If you have kids, you know they have a hundred toys. No matter how much cleaning you do, it seems like there is still a never-ending pile of toys on the ground. It is the biggest reason parents opt to have playrooms for their children. If you are going to be remodeling a room as a playroom, here are the basics you need to know.
Choosing the paint colors for a playroom is going to be one of your first steps. Of course, you want the room to be as safe as possible, and sometimes older homes have lead paint on the walls. If that is the case for you, you will want to remove the lead paint very carefully as to avoid exposure to you or your family members and paint over it. You also want to get baseboard heater covers to keep little fingers from getting pinched in the heaters.
Opt for neutral colors when you paint. Children’s playrooms bring a lot of different colors throughout the space, so neutral colors on the call will make it feel less chaotic.
Storage, storage, storage
The next thing you need to do is figure out your storage situation. With all those toys, you need to find a way to give them all a place and keep them hidden away. Even if you never clean the playroom, it’s nice to know there is a place for everything. It also helps when teaching your little ones to clean up after themselves if there is a place to put everything.
You can get regular shelving and put storage boxes on them or you can get cupboards. Some people even build in the cabinets to store toys away.
Consider book space
Having a place in your playroom for books will help cultivate your child’s love for reading. You can put up bookshelves along the wall that let the books act as decor for the room as well.
It is also a good idea to have a "reading area" where your children can get comfortable with their books. Some people get play tents with pillows and blankets while others throw in a couple of bean bags.
Creativity is key
A big part of child’s play is giving them an opportunity to get creative. That means putting things in the playroom that encourage creativity. One popular way of encouraging creativity is to have a chalkboard wall where your children can always color on the wall if they want. It is a very popular trend right now. The only thing to note is that you should avoid chalkboard walls over carpet because they can get really messy.
Another option is to have a table with arts and craft supplies nearby. If you have very young children, and you are worried about them getting into the crayons or markers without you in the room, just make sure you store them on a high shelf.
Anchor everything down
Whether in a playroom or a bedroom, all shelving, TVs, and other heavy furniture should be anchored to the wall. Before you know it, your kids could have climbed up to get their favorite toy just to have the furniture crush them. Anchoring down your furniture is a safety precaution that should be taken in every room but is especially important in a playroom where your children may be spending time alone.