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How to Create A Playroom in a Small Apartment

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Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t make the best use of your space when it comes to kids. Check out some easy ways to help create a playroom in a small apartment.
How to Create A Playroom in a Small Apartment

Kids! They’re great, but come with so much baggage –literally! If you live in a small home or apartment, storing play things and dedicating a play space won’t be a breeze. Here are some tips on how to create a stylish and functional playroom in a small living space:

  1. Use furniture to create an artificial room boundary

Set aside a corner of your living room to be your child’s special space. Use child-friendly furniture to create a visual boundary of the ‘room’, like a low bookcase or a movable desk with plenty of drawers. The idea is to use the space you have as efficiently as possible. Instantly, you have a ‘room’ where all your child’s belongings can be stored. A bookcase does not have to be only used for books. Utilize the space on the shelves for toys.

 

  1. Child-friendly flooring

In a small apartment, it’s probably not realistic to have separate flooring from the rest of the room. However, you can use brightly colored mats and rugs to make the play area look cheerful and bright. Look out for striped or checked rugs in bold colors, or alphabet squares. If your play room is large enough, you could use rugs to help delineate separate areas, such as a book corner and a play area.

 

  1. Comfortable seats that double up as storage

Bean bags always look fun and cozy, which make them instant playroom favorites. However, also look for clever seats that double up as storage, such as a traditional toy chest. This can be used as a bench or a padded stool with a cupboard. Avoid putting adults chairs in the play space, since these take too much space and are useless for children. In fact, no seats should be allowed in the playroom so children get more freedom in terms of space.

 

  1. Make the most of your walls

When space is at a premium, it is important to use walls as much as possible. Hammocks made of netting are great for storing cuddly toys, while a mirror always helps to make the space look larger than it actually is.

 

Use sturdy wall shelves to make a feature of your child’s most attractive possessions, such as a globe or antique doll. His/ her favorites should also be on display for easier retrieval. Look for hooks for hanging items. Let your child choose a theme for their playroom and decorate the walls with the corresponding decals, such as fairies or dinosaurs. Decals are inexpensive and can be easily peeled away without leaving any damage.

 

  1. Tidy away clutter

 

If you have a kid and you are yet to choose a living space, the decision of having a future playroom should be a factor when selecting a home. Choose a condo for sale at Zipmatch and make use of the filters available, like floor plans or measurements. The real estate portal in the Philippines also offer advice on hunting for family friendly condos in Manila and how to childproof your new home.

 

The whole point of having a designated play corner is to keep your kid’s belongings in one area and under control. If your child finds it hard to keep their belongings tidy, help them by having plenty of storage containers around. This setup naturally helps their organizational skills to develop. For example, you can provide a tub for Lego or one vintage tin for pens and crayons.

Looking for more ways to maximize your space? Check out 4 Tips for Making More out of your living space πŸ™‚

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17 Comments

  • Reply janie vezina

    we dont live an apartment, but planning a playroom for the littles and want to max the space used so theres more actual open play area.

    February 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply YVONNE WOODSTOCK

    We-raised-our-5-kids-in-a-large-home,but-once-they-grew-up-and-moved-out..we-sold-the-house-and-moved-to-a-TINY-apt-that-my-husband-and-I-have-lived-at-and-and-LOVE-for-4yrs=now..But,recently-found-out-that-our-1st-grandbaby-is-on-the-way.
    We-are-staying-in-our=tiny-apt.but-some-of-these-ideas-could-be-helpful-to-prepare-for-playdates/visits-with-our-grandchild.

    September 8, 2016 at 5:37 am
  • Reply Dotty J Boucher

    I have a very small place and these are great tips in which I will be using shortly as soon as I empty my boxes, I will be making use of the walls.

    August 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Dandi D

    These are some really great tips to remember for any small space!

    July 27, 2016 at 10:44 am
  • Reply ERICA WEAVER

    YES WE ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND A PLACE FOR THE KIDS TO PLAY WHEN WE MOVE TO A PLACE WITH OUT ENOUGH ROOM THIS INFO WAS GREAT NOW I KNOW WHAT TO DO

    July 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Deborah D

    Thanks for the tips. Inever thought of doing this before. I will have to try it.

    May 1, 2016 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Yes yes yes!! We do all of this in our tiny apartment!! I have heard of people trying to keep toys out of their living room but we don’t have that luxury and Im a ok with that πŸ™‚ My son lives here too πŸ™‚ We love finding ways to fit all his toys and games!! Plus keeping them out means we are more often found playing with them together as a family!

    March 30, 2016 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Danielle Lewis

    Really cute ideas.

    March 3, 2016 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply Lauryn R

    These are all fantastic ideas for creating a play area for your kids in a small space! I have used more than one of these before, utilizing a corner of living room and using bright mats works great! πŸ™‚

    March 2, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Cathy Jarolin

    I enjoyed reading your post! You gave some Great Tips and Ideas! I llike the Book Case idea for their toys!! Using tubs to put all of your same type of play thing! The examples you chooses were One for Crayons and wash off markers! Also for your legos. My grandsons have so many they have to have a bin. They also could have one for all their little match Box cars. I will introduce some of your clever ideas to my Daughters~ Thankyou for Sharing this with us!!

    March 1, 2016 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Laura Bowman

    We don’t live in an apartment but these are great ideas to use no matter where you live! Thanks for the info πŸ™‚

    March 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Sandy Cain

    Oh, I can relate to this one! The first apartment wh had when our daughter was born was jusr tiny! There really was no area for a “playroom”, so we did section of an area, sort of, with furniture (her toychest, actually). But it did work – she knew that the space on 1 side of it was all hers, and gave her a feeling of pride to keep it tidy.

    March 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Sharon Bugar

    I have a very small home, so when my grand children come and play, I want them to enjoy them selves. I really liked your tips about making the most of your walls and using a mirror to make the space appear larger this is something I will have to do.

    March 1, 2016 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Mia

    Great idea. I think finding items that can double as storage and seats is so very helpful and having certain spaces for play and toys certainly helps.

    February 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    I don’t live in an apartment, but I seriously need more space in this little house! lol I wish I had thought about the “kid friendly flooring” before we had kiddos! Our carpet is awful now! lol

    February 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm
  • Reply Kara Marks

    Great suggestions, although I live in a decent-sized duplex. I need better storage in the bedroom I use for my grandsons’ things.

    February 27, 2016 at 11:55 pm
  • Reply Erin Will

    I don’t live in an apartment but one of my good friends does with 2 kids. I will pass these on to her, a few I want to use in my own home! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    February 27, 2016 at 10:59 pm
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