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8 things every kids playroom needs

If you have the room in your house, there's nothing better than having a dedicated playroom for your children.

If you don't have this space, your living room, bedroom, your kid's bedrooms, the kitchen, and even the bathrooms will all eventually turn into a playroom at one point or another.

You won't be able to walk through your house without tripping on barbies or sliding on matchbox cars.

No matter how hard you try, their toys end up where they want them, not where you want them.

That's when a dedicated playroom comes in handy.

You can point to the door of the playroom and tell them no toys are to pass through that door under any circumstances.

That's much easier than making them honor an imaginary line in the living room, or be constantly confined to their bedroom.

Having a playroom is a game changer, but you can't just open an empty room and let them go crazy.

You should spend time designing your playroom just like you did your master bedroom.

To get your ideas flowing, below are eight things every playroom should have.

 

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  1. A Sense Of Whimsy

  2. Kid Friendly Materials

  3. Open Floor Space

  4. Colors And Patterns

  5. Moveable Furniture

  6. Play Zones And Work Zones

  7. Self-Serve Art Supplies

  8. Display Space

  9. Create The Perfect Playroom

1. A Sense Of Whimsy

The playroom has to have some imagination.

Whether it comes from a built-in feature, like a Narnia inspired door hidden in a closet, or temporary features like wall decals, if done correctly it can take the room from boring to magical.

This sense of imagination is what will make your kids play in the playroom instead of the rest of the house.

Here are a few ideas that can add a whimsical touch to your playroom:

  • Tepee

  • Wall decals

  • Murals 

  • Creative ceiling treatments

  • Strands of lights

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2. Kid Friendly Materials

When you're designing your kid's playroom, you want to choose textiles that will hold up to the wear and tear of a playroom.

The playroom is not where you want to put a white leather sofa or bearskin rug.

Even if your kids are the most well-behaved children on Earth, no one is immune to dropping a peanut butter sandwich, or "accidental" scuff marks.

Choose fabrics that won't snag or tear easily, like poly velvets.

They are also very easy to wipe clean as long as you get to the stains quickly.

If you want a rug for the room, choose on with colored patterns that will make it easier to hide smaller stains.

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3. Plenty Of Open Floor Space

Blocks, train tracks, and toys all need ample floor space to be enjoyed and used to their full potential.

Uncovered hard flooring isn't very inviting for floor play, and deep-pile rugs make building things difficult.

Instead, opt for a big flat-weave rug or carpet tiles instead.

One major benefit of carpet tiles is your ability to replace a single tile rather than all of the carpet if it gets stained or damaged.

For cold and rainy days, it's a good idea to have a tumbling mat at your disposal that can be pulled out into the middle of the floor so your active kids can release their energy.

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Kids playroom ideas

4. Colors And Patterns

You don't need colors and patterns everywhere, and not everything needs to be super bright.

A good thing to do is choose one primary color and then play off of that one with complimentary colors.

You can vary the tones you use to make it feel more pulled together.

Their toys, books, and crafts are usually pretty colorful to begin with, so choosing a neutral color as the base of the room will go a long way to not feeling like you're in a clowns bedroom.

Have fun with patterns. It is a kids playroom, after all.

Using one color across the board in both solids and prints will have a grown-up feel to it while still being fun.

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5. Moveable Furniture

Smaller, lightweight pieces of furniture are necessary for a playroom.

It makes it easier to shift things around when someone needs to make room for a fort, a stage or needs space for a giant block construction project.

Soft chairs, bean bag chairs, poufs, stools, and small tables can be endlessly rearranged, or even moved to other rooms when the day comes that you no longer need a dedicated playroom.

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6. Play Zones And Work Zones

It's important to create separate zones for work and play in the playroom, especially if you have older children.

Carving out a little nook in the room with a desk, lamp, and chair that will help your kids focus on homework, reading, and projects.

Make sure none of the toys, balls, or instruments are in this little nook so the distractions are limited.

One part of the room should clearly be for play, while the other part is for nothing but schoolwork and projects.

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7. Self-Serve Art Supplies

Kids art supplies

If your children are old enough to trust with markers and crayons without the risk of them drawing on the walls, this is a great idea for the playroom.

Having art supplies arranged where they can be reached is a great idea because your children can then reach them when creativity strikes. 

Place a caddy on the table, on a nearby shelf, or get a wheeled cart to keep the art supplies handy. Having everything easily accessible will make it far more likely that your kids will use them often.

Here are a few things you can use to stock your art supply cart:

  • Washable markers

  • Colored pencils

  • Crayons

  • Colored feathers

  • Felt

  • Children’s safety scissors

  • Pipe Cleaners

  • Washable glue and glue sticks

  • Googly eyes

  • Stickers

  • Glitter

  • Pom poms

  • Found “treasures”

  • White copy paper

  • Construction paper

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8. Display Space

At some point, you're going to run out of room on your fridge for your child's artwork, so their new playroom is an excellent place to display it.

Hanging their artwork in the playroom will give them a sense of ownership over the space, and it shows them that you value and support their work.

