’t want your kids sitting in front of the television every minute they’re at home. Table sports like pool, foosball, and ping pong are the perfect compromise. They encourage teens to get off the couch without things getting too rambunctious.
Table sports are a great addition to a teen hangout or TV room because they provide hours of entertainment for your family and their friends. They also double as pretty cool decor that helps give the room the right vibe.
Keep teens out of the kitchen with a mini fridge and snack station.
If your bonus room has the right layout for it, definitely consider installing some bar cabinets to house water, soda and snacks. We love our teens (and their dozens of friends) — but preparing dinner with kids running in and out of the kitchen can be a challenge.
A few simple bar cabinets with a mini fridge and snack station is the perfect solution. Include a mix of items of after school favorites like yogurt and trail mix plus some classic movie staples like popcorn and candy. Just don’t forget to install a pull out waste container in one of the base cabinets to collect all of the trash and recycling that will accumulate!
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