Winter means more time indoors for the family. That means more time in the kids’ playroom. A kids’ playroom is a great idea because it minimizes clutter creeping into other parts of the house. But how can you decorate the kids’ playroom in a way that’s fun for the kids, too? Read further for ideas.
Consult your kids. The kids’ playroom is their room, so make sure their input counts. They can help with choosing the types of furniture, the decor theme, and the color scheme. Plus, you can always ask them to add artwork to the walls or the bulletin board.
Childproof the kids’ playroom. Safety is very important. Make sure there is no lead paint use. Childproof all outlets. You can add furniture edge+corner guards to minimize injuries from sharp edges and corners. Nothing breakable or fragile should be in the room. Avoid strings on the blinds. Bolt down any heavy furniture so they don’t topple over young children. Anything over knee-high length must be secured to the wall. Activate parental controls on all devices. Likewise install a carbon monoxide detector in the kids’ playroom. Have floor coverings — like mats and jigsaw mats — to allow for softer play surfaces. And childproof doorways, cabinets, and drawers so that fingers won’t get pinched or worse.
Consider soft furniture. Did you know there are foam furniture sets for kids’ playrooms? You can have foam sofas and foam ottomans, for instance. Other options are soft bean bag chairs as well as soft sofas that flip out into a lounging mat. Besides those, also decorate with lots of pillows — a pile of soft pillows is always a welcome for kids.
Storage should be rattan cubbies with cloth baskets. Rattan has a stronger track record of being safe to use in kids’ playrooms. It’s therefore not unheard of to see rattan storage shelving, especially cubbies, in children’s playrooms. And cloth baskets, some of which can be machine washed, are a great option at keeping the kids’ playroom tidy, particularly the ones that go into the rattan cubbies. Of course, if rattan cubbies can’t be found near you or online, you could always opt for rattan or woven baskets — large ones can store children’s toys, similar to how a toy chest used to be prevalent but instead has given way to rattan and woven baskets for toy storage.
How about a window seat for a reading nook? Window seats can be built. Click this link from the DIY Network for one idea on how to build a window seat. Instructables also has a video on how to build a window seat with storage at this link here.
Remember that as your kids grow, the kids’ playroom will also evolve. So be flexible with how you decorate your kids’ playroom. And don’t be afraid to freshen it up every year or season to reflect your children’s growth. There are removable wallpaper (from Wayfair, for example) and even removable decorative tile stickers (like those of MoonWall Stickers) that can help you change up the look of a playroom.
Always stay informed about any recalls — whether toys or furnishings. And one of the best online resources to find out about any recalls is the federal website Recalls.gov — wherein six different federal agencies have banded together in a “one stop shop” website to inform the public about any hazards or safety issues that warrant a recall.