Child-height hooks and storage keep toys organized yet accessible.
Toys seem to take on a life of their own, migrating throughout the house, waiting to trip you when you least expect it. If you're lucky enough to have a playroom, you have a better chance of keeping the mess contained. But you don't want to just dump all of your toddler's toys in a room and let him play. An efficient design makes the space toddler-friendly so he can play on his own. Don't forget about yourself. If you plan to hang out in the playroom with your toddler, create your own little space inside.
1Measure the playroom so you know how much space you're working with for the design. Sketch out the playroom with the dimensions so you can get a general layout idea.
2Paint the room a bright color to make it an exciting place to play. Add a mural or wall stickers to add a toddler-friendly touch.
3Install flooring that is durable and easy to clean, such as tile or laminate. If you don't want to replace the existing floor, use kids' foam floor tiles or large area rugs to cover the floor. Don't spend a lot of money on expensive flooring or accessories as they'll get a lot of abuse in the playroom.
4Position large toys and furniture in the room first. Items like tables, play kitchens, seating and storage units take up the most space. Place them so they don't interrupt the flow of the room or block windows and doors.
5Set up different play areas around the room. Ideas include a dramatic play or dress-up area, art zone, building area and a reading corner. Set up a seating area for adults in one part of the room. Separating the space into different play areas keeps the toys organized and allows your toddler to play more easily with each item.
6Leave an open space in the playroom for general play. Arrange the furniture and open space so your toddler can move around the room freely to different play areas.
7Install storage throughout the playroom. Utilize an existing closet for storing toys and games. Use shelving, bins, drawer units and hooks on the wall to keep the toys organized. Give each toy or game a specific storage spot so you can keep it all straight.
- Keep some toys in a closet so only part of your toddler's toys are available to play with. After a few weeks, pull out some of the toys from the closet and put other toys away. This rotation keeps the playroom interesting since he regularly has different toys to use.
EditThings You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Storage units