Designing a Playful and Organized Kids' Room: Inspiration and Ideas

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If you’re a parent, it may often feel like your kids are always underfoot. There’s always something going on. They need a snack, want you to settle an earth-shattering dispute about who won the game they’ve been playing, or just want a bit of time with you. But even on the days when it feels like they’re more attached to you than your shadow, they still need their own space.

Design it as an exciting, easy-to-maintain place. They’ll want to spend time in their room, and you won’t be left constantly picking up after the fun or trying to find a place for the seemingly endless toys, crafts, and whatever else finds its way in there. Below, you’ll find creative ways to organize the clutter and maximize the fun.

Look From Their Eyes

The world is often made for adults, meaning a lot of furniture and basic items are designed with us in mind. That’s great for the rest of the house, but it doesn’t always work in kids’ rooms. That’s particularly true if your kids are still small. When you begin designing the playroom, imagine it as they’ll see it. Don’t look at it from your own perspective.

If you need a real visual, get down to their height and look around you. Could you easily put toys back into a bin on top of a full-sized dresser? Could you hang up your jacket on a hook you struggle to reach on tip-toes? The room should be accessible to the kids meant to occupy it. It makes picking up easier, and they’ll be able to find things they’re looking for. In other words, accessibility fosters independence.

To pull this off, you can look for adjustable furniture or things designed with children in mind. You won’t have to do it with every item. For instance, if you buy your child a standard-sized desk to do their homework, grab a chair that has an adjustable height. Both items will grow with them, limiting what you have to replace later on.

Make a Display Place

Some kids go through phases and interests at a rapid pace. Dinosaurs are the most important things in the world for three months, then they’re onto sharks, princesses, space, superheroes, and so on. While they’re in the middle of a new interest, it’s everywhere. Try dedicating a wall, or at least a special shelf, to their current interests. They can put up their favorite figures, toys, pictures, or whatever else they want to have out. It makes the items easy to find and easy to change to something new when the next interest rolls along.

With a dedicated display area, the room reflects whatever they’re into and always feels like their place. If you have more than one child, add a spot for each one. They can be as big or small as the room allows, making this idea easily customizable. You might opt for floating shelves, choose a small bookshelf, or use a table.

Add a Rug

Rugs are a saving grace regardless of your flooring. If you have hardwood, it gives kids a soft, inviting spot to play. If you have carpet, it helps contain the mess and (ideally) keeps most of it off your floor, especially if you find a washable rug. They’re a great way to add color and playfulness, too, since they can be any color or design you can think of. Get your kids in on the action and let them help choose the design. After all, it is their room!

Mind the Colors

Colors influence mood, inspire creativity, and make or break a space. They’re also easy to change. After all, it just takes a coat of paint or new wallpaper to completely alter a room’s appearance. Kids, just like adults, have preferences. They know their favorite color and what they enjoy being around. Let them weigh in. If your child loves the color purple, for instance, consider painting their door in their favorite shade or add in an accent wall with a fun purple wallpaper design. You can go as big or small with it as you please.

Painting or big wallpaper projects are tricky if you’re renting, but there are many other options out there. Peel and stick decals are easy to apply and remove. They offer a great opportunity to add color and whimsy to the playroom without permanently altering the space or leaving you with a headache (or lost deposit) on move-out day.

Create Built-In Systems

Kids need organizational skills, and it’s a great idea to teach them within the confines of their own special space. Creating a system with them is often the best way.

One of the simplest ways to do this is to grab a cube organizer and different cubes. They typically don’t take up a lot of space on their own and fit neatly against a wall. Let your child help you decide what goes in each cube. For instance, the blue cube is for all the sea creature toys, the red cube is for art supplies, the yellow cube is for blocks, and so on. When they’re finished playing, they’ll know exactly where each type of toy goes. You can even label the bins to remind them. It makes clean-up easier, and they’ll know where to find what they’re searching for.

Store Wisely

Filling the kids’ room with furniture leaves little space for playing or enjoyment, especially if you’re working with a small space already. Instead, find versatile storage solutions. Look for under-the-bed storage containers or a bedframe with built-in storage or include a comfortable storage bench that doubles as seating.

Final Thoughts

Whether it’s a bedroom or a playroom, there are many ways to create a kids’ room that pleases them and you. Spoken is an excellent way to get everything you need to dream up and create a beautiful place for your children. When you search for that perfect bunk bed or dresser, Spoken handles the price comparison. You’ll see the best furniture discounts and deals across multiple retailers, so you know you’re getting the best price possible. Shop happy and sane with Spoken.

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