Here are some tips on creating the best playroom for your kids.
Kids love having their own playroom for themselves and if you can have an area for their playtime, it is easy enough to keep their bedrooms tidy. It is their very own safe place and an area for them to enjoy games, toys and play time.
Here are some tips on creating the best playroom for your kids:
Pick colours they’ll love – If you have a few kids you are going to have to choose a paint colour that suits them all. The best way to do this is to avoid pinks or blues which are generally attributed to gender and go outside the box. The room should be bright and painted with vibrant colours so consider yellow, orange, mint green or purple. Of course, you could go with plain white and use accessories and other bits to make it bright. Talk to your kids and see what their thoughts are and let them look at colour palettes and décor ideas. Posters can brighten up a room and they are cheap too. If your kids can’t agree on a certain theme let them each have their own wall with their own favourite characters.
Think of textiles – Pick out some cosy rugs, throws, cushions and beanbags. Get a cute table and chairs set - for the kids to write and draw on, as well as a nice sofa or sofa bed so you can use the room for sleepovers. The curtains should be blackout – perfect for late summer nights. The seating area should be warm and comfortable and make sure there are plenty of seating options for movie sessions or reading time. A little tepee tent can bring hours of fun for your kids and can be a hiding place for those quiet moments.
Blackboard wall – These are a great idea and it means the kids can be creative without ruining the paint on the wall. If you don’t fancy having a dark wall full of chalk and scribbles, consider investing in a big whiteboard for the kids to doodle. Or invest in an easel for the kids to play with so they can be creative but in a designated area and remind them to use them for colouring etc.
Space to play – You want them to have a chillout zone with books and beanbags, but you need to ensure they have ample space to play too. This means using some floor mats and leaving space for the kid’s big toys including kitchens, garages or Lego. Get plenty of storage solutions for the days when you have little patience for cleaning up, but it is ok because there are boxes that can be filled with toys.
Safe and suitable for their age – If your kids are younger it may be a good idea to consider safety in the room. For example, do you need to put a stair gate on the door to stop younger kids running off or do you need to put locks onto the windows if they can climb? Sockets should have safety plugs on them, and any sharp edges of tables or chairs should have soft edges on them. The idea is, that you can leave the kids and know they are safe in their environment. If you have a TV, ensure it is away from time hands and secure to the wall or on a high cabinet that can’t be moved and is fitted to the wall. Do safety checks regularly.
Emma Hayes is a thirty-something mum of two girls aged 16 and 10, planting her right into the teenage and tween-age years! Follow her on Twitter at @EmmaHayes25.