Once you have made a decision to create a playroom for your child or children, the problem may be how to execute this plan. Some ideas or tips are handy and can definitely assist you in carrying out this task.
Playrooms do not exist merely for the purpose of playing and storing play items. Believe it or not, they answer other purposes too. And you most certainly would like to design it with your child’s taste and personality in mind.
Designing the Playroom
It takes time and planning to design an excellent playroom for your children. However once you have completed the task, you will be rewarded by many hours of a restful and peaceful nature. It’s surely worth the investment not only financially, but time-wise and effort-wise as well. Fortunately, an actual real formula exists that can guarantee the successful creation of a kind of environment that induces children to want to play endlessly. Luckily, this does not necessarily entail a big cost. This is possible by first selecting the correct kids’ furniture, acquiring the fun stuff cheaply from flea markets, thrift shops, or garage sales and finally, arranging the playroom as attractively as possible for your children so that they cannot resist being in the playroom for long periods of time.
Consider what your child’s favorite hobbies are then make a list of these. Think along the lines of what your child wants to do; is it drawing, playing music, painting, playing board games, doing puppet shows, playing sports, solving puzzles, playing video games, watching TV, or others? Be sure to include each and every thing that he/she enjoys engaging in.
Next in line, jot down all the items that you can acquire which are a match to your child’s hobbies. For example, if it is drawing or painting that your child engages in, then you have to include in the list an easel, an art station, and a craft table. If it is puppet shows that he/she is into, then list down a small puppet theater plus a number of puppets. The alternative is a box made of cardboard and some puppets. For games and puzzles, then you will be needing board games and puzzles. For video gaming, then a TV set would be needed in the playroom. For sports, the ideal items to get are an over the nerf basketball hoop, a dart board, and a ping pong or pool table though the available space has to be checked out. On the other hand, if your child is musically inclined, it is a guitar, some bongo drums, or a karaoke machine that should get your money’s attention.
Choosing the Right Furniture for the Playroom
The next thing to focus on after having determined the hobbies and the corresponding matching items is your own child’s comfort. Assess the overall size of the room. You are lucky if it is big enough to accommodate two (2) or more play stations. Ideally, having numerous play stations is the best set-up for a playroom because it promotes loads of playing time. For a smaller and more restrictive room size, you will have to use your creativity to get maximum results. Try to divide the whole space into a few play areas where items for several hobbies can be grouped together in respective play stations. But if your space can accommodate more, then allot different areas each for music, art, reading, entertaining, puppet shows, and so on.
An important reminder to keep in mind is that children do not get interested in toys or things that are not visible to them. This means that you have to bring out most if not all the toys and learning materials in the playroom instead of keeping them hidden in storage containers.
Playing cannot be enjoyed as much if there are no provisions that provide comfort. For reading activities, there has to be a kid’s chair plus a reading lamp to complete his/her very own reading corner. You have the option to mix the reading and art hobbies/activities in one (1) station. If this should be the case, then add a table and chairs set for kids plus shelves for books on one side and art supplies on the other side. The table and chair set can be utilized for both hobbies.
Seating will be required if you plan on bringing into the playroom a TV. If it is going to be a place strictly for kids you can place lounge chairs for kids that are cute. However, if you intend to spend some time in this room then have a couch or chairs large enough to accommodate the built of adults. Remember to have a few at the least to serve friends who might drop by.
The next thing to do after having determined what particular kids’ furniture you need to have and the themes that will best fit the various play stations according to your child’s preference, is to start looking for the fun stuff.
It is indeed challenging to find a solution to a storage problem where playrooms are concerned. How is it possible to maintain order in a room such as this amidst the vast amount of toys and supplies? Fortunately, in today’s world there are storage solutions or options that solve this problem. For example, the cubes below are a unique and ultra modern approach to shelving in that they can be opened and closed to either hide the contents from view or bare them as needed.
Another option besides shelves with doors to avoid a cluttered look, are baskets which come in many different colors and which can fit in an orderly manner into storage areas. These have handles so you can have access to their contents without any hassle.
For uniformity and a clean look, you can have baskets and buckets for storage purposes that match. This strategy provides an intended attractive appearance while hiding toys, art supplies, and books.
Keep in mind though that the predicament with storage should not consume all your attention. It is equally important to ensure that the things which the children most often use can be readily accessible to them. Think of containers which have both style as well as creativity. An example of this is the art supply holder below that is also tiered. For children to easily recall what contents are inside different baskets by the wall, use numbered ones so they can match numerals with sets of objects.
Bear in mind the utility that big bookshelves represent. Although some shelves may be out of reach for children, the vertical areas could be utilized as an excellent storage for objects or things that are rarely used like toys that are not within the major play rotation, or supplies and books that will be relevant to your child and his/her playmates at a later time.
There are cases when the bedroom and the playroom are a single unit. If this is the case with your situation, have something that will give the right amount of storage for books, toys of various sizes, and small supplies such as a vertical shelf unit which has drawers.
Now you can finally enjoy the design process by letting your creativity out after having dealt with the nitty gritty part concerning the storage, layout, and seating aspects of the playroom. An exceptional touch can truly transform something into a work of art. What do you think about making the wall into a giant canvas?
The fun part is now ready to unfold, and that is shopping with your list on hand. By this time, you have in mind the room set-up, the children’s furniture that you want to use, and whatever else you may need. From your list, group items according to the various play stations provided your space can make it possible. As mentioned previously, these different stations can be categorized into music, art, reading, and game stations. Begin searching or shopping for the things included in this list by going to stores or flea markets to avail of great deals.
Here is one fabulous suggestion! You can opt to create your child’s playroom sometime before his/her birthday so that you can release a list of particular things in your preferred theme that guests can get as presents. Your expenses would be lessened but you would still be able to put up your child’s ideal playroom. And since he will be getting the toys or things that are on his/her wish list, you will be pleased that your child will appreciate or value them more and will want to play with them more often.
Final Step to Creating the Perfect Playroom for your Kids
Follow this although it sounds a little hooky, for the sole reason that it is really effective. Begin by standing right in the middle of the playroom. Imagine every play space individually with your eyes shut. Visualize all the toys, supplies, and games you either purchased or received as presents for your child’s birthday for every play area. If there are puppets, do you prefer that they hang from a tree stand or on pegs on the wall? Your child will certainly be encouraged to play with them if they are an inviting sight as they adorably hang on the wall. For your child to have an easy time looking for his art supplies, do you prefer that they be placed in clear storage bins? As for musical instruments, do you prefer that they are on shelves for hassle-free access or hanging on hooks? Do you think the shelf for books must be beside the reading chair? To produce the best playroom, there must be a proper arrangement and positioning of toys, supplies, and games.
Place yourself in the shoes of your child as his/her playroom is being created. Plan the playroom by keeping in mind that playing must be fun and not stressful; hence things must be conveniently within access and in full view of your child. Allot specific places where activities can occur, that is an art table, a rock and roll stage, a reading chair, a game table, a puppet theater, and others. Remember that children have big imaginations. They want to play endlessly and if the playroom is conducive for mental stimulation, talent development and enjoyable activities or hobbies, you can be assured that your child will grow to be a thriving adult in the future. And while doing this, you get to own lots of peaceful and quiet times!