By Roelf Nel

Furniture to Create a perfect “Playroom”

How you decorate your playroom will largely depend on how your family defines the “Playroom” and who are the main users. If your playroom is for a toddler to have lots of running room, your furniture will differ greatly from the playroom designed to give adults the feel of a sports bar atmosphere.

Designing a playroom with a mobile child in mind will not need too much furniture. The right sized table for your kid to sit at while colouring or drawing, playing with puzzles or doing crafts is necessary along with a sturdy chair. A good toy box that could double as a hope chest for the child later is another good furniture item to include in the room. Throw in a couple of chairs for the kids and that’s all you will need.

A playroom for older kids will differ in its furniture needs. A table with sturdy chairs will still be vital. Older kids who like to watch television or movies and play video games will also need a solid entertainment centre or television stand on which to hold the tv set. Since older kids have friends visiting, you will need more seating space.

If your playroom is for adults, furnish it accordingly. In addition to any favourite games, like pool or billiards, you will want your playroom to have quality furniture in it too. Select a nice sofa or sectional with plenty of seating. Select coffee and end tables that can move quickly to accommodate snack trays or your favourite board game. If you are going to have video games in your playroom, make sure your seating is placed for good game play.

If your playroom is going to be used for hobbies, make sure your furniture is suited for the hobby of your choice. If your hobby is scrap booking, you will need a good, comfortable desk and a nice chair. A hobby such as needlepoint would require a comfortable chair with good back support and good lighting. If writing is your hobby, your “playroom” may take on the look of a home office instead. Invest in good furniture that includes a computer desk and a comfortable chair.

No matter what your family’s definition of “playroom” is, you can utilize it best and get the most enjoyment from it when you furnish it according to its intended use. Don’t put a lavish sofa in your play room if it will be subjected to frequent spills and gooey drops of food. Likewise, don’t expect to be comfortable on furniture that is way past its last legs. Know your space, know your needs, and know your budget. When you take those things into consideration, you will make good decisions regarding the furniture and accessories you select for your play room and you can concentrate on what the room was intended for – having fun.

Whether you are a crafter, gaming fanatic, looking for a teen hangout space or somewhere for the kids to draw, we found some great ideas on Pinterest.