A playroom! You might think to yourself in one of your slightly more spiteful moments: "I was never so lucky as to have a whole playroom to myself!" Still, if you want your child to have the very best, as every parent does, it helps to think carefully about how you may assemble the best playroom for them. Here are 10 of the best ways to make it possible.
1. Clear Away the Clutter
It's often said that we can't think straight when we're surrounded by clutter - and whether that's true or not, it's certainly true that you will struggle to create an organized playroom when there's so much stuff already in there.
So, once you've identified a great room to become your child's playroom, it's time to clear out the contents so that you have the proverbial 'blank canvas' to work with.
2. Out With the Unused
Yeah, we know this is a really hard one - especially if your child seems to love every toy. However, it's possible that your little one simply has too many toys, in which case, you might need to get ruthless. Yes, you can keep a few of their most treasured toys... but beyond that, take a 'sort, donate, trash' approach to sorting through what they have, in readiness for their revamped playroom.
3. Plan, Plan, Plan
This is where it all starts getting very fun, but also a bit scary! Don't forget to also involve your child in the planning. The planning of the playroom is also the stage at which you will need to be especially conscientious about your budget. You will probably find yourself buying the likes of paint, furniture and shelving, and you won't want to run out of money midway through the process, ending up with a half-completed playroom.
4. Reawaken Your Inner DIY-er
We certainly wouldn't recommend that you try to get into woodworking for the very first time simply so that you can save a few dollars on furniture - that's a recipe for an immense amount of wasted time and frustration. However, if you do have the skills, making your own shelves or refurbishing some old furniture found in a thrift store could certainly help to bring a touch of individuality to your child's playroom, while also freeing up some money for spending elsewhere.
5. Invest in Tough and Portable Seating
Getting the seating right in your child's playroom might seem a little tricky. After all, you will want to have seating that your little one will actually use and that is genuinely safe, but which is also tough enough to take all of the abuse that it will inevitably get, not to mention portable. Thankfully, there are plenty of beanbag seats on the market that fulfill all of the above criteria, while even being comfortable enough for you to sink into, so that you and your child can spend some quality time together.
6. Appeal to Their Artistic Streak
We're all creative people in some way or other, and kids seem to be especially so. With that in mind, why not create a space in your playroom where they can wreak as much havoc as they like with arts and crafts materials such as sharpies, crayons, markers and paint? Simply by covering one of the walls of the playroom with chalkboard paint, you can give your child a giant blackboard on which to experiment away.
7. Be Careful with Your Choice of Theme
It may seem obvious right now to base your child's playroom on the theme of that movie or video game franchise or character that they can't seem to stop talking about... but at some point, they'll probably switch their interests to something else. Of course, there isn't a huge amount that can be done to 'time-proof' your choice of playroom theme, but your child's inevitably changing tastes should at least convince you to use easily removed wallpaper and not stick anything down permanently.
8. Bring Out the Bookworm in Them
Anything that encourages your child's brain development from an early age is great, and a playroom is certainly a great place to have a little corner in which to read to your little one. Just imagine it... some beanbag chairs and large pillows alongside a shelf unit for all of those books that may presently be scattered across your child's bedroom floor.
9. Think Up-to-Date
Remember that a child of a certain age may be too embarrassed to invite their friends to their playroom if those friends all have the latest toys and games, but they don't. So, if you're investing a lot of time and money into overhauling your child's playroom regardless, you might as well also consider purchasing some seriously up-to-date video gaming entertainment technology, such as a PS4 Pro with a 4K television screen.
10. Prioritize Safety Above all Else
We did mention electronics above, which calls for a word of warning: safety really should be your uppermost priority when putting together a child's playroom, not least with all of those oddly shaped pieces of furniture for your child to potentially knock into as well. You should take particular care to hide cables as best as possible, using cable management tools behind and underneath furniture, with any unused power outlets also being hidden until your child is at least old enough to understand the danger they can pose.
Yes, it can take a huge amount of time, effort and even money to make your child's dream playroom a reality. But won't it feel so worth it when you get to see your little one's delighted face at the final result, and as they use their space to create all kinds of new memories they'll never forget?