15 Things Every 80s Teen Bedroom Needs

15 Things Every 80s Teen Bedroom Needs

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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1 | 80s Bedroom Posters

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.

80s Bedroom Poster Inspiration

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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.

Duran Duran Wall Collage

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Here’s an awesome Duran Duran wall collage that partially covers the cat wallpaper in this teen room.

80s Posters

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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.

80s Bedroom Poster Categories

Your 80s bedroom posters fall into three categories. Choose your favorite and go all out or mix and match. These categories are as follows:

  1. Heartthrobs or Female Crushes
  2. 80s Bands
  3. Awesome 80s Movies

I will go into more detail for each of these categories below.

2 | 80s Posters of Heartthrob or Crushes

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.

Boy George Collage

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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.

Who Were the Biggest Teenage Heartthrobs in the 80s?

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.

  • Michael J. Fox
  • Johnny Depp
  • Patrick Swayze
  • Christian Slater
  • Kevin Bacon
  • River Phoenix
  • Corey Haim
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Chad Lowe
  • Michael Jackson

Amazon Finds for 80s Heartthrob Posters

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

80s Teen Bedroom Allyssa Milano Collage

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The shrines where not only for heartthrobs but for female crushes as well. Above is a shrine to Alyssa Milano.

Who Were the Biggest Female Crushes in the 80s?

Some of the top eighties teen female crushes that likely had many bedroom shrines were:

  • Jennifer Grey
  • Whitney Houston
  • Julia Roberts
  • Madonna
  • Farah Fawcett
  • Allyssa Milano
  • Tiffany Thiessen
  • Demi Moore
  • Molly Ringwald
  • Heather Locklear

3 | 80s Band Posters

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.

Duran Duran Shrine

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My Top Picks for Eighties Band Posters

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

4 | 80s Movie Posters

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.

80s Teen Bedroom with Movie Posters

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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.

The Best Eighties Movies Posters on Amazon

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

STAR WARS

THE LOST BOYS

BACK TO THE FUTURE

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

GREMLINS

PRETTY IN PINK

FOOTLOOSE

DIRTY DANCING

THE KARATE KID

5 | 80s Posters on the Ceiling

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.

80s Teen Bedroom with Posters on Wall & Ceiling

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To get the look right the placing of your posters has to look a little random.

Teenage Bedroom from the 80s

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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.

6 | Geometric Print Bedspread

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.

80s Bedding Inspiration

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Above are the bedspreads I’m talking about. The middle one is from Full House and Home Alone.

The Best Bedspreads for Your 80s Teen Bedroom

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

ONE | COLORFUL GEOMETRIC COMFORTER

TWO | BLACK & WHITE CHECKERED BEDDING

THREE | EIGHTIES SCRIBBLES BED SET

FOUR | ABSTRACT BEDSPREAD

7 | Matching Curtains

You get bonus points if you match your bedspread to your curtains. Matchy match style was huge in the 80s.

80s Teen Bedroom with Matching Bedding Curtains and Art

IMAGE SOURCE | 80SGIRLLIFE

You definitely want your curtains to match your bed and maybe your pillows and wall art too.

8 | Themed Bedding

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.

New Kids on the Block Bedding Set

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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.

9 | The Latest Technology

What would a teen room be without the latest technology. Check out the must have list below.

Top Technology for an 80s Teen Bedroom

  • A Huge Computer with Floppy Discs
  • Polaroid Camera
  • Boombox with Cassette Tapes
  • Sony Walkman
  • Nintendo Entertainment System and or a Game Boy
  • TV with Built in VCR & The Best Movies on VHS Tapes

Check out some epic 80s rooms with the latest technology below.

80s Technology for Room

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80s Technology Available on Amazon

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

TWO | BOOMBOX CASSETTE PLAYER & RADIO

THREE | POLAROID CAMERA

FOUR | CLASSIC NINTENDO

10 | Awesome 80s Accent Chair

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.

Top Retro Accent Chairs

RETRO ACCENT CHAIR | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | ORANGE TUFTED ROUND CHAIR

TWO | VELVET HIGH HEEL CHAIR

THREE | OFFICE CHAIR SLIPCOVER

FOUR | PURPLE LIP SOFA

FIVE | ROUND BLUE ACCENT CHAIR

SIX | YELLOW VELVET LOUNGE CHAIR

11 | 80s Pillows

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.

My Top Picks for Eighties Themed Pillows

Check out some fun pillows that I found from Amazon below.

EIGHTIES THEMED PILLOWS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | ROLLER SKATE PILLOW COVER

TWO | PINK LIPS THROW PILLOW

THREE | FUR BUFFALO CHECK PILLOW CASE COVERS

FOUR | PATTERN PILLOWCASE COVER

FIVE | TETRIS THROW PILLOW COVER

SIX | CASSETTE THROW PILLOW

12 | Bright Colors

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.

Bright 80s Teen Room Inspiration

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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.

13 | Neon Signs

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.

80s Teen Bedroom with Neon Signs

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This teen bedroom has not one but two neon signs.

My Favorite Neon Signs from Amazon

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

TWO | YOU’RE LIKE REALLY PRETTY

THREE | GOOD VIBES LED SIGN

FOUR | RED LIPS & BIG TONGUE NEON SIGN

FIVE | RETRO PAC MAN LIGHT UP SIGN

SIX | STAY AWHILE LED SIGN

SEVEN | BLUE HANG LOOSE

EIGHT | CUSTOM NEON SIGN

14 | 80s Furniture

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.

80s Teen Bedroom Furniture Inspiration

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15 | 80s Phone

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.

My Top Picks for Retro Phones

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

TWO | RETRO LAND LINE PHONE BIEGE

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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