Instead of using traditional frames, consider picture shelves, art clips, and bulletin boards, which will also make it easy to swap out artwork whenever they decide its time.

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Create The Perfect Playroom

Once you've finished designing and arranging your child's playroom, you will soon realize it was one of the best things you could've done for your home, and likely your sanity.

You won't have to rush around cleaning up random toys before guests arrive, and you won't have to worry about stepping on legos and dealing with that out of this world pain.

Everything will be confined to one room that your kids know is all there's.

They will take pride in their room, and they will have no interest in taking anything anywhere else.

That's the idea, at least.

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How To Turn Your Kids Room Into A Unique Sanctuary

How To Turn Your Kids Room Into A Unique Sanctuary


Posted on: October 1, 2019

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Remember when you were a kid? Your room was your oasis. It was whatever you wanted it to be.

The bedroom is a place where kids can dream big, play hard, envision their future however they want, and journey from the innocence of their childhood into their teenage years.

It's where they eventually turn into healthy, thriving adults.

Before they become adults, though, there is no shortage of ideas to transform a boring room into a dreamy fairytale land, or a superhero lair.

Or just turn it into a simple, creative ambiance for your kids to enjoy.

It's important to remember that just like your children are going to evolve, learn, and grow, their rooms will have to change as well.

Their room will change so it can nurture their imagination, foster their creativity, and accompany their unique flair as they grow up right in front of your eyes.

In the article below, we will discuss some easy to do decorative innovations that you can introduce into your child's room to turn it into an oasis.

Table Of Contents

  • Bring On The Fluff

  • Books, Books, And More Books

  • Get Crafty

  • Fill The Room With Color

  • Light It Up

  • It's Good For The Parents, Too

 

 Kids Room Design Ideas

Bring On The Fluff

The first thing every children's room needs, especially for the younger kids, is some fluff.

Fluffiness should be the cornerstone to every kid's room.

It's one of the most essential elements that will give your kids room it's unique, comfortable, and inviting feeling.

It will let your kids imagination run wild through the day, and sleep soundly at night.

You need a big, comfortable bed that invites them to the land of their dreams.

You need plush pillows scattered around the room so they can play safely and build forts and castles.

Without these simple things, imaginations run dry and energy is wasted.

Along with their pillows and deep, comfortable beds, be sure to include plenty of fluffy stuffed animals for your kids to snuggle with and use as playmates.

This will give you, and the dog, a much-needed break.

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Books, Books, And More Books

Nothing unlocks a child's imagination better than a good book.

Books are practically magic. They fill your kid's lives with positivity, focused energy, and purpose.

As soon as your kid opens the cover of a book, they enter into a world of imagination and endless possibilities.

They make friends with the characters of the books they read, and dream of visiting the faraway lands they read about.

A healthy reading habit will help your child grow, improve their cognitive functions, develop a critical and creative mind, and they can help shape their future.

Think back to your favorite book as a kid. How did it shape your life?

So, make sure there are always plenty of books on hand for your kids to read.

No matter how old they are, have a bookshelf full of picture books, comic books, graphic novels, chapter books, young adult novels, and beyond.

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Kids room ideas

Get Crafty

Next to books, there is nothing else that sparks creativity and imagination like giving your kids the chance to create something with their own two hands.

Whether it's a painting, a sculpture, or some simple macaroni art, they will treat it like the Mona Lisa when they're done.

Introduce a small easel into their room, or fill it with coloring books and crayons to nurture their artistic inclinations.

Playdough, colorful beads, lincoln logs, legos, marbles, and synthetic feathers are all great options to let your kids get creative, and use the power of their imagination to build something of their own.

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Fill The Room With Color

White and gray walls are not okay for your kid's room.

Imagine the stories and worlds your kids can come up with if they play in a room with enchanted settings portrayed by unique and creative colors on the walls and ceiling.

Turn a boring and tedious paint job into a family affair and paint a starry universe or a magical beach with the use of colorful paints and your kid's endless imagination.

Let them tell you their stories and ideas, and then make them come to life by painting them onto the walls of their bedroom, transforming a dull bedroom into a world of its own.

And if you aren't the most artistic parent around, don't worry. Just grab a few wall decals, and you will be good to go.

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Light It Up

Proper lighting will set the mood for a productive, enthusiastic day, and it can entice them to settle down and head to bed at night finally.

There's nothing better than natural sunlight, so if at all possible, invest in wide, floor-to-ceiling windows, or a skylight to let the sunshine penetrate the room as much as possible.

To wind down for the evening, use warm artificial lighting, and sprinkle a little creativity in by mounting lanterns and light bulbs that will cast a soft glow mimicking the setting sun.

Once was once a battleground during the day is now a soothing oasis before bed.

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It's Good For Mom And Dad Too

Your kids will surely benefit from their new indoor oasis, but it will be good for you, too.

Creating a sanctuary for your kids to enjoy can be an enriching task if you keep a big smile, enthusiasm, and a dash of creativity as you let your kids imagination run wild.

With your skills, the creativity of your children, and the unique ideas above, you will create a fantastic bedroom, as well as some lifelong memories.

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