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8 things every kids playroom needs

If you have the room in your house, there's nothing better than having a dedicated playroom for your children.

If you don't have this space, your living room, bedroom, your kid's bedrooms, the kitchen, and even the bathrooms will all eventually turn into a playroom at one point or another.

You won't be able to walk through your house without tripping on barbies or sliding on matchbox cars.

No matter how hard you try, their toys end up where they want them, not where you want them.

That's when a dedicated playroom comes in handy.

You can point to the door of the playroom and tell them no toys are to pass through that door under any circumstances.

That's much easier than making them honor an imaginary line in the living room, or be constantly confined to their bedroom.

Having a playroom is a game changer, but you can't just open an empty room and let them go crazy.

You should spend time designing your playroom just like you did your master bedroom.

To get your ideas flowing, below are eight things every playroom should have.


Table Of Contents

  1. A Sense Of Whimsy

  2. Kid Friendly Materials

  3. Open Floor Space

  4. Colors And Patterns

  5. Moveable Furniture

  6. Play Zones And Work Zones

  7. Self-Serve Art Supplies

  8. Display Space

  9. Create The Perfect Playroom

1. A Sense Of Whimsy

The playroom has to have some imagination.

Whether it comes from a built-in feature, like a Narnia inspired door hidden in a closet, or temporary features like wall decals, if done correctly it can take the room from boring to magical.

This sense of imagination is what will make your kids play in the playroom instead of the rest of the house.

Here are a few ideas that can add a whimsical touch to your playroom:

  • Tepee

  • Wall decals

  • Murals 

  • Creative ceiling treatments

  • Strands of lights

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2. Kid Friendly Materials

When you're designing your kid's playroom, you want to choose textiles that will hold up to the wear and tear of a playroom.

The playroom is not where you want to put a white leather sofa or bearskin rug.

Even if your kids are the most well-behaved children on Earth, no one is immune to dropping a peanut butter sandwich, or "accidental" scuff marks.

Choose fabrics that won't snag or tear easily, like poly velvets.

They are also very easy to wipe clean as long as you get to the stains quickly.

If you want a rug for the room, choose on with colored patterns that will make it easier to hide smaller stains.

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3. Plenty Of Open Floor Space

Blocks, train tracks, and toys all need ample floor space to be enjoyed and used to their full potential.

Uncovered hard flooring isn't very inviting for floor play, and deep-pile rugs make building things difficult.

Instead, opt for a big flat-weave rug or carpet tiles instead.

One major benefit of carpet tiles is your ability to replace a single tile rather than all of the carpet if it gets stained or damaged.

For cold and rainy days, it's a good idea to have a tumbling mat at your disposal that can be pulled out into the middle of the floor so your active kids can release their energy.

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Kids playroom ideas

4. Colors And Patterns

You don't need colors and patterns everywhere, and not everything needs to be super bright.

A good thing to do is choose one primary color and then play off of that one with complimentary colors.

You can vary the tones you use to make it feel more pulled together.

Their toys, books, and crafts are usually pretty colorful to begin with, so choosing a neutral color as the base of the room will go a long way to not feeling like you're in a clowns bedroom.

Have fun with patterns. It is a kids playroom, after all.

Using one color across the board in both solids and prints will have a grown-up feel to it while still being fun.

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5. Moveable Furniture

Smaller, lightweight pieces of furniture are necessary for a playroom.

It makes it easier to shift things around when someone needs to make room for a fort, a stage or needs space for a giant block construction project.

Soft chairs, bean bag chairs, poufs, stools, and small tables can be endlessly rearranged, or even moved to other rooms when the day comes that you no longer need a dedicated playroom.

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6. Play Zones And Work Zones

It's important to create separate zones for work and play in the playroom, especially if you have older children.

Carving out a little nook in the room with a desk, lamp, and chair that will help your kids focus on homework, reading, and projects.

Make sure none of the toys, balls, or instruments are in this little nook so the distractions are limited.

One part of the room should clearly be for play, while the other part is for nothing but schoolwork and projects.

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7. Self-Serve Art Supplies

Kids art supplies

If your children are old enough to trust with markers and crayons without the risk of them drawing on the walls, this is a great idea for the playroom.

Having art supplies arranged where they can be reached is a great idea because your children can then reach them when creativity strikes. 

Place a caddy on the table, on a nearby shelf, or get a wheeled cart to keep the art supplies handy. Having everything easily accessible will make it far more likely that your kids will use them often.

Here are a few things you can use to stock your art supply cart:

  • Washable markers

  • Colored pencils

  • Crayons

  • Colored feathers

  • Felt

  • Children’s safety scissors

  • Pipe Cleaners

  • Washable glue and glue sticks

  • Googly eyes

  • Stickers

  • Glitter

  • Pom poms

  • Found “treasures”

  • White copy paper

  • Construction paper

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8. Display Space

At some point, you're going to run out of room on your fridge for your child's artwork, so their new playroom is an excellent place to display it.

Hanging their artwork in the playroom will give them a sense of ownership over the space, and it shows them that you value and support their work.

Instead of using traditional frames, consider picture shelves, art clips, and bulletin boards, which will also make it easy to swap out artwork whenever they decide its time.

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Create The Perfect Playroom

Once you've finished designing and arranging your child's playroom, you will soon realize it was one of the best things you could've done for your home, and likely your sanity.

You won't have to rush around cleaning up random toys before guests arrive, and you won't have to worry about stepping on legos and dealing with that out of this world pain.

Everything will be confined to one room that your kids know is all there's.

They will take pride in their room, and they will have no interest in taking anything anywhere else.

That's the idea, at least.

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