If you have children and a spare room in the house, turning it into a playroom could be the best decision you’ve ever made. Not only will it conceal the mess, toys and noise of grumpy, grizzly children but it can be constantly updated, becoming a teenage retreat or study later on.
Consider safety! The idea of a playroom is a space in which kiddies can play in a gentle and safe environment, even without parent supervision.
Large furniture and heavy cabinets are not ideal. Think about only fitting knee-height furniture so that nothing can be climbed upon causing injury. Heavy tubs stored high on shelves can easily be pulled down so consider using soft storage tubs or boxes on the floor. Avoid sharp corners on furniture as well as open power points that are low to the ground.
Painting and decorating is the best part of this process. Consider a colour palette or even theme for the room. Primary colours are popular but there is no limit. The ceiling, floor and walls can all be incorporated. Theme can help inspire your kids and allow their imagination to run wild. Try an under the water theme, a beach theme, a schoolhouse theme, a rainbow theme, a jungle theme, a desert theme, a zoo theme or a farm theme. Remember that if you are planning on updating the room as your children mature, don’t make it too hard for yourself!
Furniture wise, start with the basics. Every playroom needs chairs and tables for drawing and eating as well as plenty of storage for toys and games. Don’t spend hundreds on specially crafted furniture because they will most likely get drawn on and ruined however it is worth investing in something that will last a few years and be sturdy and safe.
Consider all storage ideas when planning your playroom. No wall should be left blank. If it is not being painted with a fun, bright colour than contemplate a white board, pin board or blackboard. This will provide space for your child’s artwork to be displayed as well as beautiful photographs from over the years. Soft baskets on the ground are great for storing books and toys. Cabinets that are one or two shelves high are sufficient due to the danger of things falling. A large armchair is extremely necessary for story time and cuddle time.
There are so many fun and exciting way to decorate your child’s playroom but your budget doesn’t have to be broken. Remember, kids don’t need anything fancy to have fun.