Ideas for Decorating & Organizing a Playroom

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Playrooms in a home are popular with parents and children alike. For parents, a playroom gets all of the toys out of the main living areas. Children love playrooms because it gives them their own private space. With careful planning, you can create a playroom both you and your children will love.

Child-friendly

  • The first thing to consider when decorating and organizing a playroom is to make it child-friendly. Think about your children's likes and dislikes. Choose soft, comfortable, sturdy furniture and storage units in colors and styles that will fit your children's ages. Consider safety, especially if you are going to let your children play unsupervised. Cover or plug unused electrical outlets, and make sure windows are securely fastened.

Organizing

  • Next, divide the playroom into zones. Create a cozy corner for reading, with low bookshelves so young children can reach the books. Also include maybe a bean bag chair, a large floor area for building blocks, a table for arts and crafts, bins for materials and an area for video games and TV watching. Create hobby-specific areas, such as a train table for a child who loves trains. Consider how the areas can change as your children grow. For example, the reading corner might have a desk that could later be used for studying. Make sure the room has enough lighting in each area. A dark playroom is gloomy and can be dangerous.

Decorating

  • While theme decorating is usually fun for a child, the downside is that he or she will grow out of that theme rather quickly. Instead, consider using colors that match a variety of themes. For example, a room painted blue can complement both Thomas the Tank Engine and, later on, Spider-man. When choosing bins, lighting and furniture, use sturdy items that will grow with your child. Toddlers and teens alike love bean bag chairs. A low art table can do double duty as a coffee table later on. Baskets work great as decorative pieces that can hold action figures, doll clothes and blocks. For a whimsical touch, hang a string of decorative lights across a wall.

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