Playrooms start out as basically a blank slate - so where do you begin when furnishing and decorating your playroom? Start by thinking about what kind of activities your kids will be doing in the playroom and make sure to include lots of functional storage. But most importantly, keep the PLAY in playroom and make it fun!
1. Kids Teepees
No kids playroom is complete without a teepee, tent, or playhouse. Teepees and tents are just such a fun piece to have in a play room. Kids love to play in teepees or tents. Kids teepees make a great hideout, a wonderful place to read, even a great place to sneak off to have a little winding down time.
2. Fun flooring
Kids are ROUGH on floors. And walls. And doors. And toys. And clothes… But for the purpose of the playroom, durable, kid friendly flooring is a must. If you have tile, hardwood, or laminate flooring in your playroom, consider a large fun area rug. If you’ve got carpet, interlocking foam tiles would be an excellent addition. It protects your flooring, and is a soft, durable, colorful landing place for kids to play.
3. Bright colors
There’s no question that kids respond to bright colors. A simple, but beautiful, trend to follow in the playroom is a white base with lots of pops of color. Kids toys are colorful. Bright white walls would make a great foundation, and your could bring in color with the furniture (i.e., seating and storage) and toys.
4. Ample storage
The number one most effective tool to having a playroom not look like a toys store exploded is ample storage. Open storage, hidden storage, storage that multi tasks, you need it all. Vertical storage is the way to go. Keep most of the storage vertical and up against the wall that way there is plenty of room for the kids to play in the middle of the room.
Sometimes the grownups want to play too! Consider having seating for adults as well as the kids. A small table and four chairs opens up for countless activities. And a futon or couch lets the adults get in on the fun too.
6. Reading nook
Book ledges lining the wall allow kids to see the covers of their books, instead of just the spine, making them much more appealing. This is a another great piece to have next to the teepee. Throw a couple of picture ledges on the wall by the teepee, toss some cushions or throw pillows inside the teepee, and you have a complete reading nook for kids that is built for relaxation.
7. Active play areas
Sometimes it’s hard to get outside and play, and kids have a ton of energy! It’s hard for them to be cooped up in the house all day. Active play areas are a great way for kids to burn off some of that energy while remaining inside. Active play areas could include a mini rock climbing wall, hula hoops, jump ropes, a short balance beam, or rings that hang from the ceiling. Depending on the size of your playroom, you could add a small gymnastics studio for rainy days.
As mentioned before, kids are rough. It’s important when designing your playroom that you choose materials that are both beautiful AND durable. Don’t put anything in the playroom that you’re worried about the kids messing up. Kids are messy. Messes = learning.
The very most important thing to consider when designing your playroom is safety. All furniture needs to be anchored to the wall to prevent tipping over. Tip-over incidents can happen with any type of furniture or electronic. According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child dies every two weeks as a result of a tip-over incident.