Designing a fun and stimulating playroom for our toddlers was at the top of our agenda after we moved into our new house.
Although the girls now have bigger bedrooms, we wanted to give them some extra space downstairs that was just for them to play, draw and be creative.
Just a few months after moving into our new home we added a conservatory to the back of the house. This gave the girls a play space that was three metres by three metres in size, plus a set of double doors leading to the garden.
This playroom will be amazing during the summer months when they can run inside and out all day long.
Once your toddler is walking, it’s a good time to reevaluate the space in your home and see where you can adapt the space to suit their growing curiosity.
Having a play space that’s just for them, whether it be their bedroom, a specific room downstairs or a corner of the living room, will encourage them in independent play and help them develop their skills through imaginative play.
It’s also brilliant to have just one space where your child, and you, can indulge yourselves in fun!
Here are some tips and inspiration for creating a toddler playroom:
Make the storage child-friendly
This is probably the most important aspect, as having the right toy storage will enable your child to just potter about and choose what they want to play with, without too much help from you.
Choose low storage that they can reach, and avoid boxes that clip shut in a way your toddler cannot open on their own (unless you’re storing things you only want them to have access to when you’re around).
Involve your toddler in decorating the room
Ask your kids what they want in the room. If you have more than one, there may be different views so find a way to compromise, or make the decor flexible so it can be changed easily.
Wall stickers are a great way of introducing colour and personality, but they can be removed without damaging the walls if your kids change their minds about their favourite cartoon hero!
Don’t crowd the playroom
The room needs to have some open space where your child can spread out and make a mess. If the room is too cluttered, your toddler will struggle to really let loose when it comes to playing.
If the space is tight, prioritise what you really need in there.
To free up space, you can always have different baskets of toys that you rotate out of the room every week and store elsewhere in the meantime.
Make the space practical
Think about your toddler’s favourite things to do, as well as how you want them to use the room.
Avoid putting delicate ornaments up as decorations on shelves, because they may be knocked down during enthusiastic play sessions.
Child-proof sharp edges and think about your toddler’s abilities and how these will evolve. For example my two love to climb, so I make sure tall shelving units are secured to the wall.
Create an art corner
If your toddler is a big fan of painting and drawing, then an art corner will be a great area for a playroom.
Having a hard floor such as laminate is a good idea, as this means it will be wipe clean. If the room has carpet, consider purchasing a waterproof mat that can cover the floor in the art area.
Also choose paint that is easy to clean when your toddler inevitably decides to finger paint it!
A toddler table and chairs are a must
My toddlers love sitting at their little table and chairs together. They draw pictures there, make puzzles or just play with action figures.
Pick chairs that are small enough for your child to climb on themselves. Make sure they are sturdy so don’t tip over easily and ones with a back will be more comfortable.
With the table, make sure there is enough space if you have two or more children who will be using it. My two don’t really like taking turns!
Add creature comforts
Bean bags chairs, soft play mats and cuddly blankets will turn the room into a cozy den.
If you have the space, you could also add a little play tent, or tunnel, for children to play and snuggle up in. These are great for imaginative play, or for sitting and reading a story.
Be practical and fun with the decor
Think of bright colours and a theme that will engage your child’s imagination.
Hard floors are easier to clean, but are more likely to lead to bruises and banged heads during rough and tumble play.
Make it look pretty, with finishing touches such as feature walls, decals, colourful ceiling lights and ogee skirting.
This is a collaborative post.