The time will come when your teen will grow out of their playroom. They will switch from Legos to Minecraft, and from playing with dolls to exploring fashion and make-up.
The space in your home should evolve with your children’s needs and interests. It might therefore be time to transform your playroom into a teen hangout room instead.
Teens want a cool place to bring friends to hang out with and have fun. Letting your teen participate in the design will make them love and appreciate it even more.
Looking for some teen hangout room ideas? Whether you’re a parent looking for tips or a teen in need of inspiration to show mom and dad, we’ve got some suggestions and cool finds that you’ll love.
What Is A Teen Hangout Room?
A teen hangout room is simply a space in your home where your teen can hang out and have a good time. A hangout space should focus on their interests and be comfortable.
Why Do You Need A Teen Hangout Room?
If you want to be the house where your teen hangs out with their friends all the time, then having a teen hangout room is a must.
You might have noticed that your teenager loves to hang out at a particular friend’s house more than others. If you were to ask them why there’s a big probability that one of the reasons is that they have a place where they can all hang out comfortably together and have fun.
If you’re the type of parent who would prefer having your teen and their friends hang out at your house, rather than some of their friend’s house, then having a teen hangout room at home can solve that problem!
Tips For Decorating Your Teen Hangout Room
One of the best and most exciting parts of having a teen hangout room is decorating it. Everything, from looking up decor inspiration online to hitting the shops, is just so much fun. You can even turn the whole process into a bonding opportunity for you and your teen.
Work With The Space You Have
The great thing about creating a teen hangout room is that you don’t need a lot of space for it. You can easily convert a spare room or a small part of your basement into one so you don’t need to spend too much on it.
Set A Budget
It’s nice to dream about the perfect teen hangout room. After all, what parent wouldn’t want the best for their child, right? However, in reality, the budget doesn’t always stretch as far as our dreams. Luckily, there are tons of treasures online just waiting for you to find them and have them shipped home!
Decorate According To Their Interests
Decorate the space with their interests in mind. Incorporate the things they are interested in and enjoy doing with their friends. This might include a gaming station or a TikTok corner. You’ll quickly find inspiration once you know what your kids are into.
Picking A Theme For Your Hangout Room
Before scouring the internet for great deals on furniture and decor, it’s important to decide on a theme for your hangout room first. This will narrow down your options, making it easier for you to decide on which pieces to look for and buy.
It will also help give your hangout room a more cohesive look instead of just looking like a room where all the extra decor and furniture goes.
A good way to decide on the best theme for your teen’s hangout room is to consider his/her general interests. This could be anything, from their favorite sport to a movie, a book, or a TV series they’re obsessed with.
It’s easy to get carried away when you’re planning for the room’s theme so just remember to take it easy on the decor. Your teen needs a hangout room, not a museum of their interests. A few references to their interests should be enough to get them excited and happy.
Check out these photos to see how it’s done.
Star Wars Themed Hangout Room
Here’s a Star Wars-themed hangout spot that’s neither lacking nor too over-the-top.
Football Themed Hangout Room
If your teen is a football fanatic then a football-inspired games room is the way to go. For more game room games in our Best Game Room Games & Ideas For Kids post.
BTS Themed Hangout Room
If your teen is into KPop then a retro BTS-themed hangout room in pastel colors might be exactly what they’re looking for.
Choosing A Color Scheme
Can’t decide on a theme for your teen’s hangout room?
Why not just use his/her favorite color instead? Paint the walls their preferred color or keep it neutral then add splashes of color using furniture and decor for a classy but still fun look.
If you’re not feeling too confident about coming up with a color scheme that works, these tips might help.
Did you know that the color you paint a room can affect your mood while you’re in it, too?
Depending on the overall look and feel that you and your teen want to achieve when decorating their space, you should choose colors that not only match but also give off the mood and the kind of energy that you want.
Color combinations that are really popular among teens include:
Black & White Color Scheme
It may seem boring and dull, but with a few splashes of bright color here and there, this color combination might just work.
Pink & Orange Color Blocking
With the correct shades and the right lighting, color blocking with pink and orange could look cool and stylish.
Blue & Grey Color Scheme
This gender-neutral combo is great if you have more than one teen and you only have one room to convert into a hangout space.
Pink & Blue Combination
The quintessential color combination for shared spaces, pink and blue is another color scheme you can use if you have two or more teens of different genders who will be sharing the hangout room. Alternatively, you could swap these out for your teens’ favorite colors.
Green & Gray Color Combo
They want something dark and manly, but you think it’ll turn out too depressing? Lightening the tones can brighten any color combination as you can see in the cool teenage hangout room below.
Decorating According To Purpose
Another way to decorate your teen hangout room is to design it according to its purpose.
Think about the main thing that the hangout room is going to be used for and design and decorate it according to that.
It could be a hobby that your teen is really into or an activity they enjoy with their siblings and friends. It could even double as a training space for their sport of choice if the space is big enough.
Here are some cool hangout rooms that were designed according to purpose.
Teen Gaming Room
As most teens are into playing video games, a gaming room is probably the most requested and frequently used hangout room for teenagers.
Teen Reading Nook
This magical reading nook setup is perfect for your little bookworm.
Teen Movie Room
Coupled with some homemade popcorn, this attic-turned-teen-hangout-room could be the perfect spot for a movie night with friends or siblings.
Teen Music Room
Got a budding musician at home? This type of teen lounge decor might just be his/her style.
Teen Art Studio
Artistic teens need space where they can let their creative juices flow freely. This art studio is a great hangout spot for an aspiring teen artist. Fill it with all their arts and craft needs to make this a space they’ll use for hours.
Teen Make-up Corner
How about a make-up corner for your teen daughter and her friends who love playing around with make-up.
