Swap Out Bedding
Since the bed is usually the centerpiece of the bedroom, giving it a facelift can affect the tone of the entire space. Some stores offer comforter slip covers — a good option if your tween might want to revamp the bed routinely. Or, you can choose from bed-in-a-bag collections of sheets, pillowcases and comforters. You can easily find tween bedding sets that run less than $100 — much less if you order online or hit your local Wal-Mart or Target. To avoid buying new bedding in the near future, encourage your tween to pick out classic patterns and vivid colors that will outlast his or her current pop culture obsessions.
If there's room in the budget, think about adding some decorative pillows to the bed. Tween girls might like monogrammed pillow sets. Boys might prefer sports-themed pillows bearing their favorite team's logo, for instance. Giving a bed a new headboard also matures the sleeping space.