While having a guest room is handy, ask yourself how often it gets used. We’d wager not much. On the other hand, if you transformed it into a playroom for your kids, it would get constant use (and you’d get some peace!).
Creating a dedicated playroom for your children is an excellent way to allow them to explore, learn, and let their imaginations run wild. Plus, it gives them a dedicated space to store/play with their toys so that your house doesn’t look like a bomb’s hit it twenty-four-seven!
But how do you create one? This article details how you can transform your spare room into the ultimate kid’s playroom, where your little ones can have endless fun and make lasting memories. From using innovative storage solutions to providing stimulating toys – keep reading to learn more!
Clear Out and Declutter
The first step in creating a functional playroom is to clear out the space and declutter. Remove unnecessary items from the room to make way for the new playroom setup. Sort through toys, books, and other belongings by grouping them into three categories: keep, toss, and donate, keeping only age-appropriate, good quality, sentimental items. Keep the space clear and organised by organising the remaining toys in labelled storage bins or shelves.
On the other hand, if you’re worried about tossing or donating items that your child might want to play with further down the line. Consider using self-storage solutions to store items your children have outgrown or are no longer interested in.
Create Activity Zones
Divide the playroom into different activity zones to cater to various play and learning needs. Create designated areas for recreation, reading, art, and storage. This segmentation helps organise the space and encourages children to hop from one activity to another.
Use colourful rugs or floor mats to characterise each zone and ensure that each one is as comfortable as the next. You could also incorporate child-sized tables and chairs for drawing, colouring, and other craft activities. Or set up a cosy reading nook with a bookshelf, cushions, and a soft rug where children can immerse themselves in their favourite books.
Safety and Comfort
Your child’s safety should be your utmost priority; therefore, you should exercise every caution when creating an environment for them to play in. You can ensure this by installing childproof locks on cabinets or drawers containing potentially hazardous items, using anchoring kits to secure heavy furniture to the wall to prevent tipping accidents, opting for child-friendly materials for the flooring, and much more.
As well as implementing proper safety measures, consider furnishing the room with comfort-enhancing accessories such as soft cushions or bean bags for seating and blackout curtains or blinds to create a cosy ambience during nap or quiet time.
Engaging Learning Tools
Playtime should promote learning and cognitive development as well as fuelling their creativity. So, ensure that your child’s new playroom encourages this by incorporating educational toys and activities.
Some of the best toys for learning and cognitive development include a chalkboard/whiteboard for drawing and writing, a magnetic board for wordplay, or a musical instrument corner to encourage creativity and audio play.
You could also display age-appropriate books and puzzles where they can develop reading skills and problem-solving abilities. Encourage them to use these facilities by adding a small table or desk (plus a chair for yourself!) where you can help develop their reading ability.