Your child’s playroom must be a place of fun, a room that sparks their imagination and enables them to be creative. Here they will fly to the moon, perform life-saving surgery and rustle up a meal fit for a king – the only limit should be their imagination.
But, you need to make sure you create a space that allows for this. Magnolia walls (and half the space taken up with boxes of your belongings that you don’t have room for anywhere else) won’t do this.
Research playroom ideas
Take your time to research before you start designing and decorating your child’s playroom. Look to mummy bloggers, Pinterest and Instagram to see what others have done with their playrooms and find inspiration for your own. Work out what furniture you really need and how it will fit in. Make sure you take measurements so this all fits together perfectly and doesn’t take up too much space.
If your child is old enough – ask them what they would like. You don’t want to give the room an animal theme if they would prefer the décor to be centered around space, for example. Their ideas may be far wackier than anything you have considered, but see if you can find a way to make it work or at least incorporate it.
Carefully consider the design
This begins with the walls and carpets – remembering that this will form the canvas for the room.
You also need to consider how to set out the room, ensuring you have different areas and that these are clearly defined – from a corner with a children’s sofa and bookshelf for reading, to a children’s play table for painting and drawing.
A children’s sofa bed will be beneficial as it can be a place for some quiet time while also doubling up as an extra bedroom for sleepovers as and when needed.
Clear up the clutter
If there is anything in here that shouldn’t be – boxes of shoes, spare bedding, your seasonal wardrobe, or an old exercise bike you never got round to using – remove it. If you don’t have space anywhere else, why not move it into one of our storage units? You can access or retrieve it whenever you need, while ensuring your child’s playroom is a space just for them and their toys.
Then when it comes to the toys, you need to consider how they are going to be tidied away at the end of the day. The best thing to do is give everything a ‘home’ and look for furniture that is multi-functional such as a children’s table with storage built into it.
How the room will grow with your child?
Children grow up so fast, so to avoid constantly re-decorating this room, make sure you consider how it can grow with them.
This might mean painting (it is easier to re-paint the space in a different colour than peeling and re-hanging wallpaper), opting for neutral colours that you can then easily adapt and brighten up via artwork and wall decorations.
You should also pick furniture that will be suitable across the years as they grow from a toddler, to a child and eventually a teenager.
It will all be worth it when you see that big beaming smile on your child’s face as they look around their very own playroom.