If your little ones are lucky enough to have a play room (or a designated space for toys and activities) there are three key design factors you will want to take into account: toy storage, activity spaces, and last but not least - the fun factor. After all, if your kids don’t love being in their playroom, they will just bring their toys elsewhere...like under your feet. Here is a beginner’s guide to help get you started creating a fun & functional playroom.
1. Comfy Seating: You can incorporate a sofa into your playroom but kids have the tendency to roll about, do headstands and all kinds of other bizarre maneuvers. I would recommend loading your playroom up with bean bags, giant floor cushions and any other building blocks for homemade forts. Don’t forget the blankets too!
2. Storage: Stacks of endless boxes are not going to create the most dynamic space, despite being practical and organized. So how about getting creative with some customized storage for particular toys? I love this Barbie storage idea, it’s so much fun & simple…just hanging out in a fabric shoe organizer. (WalMart or your local Dollar Store). The cars are displayed on magnetic knife strips which really is brilliant! (Available @ Ikea for 12 bucks!).
3. Activity Table: Back to basics here… somewhere to sit or kneel, build, play and draw.
4. Forts & Tents: To create the ultimate playroom you have to be able to hang out in a fort. You could go all out and build one, or give kids the space and tools to build their own. We all built forts out of sofa cushions, didn’t we? The other current trend is for little tents, they do look adorable and don’t take up too much space.
5. Reading Nook: Whatever size your play space, you’ll likely have some books to store. Don’t put them in boxes, get them on the wall or displayed in an easy to reach bookcase. Kids love to help themselves to books, so give them a little coziness to enjoy a good read.