Not everyone has space in their home to create a playroom. But if there is some spare footage in your basement or you have a small room that you struggle to find a use for, why not give it a try? There are many, many advantages of having a room or space in your home set aside for the kids. It gives them a perfect, safe place to play, read, and relax, and it also has the added benefit of keeping all their mess confined to one particular spot!
With this in mind, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about planning and creating the perfect playroom for your kids. We are going to explore everything from DIY advice to making space for the room or area in any home. Let’s get started right away with the basics.
Finding the space
First of all, the most important aspect of planning a children’s playroom is finding the space for it. As we discussed in the intro, something like a basement is perfect, but unless you have already damp proofed and insulated down there, it could be expensive. Small rooms can be effective, but there are a few things to watch out for.
Make sure that you look around for smart furniture – the kind of designs that can be folded up and away to save space. Don’t forget that floor space is vital for the aesthetics of a playroom, to allow your little ones the opportunity to play on the floor and get imaginative.
Embracing the DIY challenge
The next step is to decide on whether to hire a professional decorator or builder or go down the DIY route. It all depends on your skills, so think carefully before taking on a huge project – there might be a lot more to do than just a little painting and rearranging!
As we mentioned above, it’s important to create a space that your children will want to spend time in, and although taking the DIY option will likely work out cheaper, a professional is more likely to do a better job. Plus, if your DIY skills are not up to scratch, you could end up wasting an awful lot of money on fittings, fixtures and decorative materials.
It’s also important to remember that your DIY work will only be as good as the tools you have. Sure, it’s possible to create a playroom that looks great, but if you are using cheap tools to do the job, there might be health and safety concerns. A rogue nail or splintered finish from a poor quality cutting tool, for example, could lead to injury. Ultimately, if you aren’t confident of creating a safe environment for your little ones or need to spend a small fortune on buying the quality tools needed for perfect finishes, it might be financially beneficial to just hire a pro.
Before you get carried away with planning the fun stuff in a child’s playroom, put your sensible hat on. As all parents are probably aware, storage is essential when you have kids, and it’s no different when they have a dedicated room for play. The reality is that your playroom will get very messy very quickly, so take a look around for the right type of storage solutions
What should you look for? Well, there are plenty of clever storage units in the market these days, some of which can help you store a lot in tight areas. Color coding boxes and units can help your kids understand where to put things when they have finished, too. If you decide to go for one particular color, you might want to think about getting labels printed out. Picture labels are best for toddlers who can’t read yet, and when they eventually go to school, you can print out proper words to help them learn!
Find a theme
A lot of parents choose a theme for their kid’s playroom, but be wary of going for something too specific. As any parent will tell you, kids change their minds several times a year, and will happily shift their allegiances as trends move on – Frozen become Moana, for example, or a love of football turns into a love of baseball.
So, while themes can look incredible, bear in mind that trends come and go. Try to create something a little more generic and long-lasting, or you will end up having to splash out on new decor every time the seasons change!
Find a color scheme
Ultimately, a kids playroom should be full of color and brightness – avoid bland colors and tones as much as possible. Be careful here, though, as it’s all too easy to go overboard with the bright colors and end up with something of an eyesore.
Again, kids change their opinions often, so consider using standard colors on the walls and fixtures, and bring in bright colors with accessories. This way, you can just swap them out or reupholster them as your child’s tastes change.
Find ideal furniture
So, what’s the best type of furniture to use in your kid’s playroom? You don’t have to spend a fortune, and in many ways, taking the budget route is the best option! Don’t forget, your kids are likely to scribble and scrawl on the walls, so expensive wallpaper will end up being a waste of money.
Think about safety, too. Invest in soft furnishings – comfy sacks or other bean bags could be ideal. Keep all bookshelves and storage units secured to the walls as well – we all know kids love to climb anything they can get their hands on!
Limit bad habits
It can be tempting to put a TV in your kid’s playroom. It’s the same for tablets, computers, or games consoles. But actually, you are far better off keeping it as a pure play area rather than this kind of entertainment room, to encourage imaginative play. At the end of the day, you want this room to be for your kids to be creative, not a consumer of media. And you should be keeping a close eye on the amount of time they spend watching the box or playing games anyway – more than two hours a day can be damaging.
Hope this has helped – feel free to leave some of your own tips!