Dedicating an entire room of the house as a play room is a luxury not everyone has, but for those that have the space it would be a shame not to. Not only will bedrooms be so much tidier if toys are kept in a separate room, but with extra space you can create dens, have art tables and easels, or even turn the space into a role play and fancy dress room! Here are 13 ideas every cool mum should know – or scroll down to my roundup of 39 items to buy for your play room.
1. Party decorations
Who said party decorations are just for parties? Adorn the walls with bunting and tassel garlands to create a year-round upbeat vibe.
2. Chalkboard wall
Let kids draw on the walls– in fact, encourage it. Just paint the walls with chalkboard paint first.
3. Make a cosy nook
Create a super snug area, either in a deep cupboard, under a bed frame or desk, or inside a play tent, teepee or playhouse.
You could also create a cosy window seat area, by building bookcases and book shelves around it to cocoon a reading bench. Or transform a loft or attic space into a cosy reading room.
4. Coat rack
Hang a handy shelf and hooks to organise school rucksacks and gym kits, etc.
If you’ve got the space, hang up some swings!
6. Animal wall
Collect faux animal busts to create a fun and unusual wall display.
Buy a tipi to encourage role play games, and to give them a fun hiding spot.
8. Kid shed
Forget about the She-shed, if you don’t have room in the house for a play room, why not create a play-shed instead, to keep the toys and mess out of the house entirely?
9. Art studio
Keep all art and crafting materials in the play room, and set up an art station. Find easels, or hang a roll of paper from the wall so kids can tear off paper as they like.
Hang some fun neon-lighting for a cheerful and modern touch.
Wallpaper the walls (or ceiling!) in a fun print.
Too expensive, or too much faff? Let the kids stencil or paint the room themselves – give them a clear task, for example Emma Bridgewater style polka dots using a round bristle brush dotted on wall, or make lots of little brush strokes close together like the below wallpaper.
12. Fancy dress
Display all fancy dress clothes onto a fancy dress rack to make outfit changes even easier.
Up-cycle old painting with bold paint, up-cycle boring baskets with colourful pompoms, epicycle simple storage jars by glueing old plastic toys to the top and spray painting them, and just banish boring al-together.
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