The playroom in my house is my favorite room because that’s where my daughter’s imagination roam (and let’s me finish doing the dishes). Because of that, it is important to me that it’s well designed and organized. Arron, the interior designer, has good points on how to improve a kid’s playroom.
How to Design a Kids Playroom
Now that you’ve finally decided to have a separate room for all your kids’ toys and other trinkets, it’s time to get down to designing. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a guide for you that will show you how to create the perfect playroom for your little ones.
Plan the room
Even though you might want to give your kid a playroom fit for a prince or princess, only a few have space and budget to do so. When planning the room, consider all of the purchases you’ll need to make so you don’t find yourself with a half-finished playroom and an empty wallet.
At this stage, you can also put your DIY skills to work. Making shelves and tables, or refurbishing old furniture might save you some serious cash.
Also, if your child is old enough, make sure to include them in this stage. Involving your kids will make them love their playroom even more, and give them a sense of responsibility. For instance, they can choose the main color scheme, furniture upholstery or some other detail of their playroom.
Divide the space
Space planning is key in a playroom. Designate zones for different activities and you will get the most from your space. For instance, make an art station, learning space, play area and a rest corner. The art station can contain a writing board, painting easel and pallets, and all kinds of different paints, crayons, and markers. The play area should have a soft surface because kids love nothing more than to play on the floor. You can get practical area rugs online or even visit some rug stores and provide a safe and soft place for your kids to play. And because all of these activities can be exhausting, make a cozy corner for naps and relaxing.
Get upholstery that can take a beating
Playrooms are used very frequently and often take a lot of beating. Look for furniture options that have removable covers, pillows that can be unzipped and machine washed and wipeable upholstery. Polyester/acrylic blend fabrics and leather are quite durable and can be easily maintained. Also, white slipcovers are a great option for kids’ spaces, even though it might sound contradictory, but when you bleach them, they will look as good as new.
Don’t be afraid of colors and patterns
The playroom should look entertaining and exciting because it is, after all, is a place to have fun. Don’t be afraid to use bold colors, especially if you have a white backdrop, which will keep things playful and modern. You can vary the scale and pattern of your design, but if you want to play it safe, know that stripes look great in any space.
Workspace and storage
Even though playrooms are usually designed with play in mind, it’s also a good idea to provide your little one with some space for reading and doing school work. Space should have bright lighting, close-at-hand supplies and be relatively quiet.
Also, kids’ playrooms are usually quite messy. Even though that’s normal, you can make cleaning up a little easier by providing some closed storage space where they can quickly and easily store toys, crayons and the rest of the clutter.
Playrooms are usually full of colorful toys and crayons, so they don’t really need a lot of accessories that additionally attract attention. But, if there are some shelves that need a bit of décor, you can always use toys and children’s books as accessories. Wooden blocks, stacks of books, or a jar filled with marbles can be simple but perfect accessories for any playroom.
Make it personal
Kids just love to have things of their own, so it’s important to personalize their space, especially their playroom. One easy and effective way to do so is art. You can put up your kid’s artwork, hang family and friends’ photos and display their most prized possessions.
Once you start designing a playroom, you’ll come across many obstacles, but the happiness on your kid’s face, while they play, will make every little setback worth it.