Design Advice: Organizing Playrooms

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Answering our first client question: “How do I begin organizing my son’s toys and activities for a playroom? They’re everywhere!”

This is the perfect question for us to answer right now because we are working on a playroom project for a client that desperately needs some organization! We’ll break down our process for you and hopefully give you some ideas on where you can get started. 

For our client, #ANSAchicplayroom, we are turning her old dining room into a family room playroom. It is open to her formal living room space which is already designed so chicly, that we wanted to make sure the playroom fit in with the high-end aesthetic of the space, while still being a room that caters to children. 

  1. Assess your inventory: You can’t design a room for something when you don’t know what’s going in. The first step was to bring in all the toys and activities from all over the house, and into the dining room. Go through everything and make categories like: building materials, activity books, art supplies, dolls, etc. Purge whatever your children have grown out of or you won’t use again, and hold onto the rest.
  2. Assess the size and scale: Once everything is grouped together, look at each category and see how much space does it actually take up? Do you have lots of little items or big heavy items? What would be the best way to store them so they would be easy for your children to see and access and use them? What can be put away for now?
  3. Look for the right storage system: The IKEA Trofast system is incredibly popular for the various sized buckets that come with it so you can customize it to your needs. This is where you determine if you want open shelving with baskets or closed behind doors or drawers. Again, this really comes down to your children and how they play. 
  4. Remember their furniture: Organizing their toys is one part. They also need places to sit, to work at, to lounge and lay down. Once the system is in place, kids love to grab their activity for the day and sit at their own table made for them! 
  5. Consider who else is using the room: Sometimes a playroom is just a playroom for the kids. In the case of our client, the playroom is also going to be where she will have a swing set up for her baby and where she also will be feeding the baby. This room may turn into a cozy family room as well, or perhaps a baby and child playroom. 

The best advice is to make a plan and stick to it. Having everything on the floor serves no one! Especially if your playroom is among the main living rooms and visible from the majority of the house, you’ll want it to look like it fits into the whole look and feel of the home. 

We are always looking for new ideas on how to organize our playrooms, we’d love to hear from you on how you did it! 


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