Kids’ Playroom Design Ideas for Small Spaces

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Creating safe and engaging play areas for kids can be challenging, especially if you live in a smaller house or apartment. Don’t let limited space limit your creativity. Here are some ideas and guidelines for getting the most out of different home spaces when it comes to playrooms.
Planning Phase
There are endless design possibilities for a playroom, but it is necessary to plan ahead according to your specific living circumstances. Design choices will be made based on whether you live in a house or an apartment and will depend on your home layout, number of children and available rooms. Age and gender of the kids may also influence the living space organization. Take all these into account when creating play areas in order to get the best results for your particular needs.

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A Bedroom as a Playroom
With limited space, your kids’ bedroom might also have to be a playroom. Maximizing available floor space is key to having bigger play areas. Consider loft or bunk beds depending on the number of children sharing the room. This way, you can place storage units, desks, seating or play area below the beds. If you can afford it, go bespoke to get fully customized solutions. Be sure your kids have a safe and age appropriate way of accessing their beds. Think about using wider square steps instead of ladders. This way you can use the space below these for additional storage. If the bedroom is extremely small, consider installing wall-mounted beds and desks that can be folded away when not used, thus leaving much more room for play.

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Play Areas in Other Rooms
In some cases, especially when it comes to younger children, playtime needs to be supervised. Consider including a small play area in rooms where parents spend the most time to ensure safer play. Designate a play corner in your kitchen or living room, and even your home office if you have one. Furniture and toys in the play corners can mimic the main purpose of the room for added learning opportunities. Limit the number of toys used in these small play areas to avoid clutter.
Conquer New Spaces
You might have empty space in your attic or basement, or an unused area below the stairs. These spaces can be modified into wonderful separate playrooms with their own perks. Use the space under the lower parts of slanted ceilings for storage. Think about adapting hallways, stair landings or even walk-in closets into play areas.

Lights and Colors
Whichever space you choose for the playroom, be sure to visually enhance the atmosphere and size of the room by the clever use of colors and lighting. Paint the room white and add brightly colored details and designs to the walls to make it more visually appealing. Boost the color palette further by using curtains, bedding and cushions in bright colors and patterns. If you want a uniform color of the walls other than white, chose lighter, pastel shades in order to make the space appear bigger. Natural light is amazing for playrooms, but in some cases, it will be limited or not available at all. Think of smart artificial lighting solutions that will create a pleasant playing atmosphere while offering just the right amount of light. Consider quality LED lighting options provided by Superlight to make the optimal lighting plan for different play areas.

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Storage
We have already mentioned how useful the space below beds and stairs can be for storage. There are many other options for storing and organizing toys and other belongings: hanging shoe and sweater organizers, pegboards, crates, boxes, baskets, etc. They can also be placed within closets or other closed spaces to avoid visual clutter. Think about installing wall-mounted shelves for books and toys as it is important to use all the available space. Forward facing bookcases that can be placed behind doors are a truly space-efficient idea. Turn seating surfaces into storage units by having storage space below benches or using rolling storage cubes for seating while adding cushions if needed. As these cubes feature wheels, they can also double as easily moveable storage units. You can also place drawers or boxes below desks and activity tables. This way, the children will have all their arts and crafts equipment right where they will be using it. Make sure that all these storage solutions are easily accessible and suitable for the children’s age and height.

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These are only some of the possibilities when it comes to playroom design. As a parent, you will always have to think about practical matters, but just like children, try to be playful and creative to come up with the best solutions to make your home a perfect place for everyone.

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