Do you want to set up a playroom for your children, but you don’t know how to arrange, equip, organize and decorate it? So that your dear little ones benefit from a room of their own, practical, playful, comfortable and functional, we recommend that you distribute the spaces well, opt for a suitable layout and provide a simple, but playful decoration. Discover our recipes and tips for setting up your children’s playroom, all sprinkled with a few key tips.
A good distribution of spaces
To preserve the good organization of the room, it is important to distribute the spaces well. This distribution is not only designed for the visual comfort of the parents, but to allow the children to flourish there and to leave a lot of room for their imagination and their creativity. To do this, we recommend that you arrange the room well in separate zones.
The reading corner
To give your children a taste for reading and allow them to indulge in it in good conditions, create a cozy and comfortable space for them, with a floor mattress or cozy rugs, cushions, small fabric armchairs , or even a furnished tipi. Provide sufficient but soothing lighting to allow reading without fatigue and excitement. As for books, store them in small bins or low, accessible shelves.
The space of creativity
Set up a space for your children to draw, paint, craft, build, create, etc. Install a table, chairs or stools at their size and bins that include all the material within their reach. It is important that these storage spaces are accessible so that your little ones are not embarrassed to create and give free rein to their imagination, but also to facilitate storage at the end of the session.
The place of toys
Dedicate this area to larger toys, such as dinettes, workbenches, kitchens, strollers, dollhouses, teepees, etc. Again, plan small bins to store small objects and utensils more easily.
The learning area
Place learning and development toys apart. It is important to leave them within sight and access so that your children can find something to do and learn while having fun. Provide clear floor space for games and storage in bins or low shelves.
A suitable layout
Properly arranging the room in terms of furniture is essential. This space must be entirely conceived as that of children, with a child’s vision and not an adult’s. Respect the age and size of your little ones and older ones to design an appropriate space for them.
Accessibility according to age
It is important that each child has access to games of his age and, as far as possible, to avoid touching those of older children. So that your little ones are independent and free to have fun without your assistance, make their toys accessible by placing them within their reach and at their height. Low shelves, small bins placed on the floor, toy box… there are plenty of ideas.
Conversely, do not let them access the toys of the older ones, for safety and out of respect for your elders. Toddler games are usually too fragile for toddlers and made up of small parts that can be swallowed. To avoid accidents and disputes, store the toys of older children in suitable furniture, at higher height (high shelves, etc.) or in closed containers that cannot be opened by small ends.
Save space with suitable furniture
Your children need room to play. So be careful not to obstruct their space with inappropriate furniture. Opt for wall shelves, smart lockers, accessible bins and baskets, and more. Clear the ground as much as possible so that your little ones can understand the space and make the most of it, without hindrance or risk.
It is better to adapt the lighting of the room to each zone. In the creativity and learning corner, a clear and bright light is preferable to allow them to see well. In the reading/relaxation and toys areas, more subdued and warm lighting, in an indirect form, is to be preferred to allow children to rest without tiring their eyes.
The soft carpet
The plush rug is the focal point of the space. If the room is covered with parquet, carpet or lino, the floor will not be cold, but if it is tiled, the comfort will not be the same! In any case, install a soft carpet so that your children can play on the floor in comfort and without an unpleasant feeling of cold. In addition, it is a good shock absorber in the event of a fall.
A refined, but playful decor!
The playroom is a room that will quickly be invaded by your children’s creations and toys. So prefer a refined decor that will allow them to let their imagination work without overloading the space.
However, who says refined does not mean bare and cold. Be sure to provide a serene atmosphere, conducive to play, but also to the relaxation of the child. Design a welcoming decoration, colorful but without visual overload.
Feel free to paint a wall or two with bright colors to energize the space without darkening or overwhelming it.
The place for children
This piece is made for your children. It is therefore possible to imagine letting them do as they please in a specific space. Why not paint a wall with magnetic paint? Your children can draw there according to their wishes or magnetize their creations. There are also coloring wallpapers, very playful.
If the idea of displaying the drawings of your dear little ones appeals to you, you can also stretch strings or cables and pin their creations there. They will be delighted to see them decorate their walls in an original way.
The keys to a successful layout
Here are a few additional tips for successfully setting up your children’s playroom.
Sorting (the real one)
Many parents complain that their children are spoiled and overwhelmed with toys that most of them don’t even play. To avoid cluttering up space unnecessarily, sort it out! On the one hand, get rid of all the toys that are no longer of your children’s age and to which they no longer attach importance; give them away if they are in good condition, you can make other little ones happy!
As for the others, spin it! Leave several games for your children for a while, then, when they seem to get bored, put them in specific containers and take out others. By alternating, you free up space and you also give your children the opportunity to rediscover forgotten toys.
Involve your children
This piece is for them, right? Let your children make some decisions about its layout and decoration. You can let them choose the rug, the cushions, the shelves, the place to put the books and games, the place of the kitchen, etc.
Of course, nothing prevents you from keeping some control by letting them choose between several possibilities carefully selected by you, but they will be delighted to have their say and to be considered as great.
Make storage easier
If you want the space to stay clean, make storage easier. And to do this, aim for the simplest. Boxes, baskets, crates, chests, shelves… everything must be accessible and easy to open and close so that your children do not see storage as a chore. This is the best way to invite them to tidy up without getting angry!