16:00 19 January 2010
Britain's teenagers are storing £20 billion of kit in their bedrooms, it has been revealed.
The equivalent of £5,257.16 in every single teenager's bedroom across the country is apparently being stored by our youngsters.
And with 3,796,600 teenagers living in the UK, that means youngsters are shutting themselves away with electrical gadgets, clothing and furniture to the tune of £19,959,333,656.
The poll of 3,000 parents of kids aged 13 to 18 was conducted by esure home insurance.
It revealed that the average teenager's wardrobe is worth a staggering £1,080.59 as they try to keep up with the latest fashion and trends, while they own approximately £241.94 worth of shoes and £303.01 of jewellery or accessories.
Parents have also invested in bedroom furniture to the tune of £969.03 including bed, desk, chair, shelving units and TV units.
Most teenagers still have £776.80 of toys such as games, soft toys and sports equipment in their rooms, as well as CDs worth £248.28 and DVDs worth £248.53.
Electrical items also bump up the value of the bedroom considerably with each room containing a television worth £149.99, a games console worth £199.99, and MP3 player worth about £175 and a £150 mobile phone.
Finally, teenagers who love books house approximately £218.66 worth in their bedrooms.
Mike Pickard, Head of Risk and Underwriting at esure home insurance, said: "Most teenagers want to keep up with their friends by having all of the latest must-have gadgets and designer gear, so it isn't surprising that their bedrooms are turning into Aladdin's caves with hefty price tags to boot.
"For many parents, their teenager's rooms can be 'no go' areas but it's vital for them to take into account the value of contents in every room of the house to ensure theyre not left under-insured.
"It's amazing how a son or daughter keeping up with the latest fads can considerably up the value of a familys belongings."
Each teenage bedroom contains an average of £700 worth of electrical items but, surprisingly, only 31% of parents have allowed their children to have a computer upstairs.
Four in 10 teenagers have a CD player in their bedroom and one in 10 own over 200 CDs.
DVD players are also becoming more and more popular, with more than half of kids having one in their bedroom and 18% owning over 50 DVDs.
Fashion conscious teenagers also spend hundreds of pounds trying to keep up with their friends - one in 10 youngsters own over 30 pairs of shoes, and one in 20 kids are wearing over £1,000 worth of jewellery and accessories.
Two thirds of parents polled say their teenagers spends the majority of their time at home in their bedroom.
And when friends come round 74% hot foot it upstairs to escape the prying eyes of mum and dad.
More than half of parents claim their child's bedroom is worth far more than theirs, and 34% would go so far as to say it is the most expensive room in the house.
Typical contents of a teenager's bedroom:
Wardrobe contents £1,080.59
Computer games £430.35
Jewellery / accessories £303.01
DVD players £64.99
Games console £199.99
MP3 player £175.00
Mobile phone £150.00
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