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Create Space to Explore with These 7 Kids’ Playroom Ideas

Everyone needs a space of their own where they can think, play, create, and simply be alone with their imagination. This is especially true for children. Whether it’s in their bedroom, a dedicated playspace in a common area, or an entire spare room devoted to their activities, having room to play gives your child a happy place where they can explore their interests and let their curiosity soar beyond the boundaries of their everyday lives. 

Playrooms and other playspaces also serve a practical purpose. They provide a handy storage area for all your child’s toys, books, costumes, and art supplies. They also help contain messes and provide a convenient gallery wall space to spotlight your children’s paintings, awards, crafts, and photos. 

Your child’s playspace doesn’t have to be an on-trend interior design masterpiece. What the room should be is warm, cozy, and comfortable. A kid’s playroom should provide the space they need to explore new ideas and bring their imagination to life. They’ll do a lot of growing here—their playroom needs to give them that space.

When it comes to kids’ playroom ideas, the sky’s the limit. Think of it as an opportunity to let your creativity really shine. Whether you want decorating ideas for a toddler’s playroom or are looking for playroom ideas on a budget, this list can be a handy guide. Most importantly, you’ll discover how to create a safe, kid-friendly room that captivates your child’s imagination and helps it take flight—while remaining easy to tidy up.

Design the Ultimate Kids’ Playspace

Maybe you need creative ideas for a small playroom, or perhaps you’re crafting a space that will nurture your child’s growing sense of interior design or imaginative play. Either way, there are some design staples that you can incorporate into any playspace.

Bright Colors 

Children love bright colors, but their tastes will likely change from week to week. To cope with these dueling realities, paint your child’s playroom using a neutral color scheme that can easily adapt to their evolving tastes. Add pops of color throughout by using pillows, wall decals, curtains, and throw rugs, all of which you can quickly and inexpensively change as their interests and preferences develop.

Easy-to-clean Features 

We all know that—between projects, play, and snacking—a kid’s play area is bound to get messy. With that in mind, opt for resilient flooring, like hardwood, laminate, or linoleum. They’re easy to clean and hold up well to paint, glue, and juice spills. Add a machine-washable area rug or two to give your child a comfortable space to stretch out on the floor. (Be sure to add a non-slip pad underneath to keep rugs put.)

Accent Walls

There are lots of options for kid-friendly accent walls. You could create a mural based on your child’s favorite storybook character or give them a creative outlet by painting the wall using chalkboard paint. Your child can fill that chalkboard wall with ever-changing works of art, and with any luck, you’ll never have to scrub crayon off the living room wall again.

Storage, Storage, Storage 

It’s no news flash. Kids have a lot of stuff. Art supplies, books, toys, stuffed animals, costumes, games, and more. It all needs to go somewhere. Create a storage solution in your child’s playroom by adding a series of cubbies. Your child can display their favorite toys on top and keep the rest of their playthings organized, tucked away, and easy to find. Other storage ideas include adding baskets and cute storage bins to bookshelves, or installing floating shelves and cabinets. Whatever storage units you choose, just make sure they’re all easily accessible and anchored to the wall for everyone’s safety.

Comfortable Seating

Regardless of how you decorate your child’s playroom, there’s one essential consideration— seating on just the right scale for their size. Furnish the playspace with floor cushions, ottomans, and beanbag chairs to give your kids a comfortable place to daydream. If you want to add a touch of whimsy, try using an extra-large stuffed animal as a chair. You can also incorporate a daybed as a comfy couch that transforms into a bed for sleepovers.

Space for Creativity

Include space for your child to get creative according to their interests. You can add an easel and a craft table for budding artists. Future musicians, dancers, and actors will love a small “stage” to perform on. Whatever they’re into, you’ll encourage your kids to keep developing these talents if you provide a special area for them to practice their passions.

A Quiet Zone

No matter how outgoing your child is, there’ll come a time when they want to retreat from the world. Incorporating a small hideaway, playhouse, or teepee into your playroom design will give them a private place to relax, feel cozy, read, or play pretend.

Futureproof Your Child’s Playspace

Your child’s playroom will be their home base for exploring and discovering. As they grow, they’ll explore farther and farther from home, but they’ll carry the memories, experiences, and skills they create in that space with them for the rest of their lives. It’s vital that the room evolves with them. That could include adding new seating options as they become bigger, installing a charging station when they begin to use electronic devices, or even swapping the tent or teepee for an actual reading nook. Here are a few room ideas to help you keep up:

  • Choose storage options that you can adapt to different needs as your children grow.
  • Your child is going to enjoy all types of children’s books as they get older. Make sure you’ve got enough bookshelves to hold them all.
  • With enough book storage space, you can encourage reading time by creating their very own nook with comfy seating, a warm blanket, and a lamp.
  • Hang artwork, certificates, awards, and photos of family and friends on the walls to surround your child with special memories.

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