Before you realized that your child has become a tween, the reality hits home. Your budding tween just approached you to complain that his or her bedroom is for babies and you must change it. You reassure your child with a smile and a hug before heading to your best ally, HowStuffWorks. Take our growing kids room quiz before heading out to the store with your new tween.
With many children nearing adolescence, retailers have coined a special term to describe consumers that represent a huge market potential. Drop all the old descriptors and connect with the tween generation.
Sure, everyone loves to own the latest electronic gizmo, but tweens crave their own spot to hang out with their friends.
Remember that this is a transitional age and your choices will require flexibility. Choose items that can be rearranged easily.
Children between the ages of 8 to 10 years are considered tweens. Adolescence being what it is, this milestone can come earlier or later.
According to the recent United States census, there are approximately 20 million tweens in the U.S.
Furniture such as beds, dressers and desks that can be easily repainted or redecorated is the wisest choice for a budding tween.
It is best to avoid large modular units or shelving that is permanently attached to a wall. Pick up a couple of good solid bookshelves that your tween can easily move around the room.
Tweens will require a lot of storage space as their needs change. They will not want to part with older possessions as they amass new ones.
Avoid wallpaper and stick with paint that is easy to hide with a fresh coat. Tweens will want to change the color or style of their room often.
It is best to provide a corkboard wall, cork bulletin boards or cork bulletin bars to allow them to hang their ever-changing artworks. Better still, you could let them help you select a collection of the three cork products.
As kids enter middle school, issues with adolescence appear. Unfortunately, use of alcohol doubles between grades four and six.
The secret is that you want the accessories to be fun and flexible. Items that are easy to move around or rearrange give tweens the ability to express individuality as their needs change.
Go for the beanbag chairs and large pillows. Remember the theme is fun and flexible and these items fit the bill with perfection.
The trend has been for retailers to focus mainly on female tweens. That trend is changing as more retailers realize that they were overlooking an important group of potential consumers.
Boys are most often influenced by what their male friends are doing with their room decor.
Girls are most often inspired by taking a trip to the mall or flipping through magazines. Ladies magazines and teen magazines, for example, are fodder for your girl’s imagination.
Most boys love collecting or are avid sports enthusiasts. Providing a spot to highlight their stuff is sure to make a hit with your tween boy.
Although full wall murals and poster paints are fun options, an easier choice is the bed-in-bag-themed bedding. There are multitudes of choices available to suit almost any tween's tastes and they are inexpensive to vary with changing tastes.
Funky contrasts are the in style for decorating your young ladies' tween domain: mix and match patterns like polka dots, plaids and pastels.
Tween girls start to wear makeup and put more emphasis on their looks. Make sure that she has strategically placed mirrors to fix her makeup and check out her duds before leaving her room.