Children have so much stuff. As a mum of three, that’s something that I can absolutely vouch for. In our house, there are toys absolutely everywhere, and I know that all of my mum friend’s houses are the same. Another one of the joyful parts of parenthood is accepting that your children will spread toys all around the house, or does it have to be? Could a dedicated playroom be the answer to getting rid of toy mess once and for all?
If you’re someone who hates mess and dislikes having toys scattered all over the house, then the chances are that you love the idea of creating a playroom for you kids. Playrooms are a great option, as they mean that not only are all of your children’s toys stored in one place and your house is easier to keep tidy, but also that your little ones have somewhere to play. When they get older, their playroom could even double up as a study or games room. We’re lucky enough to have a spare reception room for our playroom, but here are some other ideas if you’re stuck for space.
The ideal place for creating a playroom is, of course, a spare bedroom. However, if you’re not blessed with a spare bedroom, then you need to get creative. Don’t let the fact that you don’t have a spare bedroom put you off of the idea of playroom because there are plenty of other options to consider.
With that in mind, below are some ideas for how you can create a playroom for your little ones, even when your home lacks space.
Transform your attic or basement
Do you have an unused attic or basement? If the answer is yes, then how about transforming it into a playroom? Admittedly, it may be quite expensive to convert your attic or basement into a useable space, but just remember that by doing so you will add a large amount of value to your home. Plus, your little ones will get their playroom, meaning no more toys scattered here there and everywhere.
If you are going to transform your attic, it’s important to get some ideas about how to go about it beforehand. For ideas and inspiration, Pinterest is a useful tool – you should be able to find plenty of ideas on here that will suit the size and shape of your attic and basement. Remember, if you are going to convert your attic or basement before you do so, you may need to get planning permission. So make sure to look into this before any work starts.
Create a shared bedroom and turn spare room into playroom
If you’ve got young children who each have a room of their own, consider moving them into one bedroom and using the spare bedroom as a playroom for them. Obviously, once they get older and want their own space, you can change it back to a bedroom, but for now, while they’re young, they will probably prefer having a playroom rather than their own rooms. Believe it or not, children sharing a bedroom – whether they’re two girls, two boys, or a girl and a boy – can work well. Or at least, it has in my house, anyhow.
To create a playroom in an unused bedroom is fairly easy. It’s just a case of painting the walls in a colour that you know your little ones will love – adding an accent wall with wallpaper can also work well. It’s also important to ensure that you incorporate plenty of storage, to ensure that the room isn’t constantly a mess. After all, there’s nothing worse than a messy playroom, or at least, for us mums there’s not! The bonus of having one is you can hide it away in the other room.
Build a summerhouse and create an outdoor playroom
If your home lacks the space for a playroom anywhere, then how about your garden? The idea of an outdoor playroom might sound strange, but believe it or not, it could work well. If you’ve got the space in your garden, why not create an area for your little ones to play in and store their toys in. This could be by building a summerhouse, or it could be by transforming an outhouse that is already there into a play space.
To create an outdoor playhouse in a summerhouse or unused outhouse, the important thing is to ensure that it’s a warm space. To do this, consider investing in underfloor heating – as long as the glass is double-glazed, it should work well. It’s also a good idea to invest in plenty of storage space, to ensure that it’s kept nice and tidy. If you plan on sitting outside with your little ones, it’s a good idea to add some comfortable seats too, so that you can sit and relax while your little ones play. To get an idea of the most popular garden furniture designs, such as rattan furniture, for instance, you can browse Bridgman here. There are lots of styles of furniture to choose from, but by picking pieces designed for the garden, in the summer they can also be used outside.
Transform your conservatory
Does your home have a conservatory? If you have a conservatory in your home, consider turning it into a playroom. If it’s already well insulated and has central heating, then it’s just a case of changing around the decor and furniture. However, if your conservatory tends to get quite cold, before you start using it as a playroom for your little ones, you will need to change that. Normally, the reason conservatories are cold is because they don’t have double glazing, so this is definitely an investment worth making. It could also be worth opting to have underfloor heating installed as well, to make it a warmer space.
If you don’t already have a conservatory but have the space to build one, consider having a conservatory added to your home. Not only will it make a great playroom for your little ones, but it will also add extra value to your home, making it more than worth the investment. If you want to ensure that your little ones love their new playroom, design the conservatory to have double doors that open out into the rest of the house, so that they don’t feel cut off from the rest of the family. It’s also worth adding a couple of seats to the space so that you can sit in their with them while they play.
Just because your home lacks space, that doesn’t mean that you can’t create your children a beautiful playroom, it’s just a case of thinking outside the box, that’s all.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own
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