Not only can the perfect playroom provide your children with a safe and nurturing environment that will help them grow, learn, and develop, but it can also be a real lifesaver for parents too.
How frustrating is it to have to pick up an endless supply of toys and games at the end of the day from practically every room in the house only to have to do the exact same ritual the next evening, and the next.
Surely there must be a way to stop this madness — this Groundhog Day of tidying. Thankfully there is. All you need to do is create the perfect playroom, and this is how you are going to do it.
Consider the location
Depending on the size of your home and the space available, you may not have a lot of choice when it comes to the location of your playroom, but if you do have some flexibility, then there are some elements you may want to consider.
If your children are still very young and should not be unsupervised for very long, then your best bet is to position your playroom downstairs as you probably spend most of your time in the kitchen and living room throughout the day.
However, if your children are older and are wanting a bit of independence, then creating a playroom on a different level to where you spend most of your time is best. If you are lucky enough to have an unused basement then this makes the ideal space for a playroom. Houseup basement conversions can show you how to create a self-contained room. You can even add an independent entrance which would be perfect later down the road for free-spirited teens wanting their own space.
Make your playroom adaptable
Unless you want to be decorating and redecorating every few years (or even more often depending on your child’s attention span), make sure that the space you create is able to change and grow with your children.
This means no themes. This can be difficult to accept if your child is completely in love with a certain character or toy but in the long run, keeping the room neutral and versatile is best; small changes can be made to adapt to your growing child’s needs as and when they are required.
Create different zones
Having just one big open space that is filled with toys, games, and crafts is the quickest way for your children to grow bored of their new playroom. The key to a fun and engaging space is in creating several different zones or areas that are focused on different aspects of their development.
Zones that you may want to include are;
- Messy play or craft area
- Construction/building area
- Reading area
- Roleplay area
- Contemplation/quiet area — teepees are a great option for this section.
- Active area — this could include a climbing wall, ropes to swing on or a selection of soft play equipment.
Be wise with storage
Most children accumulate a lot of belongings. So, what you need is a combination of open and closed storage so that your children can have easy access to a small selection of toys. Keeping some toys out of eyesight will mean that they do not become overwhelmed or overstimulated. You can also use the method of ‘toy rotation’ which keeps children interested in their toys and games and means you have to buy new ones less often.
You could save even more money by using your local toy library, which allows you to borrow toys for a minimal cost (some are even free).
This may seem like a big task to undertake, but in the long run, it will save you time, money and your sanity. Plus, who doesn’t want to see their children’s faces light up when presented with their very own personal play space?