Families with more than one child know the struggle of shared play spaces. Solving the problems of safety, storage, and room decor while making everyone happy can feel like an impossible task. If you, like us at Modernize, want to create a beautiful and functional playroom for children of various ages, then check out the following tips.
The first step to creating the perfect all-age playroom is organization. In order for everyone to get along in a shared play space, everything needs to be neat, tidy, and properly arranged. Have a dedicated study space for older children to complete their homework and homeschooling tasks (ideally a desk or wall cubicle) on one side of the room. Fill the other corners of the room with a variety of play areas: one for dress up and imaginative play, another for crafts and messy play, and another for reading and resting. If you are working with less than ideal space, consider rotating your play areas on a weekly or monthly basis. After you’ve made sure to find a place for everything, put everything in its place. Proper storage is essential in shared spaces such as these, so get creative with storage receptacles and label them if you need to remember where everything should go. Getting the kids involved not only saves you time but also encourages them to take ownership of their playroom.
This teepee, rug, and beanbag combination makes a perfect quiet corner, suitable for everyone.
Storage units like these are perfect for hiding lots of toys underneath seating areas (check out the super organized photograph labels!).
After you’ve organized your playroom to your (and your kids’) liking, it’s time to decorate. Choose age appropriate and neutral colors and designs that will please everyone. Modern art prints, family photos, and your own children’s framed art can work perfectly as wall decoration, so the bigger and brighter, the better. Storage units can double as decorative display areas if you use attractive wicker or rattan storage baskets or choose to display a few vintage wooden toys on the open shelves.
Bright, whimsical prints like these pop off white walls, while a few traditional toys on open shelving units do double duty as playthings and decorative accessories.
Choose unique shelving units, bold prints, and bright accent walls to take your playroom to the next level of design.
The final step in creating an all-age playroom is making sure it is safe for everyone. If you have babies and younger toddlers sharing space with older children and teenagers, consider making part of your room a baby-only zone, with padded corners, soft cushioned floors, and age-appropriate toys separate from the rest of the room. When storing toys, keep Legos and games with small parts, scissors, and other sharp objects well out of the reach of youngsters in sealed storage boxes or on higher shelves. Eliminate climbing and falling risks as much as possible with closed storage units and toddler friendly tables and chairs.
This playroom ticks all the boxes when it comes to safety: a floor-to-ceiling storage unit that is virtually impossible to climb, lots of places to store more dangerous items, and multiple play spaces for children of all ages and sizes.
Both older and younger children will love playing alongside each other with these big and small desks, while pens and pencils can be stored out of reach on floating shelves.