Whether you have one child or more, if you’re fortunate to have adequate space, a dedicated playroom can be a fantastic addition to your home. This room can be included in a finished basement or an unused bedroom. Or it can also simply be a space carved out in your main living quarters.
Creating a safe environment for your children to play is important. And, let’s face it: A dedicated playroom helps keep all the toys, loud noise and “mess” contained to one area of the house.
Pick a Color
Have fun and help fuel your child’s imagination. Don’t be afraid to go bold! Utilize vivid primary colors or even bright pinks and purples. Consider painting each wall a different color or alternating wall color. Pairing painted walls with a fun wallpaper boarder is also a great option.
Consider themed playrooms as well. Wall decals or stencils come in a variety of inspiring age-specific designs, including everything from sports or outer space to princess or floral patterns. They’re easy to apply and remove, which makes changing your theme effortless.
Below Your Feet
Think safety and function. Keep clear of hardwood floors and ceramic tiles unless you will be adding area rugs. Interlocking foam floor mats are a great way to go. They come in a huge color variety and are much safer, more durable and easy to clean. A low-pile, wall-to-wall carpet, like Berber, provides a warm, comfortable option. Consider adding a large area rug to serve a dual purpose. Find one to accompany your theme, that is educational, or that inspires play. It will also protect your installed carpet from accidents and excessive wear and tear.
The Fun Bits
There are a few essentials to keep in mind when furnishing your child’s playroom. A rocking chair or even large beanbags make story time cozy and comfortable. A child-size table and chair combo is also useful for art projects as well as imaginative play or planning a tea party. Bookshelves keep both books and toys organized. Use colored plastic bins or baskets to separate toys and make cleanup more fun and manageable for your child. Also consider a large wooden toy box or oversized plastic bins to house bulky items and minimize clutter.
Consider stations or other creative ways to designate areas for specific types of play.
Dedicate one area to art and fine motor skills. Add a universal chalkboard/painting easel for practicing letters, drawing or finger painting. Create a place where messy arts and crafts projects can occur, including the use of play dough.
Incorporate an area for reading books, playing games, building with blocks or working on puzzles. Depending on your child’s interests, incorporate a kitchen, grocery store or laundry area where real life activities have been observed and can now be re-enacted through imaginative play. Finally, include a way for your child to listen to his favorite music or books.
Other than the obvious basics, what you choose to incorporate into your children’s playroom should reflect their interests and what inspires them to play. How far you decide to take the theme and décor is up to you. Keep some of the above tips in mind and use your imagination to create a magical place for your children to learn, grow, develop and play.
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