Toddler Playroom Ideas
Over the past few months it’s become clear that we need a playroom. For a while I thought we’d be fine with our setup in the living room. Then, as toys started to take over, we moved more of the play stuff to Liam’s bedroom which seemed like a good solution but unfortunately, it turns out that didn’t really work for us either. His bedroom is on the second floor which is a great play area when I’m trying to fold laundry or tidy up the bedrooms but it’s just not ideal for most parts of day-to-day life (particularly at the age he’s at where more than a few seconds out of sight is panic inducing). We needed a true playroom that was dedicated to all things toddler but still close enough to the heart of the house that it wasn’t too far from the action. With that, we’ve made the decision to turn our infrequently used first floor guest room into a true playroom. The space was just too valuable for how often someone actually slept in there and even in it’s current state, it had already sort of unofficially become Liam’s playroom.
Image courtesy of I Heart Organizing
Designing a Toddler Playroom
My must-haves for the room include:
1. Storage: I would love for everything in the playroom to have a designated home. I swoon over pictures of organized playrooms like this or this. I’m not sure we’ll ever be quite that organized but I like the philosophy of everything having a home and making Liam a part of returning things to their home at the end of the day.
3. Art Gallery: The playroom seems like the perfect place to display the beautiful works of art Liam comes home from Bright Horizons with and the ones we create at home. I love the use of these curtain wires to create an easy way to display art and want to add something like that to walls of the playroom.
4. Reading Areas: We read a lot and I want to make sure there are several different places for reading in the playroom. I love the idea of some big floor pillows for easy lounging.
5. Table & Chairs: One of my favorite things about Bright Horizons is that starting in infants, children learn to sit in a chair at a table. I’m always amazed to see Liam and his toddler friends sitting and eating together so nicely at their tiny little table. We got a little table (a hand-me-down) which I’m hoping to jazz up with some paint and perhaps make one of these genius oil cloth covers for our messier projects.
7. Working with what we’ve got. I would love to recreate a page from the PB Kids catalog but the reality is the budget for this project is limited. It’s going to involve lots of creativity in terms how to use things we have to get what we need from the room. For example, we have futon from college days that I’ve contemplated using as seating in the playroom. It’s comfortable and would provide a great spot to cuddle up and read. But, it’s capital-U ugly. I really didn’t know if I could stand the sight of that thing on a daily basis. Then I saw how this mom revamped her futon for her daughter’s playroom. Maybe I’m only some paint and fun fabric away from a cute seating area.
Most of all, I want the room to be appropriate for him now but also flexible enough to grow with him so I don’t want to change the whole thing in another year. Any suggestions for what makes a great toddler playroom?