Buying bedding for teens may seem rather routine, but it can have more impact on your teen than you may realize. Anyone who knows teenagers can agree that their personal space is very important to them. The teen years are a time of self-discovery, budding independence and the development of personal image. The environment of their private space is critical to their sense of identity. It should be a place they can take pride in and want to show off when their friends come over. It should also be a place where they can relax and feel at ease. For most teens, their private space is their bedroom. As the centerpiece of the decor, the bedding selection plays a big part in the character and feel of the room. This is why choosing the right bed decor that fits a teen’s personality is so important.
Many retailers carry a sizable variety of coordinated bedding that was developed with teenagers in mind. It is often considered a cross-over product that can appeal to pre-teens and young adults as well. Teen bedding is usually easy to spot within a store or catalog. You can recognize it by its bright colors, whimsical designs and popular themes from current movies, games and music. In most cases, the set consists of a comforter or bedspread, a dust ruffle, pillow shams and perhaps matching sheets. Sometimes matching window treatments or other room decor is available. Not all of the coordinating items are necessary. A set can usually be tailored to suit the requirements of the bedroom or your budget. “Bed-in-a-bag” sets are a great way to get a reasonable price on multiple components that match.
Anyone who wants to help make their teenage children, friends or family members thrilled with their room will probably end up needing to redecorate and buy new bedding at some point. Young adults going away to college will need new supplies for dorm rooms, and the youthful teen designs often appeal to them as well. The choices in style should be made thoughtfully. As a gift, the right teen bedding can win kudos for parents. Not only will it make them happy, but it may even inspire your teenager to take better care of their room and belongings. Teaching responsibility and encouraging independence is certainly not what you would expect from a bedding set, but small details like this can actually play a part in helping your teen to grow up.
There are more than just psychological and social benefits to be gained by choosing the right bedclothes. The bedroom is where they will sleep, and getting enough quality sleep is extremely important for good health and alertness at school. A good mattress is essential, but what lies on top of it is just as important. The comfort of the materials and how well they work with the climate and temperature has an effect on sleep quality. For example, if the area you live in has extremely cold winters, you will want to be sure that the sheets, blankets, and comforter or spread is heavy enough to keep them warm. Layering various combinations of linens can help with changeable temperatures. The fabrics should be comfortable, and the entire set should show quality workmanship. Higher thread counts for cotton sheets are desirable. It is a good idea to read washing instructions before purchasing new bedding, since some fabrics are more difficult to clean than others. You will probably appreciate an uncomplicated washing procedure if your teen tends to be messy or eats in bed.
Bedding is always a great holiday or birthday gift, but other special occasions or life changes are also a great time to buy. Two perfect opportunities to redecorate from scratch are when a teen moves into their own room for the first time, or the family moves to a new house. New bedclothes can make the new room feel unique and special. Having a stylish room can make a teenager more confident about inviting new friends to their house. This may actually help ease the transition into a new neighborhood.Many people rely on today’s popular trends to choose new room decor, and if you are buying for a teen, this may often be a relatively safe route to take. However, you should always acknowledge that a teenager has their own individual personality and style. A teen may prefer a more sophisticated, modern look than you might expect. On the other hand, you may prefer a far more mature look for them than they want for themselves. Their room should truly reflect their own individual taste and personality.
Styling of teen-inspired bedding may be artistic, funky, sporty, elegant, relaxing, modern, flirty, funny, or even dark and gothic. Some popular choices for girls are fun prints and textures, faux fur, jersey sheets sets, satin pillows, neons, florals, pop art and celebrity themes. Boys may be interested in sets that feature bolder, darker colors, sports themes, cars, video games or action movies.
Listen to what teens have to say about products when you are out shopping together, or ask them outright to choose their own bedding. If your teen is picky, this is probably the best way to ensure that they will be happy with the choice. The style they choose will likely be very current or cutting-edge. If their preference seems too faddish, gently advise them that the choice may seem dated very quickly and they might want to choose something that will be in style for a bit longer.
Knowing where to find the best deals in your area is helpful, but remember that you can also shop online. Most national chain department stores have websites where you can sit and browse the many options at leisure to get ideas. Stores that specialize in linens or home decor usually have the best variety, and they are great places to find coordinating room decor such as curtains, pillows or even wallpaper borders. Online home decor stores are convenient and time-saving and regularly offer special prices or reduced shipping costs.
Whether it is a holiday gift, a special reward or just a treat to show how much you care, the right bedding for teens can help them feel more confident and grow gracefully into their own sense of personal style.