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Three Top Tips for Designing a Kid’s Playroom

Reclaim your home while also providing your children with a space of their very own with these three top tips for designing a kid’s playroom.

Many parents attest that no matter how meticulously you decorate your home or how regularly you tidy a space, kiddie clutter will almost always win out. Toys, coloring books, and dress-up ensembles will adorn your home in the blink of an eye and can become an eyesore just as quickly. Rather than surrendering to your pea-sized potentates, consider building a playroom for them to reign over instead. Creating a playroom will help keep all your kid’s toys in one central location and will keep the clutter out of other rooms in your home. These tips for designing a kid’s playroom will help you reclaim your home while also providing your kids with a space that’s entirely their own.

Choose the location wisely

Perhaps the most important tip for designing a kid’s playroom is to choose the location carefully. As we’ve stated, toys and games tend to spill out of bedrooms and toy boxes until they’re strewn about the entire house. It’s important, therefore, to choose a location that will keep all toys carefully contained within.

A playroom on the main floor of your house or adjacent to a child’s bedroom will be just a bit too tempting—toy will likely find their way out of that room sooner or later. Establishing the playroom in a basement is often a better option. Kids can escape to the recesses of the basement when they want to play, and the thought of trekking back up the stairs with toys in tow will effectively keep all belongings exactly where they belong. Basements can be a bit chilly and sometimes rather frightening for kids, so make sure to completely finish your basement and set it up for optimal comfort before you design the playroom.

Establish an organization system

A playroom can become overrun with toys just as easily as the rest of your house can. When a playroom is overcluttered or unkempt, your kids won’t enjoy spending their time there and their activities will likely spill into the rest of the house. A simple organization system will help keep the playroom clean and clutter-free—regardless of how many toys and games there are.

Small cubbies at child-level will give your kids an easy way to organize and put away their own toys. You may also consider utilizing several different storage options. Provide separate areas to store toys, board games, stuffed animals, coloring supplies, and dress-up items. It may seem like overkill, but the more organized you are, the less likely the room is to fall into disarray. If you have multiple children, you may also consider establishing a storage area for each individual kid.

Involve your kids in the process

The playroom should be a place that your kids enjoy spending time. The best way to ensure that the playroom is a happy haven for your kids is to involve them in the design process. Allow them to choose the playroom’s color scheme or furniture. They’ll be the ones spending time there, after all, so make sure they’re comfortable. If you’re hesitant about giving your kids free reign over the entire process, provide them with several different options instead. This allows them to play a part in the design process while also ensuring that the room still adheres to your home’s overall style.


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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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