Growing boys need their own personal room where they can unwind after a hard day at school or to socialize with their friends. This is where a hangout room comes in handy. Parents are easily persuaded to set up such rooms since they can keep an eye on their children without intruding into their space.
A hangout room should be located away from the main areas of the house to provide privacy for the boys to let off steam without disturbing the rest of the family. The room should offer flexibility for the children to express themselves by playing games, enjoying loud music or just chatting with friends.
The ideal hangout room should be a reflection of the boys’ personality and interests. The aim is to make the room cool and snazzy enough to meet the children’s approval and to earn the admiration of their friends.
When designing a boys’ hangout room, parents should keep a few things in mind.
The perfect hangout room should appeal to the users’ nature by incorporating their ideas and mixing them with other unique accessories. Parents can pick a theme and run with it or they can decide to throw a few items together for a bespoke look.
The walls provide a blank slate to work with. Bright hues will make the room seem fun and inviting, while murals, posters, graphics and photos will add a personal touch.
Patterned rugs, decorative window coverings and colored light bulbs or lampshades can all be used to infuse color and add visual interest to the room.
The hangout room ought to be fitted with durable and versatile furniture that can withstand constant roughhousing. This calls for furnishings made of sturdy materials such as denim or leather. The material should be easy to clean and should preferably come in dark colors (the better to hide stains).
A hangout room also requires plenty of seating to accommodate the boys and their friends. This can be solved by acquiring one compact, spacious seat such as a corner sofa or several mobile ones. These can include recliners, loungers, floor cushions or giant beanbags. The latter option comes with the advantage of mobility, meaning the boys can rearrange the room at will or they can easily move the furniture to create more space.
Storage space should also be provided in the form of storage shelves or cupboards.
No hangout room is complete without an entertainment center. This can be a big-screen TV mounted on one wall or a music system. It goes without saying that there should be enough action-packed movies and multiplayer video games for the boys to enjoy.
The room needs an attention-grabbing centerpiece and parents can settle for a pool table or a foosball table. Alternatively, they can spoil their children with vintage pinball machines or video arcade games.
Boys are known for their hearty appetites so it would be a good idea to add a food corner to their hangout. This could include a small table with a selection of snacks plus a mini-refrigerator stocked with water, soda and simple microwave meals. A large trash can should also be provided.