Many teens have the independence and know-how to tweak their own space. They may be interested in your opinion, but for the most part, they want their design freedom. Who doesn’t? And if your teen can drive a car, hold a part time job, or, heck, vote, why shouldn’t he have it?
In fact, encouraging your teenager to mastermind her own bedroom makeover is smart. Whether she’s 15 or 17, it won’t be long before she’ll be venturing out on her own – for travel, post-secondary education, internships or the labour force. Managing her own makeover will give her a crash course in budgeting, time management, motivation and reward.
Sounds to us like there should be a course credit involved! Read on for what you and your teen should consider upfront.
Visit your teen’s bedroom together and talk about the changes he wants to see. Are they purely cosmetic (i.e. paint, window treatments, bedding), or will the makeover include bigger-ticket furniture upgrades like a new bed or desk?
Outline what changes you agree to (“New bed, yes; adding an ensuite bath – nice try, but no.”), and let him know how much money you will give him.
Then leave the ball in his court. Have him put together a project budget for the changes you’ve both agreed on. He should research prices and come back to you with an outline, which should include details like:
- Paint walls: 1 gallon of paint from big-box store, approx. $35
- New bed & mattress: approx. $600 ($350 for IKEA Tromso full loft bed/desk combo, Sultan Favang mattress, $250)
- New desk: See above (included in bed)
- Go over the list together and if all looks good, “sign off” on the plan.