Most parents reach the point where it seems they are asking their child to tidy their bedroom every day, or their bedroom is so full of toys and distractions that it is difficult to get their child to sleep. While it is a good idea to have a toy clear out now and then, a long-term solution is to create a playroom where toys and mess can be contained. It is wonderful to be able to give your child a space where they can be creative and curious no matter what their age. Here are some ideas to help you create a playroom for your child which can adapt and evolve as your child grows.
Be realistic about what they will use
While some people might be tempted to fill the room with every type of toy to ensure they always have something to do, most parents know that children tend to favour one activity over all others. Think about what your child enjoys doing and focus the room’s design on that activity. If they like trains and cars, a large train track set or carpeted track would be perfect. If they enjoy arts and crafts, a table and chair, easel or chalkboard might work.
If your child is slightly older, they may be more interested in playing computer games, so a gaming chair in one corner could work well. You could even invest in a retro arcade game from homeleisuredirect.com which will make them the envy of their friends and that all the family can have a go on.
Choose versatile furniture
When investing in furniture, choose high-quality pieces which can be adjusted as your child grows. Tables and chairs can often be adjusted in height so they can be used as a craft table for little ones, and then raised to a desk for homework later. Bean bags with washable covers will provide a comfortable place to curl up with a book or chill out. Avoid buying heavy furniture as this will make it difficult to rearrange the room.
Storage is essential
To avoid having toys and craft supplies all over the room where they are likely to get damaged or cause an accident, make sure the room has plenty of storage. A combination of open storage (shelves and hooks where items are on display) and closed storage (cupboards, drawers, and boxes) is ideal. It is a good idea to ensure that your child can reach most of the storage on their own so they can help themselves and start to take responsibility for tidying up when they are finished. However, you might want some fragile or expensive toys out of reach so that they need to let you know when they want to play with it.
Do not commit to a theme
Every parent knows that a child’s interests can change on almost daily basis. They may be obsessed with a particular film or TV character now, but it rarely lasts for long. Instead of using themed wallpaper or painting the entire room in whatever their favourite colour is this week, paint the room in more muted, neutral tones with stencilled designs, removable wall stickers and posters. Alternatively, keep most of the room neutral, but turn one wall into a feature wall with their chosen colours and characters.