If the kitchen is the heart of the home, the playroom is the brain: how completely BRILLIANT is it to relegate all of your children’s treasures (read: noisy, insane junk that they’re obsessed with) to one room in the home?
This allows you to keep bedrooms for relaxing and sleeping, the living room as a family space where time is spent together NOT worried about clutter and toy overflow, and it hopefully helps to keep your sanity intact. Some parents subscribe to the idea that a playroom is superfluous, while others simply don’t have the space: I’ve been both of these parents at one point or another, and while our current home isn’t roomy, we have made it a point to create an area for our daughter to grow and learn through play. We believe it’s her right to have a spot in the house that’s all her own, and even though her play space is just a well-separated portion of her bedroom, it’s amazing that she pays so much attention to those boundary lines already.
There are millions of Pinterest boards and pins dedicated to the best playroom inspiration, but some of our favorites (with the most creative use of space and budget!) are listed below.
If space and budget aren’t a primary concern, the sky’s the limit for playroom inspiration and designing! When keeping your little one’s play space in mind, try to think long-term when possible: do you really want to do an overhaul every few years? Add a good amount of storage, some creative seating, and a theme that will grow with them (like zoo animals, flowers, etc.). These are swoon-worthy!
Best Uses of Space
Tiny homes and apartments are wonderful spots for children to grow up in, but littles still need a bit of their own space from time to time! These adorable options utilize vertical space and provide fresh design that makes even the smallest section of a room feel like its own oasis. We’ve done something similar in our small 2-bedroom home for our toddler daughter, and she seems to already know it is her territory.
When it comes to budgets, no one is more fiscally-minded than I am (usually, haha). Beautiful spaces don’t have to be synonymous with opulent spending–they can be made with secondhand items, fixer uppers, and pure imagination. After all, aren’t these all wonderful things with hidden lessons to teach our children?
For Many Kiddos
When you’ve got a handful of kids and they range in age, it’s important to have a multi-faceted space that works well for everyone. While the days of yore when everyone got sent outside to play until the streetlights came on were great, there’s excellent peace of mind that comes with knowing your babies are safe and sound in your own home and in their own space. A huge bonus? These sources of playroom inspiration earn some serious points for serving lots of different ages and interests, but also doubling as homeschool spaces!
Do you love the idea of a separate space for your child, but don’t want it overflowing with toys? Minimalism is back on the rise, and it’s rather good for your kiddos, too: having less forces them to use their imagination in play, which naturally means they’re learning while playing as well! This is a fabulous approach for those hoping to combat the overstimulation that a lot of toys and playrooms can provide.
Playrooms give your child a place to create, play, and learn–bonus points for playrooms being the ultimate way to keep the rest of your house reasonably cleaner, am I right?!