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20 Best Playroom Ideas for kids fun

20 Best Playroom Ideas for kids fun

we’re spotlighting twenty-five playroom ideas that’ll bring out the kid in all of us. Read on for designer examples to try these playroom ideas in your own home, whether you want to merge it with your child’s bedroom, go over-the-top, or create a space that’ll mature well and be a place the whole family can enjoy.

1. Embrace a Theme

DAVID A, LAND

For her family’s historic Nantucket summer home, designer Elizabeth Georgantas drew inspiration from the island’s seafaring roots to create a lower-level playroom filled with nautical details like a rope bridge, porthole-shaped cubbies and an overhead star map.

2. Use Double-Duty Pieces

LAUREY GLENN

For a client with young children, Tulsa-based Mel Bean designed a playroom with multi-function furniture. The Restoration Hardware Baby & Child playhouse is actually a lofted bed—perfect for sleepovers—while the Moroccan poufs can be rearranged for reading, crafting or lounging.

3. Use Every Nook and Cranny

SARA TRAMP

Hello, playroom of our dreams. Designed by Emily Henderson, every little nook and cranny is being optimized in this fun-filled space. The pint-sized built-in hang out in the stairwell and the zone under the stairs are transformed into cozy, useable, and stylish sections. Then there’s the climbing wall. The neutral tones ensure a more stylish aesthetic and the strategically-placed floor cushions lighten things up.

4. Make It Adult-Friendly, Too

 Make It Adult-Friendly, Too playroom ideas
COMMUNE DESIGN

Turn an entire level—preferably a den or attic that feels like it’s own private hangout—into a game zone, with each room dedicated to entertaining teens, kids, and adults alike. In this game room by Commune Design, the pool table, home bar give, and kaleidoscopic stained glass reflections, it has a retro dive bar feel.

5. Add a Work Station

REGAN BAKER DESIGN

Once the kids get a little older, turn the playroom into a kid hangout and home homework space. Dark walls create a relaxing, chill space to work in. The daybed is also the perfect place for sleepovers and catnaps and movie marathons.

6. Invest In Timeless Pieces

NICOLE HOLLIS

When the play space is also the media room, family room, and possibly even the living room, invest in staples that feel timeless—this neutral and spacious sectional in one of NICOLEHOLLIS’s projects is perfect. Then choose decor (like lighting, and accent seats) that skew a little younger. Also, rounded, soft furniture is always a good idea if there are little ones around.

7. Paint the Rainbow

Paint the Rainbow playroom ideas
LAUREY GLENN PHOTOGRAPHY

Designer Bailey Austin Bird didn’t pull any punches for this family’s playroom, covering the floor and walls in a rainbow of hues.

8. Make Use of Awkward Spaces

BEN GEBO

Faced with a “weird, unusable eave” in an upstairs sitting area, Elizabeth Georgantas decided to turn the space into a mountain-themed hideaway by lining it with a forest photo mural. Kids can throw boulder-shaped rocks through the “Swiss cheese” holes in the wall.

9. Set Up Different Zones

Set Up Different Zones Playroom ideas
STUDIO DB

If you don’t have enough room to build a slide, opt for an indoor swing instead. It’ll make the playroom feel more personalized and unique. It’s also a nice way to break up the space so each section has a different use. In this playroom designed by Studio DB, there’s the craft table, the hang out area, and then the active play area with a swing.

10. Combine It With the Media Playroom Ideas

Combine It With the Media Playroom Ideas
REGAN BAKER DESIGN

With built-in storage under the extra bench seating, kid-friendly coffee tables, colorful floor cushions, and whimsical wallpaper, this media room is also quirky enough to be the backdrop for a playroom.

11. Use Kid-Friendly Furniture

SARA TRAMP

A plush velvet sofa is the perfect seating option for a family room meets playroom, as are rounded coffee tables in Emily Henderson’s playroom. The back desk works as a craft station, and can be transformed into a desk as the chid gets older.

12. Use Bold Color

HECKER GUTHRIE

Even if the playroom doubles a homework zone, there’s still room fun. Opt for colorful decor, accents, and artwork, and keep all the colorful books out in the open. Even the floor lamp in this work/play kid’s space designed by Hecker Guthrie offers a little cheer.

13. Consider Age

SARA TRAMP

Yes, even a basketball hoop can be chic. In this playroom designed by Emily Henderson, the swing, drums, and basketball hoops were customized to fit in with the contemporary home. And it’s built to scale for the kids who use the space.

14. Have Fun With Decor

Have Fun With Decor playroom ideas
STUDIO DB

When space in the playroom is limited, use your five walls strategically. Take note from Studio DB and wallpaper the ceiling, build a gallery wall with a sense of humor, bring in as much shelving as possible, and opt for a vibrant area rug.

15. Make It a Kid-Only Zone

EMILY HENDERSON

You enter this little oasis designed by Emily Henderson through a tiny door. Adults can only come if they crawl through, giving it a magical kids-only dreamland magic playroom ideas.

16. Think From a Kid’s Perspective

Think From a Kid's Perspective playroom ideas
REGAN BAKER DESIGN

Decorate from a kid’s perspective, especially if your little one is still little—like literally get on your hands and knees to see what height their toys and furniture should reach. Even the artwork in this cute playroom designed by Regan Baker is scaled at a lower level to accomodate kids.

17. Find Smart Storage Solutions

2LG STUDIO

Since design is bound to be more kid-friendly and fun in a playroom ideas than in other rooms in the home, you can do wilder things, like choose graffiti-print upholstery and neon artwork, like 2LG Studio did here. But if there’s one thing you need take seriously in the playroom, it’s storage. The built-in cabinets and shelves under the bench will keep things tidy and organized.

18. Set Up Different Zones

Consider Age playroom ideas
STUDIO DB

If you don’t have enough room to build a slide, opt for an indoor swing instead. It’ll make the playroom feel more personalized and unique. It’s also a nice way to break up the space so each section has a different use. In this playroom designed by Studio DB, there’s the craft table, the hang out area, and then the active play area with a swing.

19. Let Them Write on the Walls

STUDIO LIFESTYLE

Opt for a chalkboard wallpaper so the kids can write on the walls without you have to tear them down. It’s a fun interactive design element that’ll cultivate memories and inspire personal expression. Then choose grownup staples, like a leather sofa, woven pendants, and wooden side tables as seen in this Studio Lifestyle space.

20. Build a Fort

Build a Fort playroom ideas
REGAN BAKER DESIGN

Kids love building forts, and they’d also love hanging out under a real fort they don’t have to dismantle every-time they built one in the common spaces. This one was dreamt up by none other than Regan Baker Design.

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