With 3 little kids, my house gets crazy quite often. And there are toys everywhere. So we decided to turn our office into a playroom for the kids. While I absolutely hated giving up my office, I needed my house back. While planning the change, my husband and I went through and decided what things were must-haves in the room.
1. Table and chairs
It doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive, but every playroom needs some kind of table and chairs. Young kids can use it to color or do puzzles while older kids can sit there to do homework. My husband built us one and painted it with enamel so it was durable. Remember to think outside the box for a kids’ workspace. You don’t have to get a specialty table; look for a low coffee table at a garage sale and use as-is or paint it.
If your kids are anything like mine, they have tons and tons of books. I like having them easily accessible, because they love pulling them down and “reading” themselves, so we just have low shelving.
There are so many small toys around here. Balls. Blocks. Dolls. The best way to take care of all of this is to have a container (or several) where kids can just throw it all in.
I know this one is a duh, but it goes along with the previous two. You need places to put everything so there aren’t toys always scattered all over the floor. There usually will be toys scattered all over the floor, but this is for those rare occasions you want to pick up. It’s also good to have storage in a closet or higher up for things that kiddos need to ask permission for, like art supplies.
5. Open Room
Don’t forget to have a lot of space to just play. You don’t want to pack the room so full of things that your little ones have no space to actually play. Lots of floor space lets their imaginations work.
6. Kid-Friendly Decor
I love having a cute room. You can go buy decor, but keep it simple so you don’t overwhelm the kids. If you don’t want to buy wall pieces, have your kids make their own artwork for you to display. Use magnets or simple frames so you can change it out as much as you (or they) want.
A playroom needs good lighting so kids can really have fun. If your room has a window, make sure and open the blinds to let natural light in. If you have an overhead fixture, put in high-wattage bulbs to make it brighter. If neither of these are an option, use lots of lamps.
8. A Place to Read or Relax
The table and chairs above could easily serve this purpose, but I like something a little more comfortable. You could do something as simple as a couple throw pillows with blankets, to bean bags, or even a child-sized couch.
9. A Soft Floor
I don’t like hard floors in a playroom. I know they’re easier to clean up, but I like the cozy aspect of soft flooring. If you have carpet in the room, you’re already done. If not, there are hundreds of rugs available to put in the play area of the room. There are also foam mats that are easily replaceable if something happens to part of it.
This is so obvious, but every playroom needs toys and activities that reflect what your child loves. Right now, my kids have a train table, art supplies, and a play kitchen. I try to constantly reassess what they’re playing with and what they’re not. There is no point in keeping toys around that they don’t enjoy or never play with.
As much as I miss my office, I love that the kids have a designated space to play. It helps me keep the rest of my house cleaner and allows me to get more stuff done without them always underfoot. We plan on adding more to the playroom (which I will show you on a later post), but it’s great as-is for now.
Is there anything you would add?