By: Cami Archer
With the Holidays over and the arrival of new toys you may be stressed out where to put things. Don’t worry: there are some design tips to help get your playroom and house back together. Finding an attractive and usable way to control the clutter is the key to a well-designed play room. These tips will help you plan a smart space with storage and simple, functional details.
Create an atmosphere for fun– You want create a space for arts, crafts, tea parties, space exploration, pirate battles, and more. The start is to find a table and chairs size just for your kids. This table was found at a thrift store and was used as a coffee table in its old life. It was beat up but sturdy with some fun details that were overlooked by its disheveled condition. The chairs and rug were purchased at IKEA. It may sound crazy but I painted blue stripes on the plain white rug. It’s really easy and there’s hundreds of posts you can find on how to do it on Pinterest. This bookshelf in the background is also from IKEA and is perfect for everything you need for a playroom. I’ve placed the books on the lower level for easy access, and the paint and games up high so little hands can’t get into without permission. Having everything at your children’s finger tips ready to play with is a beautiful thing for them- and you.
Be Practical- Playrooms are busy spaces, so organization and storage are the key. A mix of open and closed storage helps sort out games, toys, books, and arts supplies. Just be sure the design is at your child’s level so they can take and put back everything they got out. The key to keep everything organized is that everything has a place and it’s put back in the same place with each use. When things are out it’s messy, but when it’s time to clean up they know where things go so they can learn to do it on their own.
Get creative with Storage- Storage can be anything from plastic jars, baskets, cups or kitchen bowls. Anything that will contain art supplies, toys, odds and ends with easy access to play but pleasing to the eye.
There are certain things you want to hide so buy storage containers that are closed like the black basket storage shown below.
Make Playing Zones Within the Room- Arrange your furniture, toys, and bookshelves to make different areas for each activity within the room. For example have a place in the room dedicated as a reading nook with having a comfy chair, lamp and books. This bookshelf is a great way to display books and easy access for reading.
The corner is a great spot to place a play kitchen. We’ve added some white storage drawers to store the dishes, fake food, pans, etc.
The chalk board wall is a great way for kids to draw on the walls and not get in trouble. Chalkboard paint can be found at any local home improvement store. Just apply with a foam roller so it doesn’t become lumpy and hard to draw on. Have chalk and eraser in an easily accessible area.
There’s so much you can do, but whatever you do ask your kids what they want as well. It’s their childhood and it is so short. As a rule if it doesn’t meet these requirements then it’s not a good design for a play area:
It fosters creativity
It looks good to you
It’s easy to manage
It doesn’t break the bank