You’ll agree that providing your kids with a room in which they can play, learn, and relax will help them thrive in their early years, so designing a room fitting for your kids is paramount. Engaged kids are happy kids, and focusing on creating a space that entertains them will pay off in the long run. Kids’ spaces should be designed safely, of course, and often the best way to achieve this is to have a dedicated room for children.
A dedicated kids’ room gives you the freedom to plan around the needs of your kids without worrying about the very different needs of adults. In addition, a dedicated kids’ room helps you to reduce the clutter in other areas of your house. Designing a room for kids is easy – here are six tips for creating the ideal space for your children.
1. Focus on your kids’ interests
The room that you dedicate to your kids should be focused on their needs. It might not be the most stylish room in your house from the perspective of an adult, but a kids’ room needs to be filled with bright colors and playful elements, including plenty of toys and ideally furniture of a size suitable for very young people. A mix of miniature chairs and tables plus colorful carpets and posters centered on kids’ themes is what you should aim for when decorating.
2. Turn a cupboard or a wall into a blackboard
Kids like scribbling on large spaces, but you certainly don’t want them to do so in full color on your walls. An excellent alternative is a blackboard area, fully erasable but with enough room for kids to exercise their creative minds. Blackboard paint can be applied to a number of surfaces and easily painted over if you change your mind. If dusty chalk is not to your taste, you could opt for whiteboard paint and the appropriate markers. Either way, your kids will have a great deal of fun drawing on a large scale in their special room.
3. Install window shutters
Like all the other rooms in your house, you need to cover windows in your kids’ playroom appropriately to ensure privacy and to keep excessive sunlight out; full solid shaker window shutters are perfect for this. Simply order the shutters to measure, and make sure that you drill matching holes in the window frame. Shutters are also excellent space savers in smaller rooms, while being particularly hygienic and easy to clean compared to curtains and fabric blinds.
4. Hanging furniture as swings
As long as you have ceiling beams that you can use to attach it, an indoor swinging chair will keep your kids entertained for hours. Be creative and use a bubble-shaped chair attached to the ceiling with a solid chain, made comfortable with a group of cushions. A roomy, moving chair like this can provide many hours of entertainment and can even be a relaxing place in which to fall asleep.
5. An outdoor playroom
If you don’t have a spare room in your house, think about using an outdoor summer house and turning that into a kids’ playroom. Decorate the outdoor play hut with a bean bag and a table and chairs to create a playful space for your kids. A room located outside makes it easy to shut away the clutter, and it is also cheap to build and maintain compared to adding a room to your home or sacrificing a room that you are currently using for a different purpose.
6. Dedicate the corner of an existing room
Another option to think about if you’re out of space in your home is to dedicate an area in an existing room as a play area for your kids. Highlight its purpose by laying a colorful rug, or painting a corner of the room in a bright color. Add easy-to-use storage space for your kids’ toys to make sure that it is easy to tidy for the adults to enjoy the room in the evening.
The adult world can be alienating for kids, so presenting them with their own dedicated play area where they feel at home is really important. A dedicated kids’ area will also help you to keep the stylish feel of the rest of your home intact more of the time. Whether you’re able to dedicate an entire room to your kids or need to settle for a corner, setting aside the space will lead to both parents and their children being happier residents.