Family life can be hectic, especially when it comes to children and their toys. If you’re eager to reduce the visible clutter in your home and provide your children with a fun and safe space to call their own, creating a dedicated playroom could be the best move. You can build something truly inspiring with a little creativity and the right tips and tricks.
Building a playroom: How to convert space in your home
What better place to let their imaginations run wild than in a gorgeous, fun-filled playroom? Recent studies suggest that almost half of children in the UK do creative things at least once a week, so providing an easy outlet for this essential play could be invaluable.
Whether you choose to build a blackboard wall or install scribble curtains, allowing your children to draw freely could be invaluable as their characters develop. Creative play could also be encouraged using texture. Try incorporating seat cushions or upholstered seats in bright, eye-catching colours and patterns, using different fabrics for the rug too.
No matter how many boxes you buy, storage space always seems to be in short supply. To help house the ever-growing collection of toys and play equipment, storage should always be one of your main considerations when building a playroom.
You could use large ottomans for storage and seating space, personalised by toy boxes to help the children organise their toys. Alternatively, you could install fitted wardrobes built for those awkward spaces that can’t be used for games and activities. Clever storage solutions make an excellent way to maximise the space available for the more important things, like playing.
Regardless of the colour scheme of your home, this is the one room to branch out with. Using immersive, varied colours helps to stimulate your child’s mind and creates a welcoming and happy place for them to explore. And if you’re interested in the way children listen to music, you could incorporate colourful, sound-responsive lights for a sensory experience too.
So, whether you’re stuck inside on a rainy day – or you need to help them burn off a little bit of energy before bedtime – a colourful playroom will feel like an oasis for your child.
Think about safety
Children can get overexcited when they’re playing, especially if they’re in a new space. Regardless of how you choose to furnish it, it’s important to consider the potential risks in the playroom.
Make sure furniture is securely fastened to the wall to avoid it tipping over and use plug inserts in wall outlets, covering any sharp corners with protectors. If you’re installing any apparatus, make sure you use soft play mats to reduce damage from trips and falls. And if the playroom is upstairs, always add a safety gate.
Make it multifunctional
Even though you’ll be designing your new playroom for the youngest members of the family, it’s important to think about how the space might be used as your children grow older. If you’re likely to have family or guests staying over around Christmas time, why not use a day bed to temporarily convert the space into a guest room?
Alternatively, if you’re likely to work from home while your children go to school, incorporating a desk or study area could be the most useful option for your family.
Lastly, never attempt any complicated electronics or DIY tasks you’re unsure of. If you need help or advice, don’t hesitate to contact a trade professional to help you build your dream playroom.
Last Updated on June 27, 2023 by Lucy Clarke