Every parent knows just how much energy kids have and how important it is to get rid of that extra energy during the day if you want to have peaceful evenings and nights. Probably the best way for kids to have fun and tire out is through play, ideally somewhere away from your expensive flat-screen TV and fragile living room decorations. The basement could be the perfect place for a kids’ playroom once it’s fixed up and decorated. So, roll up your sleeves and get decorating!
First things first
Turning your basement into a fun playroom isn’t just about decoration and toys. Especially if your basement has been lying empty, unused and neglected for some time, you need to check the condition of your walls and windows. Most basements need additional insulation as well as energy-efficient windows to provide light and ventilation. Also, make sure to check all your pipes for leaks and your ceiling for any damage. Only after you’ve made sure the space is completely safe, you can start your renovation.
Provide them with a soft place for play
Kids, and especially toddlers, love to play on the floor, chase and roll around. That’s why it’s very important to provide them with soft carpets or mats that will protect their sensitive knees and palms. However, since basements are usually prone to moisture and kids often spill food and drinks, wall-to-wall carpets might not be an ideal solution. Instead, invest in some square carpet tiles for the play area and vinyl tiles for other parts. These squares can be individually replaced in case of damage and are very easy to install and maintain.
Make it durable
Even though they are small, kids can be quite destructive, especially when they’re in the middle of a heated game. So, make sure to opt for durable materials and fabrics for toys and furniture. The best choices for spaces like this are linen and polyester. These materials seem delicate at the first glance, but they are actually very wear-and-tear resistant and easy to clean. Leather is another easy-to-clean material that is super attractive and luxe. Also, make sure to choose toys that are durable and can be washed.
Create a relaxation station
Kids’ play is a very tiring activity that demands frequent drink and snack breaks. Make sure to provide your kids with a cozy place for quiet moments and short breathers. Spacious sofas are great for afternoon naps and reading sessions in the evening. Also, parents can also benefit from comfy seating since keeping an eye on your kids is quite important, especially while they are fairly young. Position the seating furniture in a way that allows you to watch your kids and the television at the same time. Take the furniture orientation into consideration before you start designing if you want to end up with fully functional space comfortable both for kids and adults.
Maximize storage space
Your basement playroom will have to house many different toys, building blocks, dolls, model cars, board games, play props and costumes, so make sure to provide ample storage. It will help you and your kids keep the room clutter-free and well organized, and it will make cleanups much easier and quicker. Baskets, plastic containers and credenza with drawers are all great and inexpensive storage solutions but don’t forget to install a few open shelves. Kids take great pride in their possessions and they love to display their toys and action figures for the whole world to see.
Surprise your kids with a fun and colorful playroom and they will make many beautiful memories, create imaginary worlds, take different roles and play until they are ready to hit the bed and continue their games in their dreams.
Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time. She can be contacted at Facebook and Twitter