Thursday, August 16, 2018

How to Create the Perfect Playroom for Your Kids

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When you're dreaming of your next interior design project, odds are good that you aren't thinking about a playroom. You're probably more focused on an awesome nursery or a cute living room.  Though it isn't anything cute or special, I have to tell you that my life has been changed just by clearing out our mess of a fourth bedroom and converting it into a playroom for Eli! It is LIFE CHANGING to have a space where his toys go to land, he can play safely, and I can just shut the door and deal with the mess later (without having to pick up the same thing over and over or trip over toys while cooking). Kids are going to be messy- they're kids. And because of that, finding a space to call their own is so worth it! Here are some tips to get you started on the playroom of your children’s dreams. 

Find the Right Space in Your Home

Where's a place that you'd be okay having toys around? Where could your kids play safely without things to hurt them or stairs to fall down? Bonus points if it's a place you can shut off and leave without others seeing a mess! For some, it may be basement area, a bedroom, or even a covered patio. You may have to clear out a current space- just consider where the ideal place in your home is and see if you can make it work.

Figure Out Your Organizational Plan

Do you have a toy chest you'd like to use for lots of small toys? Do you want to rotate your kids' toys in and out each season? One of the main benefits of a playroom is that all of this business stays out of your nicer living areas (and therefore out of the eyes of your guests). Consider if you'd like to use tubs, include books, or have designated places for drawing or certain activities (see next point). 

Have Plenty of Activities (and Areas to Match!)

What do your kids love to do most? If you have more than one kid, how can you keep them all entertained with the least amount of fighting? You want to keep your kids entertained in their playroom, and the main way to do that is to create distinct activity areas and plenty of materials to have fun with within them- especially if you have more than one. When you’re designing your playroom, make sure you’re sectioning it up into at least four separate areas, and have an activity or theme planned for each. Maybe you have a soft play area in one corner,  building blocks in another, a doll’s house and a box full of Barbies in another, and then a reading corner in the final space. Whatever way you set it up, make sure there’s always some variety, and that there’s some organization to the chaos!

Soundproof as Much as Possible

Does the place you've chosen for the playroom already offer a potentially quiet space that won't be loud for other napping kids or even guests? Kids make noise, there’s no getting around that. Though I'm with Eli anytime he's in his playroom right now, at some point your kids maybe able to play alone. So consider how to keep the sound down so that they don't wake up their sleeping siblings or interrupt your small group meeting upstairs with adults. Instead of asking kids to be quiet over and over again, simply soundproof the playroom! Soundproofing doesn't have to be ugly- consider using padding like curtains and paint and turn the room into a fairytale. And then you can stick some DMX 1-Step under the carpet (or get some that is actually carpet!), so you won’t even know it’s there.

If you've got kids with tons of toys and a good amount of imagination, help yourself out and give them a space to play without having to worry about the mess. It's a win win for everyone! 



  1. I don't have kids but as someone who worked as a nanny for years I can get on board with your suggestions. A sound-proof playroom is an absoloute dream. I like the idea of creating four seperate areas in a playroom with different "themes/activities".

    1. Yes!!! What a dream, right?? I love the idea of separated play!

  2. I absolutely love how much time and thought you've put into this space, it's very clear how much you care for your kids and it's truly heartwarming. They are lucky to have you!

    1. Thanks so much!! It's so fun to have this space for E!


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