An oversized mirror with flattering lighting and space to store all their beauty must-haves make this perfect teen hangout room.
Teen Workout Room
A workout room is great to encourage your teens to stay fit and healthy. You can add indoor climbing gyms for younger tweens, and exercise equipment for older teens and adults.
Going For A Vibe
Your teen might not have a specific theme in mind but might say that they’d like to go for a certain vibe. Teens use the word “vibe,” to describe the way something feels or makes them feel.
So, if you ask your teen how they want to do their hangout room and they say, “I think I want to go with a beachy vibe” it means they’re probably looking for something cool, calm, and relaxing, like how being on vacation at the beach makes them feel.
This is a great way to experience something you don’t usually have access to while at home.
Can’t decide on a theme or a color for your teen’s hangout room? Going for a certain vibe might be a good idea. Here are some that you can take inspiration from.
The 90’s Vibe
The 90’s is a big hit among teens these days. There’s just something about the 90’s vibe that makes them wish they lived in the same era.
A Beach / Surfing Vibe
Here’s something beach and surf vibe for a teen who feels like they’re one with the ocean.
Bring the indoors in and get full-on camping vibes without leaving your home with this adorable setup. Replace the bed with a lounger and plenty of beanbags and pillows.
A boho-inspired vibe also creates a beautiful chilled hangout room for teen girls. Here are 25 Cozy Boho Bedroom Decor Ideas For Teens to inspire you.
You can also transform their room into something reminiscent of their favorite place.
What To Put In Your Hangout Room (And Where To Get Them)
Depending on the look that you’re going for, there are plenty of things that you can buy and put in your teen’s hangout room.
Check out the list below for some of the things that every teen will love to have in their hangout room.
Every room needs comfortable furniture, but that doesn’t mean you have to get the expensive ones.
A beanbag for easy and comfortable lounging. Get one as additional seating if you already have a couch in your hangout room, or two as main seating if your teen tends to have a friend or two over.
This mini desk is perfect for hangout rooms that double as a study room or office, especially now that most teens are doing online school.
An ottoman that doubles as a storage bin to help them keep their hangout room tidy.
Add a splash of color to your teen’s hangout room with this lamp that changes colors.
Or this RGB floor lamp that’s perfect for setting the mood and lighting up the whole room.
This game table might seem pricey at first, but considering that it is a 5-in-1 game table, allowing your teens to play pool, air hockey, shuffleboard, bowling, and foosball, and how much fun they’ll have with it, it’s actually still budget-friendly.
I’ve listed our most popular game room games and ideas for kids for you to choose the perfect game room accessories for your family game room.
Cool Gaming Gadgets And Gear
Got a gaming enthusiast who loves to stay home and play video games? These decor pieces might just be the final touch his/her gaming den needs.
Every gamer needs a good desk. Although there are several options to choose from, I chose this desk as it comes with a removable headphone hook and cupholder. Adjustable feet also allow you to adjust the height.
A gaming chair that supports them properly is as important. I chose this sturdy gaming chair as it has adjustable lumbar support as well as a massage function.
Stick on RGB lights to put behind their computer or the TV. Gamers are inexplicably fond of chroma and RGB lights so this one’s a quintessential feature for any gaming room.
A nice soundbar so your teen can enjoy his/her game even more. Perfect for watching movies and playing music, too.
A mini-fridge that’s small enough to fit under their desk or on it, but still big enough to fit a few drinks. Gaming can be intense. Help your teen stay hydrated with this cool fridge.
While you’re at it, why not add a snack bin, too? Fill it up with their favorite snacks to eat while gaming or just chilling out.
A few gamer-themed posters to make the walls look a little less plain and boring.
Your Insta Studio Props
If there’s one thing every teen is obsessed with these days, it’s posting content on their social media. Whether it’s a photo or a video, they always seem to have a certain look they’re going for. Make it easier for them to take pictures and shoot videos by assisting them with their DIY at-home studio build. Here are some things that could be helpful.
With a backdrop set-up like this, the possibilities for your teen’s social media photos are endless! Or they can get a green screen or any plain fabric to use as a background, basic editing skills, and they’re good to go!
Lighting is everything when you’re trying to capture great photos to put on your Insta. This affordable lighting kit will help your teen create professional-looking photos without breaking the bank.
For beauty videos, these ring lights are also a great investment.
Make your teen’s hangout room come to life with wallpapers! This fun hexagonal one could double as a photo background. Of course, you can also choose to use anything they prefer, just to give the walls a bit more personality.
A full-length mirror so they can check their outfits and practice those cute little Tik Tok dances they do.
Adding a bit of greenery always adds a nice, refreshing touch to any photo and video. This artificial orchid is perfect for teens who aren’t ready for #plantmom duties.
Cozy Geek-Out Corner Essentials
Teenagers geek out over everything. Don’t worry, it’s just them getting to know themselves better. Whether it’s a K-pop group, a movie character, a book, or even an artist they’re obsessed with, show them that they’re free to do so by making them a hangout room where they can fully enjoy what they love.
These floating shelves are great for displaying memorabilia, merch, and whatever else it is that they’re geeking out on.
A bookshelf for bookworms so they can see their collection easily. Great for displaying book sets, board games, and any other hang-out room essentials!
A set of poster frames so they can proudly hang collectible posters on their wall.
A custom wall decal from the show/book/game they’re currently obsessed with! Etsy’s full of sellers who can do custom decals for your teen’s hangout room!
Hopefully, you now have enough inspiration and ideas to discuss with your teenager to create their perfect teen hangout room.
Being able to enjoy the things they love will boost their happiness and encourage them to stay at home instead of going out.
It’s also a great opportunity to teach them about being responsible and caring for their own space.