Eighties teenagers spent a lot of time in their bedrooms and they made sure that they reflected everything in life that they loved. If you’re thinking of re-creating this look for your room read on to find out the 15 things that every 80s teen bedroom needs.
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This is the most important part of an 80s teen bedroom. It’s so important in fact that it takes up my top 4 spots on the list. Not only do you need posters but you need to completely cover your wall with these posters.
Check out a few examples below of awesome eighties rooms with posters so you can get the whole aesthetic.
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Here’s an example of an 80s teen room with a collage made up of epic eighties movies and bands including Freddy from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Iron Maiden and Die Hard.
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Here’s an awesome Duran Duran wall collage that partially covers the cat wallpaper in this teen room.
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In the bedroom above I love how they used their favorite Cosmopolitan Magazine covers for wall decor. Their wall also features, New Kids on the Block, a favorite of many teens in the eighties.
Your 80s bedroom posters fall into three categories. Choose your favorite and go all out or mix and match. These categories are as follows:
I will go into more detail for each of these categories below.
To get this look right you need to obsess over one person. Then you basically need to create a shrine to them with posters and pictures covering your walls. The best part is the posters were free in every Teen Beat magazine.
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This is a great example of how it’s done. You would walk in this room and instantly know that this teen loves Boy George.
If you want to re-create this look in your room you need to know who the biggest heartthrobs were at the time. There’s too many to list but here are some of the top teen heartthrobs from the eighties.
Back in the day you would get your posters from the latest edition from your favorite teen magazine but now there’s Amazon. Check out below my top picks for teen heartthrob posters.
TEEN HEARTTHROB POSTERS | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | BON JOVI
TWO | PATRICK SWAYZE
THREE | JOHNNY DEPP
FOUR | CHRISTIAN SLATER
FIVE | AXL ROSE
SIX | KEVIN BACON
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The shrines where not only for heartthrobs but for female crushes as well. Above is a shrine to Alyssa Milano.
Some of the top eighties teen female crushes that likely had many bedroom shrines were:
You could also make a montage to your very favorite band. Then of course plaster their pictures and posters all over your wall. Bonus if your heartthrob is in a band.
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The best band collage walls were made up over time with concerts posters, pictures from magazines and posters that you bought at Sam Goody. Now you can find your favorites on Amazon. Below are a few of the best.
80S BAND POSTERS | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | GUNS N’ ROSES
TWO | WHAM
THREE | MICHAEL JACKSON
FOUR | MTV POSTER
FIVE | GUNS N’ ROSES BAND POSTER
SIX | DEF LEPPARD
SEVEN | MOTLEY CRUE
EIGHT | BON JOVI
Eighties movies still hold up as some of the best ever. If you want to re-create an 80s teen bedroom pick some of your favorite movies and plaster the posters all around the wall by your bed.
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Back in the day to score these amazing posters you would have to hunt them down from your local video store. Now you can get them online.
There are so many good ones to choose from. Here are my top picks for 80s movie posters from Amazon.
CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS | WHERE TO FIND
If you’re a real go getter then why stop at your wall with your posters. Continue to plaster them on the ceiling too so you can fully encompass your room with the 80s vibes.
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To get the look right the placing of your posters has to look a little random.
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An epic 80s bedroom evolved over time. You start off with a few pictures and next thing you know you run out of room on your wall and have to go ceiling. Then you end up with an awesome room like this.
For an eighties bedspread you need some patterns with shapes. Plus, it has to be reversible so you can change up your style when the mood strikes. Check out some inspiration from some old school beds below.
Above are the bedspreads I’m talking about. The middle one is from Full House and Home Alone.
If you want to add a retro bedspread to your room then check out the best ones that you can find at Amazon below.
GEOMETRIC COMFORTER | WHERE TO FIND
THREE | EIGHTIES SCRIBBLES BED SET
FOUR | ABSTRACT BEDSPREAD
You get bonus points if you match your bedspread to your curtains. Matchy match style was huge in the 80s.
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You definitely want your curtains to match your bed and maybe your pillows and wall art too.
Another popular alternative to a geometric pattern would be your favorite theme all over your bedding. This would include your bedspread, sheets and pillow cases. For a teen room this would probably be similar to what you chose for your posters such as your favorite band, heartthrob or movie.
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If you were a cool kid you had a New Kids on the Block bedding set that of course came with matching curtains.
What would a teen room be without the latest technology. Check out the must have list below.
Check out some epic 80s rooms with the latest technology below.
I love that you can get retro technology online. My favorites that you can get from Amazon are below.
OLD SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | TV VCR COMBO
THREE | POLAROID CAMERA
FOUR | CLASSIC NINTENDO
The perfect eighties accent chair has a bright color or a geometric pattern. It may have some tufting. Crazy shapes like lips and high heels are a big bonus. Check out a little inspiration below.
RETRO ACCENT CHAIR | WHERE TO FIND
TWO | VELVET HIGH HEEL CHAIR
THREE | OFFICE CHAIR SLIPCOVER
FOUR | PURPLE LIP SOFA
FIVE | ROUND BLUE ACCENT CHAIR
In the eighties your pillow would probably match your bed spread exactly. I already told you about the matchy matchy thing. But, if you’re creating an 80s teen bedroom it might be fun to add eighties themed pillows.
Check out some fun pillows that I found from Amazon below.
EIGHTIES THEMED PILLOWS | WHERE TO FIND
TWO | PINK LIPS THROW PILLOW
FOUR | PATTERN PILLOWCASE COVER
FIVE | TETRIS THROW PILLOW COVER
SIX | CASSETTE THROW PILLOW
In the 80s people started to experiment with brighter colors in their décor. You might see a teen bedroom with some bright colors for walls, bedding or furniture. Don’t be afraid to add color to your room. Check out a little inspiration below.
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This 80s teen bedroom has bright blue walls that go nicely with the zebra bedding. This room also shows us another way to make a shrine to your favorite star.
Your 80s bedroom might have a little neon sign. It would probably be over your bed. Check out how to pull of the look in your bedroom below.
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This teen bedroom has not one but two neon signs.
If you’re wanting to add a neon sign to your bedroom check out my favorites from Amazon below.
NEON SIGNS | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | GOOD TIMES NEON SIGN
THREE | GOOD VIBES LED SIGN
FIVE | RETRO PAC MAN LIGHT UP SIGN
SIX | STAY AWHILE LED SIGN
SEVEN | BLUE HANG LOOSE
EIGHT | CUSTOM NEON SIGN
Most 80s rooms would have oak or pine dressers and bed frames. Simple metal bed frames were also very common. If you want to pull off the 80s look in your room add a metal bed frame or wooden side tables with matching dressers.
Check out some eighties furniture ideas below to see what I mean.
If you were lucky in the eighties you had your very own phone in your room. That way you could spend all night laying on your bed talking to friends. You might have to share a line with your family but if you were cool you had your very own ring tone and maybe even an answering machine.
I think it’s a great idea to add a retro phone to your bedroom. If you do too then check out my top picks below.
RETRO LAND LINE PHONES | WHERE TO FIND
ONE | RED LIPS PHONE
THREE | ROTARY DIAL GREEN PHONE
FOUR | LIGHT PINK CORDED PHONE
Now you know the 15 things that every 80s teen bedroom needs. Hope you got inspired to create an epic eighties room. Feel free to save your favorite ideas to your Pinterest Boards or share this post on social media.
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