I love cubby furniture for kids. When there are little cubbies, it just makes it easy to organize toys in baskets and bins. And these are essential in a playroom. Find them on clearance, pick them up at garage sales, or make a visit to IKEA.
You will notice that my bins and baskets also have labels. When the kiddos are really little, you can make photo labels to encourage putting things away in the right spot. Or you can just choose a cute font and ribbon and help yourself and older kiddos know where to put things away.
Another thing I love to do in our playroom is display books. I choose a theme based on holidays, seasons, or subject area. I prop up the books on easels and change them out periodically. Love the look of this!
I also love to have "areas" or "nooks" in the playroom. Creating a reading nook, a game area, a coloring table, an ABC corner. Look around your playroom and decide the best spot for each area and the areas that your children would love to have in this room!
I am a teacher and so I love books! Having a book cubby is a great way to organize books. Eventually these books might become organized by subject area, type, favorite author and so on. But for now they are more organized by size and collections. It's the perfect spot to pull out a basket of books and spend some time reading. Our big stuffed puppy encourages some cuddling while reading too!
Now you will notice some shelves that extend out into the playroom. This is a great way to split the room in half or in areas. You dont' want to have toys just lining the walls. These cubby shelves organize the room and also "hide" some of the bigger toys from being the first thing you notice when you walk in. On top of the shelves are some cute stuffed toys, container baskets for larger items, and cute canisters for some ABC letters.
Some of our toys are lined up on the wall, because it's the best way to use the space. But not the whole room is lined up. The kitchen set we have in here is a little wooden way I picked up for $10 at a garage sale. I added some cute fabric to match the walls and hide some cooking toys behind it. I love "hiding" things when I decorate and organize!
A small table is essential in any playroom. My kiddos love to use this table for coloring, eating a snack, playing a board game, or just sitting down and relaxing. And some beautiful photos of my kiddos personlize the room. They need to know it was created for them!
And a playful looking rug is the perfect place to encourage kiddos to do some wrestling, tickling, and playtime!
Our t.v. and video space is wonderful. The television is at their level. They are able to browse through the videos and choose one to watch every once in a while. And adding some toys and stuffed characters make it playful and fun! A beanbag chair welcomes your child to sit down and relax.
Don't forget finding a place somewhere in the room for artwork and craft projects. I hung two magnet boards on one of our walls. And I love to add new artwork here whenever I can. It is so much fun to see what they have created and it fills the room with color and personalization again.
My newest favorite find is this darling gumball machine! Filled with cheerios or goldfish and it's a yummy snack for your kiddos too!
Make the best use of space possible. Even the back of a door can be a great place to organize toys.
And don't forget closets or the attic. Our attic has a full-size door that is accessed right there in the playroom. The kiddos can open the door and find their dress-up clothes to play with. Look at how much fun is waiting for them here! My cutie pies can't resist dressing up and having some pretend time!
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our playroom and feel inspired to create a kid-friendly space in your home where a kid can be a kid! Share any tips or ideas you have for making a fun and organized playroom.