Making a playroom was one of our best ideas in a long time! As the kids grew older, they started to treat the entire house like a playground. They were climbing on kitchen surfaces, jumping on the furniture and there were toys everywhere. We’d start finding Buzz Lightyear toys in the weirdest places! Sound familiar? We needed to do something, so we created a playroom. In this post we’ll explain how we did it and how it can benefit you.
Carve out a good space
For us, we sacrificed our office space. It was once a little area of peace and quiet, until the kids got so loud that nowhere was quiet! We rarely used it anyway, so it made much better sense to turn it into a playroom. We emptied the clutter, found the best storage for it all and gutted the room. If you don’t have a spare room, you can always partition an area of their bedroom. We know couples who have transformed a part of their garage too. Use whatever space you have available to you.
Choose a theme
The plan was to make sure the kids loved every second of their new playroom. So we let them decide on the theme. They chose a Toy Story theme full of space and cowboy decorations. Boys will be boys. We are sure that in a year’s time they’ll have a new obsession and we’ll have to change it! But, for now, it’s Toy Story themed. We chose the right paint for the job and picked up a few relevant decorations. You can literally make any theme work in your playroom. Think of it as a challenge!
Get the children involved in decorating
This was the most fun part. The kids loved being involved in creating their own room. They got stuck in with painting and decorating. A lot of the time it was a complete mess. But, the important thing is that they put their own stamp on it! Of course, it’s really important that you keep them safe and help them with anything. When it comes to installing storage units and other bits and pieces, make sure you’re in charge. Put up their artwork or favourite pictures. Let them make it their own.
Good mix of learning toys and fun toys
We really wanted them to have their own space. But it’s certainly not a case of build the playroom and leave them to it! Once it was ready, we filled it with their favourite toys. However, we made sure that there were plenty of things there to aid their learning. It’s really important that they keep developing their cognitive and motor skills as they grow. A playroom isn’t just for playing, it’s for learning. Let them explore their imagination, create things and learn along the way.
Now we have a fantastic room that the kids love. We’ve reclaimed our own house back and it (mostly) stays quite tidy. With their own fun space, they’re less inclined to turn the kitchen into a playground. Try your own version and see how it works out. Good luck!