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Kids Playroom Ideas

Kids Playroom Ideas

For toddlers and young kids, playtime may look like it's just a bunch of fun. But in reality, it also teaches children valuable social and emotional skills. A playroom that invites unstructured, imaginative play along with messes and experiments can foster creative confidence in your child. Read on for playroom ideas to try in your home.

Center the Space With a Playroom Rug

an orange and white dinosaur playroom rug

Whether you have a dedicated playroom in your home or the play space is combined with the living room, a colorful, playful rug defines an area as a space for play. Rugs with roads or railroad tracks encourage interaction, and rainbow or alphabet rugs can aid in your toddler’s language development. Avoid shag rugs for the playroom – there’s no need to give yourself a headache over an inevitable spill. Low-pile rugs are easy to clean, and they come in plenty of fun patterns, such as outer space, dinos, animals, and more.


Make Room for Pals With Plenty of Playroom Seating

mini white mid-century modern accent chair for playroom seating

From bean bags to foldable futons, benches to mini accent chairs, playroom seating comes in many forms. Give your kiddos a variety of seating types so they can choose the best chair for the activity at hand. Your little one can sink into a squishy floor cushion for storytime. Meanwhile, a kid-sized dining chair may be a better choice for poring over a jigsaw puzzle. Another upside to plenty of seating is that friends will feel welcome and included when they come over for playdates.


Leverage Cubbies for a Tidier Playroom

modular cubby storage, a playroom organization idea

Toy boxes are classic playroom organization staples, but they can make clutter feel worse when every toy gets shoved inside. For a playroom idea that improves organization, try keeping toys in cubbies. Pick a cubby or cube storage unit with enough spaces to organize all your little one’s playthings. You can add boxes or baskets if open shelves still look too messy. Then collaborate with your kiddo to decide where each toy should live so they can learn the responsibility of cleaning up after playtime.


Choose a Cozy Corner for a Reading Nook

children's bean bag chair for playroom reading nook

In interior design, refuges include small spaces with lowered ceilings. These cozy craters make humans feel safe and secure but not claustrophobic — all the better for escaping into the fantastical worlds of books. You can create a reading refuge for your child just by rearranging the playroom furniture. Situate an armchair, bean bag, or floor cushion near a wall or corner. Then close off the reading area with other furniture or decor. For example, hang a canopy to easily add some privacy to a busy playroom. Or extend a bookcase from the wall so that the reading nook doubles as a home library.


Curate a Little Library With Playroom Bookshelves

tall bookshelf and wall shelves with picture books in a kids playroom

Make the playroom a place for both learning and fun with books and magazines on subjects that excite your child. Magazine rack shelves are ideal for picture books and editions of Highlights or Natural Geographic Kids. Meanwhile, low horizontal bookcases are still easy to reach but are more versatile for organizing a budding chapter book collection. Curious kids may attempt to climb tall bookshelves, so be sure to secure shelves to a wall to prevent dangerous tip-overs.


Include an Activity Table for Self-Guided Projects

grey playroom table for arts and crafts

Central to any playroom furniture setup is a dedicated craft or activity table. High-sided tables keep puzzle pieces and building blocks from getting lost during play. Meanwhile, a flat tabletop lets your little one work comfortably on art projects to make their masterpiece come to life. Some table and chair sets come with just two seats. Add a few extra chairs or stools so that the stuffed animals can join the tea party or friends can color, too.


Dedicate a Gallery Wall to Showing Off Cute Kid Art

gallery wall playroom idea

Your child is a creative genius in the making, so why not put their finest works on display? Mount your favorite kid art in matching picture frames, then hang them on the wall amongst prints from professional artists. To encourage your child’s growing self-expression, invite them to curate the gallery wall. After they pick out their favorite coloring pages, macaroni collages, and finger paintings, it’s your job to hang their art for all to see.


Encourage Pretend Play With an Indoor Fort

play tent for toddler playroom

Kids don’t need much to drift away in flights of fancy – even a cardboard box can transform into a rocket ship or pirate ship. But if packing materials don’t fit your playroom decor scheme, a fort dedicated to make-believe is a stylish playroom idea that gives your child a private place to read, play, nap, and pretend. An indoor playhouse is both sturdy and interactive, but it does have a large footprint. If short on space, collapsible play tents still provide a picturesque setting for make-believe, but you can choose to put them away when playtime is over.


Organize Dress-Up Items in a 3-Drawer Chest

white children's dresser with cubby shelves

Children learn many valuable skills while pretending. When your child uses their imagination to play dress-up, they build self-esteem, sympathy, and empathy by exploring different identities. Sometimes that may be wearing a parent’s dress shoes, and other times it’s donning a lab coat and stethoscope to play doctor. If your little one loves playing dress-up, keep their favorite costumes and accessories organized with a small dresser in the playroom.

If you’re setting up the playroom in combination with the living room, then you may want to kid-proof your couch, too. Our guide on the Best Kid-Friendly Fabric for Sofas goes over options that hold up in a fight against juice box spills and acrylic paint handprints.