One of the great things you can do for your kids is give them a space within your home that’s just for them. A basement works great, as does a spare bedroom, but you can also just put more work into their bedroom. It doesn’t matter where you put it, what matters is how you set it up. To help you out, here are some suggestions on how you can create a fun space for your little ones.
Give it a Fresh Paint Job
For starters, consider giving the space a new coat of paint. The color of a room plays a large role in determining the atmosphere you’re trying to present. If this is a fun space for your kids, they likely don’t want a room that looks like it belongs in a hotel lobby. Try to choose a color that’s fun and something that goes with any existing furniture.
It’s a good idea to do any painting first, before you start adding in any furniture or doing any organizing. Painting a room is a messy job, so it’s best to get it out of the way first, before you do any more serious work on the room. For some suggestions on how to pick out a good paint color, check out this guide.
Keep the Room Organized
Kids are good at a lot of things, but one thing most of them struggle with is organization. If you put a child in a room, it doesn’t take long before the room is a mess, and everything is all over the place. If you’re going to put work into giving your little ones their own space, you probably want to keep it as nice as you can. To do this, you’ll need to make it easy for your kids to keep it clean.
When setting up the room, come up with a clear organizing plan. For instance, you can grab a big toy chest for all of their toys to go in. Or you can buy some big plastic tubs to store all their different odds and ends. Shelves are also great if your kids have a lot of books or DVDs. If your kids are old enough to read, consider placing some labels on the storage bins to describe what goes in each. Then it’s just a matter of staying on top of your kids and ensuring they use the system you set up. It won’t always be perfect, but it’s better than nothing.
Add Kid-Friendly Furniture
For this space, you’re likely not going to add some high-end furniture. Kids are messy, and they like to jump around on whatever they find. Adding in some expensive furniture is a big mistake, as it probably won’t take your kids too long to ruin it. Instead, add some kid-friendly furniture.
Kid-friendly furniture can mean two things. For instance, you can find furniture that is stain resistant, so you don’t have to worry about spills. You could also find furniture that is cheap – think garage sales – so that you don’t mind if something happens to it. When buying furniture for the room, keep your kids in mind. Just like you don’t want them spilling something on an expensive leather couch, you also don’t want to get them a bookshelf where they can’t reach the top.
Decide on What Technology to Use
One thing you’ll have to decide about this room is how much technology you want to add. Some parents prefer to make this a media hub for their kids – a place where they can play video games or watch TV. Other parents want to create a space where there is zero technology, opting instead for a place where kids can play quietly and use their imagination.
Which method you go with will be up to you. Do you want this space to be a quiet area for your kids to read? Or should it be a place where your kids can play classic N64 games? When deciding, keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It’s perfectly fine to want a quiet area for your kids, while also having a TV in there that they can occasionally use.
Make It Safe
Ideally, this space your creating will be one where your kids can play without constant parental supervision. For this to happen, the space needs to be safe. There are a few ways you can achieve this.
To start, make sure there are no sharp edges on any of the furniture pieces. Kids like to run around, and you don’t want them to accidentally run into the corner of a coffee table. Next, make sure all wires and electrical outlets are well protected. All wires should be tucked safely behind furniture pieces, while unused outlets are plugged up.
How you protect this area will also depend on the age of your child. For example, if you have younger children, you likely don’t want any toys there with small pieces that could be swallowed. Or, if you have older children, you’ll likely want to place some parental controls on your TV and computers. Childproofing the room is an essential step, so give it the attention it deserves. For more advice, this guide on childproofing a room is a good place to start.
Get Your Kid’s Input
Finally, when making all these decisions, you should get input from your kid. What do they want in the room? What paint color would they like? How should the furniture be arranged? Getting input from your kid helps them to feel more engaged in the process, so that the space feels more like their own. Of course, if your children are too young to provide input you’ll have to decide everything on your own, but as they get older you can ask for suggestions on how to improve things. Who knows, your child could be the world’s next great interior decorator, and getting their input now is what sparks them on their future career.
The Benefits of a Fun Space
As any parent knows, kids have a way of taking over the entire home. One day you stop to look around and you notice there are toys in every room, all over the place. To give your home some semblance of order, give your kids their own fun space. By designating an area of the home that is just for them, you can help to manage some of the chaos.
Hopefully this guide was able to provide you with some ideas on how you can create a fun space for your little ones. It’ll take a little bit of work and money, but in the end both your kids and your home will thank you for it.