Teens have some of the messiest bedrooms around. Between various sports, recitals, homework and music collections, the interests of teens can seem to overflow in all directions. Choose cost-saving and space-saving ideas to organise a teen's room. Not only will your teen get more enjoyment out of the space, it will be more functional.
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Bed risers are plastic or metal cone-shaped legs placed beneath a bed to raise it several inches for more storage space. Available in various sizes, some risers are adjustable to allow maximum space. Combine risers with plastic storage bins on wheels to make the most out of the new storage space and keep the room free of clutter.
Add adjustable shelving to a teen's room for the ultimate in flexible storage space. Available at most home improvement centres, adjustable shelving ranges from simple wooden shelves affixed to metal wall brackets to ready-to-assemble bookcases. Secure bookcases to the wall to prevent tipping.
Baskets and Bins
Use wicker, rattan or plastic baskets for storage. Place small baskets on shelves and use larger baskets on the floor to hold sports equipment, shoes or books. Put small, square baskets on a desk to hold school supplies. Stack metal or plastic bins next to the bed to create a nightstand. Small bins can hold excess clothing in a closet.
Hooks and Shoebags
Use wall hooks to hang jackets and outerwear. Hooks also make handy resting places for book bags, backpacks and purses. Hang shoes from hooks to free floor space.
Hang up a shoe organiser on the back of the door or on the wall to accommodate not only shoes but CDs, papers, small books cosmetics and bath supplies.
Peg Boards or Cork Boards
Add a peg board or cork board to the wall to tack up small slips of paper and help keep track of appointments or deadlines. Frame the board with black or white picture moulding to match the decor.
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