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How to create a fun playroom

What do you really need to create a fun playroom? (and a great nursery) After we got our little one, we have been thinking a lot about what we need for him. Usually it’s less than you think. Here are my Top Tips, what all belongs in the children’s room and what you can safely leave out.

Please excuse the mess,

the kids are making memories.

Baby nursery

For babies, only two things are really important: the love of the parents and a safe environment. Most children’s furniture can be bought second-hand, so you save money and also do something good for the environment. 

Especially in the beginning we paid attention to a quiet environment. Bright earth tones are a good choice – especially if you prefer a gender-neutral environment. Alternatively, black and white is also very nice, but for most people it is too harsh a contrast. Did you know that all babies even prefer black and white because the contrast makes it easier for them to see the object?

A crib is sweet, you can put a mobile over it. Maybe you even make it yourself? Talking about DIYing – especially for the changing table you don’t need to spend a lot of money: a chest of drawers with a self-made border will do. Just get four long boards at a hardware store and a board that covers the top of your drawer. Then put a changing mat on it and you have a unique changing table. A trolley (e.g. from Ikea) is always good for having nappies and wet wipes at hand. In the chest of drawers you can put all your baby’s things and then you have everything you need for the basic equipment.

Neutral crib in a nursery

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Neutral Nursery with Diaper Changing Table

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With older children it becomes a little more complex. The children’s room has to fulfill a lot of tasks: Playing, sleeping, painting, being creative and at best, being big enough for friends who come to visit. Quite a lot for just one room – if you want it is like an own little apartment. Retreats for reading and cuddling are just as important as living out creativity and discovering new ideas. If you don’t have so much space or a small budget, that’s not so bad either. You can still create a fun playroom for them. Here are a few tips on how to furnish the children’s room in a way that is both beautiful and practical. This is also possible on a small budget – usually only requires a little more research. Come on, let’s dive into the world of children’s rooms.

A fun playroom – Children’s bed

At some point, even the smallest children will grow up and need their own bed. Great are beds at ground level like this house bed. It is also relatively cheap to get on Amazon. A garland, balls of light and cuddly pillows make the whole thing cozy. A cute idea is to hang a curtain over the back of the bed, so you can hide in the bed and especially small children feel safe. Now a good night story, a big kiss and the night can begin…

House bed with a kid sitting in it

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Wall design

Board paint on the wall is a nice idea to spark the creativity of children. The best way to do this is to use blackboard foil, from which you can also cut out cool motifs such as clouds, stars, etc. Simply attach chalk on a string next to it and you can start painting. Maybe your child is the next great artist?

Chalkboard poster in a playroom

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Posters are an easy and super cheap way to decorate the children’s room. If the kid learns something, for example by hanging up an ABC or number poster, you will have killed two birds with one stone.

Kids ABC Poster

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Climbing walls are especially great for older children. This is really what a fun playroom means. So they can also let off steam indoors when it rains or snows. Especially in winter this is worth its weight in gold. To be on the safe side, it is best to put a gym mat or beanbag on the floor below.

Playroom with climbing wall

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Variable storage space

Variable storage space is always a good idea. To make the children’s room look tidy, chests are great – the Stuva series from Ikea is therefore really helpful. The chest can also be pushed out and used as a desk. This way you can save space and the chest fulfills several functions at the same time. Simple cheap baskets are another way to store toys. An organizer at the bed helps to hide little treasures.

Playroom with Ikea Stuva in it

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The toy rotation principle has also proven its worth: selected pieces are beautifully presented on a shelf according to the Montessori approach. Maria Montessori was an Italian teacher who was interested in the environment of children (here you can find the Wikipedia article about her) Thus, the toys on the shelf are the first to be seen by the child and are usually the most played with. Through a monthly rotation all toys are played with and nothing is always lying around. Toys that are never looked at, we sort out.

Playroom with shelf Montessori approachAdobeStock – Yuri-U

A table is perfect for building things on or being creative. Crafting, playing with play-dough and of course eating on it are the main functions of a table. Nevertheless, we think it is optional, so if you don’t have enough budget or space, just leave it out. But especially if you have frequent visits from friends it is worth thinking about buying one. Maybe a second hand option is right for you and your little ones?

Being creative at a table kids

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The floor is a gladly neglected part of the children’s room. We have found that a simple wooden floor is great – it is quick to clean and feels great. If your kids likes it cozy, just lay a small carpet. This can be fixed with adhesive carpet tape, so nothing slips.

Playing on a wooden floor

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As a little special idea we have installed a mailbox in our children’s room. Kids love to get mail (because they don’t know yet that as an adult you usually get bills) and why not make a small mailbox especially for them? Our ritual is to put little pieces of paper in the mailbox and tell them what we love about our little man. Sometimes we also put a little treasure map in the mailbox with our plans for the weekend. The possibilities are endless, just get creative.

Letter box for children

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I hope, I’ve inspired you with my best-of playroom tips.

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