If it’s too hot, too cold, too rainy or too dark outside, kids are stuck indoors. That’s when a designated playroom would be ideal! But what if you don’t have a room you can devote to play? Take heart, there are still options available. Take advantage of room you do have by converting, dividing or even improvising with “found” space.
Take a close look at your home, rethinking use of each room. Can room use be swapped around? Do you have a seldom-used formal living room or dining room that can be converted to a kid’s playroom? Can attic, basement or garage space be cleaned up to use for play? A loft, den or spare bedroom easily converts to a kid’s play area. (It’s ok for guests to sleep elsewhere ‘til the kids are grown.)
If you have part of a room available, use storage units, room dividers, furniture or fabric to create separate areas. Take a corner of a guest room or den and create a play area. Partition a section of a basement, attic, garage or family room for the kid’s corner. Split room designs are a great way to create multi-use areas but be sure to select a spot where noise can be tolerated.
My favorite spaces are “found” in unused areas of the house. Dead space under stairs can become a hideaway by enclosing, installing a light inside, and adding a door and window. Walk-in closets, enclosed porches, and areas under peaked dormer windows make great havens. Kids will gravitate toward pint-size spaces proportionate to their size so make sure to not cram too much into a confined space.
When all is said and done, it doesn’t really matter to the kids if the play area is a separate room or a corner in the den. It isn’t the size of the space that is the issue. Kids just need a place they can call their own…..where they won’t be scolded for leaving toys out for a while.
The full Kids Playroom Creation Series:
- Kids Playroom Creation: Family Benefits
- Kids Playroom Creation: How to Designate an Area
- Kids Playroom Creation: Top Tips to Remember Part-1
- Kids Playroom Creation: Top Tips to Remember Part-2
- Kids Playroom Creation: Making it Family-Friendly