How to Make Playrooms Effective for You, Your Kids, and Your Home

Jodi Peterman Uncategorized

Do you find yourself frustrated or stuck when it comes to designing and keeping up with your child’s playroom? Whether it’s too many toys laying around or the fact that they’ll grow out of it after a few months, playrooms are a challenging space to keep entertaining for your kid and clean for your own sanity. In today’s blog, we will be diving into a few tips and tricks for designing not only an engaging playroom, but one that can stand the test of time (and very messy kids)! 

Before you start, a few considerations…

First of all, consider a space and design that will work for a playroom. Even if it’s a small space, playrooms are the perfect way to keep the mass of toys and messes concentrated in one room and (hopefully) out of the rest of the house. Having a playroom allows the cluttered toy basket in your living room and the random books on the kitchen table to have a designated place.

Flooring is a huge factor that can make or break the efficiency of clean-up time. Playrooms tend to have toys, art supplies, and crumbs from all the fun snacks. A great tip for easy cleanup and upkeep is to use a mat or carpet tiles, rubber flooring, or hardwood. The key is a surface that can be replaceable or hard to stain and damage.

Look into washable fabrics. Stains, spills, and messes are inevitable with kids. In pillows, blankets, and carpets/rugs, washable fabrics will be your new best friend. 

Various storage options are crucial for a clean and tidy room. Cubbies, dressers, and cabinets are great ways to add a decorative piece with great functionality. Open drawers and easy-to-reach handles are great for allowing your kiddo to independently get out and put away toys. This is especially important if you are going for a more mature and cohesive design that flows with the rest of your home.

Designing with wall decor…

  1. Choose a theme, and stick with it. This will help you tie your decor together and give you more direction. Though this is a tried and true process, if you are hesitant about how fast your kiddo will grow out of that theme, a great rule of thumb is if they are from 0-3 years, design with any theme you (the parent) sees fit. Once the kiddos are around 3, feel free to start adding in their interests and likes into the design. 
  2. If you aren’t sold on covering a whole room full of astronauts or unicorns, go for neutral wall colors and solely decorate with replaceable items. Wall hangings, art, play tables and toys are great ways to incorporate your child’s favorite animal, color, or interest without having to completely redo the room once they grow out of that phase.

3. No matter where the room is or who it is for, incorporate bright colors! Children can see brighter colors easier and are simply more engaged in play time in a vibrant room.

4. Wall decals are a great way to fill a wall with engaging and exciting decor without the fuss of permanence. Another replaceable option is peel and stick removable wallpaper you can do yourself- check out these brands: LoomwellWallsNeedLove, and WallPops!

5. Chalkboard walls can be an iffy idea for some parents. We love the idea because it allows your kiddo to have creative freedom while also providing a great activity to keep them busy. This also is environmentally friendly since it saves paper and can be cleaned up with a rag and some water.

Finishing touches…

  1. Have fun with the room and tailor it to your kiddo’s needs and interests. Adding a teepee/tent, a calming nap corner, a swing, or a ball pit can bring a more fun and personalized side to your playroom.
  2. Furniture: a table, chairs, and bookshelves are crucial for your kiddo’s entertainment in the playroom. These are great for arts and crafts, reading, organization, and more!
  3. Setting up “zones”: no matter the size of the room, establishing zones for certain activities can ensure a (relatively) tidy room. Using rugs or corners are perfect opportunities to distinguish different zones; One corner is a reading nook, another is an art station, and maybe one is the toy and play station. This allows for your kiddo to understand the boundaries of space and will be more inclined to keep areas tidy while they are in other zones.

Playrooms can be a fun and entertaining way to interact with your kids or for them to interact independently. Challenges like constant messes and disorganization are common frustrations that parents face when allotting a whole room for a child to let loose in. Not anymore! With these few tips and tricks, you are now equipped to design an engaging, organized, and delightful space for your child. 

Did you like this blog specific to playrooms? If so, check out our past blogs “It’s Go Time! The Final Steps to Renovating Your Dream Home!” and “How To Disguise Everyday Clutter While Your Home Is On The Market”! Have a blog topic you’d like us to cover? Contact us at 515-986-1895 or office@elizabetherindesigns.com! Thanks, see you next time!