20 inexpensive teenage bedroom decorating ideas 2020


Blair Waldorf tastes with a Lonely Boy budget.
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Whether you’re studying, sleeping, or staring at an iPhone screen, you probably spend a parcel time in your room. So might as well make it as aesthetic as possible because no one understands the importance of #aesthetics better than teenagers. I know this because I’ve spent my career talking to teenagers (and following them on Instagram). With that in mind, I scoured Amazon for some cool fairy lights, planters, and other decor suitable for a Netflix high school series (or, more realistically, a TikTok backdrop). Even better, all of this can be acquired on the budget of a babysitter (or, again, more realistically, a Depop salesman).

Waterproof Collapsible Copper Twinkle Lights

More understated than your standard green wire Christmas lights, this bendable LED string light casts a subtle glow – and happens to be fireproof thanks to its sealed copper wires. Hang it along your ceiling or turn it into a photo wall (be careful though: photo clips sold separately).

Lima Llama Flower Planter

The only thing more cheerful than a live plant is a live plant inside a porcelain llama pot. Opt for a very small cactus; not only is it easy to grow, but this super sweet planter begs for something with a little attitude.

Ceramic cactus tidy

Can’t keep a plant alive to save your life? This ceramic-cactus ring holder is a nice compromise.

Waneway Lighted Vanity Mirror with Dimmable LED Bulbs and Touch Control Design

Nothing elevates a prep routine like a Hollywood-inspired lighted mirror…even if you’re just getting ready for 8 a.m. class.

Joyora Scrunchie Organizer

Display your stash of scrunchies and organize it with this clever tie rack. (And if your collection is still under development, could we direct you to this 60 scrunchies for $6?)

Hiyagon Large Size Storage Baskets with Handle

This collapsible cotton laundry hamper comes in many subtly whimsical designs, like a paper airplane design as well as some less subtle ones (yes, it’s a unicorn dabbing).

Superjare Laptop Table for Bed

This little table does it all, as evidenced by its 1,137 rave reviews. Set up your laptop and write an essay, then treat yourself to a Netflix marathon, all without leaving your bed. (You can also take it camping or to the beach when school isn’t in class.)

Areaware Sharpei Fauna Pillow

If you are unable to have a dog, this cuddly Shar-Pei pillow will keep you warm at night.

Isaac Jacobs LED Pink Neon Pink Flower

There’s no shortage of neon signs on Amazon (and beyond), but we love this pink rose. It looks a bit like a tattoo, and it’s a little cooler than the ubiquitous “Good Vibes Only” sign that lights up many storefronts. If flowers aren’t your thing, there’s also a really fun popsicle version.

mDesign plastic jar for bathroom vanity

These rose gold containers are almost too pretty to be relegated to your bathroom. Of course, you could use them to store makeup pads and cotton balls, but we think they’d also be great on a desk for craft supplies, miscellaneous school items, and other odds and ends.

Frigidaire Retro Mini Fridge,

Whether you stock it with skincare, snacks, or seltzer water, this little fridge is surprisingly useful (and even if it wasn’t, it would still be incredibly cute).

Kimisty eye-shaped mirror jewelry holder

Mount this jewelry rack right next to the door – the mirror is perfect for those last-minute touch-ups, and you’ll never forget to grab your favorite necklace again.

Whiskey Ginger Magnetic Sign Holder

It’s the easiest way to hang a poster, and since it only uses magnets, you can swap out the art (in seconds!) whenever you need a change.

Hompot Bluetooth Bedside Lamp and Color Changing Alarm Clock

This versatile gadget is a digital alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker, desk lamp and night light. The colors change with volume and rhythm, much like a 2020 version of a lava lamp.

nuLOOM Verona Vintage Persian Rug

You’ve seen this rug (or variations of it) all over your Instagram feed, and for good reason: it’s colorful, comfy, and extremely forgiving when it comes to spills and stains.

Stark Item Hand Knitted Pouf

Think of it as a more refined, less lumpy ottoman.

Metallic Zebra Dish Jonathan Adler

A cute tote for your AirPods, keys, ChapStick and anything else you don’t want to forget when you rush out the door.

Vinyl Wall Decals

If painting is forbidden, whether by fun parents or RA’s, vinyl decals will beautify your walls without leaving permanent consequences. Most sticker decorations lean towards the nursery, but these eyelashes are perfectly Pop Art.

Berteri Heavy Duty Adhesive Wall Hooks

You can never have too many wall hooks (especially when they double as decor). These are particularly attractive as they are adhesive yet sturdy.

Animated Pinky Breeze Pig Diffuser

What’s better than an essential oil diffuser? A pig-shaped essential oil diffuser that sprays steam through the nose.

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