August 15, 2022

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A children’s playroom is a dedicated space where kids can play, draw, read, or sleep to their hearts’ content. But designing one requires careful planning and consideration. After all, you’d want a children’s playroom that can grow together with your kids. It should also keep them safe and entertained with minimal supervision.

In this blog, we’ll share some handy tips on how to design a functional playroom for kids. We’ll also show you examples of cleverly designed children’s playrooms.

Safety first

Children’s playrooms should be designed with the kids’ safety in mind. So, they should be a fully enclosed area with a child-proof door.

If you’re converting your attic into a child’s playroom, you need to install a safety gate so that babies and toddlers won’t have access to the stairs.

Windows should have a screen to prevent kids from sneaking out. Be careful about installing horizontal grills, since kids may be tempted to climb.

The same goes for bookshelves. Make sure that they’re designed in a way that kids can’t climb them. Nail them to the wall to make sure that they won’t fall and cause injury.

If you’re planning to add a television or a computer desk in the future, make sure that outlets are covered.

Step 1: Divide the room into special sections

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Now that we’ve established some essential safety rules when it comes to your building design, we can start planning your kids’ playroom.

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Divide the area into various sections depending on the activities you’d like your kids to do. Here are some examples:

  • Desk area: Add small chairs and a kid’s table for doing homework, drawing, or reading. You can look for tables and chairs with adjustable heights so that kids can continue to use them as they get bigger.
  • Nap area: If your children have a separate bedroom, you can add a couch, a bean bag, a day bed, or sleeping mats. A teepee can also do wonders for your child’s imagination.
  • Open play area: This area should be covered with soft, spill-proof mats. If you have the space or the budget, you can add some kid-friendly furniture like a tiny slide or a ball pit.
  • Storage area: Make sure that you have enough storage for the kids’ toys. You can use white or neutral coloured cabinets so that they can continue using them when they grow into teenagers.

Step 2: Start painting and installing flooring

Colourful and creative children's playroom
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After separating the space into sections, you can start painting depending on what the zone is for. Use scrubbable paint so that if ever your kids decide to draw on the walls, you can clean it up without worries.

We suggest using a neutral colour as a base, then adding a feature wall with your child’s favourite colour. If ever your child’s tastes change in the future, you don’t have to repaint the entire space.

In case you decide to use wallpaper, use ones that can be replaced easily. There are plenty of peel-and-stick wallpaper options available on the market.

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As for flooring, try low-maintenance vinyl or rubber tiles. They’re easy to clean and are resistant to moisture. Remember to cover the area with soft rugs.

Don’t forget the ceiling, either. You can add glow-in-the-dark stickers or even ask an artist to create a mural.

Step 3: Decorate

Blackboards are a good addition for a child's playroom
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Now comes the fun part: decorating!

You can start with a theme like nautical, racing, space, or circus, but it’s really up to you and your kids’ imagination. Base the theme on their interests so that they’ll feel that the room was really built for them.

Fill up the walls with posters and colourful art. We suggest using educational posters like the world map or a diagram showing different types of animals.

Naturally, your children’s interests will change as they grow, so decorate using accessories that are easy to replace. If you’re going to invest in heavy furniture, focus on items that your kids can continue to use as they grow up, like computer desks, bookshelves, or even a chalkboard.