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Kids’ Playroom Ideas: How to Create a Space That’s Fun And Functional

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Keep playrooms fun and functional

Playrooms should be both fun and functional. Image: Chango & Co.

From a design standpoint, playrooms are incredibly fun projects. Your children will spend hours in there — playing, learning, and everything in between — so you have the freedom to cater to their tastes more than you would in other parts of your home. All of you can let your imaginations run wild when it comes to creating a look your kids will love.

But, that’s only half the battle. Underneath the aesthetics, this room also needs to be functional. A well-done playroom should be able to hold their attention and all their toys, while still seeming put together. Achieving all of these things in one space is not easy.

We’ve compiled a list of playroom ideas to help you create a room that is fun to look at while also serving its larger purpose. If you can draw inspiration from the tips in this post and then give them your own spin, we’re confident you’ll be able to create a space your whole family will love.

Create separate areas

Create separate areas for different activities. Image: Nashawtuc Architects

Create distinct activity areas

Kids are notorious for jumping from one activity to the next with lightning speed and all parents know how tough it can be to hear the words, “I’m bored” floating down the hall. Fortunately, a playroom that’s set up correctly can help cut down on these occurrences by subtly suggesting ways for your youngsters to spend their time.

To do this, you’ll need to create a few different activity areas within the room. Simply put, that means putting together spaces that are each geared toward a specific purpose, like the reading nook shown in the picture above. You could also consider adding a table for arts and crafts or a media center with a TV that’s perfect for watching videos.

When creating these areas, be sure to keep all the items they’ll need for the activity within arm’s reach. Not only will doing so help you keep things more organized, but it will also encourage the little ones to stay focused on the task at hand.

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Playrooms need storage.

Make sure there’s plenty of storage. Image: Margaret L. Norcott, Allied ASID

Add plenty of storage

If there’s one universal truth, it’s that kids come with lots of stuff. The best playrooms are those with plenty of storage available to keep all of it out of the way while making it seem part of the design.

Your first step is to consider what kind of storage will work best for your family. Do you need lots of bookshelves for an avid reader, a tricked-out entertainment center for a video game aficionado, or cubbies to hold a menagerie of stuffed animals? You’ll likely need to use a combination of pieces to accommodate all of your child’s interests.

When you’re ready to buy the storage elements, focus on pieces that have potential to serve multiple functions and try to keep their colors as neutral as possible. Storage will probably be one of the priciest parts of your design, so try to select items that have the ability to grow with your children.

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Give the room seating.

Add in tons of seating for friends. Image: David Rausch Studio

Bring in color with accessories

No playroom should ever be bland, but there’s nothing worse than the idea of redesigning one from top to bottom only to have your child tell you that their tastes have completely changed. Save yourself the headache — and the cash — by bringing lots of color into the room through the accessories you choose. That way, you can swap them out fairly easily as your child matures.

In this case, the definition of “accessories” is pretty broad. Consider mixing and matching different colors and patterns through textiles. Throw rugs, pillow covers and blankets are great places to start. However, larger items like wall art and lamps could also play a role.

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Remember to decorate the walls.

Creatively decorate the walls with wallpaper or wall decals. Image: Wynne Taylor Ford

Try out creative playroom ideas on the walls

The walls are really what can set the playroom apart from other areas in the house. Since kids’ spaces are expected to be a bit more fun and carefree than ones adults would use, you can really get creative with their design. If you have a specific theme in mind for the room, consider the walls your focal point.

We recommend starting with a base layer of neutral paint and using wall decals to add visual interest. Since the decals are held to the wall without an adhesive, they’ll be simple to swap out or take off entirely once your child’s tastes change. However, if decals aren’t for you, consider using a wallpaper or even painting a mural to liven up the space.

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Use patterns in playrooms

Don’t be afraid to use plenty of patterns. Image: Chris Snook

Creating the perfect playroom is harder than it looks. On the one hand, your design needs to capture kids’ attentions and inspire their imaginations. On the other, these rooms serve a particular purpose. They need to keep kids occupied and help keep their clutter at bay. Bringing both these things into one space is not easy, but if you use the tips in this guide, we know you’ll be able to create a playroom that works well for your family.

What do you think of these playroom ideas? What design tips do you have for putting together kids’ spaces that are both fun and functional? Share them with us in the comments below.

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