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Teenagers are busier than ever before. But even the most active teens need places to unwind and relax with friends.

Many parents aspire to create that type of environment in their homes but don’t know where to begin.

Having teens close by and interacting with them on a regular basis can benefit families. Parents who want to keep teens nearby can create hangout spaces at home that make it easy for teens to feel comfortable with their friends. These “teen caves” can be private but permit supervision when necessary. With a few modifications, it’s possible to transform a room in a home into a teen-friendly hangout space.

Talk to your children
Involve teens in the process of renovating a home to create a spot in which they would like to hang out. Talk about elements they would like to see in the space, whether it be a particular design style, technology, or activity.

Establish a shared budget
Paint is inexpensive and can transform just about any room in a single afternoon. If the room being renovated is the teen’s bedroom, allow them to choose the colour palette and other accents. Even if it isn’t to your taste, he or she will be proud of the results and may want to share it with friends.

Have a snack station
Some teenagers always seem hungry, and hanging out with friends while enjoying food is a popular pastime. When renovating a room into a teen cave, find a way to make food a focus. Install a mini-refrigerator and non-alcoholic bar where kids can serve snacks to friends. Think about a space you would like as an adult and modify it to accommodate teenagers.

Add more seating
Having friends over means having enough seating to handle a small crowd. Beanbags, cushioned benches, a daybed, modular seating, and more can ensure everyone has a place to sit.

Make a private outdoor spot
Teen spaces do not need to be restricted to the indoors. An outdoor escape zone that includes comfortable seating in a private area – particularly a place that can also be enjoyed into the evening – will be a coveted spot.

Invest in “indestructible” materials
Teenagers are bound to make messes and having other people over means contending with a certain measure of damage. Design the space with indoor-outdoor carpeting, water-resistant fabrics, distressed wood, and other durable materials.

Adolescents are always looking for spaces to gather without overbearing adult interference. Homeowners can create such spaces for their children in their own homes.