Home Trend Watch: The Teen Lounge Becomes the New Hangout Spot in Homes

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Get ready for Justin Bieber posters lining the walls and video-game arcades. The “teen lounge” is the new space entering homes.

Designers and architects say they’re fielding more requests lately to make-over areas in the home that are designated for older kids. These spaces are becoming teen lounges, hangout areas, sleepover spaces, or offices for doing homework (even outfitted with security cameras so parents can make sure they’re really working!), The Wall Street Journal reports.

“Parents say teen and tween rooms not only encourage kids to spend more time at home—they can also help maintain peace throughout the grown-up areas of the house,” The Wall Street Journal reports about the trend.

Some teen lounges are getting high-dollar make-overs.For example, Chris Pollack with Pollack + Partners, a design and construction firm based in New York, told The Wall Street Journal that he recently spent $750,000 renovating a Manhattan townhouse with a 1,000-square-foot teen suite. The suite featured a ping-pong and billiards table, a recording studio, kitchen, and a theatre for movies and video games.

Some home owners are looking to transform other housing spaces into teen lounges, such as turning a pool house into a teen lounge.

But will the teen lounge become a selling point in homes? Probably not, say some real estate professionals. In fact, some agents say that it’s important that home owners design teen spaces into their homes make sure the spaces can be converted back into adult space when it’s time to sell. The teen lounge is “a non-neutral amenity that doesn’t add value,” appraiser Jonathan Miller told The Wall Street Journal.

Jef Hyland, president of Hilton & Hyland, a brokerage based in Beverly Hills, Calif., said that when he markets homes with upscale teen lounges, he’ll tell buyers that these spaces often can also become in-law suites, which may have wider appeal.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Our entire home become the “teen lounge” when my teens have friends over. I am not sure that a teen lounge would add value to the home. However, no matter how big or small, it definitely adds value to the family. Wanting your teens to “hang out” in your home with friends is a value that is priceless.

  2. I fully agree that whatever you do you should be able to easily convert it back to “normal” for when you need to sell your home.
    I am currently planning to makeover my playroom into a teen hangout. I am going to let my kids input on the design. If we weren’t in oh-so-hot-Texas I would use a garage space for the location. I think teens respond more favorably to a hang-out place when they feel more separation from the main living space.
    Great read – thanks for posting.

  3. Great ideas! We need to create inviting places at home for our young people.

  4. Every teen would now demand for a teen lounge! Better for them to stay indoors more frequently.