The imagination of a child knows no bounds. If you take your cue from that “anything goes” philosophy, you might just create an extraordinary custom playroom where little minds, hands, and feet can explore.
Fancy is great, but it’s not a requirement. One of the most wonderful things about children is that they don’t need anything elaborate or expensive to be inspired and have fun. All they need is a safe space, room to explore, and good old fashioned permission to be a kid.
One of the greatest gifts you ever give your child might very well be a space of his or her own. Here are some great ideas that could spark your own imagination, or at least get you started and don't forget to include your kids when planning a custom playroom for them.
Bedroom with a Custom Playroom Inside
What could be more fun than waking up each morning inside your very own playroom? When you convert part of your child’s bedroom into a special place to play, you’ve done just that.
Depending on the size of your child’s bedroom, you could fashion a playhouse, complete with front door, windows, and even window boxes, like this one. But it doesn’t have to be this fancy. A store-bought playhouse would work just as well.
A playroom within a bedroom is good if you’re short on space elsewhere in the house. There is one significant drawback, though. It might be tough to switch gears from play to sleep when the playhouse is just across the room so be prepared to spend some time helping your child adjust to their new space.
Claim Space Under the Stairs for a Child's Playroom
Many homes with a staircase have no real use for the space underneath. In some homes, it's open. In others, it’s an inefficient closet that might have nothing more inside than a long-forgotten card table and a broken vacuum cleaner. A child would likely have no trouble putting that spot to good use as a custom playroom.
A playhouse or playroom under the stairs can become part of the home’s design, or you can leave a standard closet door so the interior doesn’t alter the look of the rest of your home. Either way, what’s small to an adult is perfect for a pint-sized occupant.
There are some dangers to a playroom under the stairs. In homes where there is a closet, the space is generally not insulated well, and it’s often unfinished. There may be nails or screws exposed, and the lighting might not be much more than a light bulb with a pull chain. When converting this type of space into a custom playroom, you’ll need to finish it as if it were any other room in the house, and be sure the door can’t lock.
Turn an Unused Dining Room into a Playroom
If your home is like many others, the dining room is almost never used as it was intended, so it's time to consider converting it to a beautiful custom playroom. Think about all the square footage that’s going to waste, and how your child could find his or her own space to stretch out and create. It's also a great location as you're nearby whenever you're working in the kitchen.
In a dining room, you’ve got a couple of options. You can erect a wall or install doors to close it off from the rest of the house to contain the noise, or decide to leave the playroom open.
A dining room conversion has a lot going for it. Playtime is a lot easier to supervise when it’s not in a far-away area of the house, the space is larger than others you might convert, and the bones of the room are already finished. All you need to do is add as much or as little to it as you like to transform it into your child’s favorite spot on Earth.
As an art room, it’s ideal. You can paint a wall with chalkboard paint, because who doesn’t love to write on the walls? Set up play stations with tables and toys or games, and maybe even mount and hang a tire swing from the ceiling joists. Anything goes as long as it's safe.
A custom playroom is custom because you design it. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It only has to let your child feel safe to play. If you’ve got part of a bedroom, an unused closet, or any other space in the house, you can give your child something everyone wants — a place where they feel free to be who they are.