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Teen asd bedroom ideas ?

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thriftychic Sun 28-Jul-13 10:26:14

hi ,
ds2 is 14 , asd but fairly atypical in lots of ways . I am thinking of trying to make his bedroom a better room for him . so far its never looked much like the room of a teenager , he hasnt really been one to spend much time in there and tbh there isnt much besides fishing related stuff and bmx magazines in there. He does have his ipod and dock in there but xbox is downstairs. doesnt have a computer as he heads straight for porn sites .

He has a few friends but never asks them over . i know he would like to make his room more of a teenage style den and i intend to get him a tv and put his xbox in there .
Now all this may be a bad idea because until recently meltdowns caused him to trash alot of his stuff in his room but he seems to be handling his anger a bit better these days .
so , what would be good for making it a sanctuary to calm down in whilst also a cool teen style bedroom . He is easily bored , likes fishing , bmx bike riding , music , xbox , computer
doesnt seem to have much idea himself other than he always says he likes the boys bedrooms he sees in american films !
have asked on the home style board but thought i might get some understanding replies here too smile

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 29-Jul-13 18:17:23

What about getting him a bean bag chair like this which is also waterproof. My sister got my nephew one as he's always sneaking cans of pop in to his room and slopping it could get him some framed pics of BMX type stuff like these

And make sure he's got some decent speakers for his music.

bochead Mon 29-Jul-13 21:32:11


DS's aspie 40 summat dad went out and got himself an identical plasma lamp to the one I bought for Ds one year, so I'm guessing these are not age related.

I intend to get DS a fish tank when we move for the relaxation factor (If I can work out how to cat proof it!)

IKEA has some fairly stylish teen storage - I love the cube storage as it's so versatile for all those "collections".

Agree re the bean bag chair. I think Dunhelm Mill did some nice durable ones at one point that would be perfect for teen gamers. They have an online shop.

Green is a relaxing colour that would fit in with his outdoor interests - esp if you added a camoflauge canopy over his bed ( to turn it into a true man cave for him to hide in when feeling anxious). A cheapo value tent in the right colour way might be adapted for this purpose.

Soft fabrics such as crushed velour are also relaxing to stroke when feeling stressed. Think calming "man cave" to take the edge off his anger, or the way Victor Meldrew types have traditionally retreated to the Garden shed as a way of gaining inspiration wink.

claw2 Mon 29-Jul-13 21:47:49

thriftychic Mon 29-Jul-13 22:29:18

thankyou , some great ideas smile have given me some things to ponder . soft fabrics i think will be a winner , will definately incorporate that . Theres a dunelm in the next town so i will have a look in there and see what he thinks about bmx stuff for the walls . A man cave it will be ! grin

SuperiorCat Mon 29-Jul-13 22:40:02

How about (space dependent obviously) an excercise bike / rowing machine or punch bag? Just a way of burning off some energy / aggression...

thriftychic Mon 29-Jul-13 23:40:57

punch bag , yes , considered a punch bag some time ago and had forgotten , thanks . No room unfortunately for excercise bike etc

i think hed like a lava lamp but not sure if it might be too easy to throw at someone (probably me) in a rage .

bochead Tue 30-Jul-13 08:55:19

solar powered fairy lights in one corner of the ceiling can't be thrown.

eatyourveg Tue 30-Jul-13 09:06:32

What about a mural on one wall - perhaps a bmx biker in silhouette?

buildingmycorestrength Tue 30-Jul-13 09:40:25

Am watching with interest. My son (and husband) both don't really seem to care about the way things look but do prefer things when they've had a bit of care and sprucing up! Some lovely ideas here.

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