Furniture helps to define a room, appealing to both functional needs and aesthetics. It's also the largest component in most rooms, so it makes sense to start with new furniture when you're ready for a major redesign. For growing tweens, however, it doesn't always make sense to shell out thousands of dollars for a new bedroom set. Keep in mind that your kids are just about to sprout up and will soon have adult-sized bodies. Why buy now when that tween-sized furniture will be way too small in just a few years? Instead, focus on updating the pieces they already have to give their room a whole new look. Consider painting or refinishing bed frames and dressers to switch up colors or get rid of kiddie accents and decals. Even new hardware can freshen up dresser or desk drawers and serve as an easy way to add pops of colors that appeal to the tween sense of style.
Of course, if your child's feet are starting to hang off the foot of the bed, it's probably time to invest in some furniture that fits. If a brand new bedroom set isn't in the budget, look for used furniture that will fit within your tween's design plan. Quality used pieces cost much less than new furniture and are often made from real wood that will last long into the teen years.