7 Easy Ways to Transform Your Childhood Bedroom Into An Adult Living Space

One of the most challenging things about living with your parents is privacy. Your bedroom is really your only escape, and it should feel like your own place to relax. My bedroom was full of primary colored shelves, crazy lamps and furniture that I picked out in junior high. I decided to change up my room, and make it something to be proud of. Here are 7 easy ways that you can upgrade your childhood bedroom.

1. Lighting is Everything

If you can find a few lamps that look nice together and put some nice shades over them, it will change the entire mood of the room. You can also string lights throughout the room, if you’re going for a darker feel. I got a set of lamps at Goodwill for about 20 dollars, and they turned out to be perfect.

2. A Large Mirror

A new mirror can do wonders for the feel of your room. Children’s rooms often have mirrors that have characters, shapes, and many colors.  If that’s yours, it’s time to upgrade. It’s really nice to be able to see your whole body while getting dressed for work, so getting a large body sized mirror is a must! I found a mirror at Ross for about 40 dollars and I’m really happy with it. It’s about 2.5 feet by 6 feet, and I just leaned it up against the wall. It’s perfect.

3. Shoe Racks

If you’re like me, shoes end up all over the place at the end of the day. If you have a shoe rack large enough for all your shoes, it will immediately make your room more put together and take some of your stress away. I found a shoe rack at Ross for about 20 dollars, and it was a quick and easy set up.

Ben;s guitar4. Nice Bedding

Sleeping in the same sheets you slept in after your prom is not very satisfying. (Even worse, your bed may still have sheets with cartoon characters.) My old bedding sets didn’t match my new color scheme, or the general feel of my new room. If you can commit to spending a little bit more money than you planned on sheets, you might love it. Sleeping in a new set of high-quality sheets can do wonders for the way you feel, and that is very important.

5. A Statement Piece of Art

At this point in your life, you have things that you love and are passionate about. You can take advantage of your wall space and make or buy one large piece of art that really represents you. Nothing says “maturity” like a strong, flawless piece of art. I personally enjoy creating my own art, so I bought a large piece of plywood at home depot for about 12 dollars, and I painted my own piece. You can also find a lot of inexpensive art at thrift stores and swap meets.

6. Use Your Walls

Your walls should really help to capture your originality. If you can think of things to occupy your walls that are very specific to you, it will give the room more of an adult feel. Instead of taping unframed high school pictures to the wall, try to go for something more permanent. I spent a lot of time as a kid learning how to play the guitar in my room. On one of my walls, I decided to mount that guitar. It is a cool way to remind me of the memories I have in my room.

7. An Entertainment Solution

In my childhood bedroom, there is no access to cable. I have a TV, but no cable. Of course, I can always stream Hulu, Youtube and Netflix on my computer, but it doesn’t feel very “adult.” My solution was to purchase Chrome Cast, which is a google device that plugs into the back of your TV and connects to your computer via Wi-Fi. It costs 35 dollars, and you can buy it at any electronics store. It changed my entertainment experience completely, because anything that I can stream on my computer is now on my TV! I also spent some money on speakers that I liked, but that’s extra.

The most important thing is that your room reflects your personality, because that’s what makes it feel like home. Adding personal touches and special memories to your new room is a great idea. If you’re on a budget, you can find almost all of these items at thrift stores and swap meets, and that makes each item you find even more interesting. Enjoy the process of decorating your new room, and good luck!


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Benjamin Hawes is a recent college graduate from San Francisco that just made his life long dream of moving to New York come true in the beginning of 2015. While in college, Ben served as a resident assistant for three years, and has a lot to say about how to get along with roommates! He recently found an apartment in Bushwick, Brookyn. He is having fun making his way through New York as he starts to decorate his apartment and pay his bills!

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