A Teenage Space for Work & Play

First his drivers license, and now Senior High…how is my baby boy all of a sudden at this point?! Everyone keeps telling us the all-important 11th grade is a doozy…intense classwork, SATs, college visits. All I can think is, ‘Only two more years before he’s gone.’ Followed by a giant lump in my throat.

We’ve been steadily working to finish his room, and I’ve been a bad blogger about sharing it! Since school is such a huge part of his life, we focused first on his work/study area, and even though his aesthetic is much different than mine, we’re both thrilled with the outcome.

ikea desk teenage boy room-31

Although he loves what I’ve done with the rest of the house (see it here), he prefers a cleaner, more utilitarian feel, with minimal color, so I let him dictate the design direction of the room. My goal was just to help him create an organized space he loves, and carve out an area conducive to learning. I want him to feel supported in all he does, especially when it comes to his goals and dreams.

He has a strong interest in engineering and loves building, so we turned to IKEA for inspiration on creating a custom desk area. First he sketched out what he wanted, and we found the pieces to make it happen!

ikea desk teenage boy room-31
Desk Chair | Pickle Pillow | Task Lamps | Wire Trash Basket | Desk Top | Desk Legs| Shelves | Brackets

boy and dog

We found the extra-long BARKABODA table top in the Kitchen area (it’s actually a countertop, so it can weather excessive use!), and immediately fell for the warm wood tone and herringbone pattern. A quick set of ADILS Legs (only $4 each!) easily converted it to a long desk. We did add a fifth leg to the middle for reinforcement.

The long desk helps fill the large wall, and allows for lots of room to spread out for projects.

hands on a keyboard

The HEKTAR Work Lamps fit his aesthetic perfectly, plus they have a built-in USB port for easy charging!

ikea desk teenage boy room-31

ikea desk teenage boy room-31

He wanted the wall to remain clean and minimal, so we opted for LACK Shelves in a similar dark wood tone, with matching EKBY VALTER Brackets.

ikea desk teenage boy room-31

ikea desk teenage boy room-31
Desk Chair | Pickle Pillow | Task Lamps | Wire Trash Basket | Desk Top | Desk Legs| Shelves | Brackets

Being a teenage boy, technology is high on his list of interests…he actually built this computer on his own! Thanks to the SIGNUM cable management rack, the excessive cords are contained and concealed under the desk.

ikea desk cord management
Cable Management

ikea desk teenage boy room-31
Pencil Cup

ikea desk teenage boy room-31

ikea desk teenage boy room-31
Desk Chair | Pickle Pillow | Task Lamps | Wire Trash Basket | Desk Top | Desk Legs| Shelves | Brackets

He loves it, and more often than not, you’ll find him right here watching videos, playing games, and soon enough, studying and doing homework again! It’s a space he feels both proud of, and helps him prepare for what’s ahead. #theresthatlumpagain

The rest of the room is almost complete, so stay tuned for a full reveal next month!

 

P.S….I found this perfect scarf yesterday (only $15!!)…true it’s 100-degrees now, but you’ll thank me in the Fall when you wear it with every last outfit!!

P.P.S…I added a nifty little Anniversary Sale edition of Sugarplum Picks in the sidebar, and am updating it with all my faves and best deals (like this jacket & these booties)! Find it here.

 

*This post is created in collaboration with IKEA. No matter my budget, IKEA always has an unbeatable selection of smart products for every living and work situation, so it was a natural fit when they asked me to be an official brand ambassador! Sing the praises of IKEA? That’s a no-brainer! Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!

 

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