Stuck for ideas for how to put your spare room to good use? Why not consider using it to create the perfect playroom for the children? Not only will your kids love you forevermore, you will feel the benefit through having a how free of strewn debris, toys and damaged ornaments and get a little more peace and quiet- content in the knowledge that your youngsters are safe and sound. Sold? Ok, so let’s take a look at how you go about creating “the perfect playroom”.
When deciding to design a space for children, it’s often tempting to give in to their demands to paint the walls of the playroom their favourite shade of “Sponge Bob” yellow or “Barbie” pink. But children are fickle, disloyal and pay little respect to your bank balance and their tastes will frequently change, meaning you will probably forking out for new wallpaper every time those geniuses at the BBC dream up some new 7ft, day-glow, monosyllabic creation. Using a solid neutral colour on the wall is definitely the best way to go, especially if the room will be shared by more than one child.
Pillows that display your kids’ favourite cartoon characters, posters, throw rugs, and their personal artwork can be added to satisfy their individual tastes. So when they decide that they’ve outgrown Barbie, removing all trace of her should be a fairly painless and inexpensive task.
A child’s playroom doesn’t need to have elaborate furnishings. A nice child-sized table and chairs where they can play with puzzles and art materials, a low bookshelf, and a child-sized lounger or bean bag will be enough to furnish his play space.
The things that fill your kid’s playroom should be a reflection of his interest as well as beneficial to his development. The following is a list of things to consider placing in your child’s space.
- books and magazines
- dolls and doll clothes
- dress-up clothes
- toy cars and trucks
- puzzles and blocks
- housekeeping materials (kitchen set, pretend food items, toy brooms, dishes, phones, etc.)
- science materials (magnifying glasses, rocks, leaves, bug boxes, etc.)
- DVD player
- favourite movies
- board games
- creative materials (crayons, markers, paint, paintbrushes, paper, glitter, glue, collage material, etc.)
- plastercine and modelling clay
- empty boxes (varying sizes)
Children can lose interest after seeing the same toys day after day, which leads parents to buy even more toys. Instead rotate your educational toys daily, weekly or monthly depending on your child’s interest.
To keep accidents and spills to a minimum and to make sure the space is a safe one, keep the décor simple. Window dressings should be un fussy with all handles or strings kept high and out of the way of little hands. Roller window blinds are a good option- they are simple, easy to install, can be quickly wiped down and can be wound up to the full height of the window and printed roller blinds come in lots of fun shades and patterns. Carpets should be chosen over wooden flooring but choose a darker colour and material that is resistant to stains- the usual cream woollen favourite is definitely out!
With a little imagination and ingenuity, creating the perfect playroom for your children will be a success.