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Whether you are blessed with enough space to fit a playroom into your home, or you have to swap the double bed in your guest room for a sofa bed so that your kids’ toys no longer infiltrate your entire home, creating a playroom is one of those essential moves every parent needs to consider. It’s like when you toy with the idea of getting your kids a trampoline for the garden, umming and ahhing about how much your children will realistically use it only to take the leap and wonder why it took you so long to succumb to the awesomeness of trampolines.
Once you have a playroom, it becomes a huge part of your kids day to day life. It’s that place your kids can go to play whenever they want, a place they can be safe and have fun, a place for them to store their toys and a place you don’t feel too obligated to clean too often.
Of course, creating the perfect playroom requires more than a floor, three-slash-four walls and ceiling, as you are about to find out:
So Much Storage
In terms of storage, the more the merrier. Fact. Fall short on this part of the proceedings and a) your playroom will become the junk room and b) you’ll hate how much you say, “it looks like a bomb has gone off in here. Shelving, cupboards, stackable storage boxes, treasure chests, baskets, fabric bins – everything and anything. It will all get used. Fact.
Somewhere For Tea Parties
One of the most staple diets in a kids playroom is a table and chairs. They won’t play on it all time, but they won’t want to be on the floor the whole time either. So, get a table and chairs, maybe one with a blackboard top, and give your kid that place to hold tea parties and do puzzles and paint and drawer.
Somewhere For You
There are going to be a ton of times where you are required to enter this room and feed your kids imagination by playing games and reading stories and whatever else. That is why you need to think about your own comfort. Just make sure your furnishing is in keeping with the playroom theme. It could be you’ve looked at some bean bag sofa dimensions already, or perhaps you want a second-hand L-shaped sofa they can jump on or a hammock that you can kick back in (when they are at nursery and you’re pretending to clear up their mess). This. is. crucial.
Nice Thick Rug
It makes sense to pop your playroom in a space that doesn’t have a lovely and clean carpet in it because, well, it won’t stay lovely and clean for long. That said, you want to put some padding down on the floor too. That means a rug or foam tiles. Don’t worry, you don’t have to cover the whole floor, but you need a fair chunk covered to a) given them somewhere to play cars, b) somewhere for your youngest to do tummy time and c) for better acoustics.