Creating a kids playroom is a great idea for any family with young children. A devoted playroom allows children to be creative and imaginative without getting in the adults hair. It also helps to contain the clutter of toys and project materials.
If you have a room or area in your home that you are planning on making into a playroom, you should really try to plan it out beforehand as much as possible, as this will help you to maximize the space and make it fun and enjoyable for the whole family.
All playrooms should have certain basic features. Safety is always the priority, and furniture and decorations should be picked out with this in mind. Choose furniture that has rounded edges, to avoid serious accidents when play time gets rowdy.
Good lighting is another must. Natural lighting is always the best, so, if possible, choose a room that has bright windows to let the daylight in. Even a playroom with optimum daylight lighting will need good lighting when the sun goes down. The single light fixture on the ceiling of most standard rooms is usually not good enough to illuminate the whole room properly. So, invest in other lighting fixtures, like lamps, but make sure that they are safe, and that there is no way that the light could tip over or break if something is tossed at it.
You will also need to think about what type of flooring you want in the room. If the room is big enough to divide up into separate areas for reading, arts and crafts, and toy play, then you might also want to vary the floor coverings in each of these areas. Vinyl flooring is great for art areas, as it can easily be wiped clean of things like paint and play dough. A warm throw rug is perfect for lounging around and reading on, and if you have small children, a foam mat is ideal for the toy area. There is a wide selection to choose from when it comes to flooring, so research your options and chose what you like best.
Storage is another thing you should think about when planning your playroom. Good storage will help keep the room more organized and clutter free. You have a lot of different styles of storage that you can choose from; from full wall shelves and dividers to laundry basket toy bins. For most parents, a mix between sturdy storage units, like drawers and shelves, and more handy and portable bins for the ‘scoopable’ toys, like Lego blocks and plastic dinosaurs, does the trick.
Furniture for the room should be carefully selected. You should try to keep it simple and do your best not to fill the room with large pieces, because, at least for small children, floor space is the most important thing. Invest in a table with a fairly large working area, so that your kids can work on their projects and play with their toys. Bean bags are really fun for kids, and for a child that is learning to read on his own, they can be so comfy. Remember that you will also be spending a lot of time in the room, so plan in a comfy chair that you can relax on and where you can read stories to little ones.
Creating a playroom can be a fun and exciting task for both you and your child. As much as possible, get input from your children on things like what colors they like best. Getting their opinion and working on the room together can help your child to feel like the room is a special place just for him, where he can relax and play and just be a kid.