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Converting an Extra Bedroom or Basement into a Playroom

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Kids needs a space to play, to be creative and use their imaginations. A place to create their own worlds and release all of their endless energy. You probably don't want all of that energy to create a disaster in your living room. Turning an extra bedroom or basement into a playroom will give them the freedom to play indoors without disrupting the rest of your house. The space you use will change as they age so make the space transformable so it can grow with them.

Make sure your basement is an appropriate space

If you are converting an unfinished basement into a playroom, make sure that it is safe for your kids (and you) to spend time in. It should be properly insulated and should have an egress window as an emergency exit. Make sure that there are no leaking pipes and that the ceiling is completed. 

Plan around adult spaces

As you kids grow up they'll be able to play by themselves with little supervision. But when they're toddlers, you'll want an adult to be present to make sure they don't get hurt or fight. Kids also won't want to stay in a basement playroom if they know you're upstairs in the kitchen. Include an adult area adjacent to the play space. This could be a comfy couch and entertainment center, a home gym or a laundry room. Your kids will be able to play, and you won't get bored watching them. Separate the spaces with a curtain or room divider that you can leave open while kids are around and closed when they're not.

Install carpet tiles

Whether your playroom is in the basement or an extra bedroom, wall-to-wall carpeting is the safest flooring option for children of all ages. Carpet tiles are easy to install and easy to clean. They'll hold up to spills and rough-housing and if the carpet gets stained, you can replace one tile instead of the entire rug.

Give it a fresh coat of paint

Since the space will grow and change with your child, give it a fresh coat of paint in a clean neutral color. As your kid's interests change, the room can too. It might seem like a great idea to paint a giant mural when your kids are young, but when the theme wears out it will be difficult to change. Save the decorations for removable decals and wall paper that can easily be changed and rearranged.

Pick out durable, inexpensive furniture

The furniture in your playroom is going to experience tons of wear and tear. From the ottoman that transforms into a pirate ship to the cabinets that double as a princess castle, the furniture has to hold up. The most forgiving and cleanable fabric for upholstery is ultra suede. However, you don't need to invest in crazy expensive pieces. Check out second hand stores or garage sales for furniture in decent condition. You won't have toddlers around forever so the furniture only has to look good and last for around five years. 

Maximize storage space

Storage is the most important feature of a playroom. Toys are going to be strewn around everywhere, it's inevitable. It's no problem, as long as they have a place to go at the end of the day. Instead of shelves, incorporate cubby units with baskets. The baskets can be moved around from room to room to collect toys, making it easier for kids to clean up. You can also hide extra storage under benches and in trunks to save space.

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on July 18, 2016 - Moving Expert
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