It can be argued that adding a playroom to your home
benefits you more than it does your kids—after all, it means that all the Legos, blocks, crayons, dolls, books, dollhouse furniture, and their accompanying accoutrement have their own room apart from the main living space. But a room full of toys shouldn’t just be a dumping ground. A well-designed playroom accomplishes four important things:
- Grows with your kids
- Helps them keep their belongings organized
- Provides a space for creative play and FUN
- Can evolve into a different space once the kids move on
A Playroom that Grows
When you start planning your playroom, consider not only what your kids need now, but how their needs will change as they grow.
- Babies and toddlers need low, easily accessible storage, comfortable and cozy seating, soft, easy-to-clean surfaces, and lots of space to move.
- Preschoolers need room for a growing library, spaces designed for pretend play, and storage that helps organize all the little parts of all their activity sets, dollhouses, and other toys.
- Kindergarteners and early grade school-age kids need room for making art, a place where they can get comfortable and practice reading, and more grown-up storage that they can easily be in charge of—since now it’s really their job to keep their things in order!
- For elementary school onward, kids will shape the way their playroom evolves. Depending on their interests, they might want space for board games, ample room for interactive video game play, dollhouses and accessory storage, a mini home theater, or other hobbies and activities.
- As homework becomes a bigger part of your kids’ lives, you might want to dedicate part of the room to a desk and space for a computer and other tools.
If you have kids of several ages, you’ll want to figure out how to incorporate their changing needs into one cohesive space. An experienced design/remodeling firm can help you do this.
Playroom Organization: A Life Lesson in the Making!
Keeping the playroom organized is part design, part managing expectations. Making it as easy as possible to clean up will help your kids learn to be responsible for their things. Of course, if you expect perfection, you may be disappointed! Here are some playroom design ideas that can help keep things organized:
- Built-in shelving. Built-ins can help when you’re creating “play zones” (more on those later), by marking defined storage space for certain types of toys.
- Front-facing bookshelves. A large library is great for encouraging reading, but books stuffed in a shelf can be easily forgotten about in favor of toys or electronics. A front-facing bookshelf puts book covers face-forward so they can get more attention.
- Bins. Bin storage for toys continues to enjoy its heyday. And while bins have their benefits—they’re mobile, easy to tuck away, and help hide mess—they should be used sparingly as part of a mix of storage solutions. Bins that are too large make it difficult for kids to find things, and can lead to toys being forgotten and ignored. Smaller bins with clear labels are more accessible and easy to keep neat.
- Wall storage. Hooks and hangers can do wonders for your playroom! Even a wall-mounted coatrack can help keep play clothes and dress-up outfits sorted. A more sophisticated system with rods, hooks, clips, and even magnets can organize artwork and art supplies and hold small storage bins or trays to keep other toys neat.
A Place to Be: Great Playroom Play Spaces
To keep your playroom a positive space for creativity and fun, you need to pay as much attention to the play area as the organization systems. An easy and clever way to do this is to divide the room into zones.
Zones can be whatever you and your kids want them to be. They are simply dedicated spaces that help bring the room to life. Ideas for play zones include:
- Pretend kitchen, grocery store, or restaurant
- Play school with a chalkboard or wall with chalkboard paint
- Artist’s studio with easel or desk and easy-to-access art supplies
- Homework area
- Reading nook
- Area for dolls/dollhouses
- Pretend vet or doctor’s office
- Any clever idea based on your kids’ interests!
When the Playroom is Played Out
There will come a day when you no longer need a playroom—it’ll be bittersweet, perhaps, but think of the possibilities! If you’ve built in a castle or pirate ship, it may be harder to transition into a den or home theater. But if you plan ahead, you can easily swap out the bins and chalkboards for gym equipment, sofas and easy chairs, a desk or crafting area, or whatever fresh space you want.
Playroom Design and Remodeling in Northern Virginia
Berriz Design has remodeled playrooms all over the Metro D.C. area. Feel free to call us if you have questions about designing a playroom in your home!
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