The living room is the part of the house where you entertain your guests and where you can truly appreciate the interior of your house. With kids running around, china vases and ornaments will have shorter lifespans and floors are designed with skid marks.
On the other hand, it’s better to have a separate playroom for the kids than have them play around the living room.
If you have limited rooms to accommodate a whole setup, why not try the basement? At first, you may have hesitations on how to turn such a damp, dark place into a playroom, but the basics are the same as furnishing other rooms in the house.
The basement is actually one of the usual places to set up a play space since it is already soundproof and shockproof. In other words, your kids can be noisy and rowdy without you having to worry about the house collapsing.
Safety and Security
The main thing you should be concerned about when turning the basement into a playroom is your kid’s safety. Your basement is home of most of the plumbing fixtures and the main electric box. There should be no electrical wirings outside the wall.
If you notice damp spots on the floor, a leaking pipe is the most obvious cause. This needs to be taken care of before setting up the playroom and to prevent accidents.
Basement windows or doors are common targets of intruders, so double-check your locks. Though these fixtures need to be always accessible in emergency situations, it would be best if the children are unable to open them on their own—for their safety.
If you are going to make the basement the playroom, better secure the staircase since the kids are going to use it a lot. Open railings should be covered with bars to prevent children from falling off the open space.
Additionally, you can apply textured mats to the stairs for better grip and improve the lighting for a clearer path. The stairs are the entry path to the playroom, and there are a lot of ways to make it safe and stylish.
As a playroom, there will be a lot of gadgets, art supplies, and toys, and you wouldn’t want them to be lying around on the floor when playtime is over. It is necessary to have enough storage to put away all the things that can be used in the playroom. A huge part of the whole space should be for cabinets, drawers, and shelves.
Every after playtime, You can play with the children a little game where there shouldn’t be any toy visibly seen in the room. Just pretend that it’s another way of playing hide-and-seek, and they’ll be more than happy to put away their toys.
A Playroom Is Not Just for Kids
The playroom should also be a place where you can feel relaxed and find leisure. Truth is kids want to spend time with their parents as much as they can—but this is only until before puberty strikes.
You can put in a treadmill or a cable television in the room, somewhere you can easily monitor the kids while playing. For those with side projects, a worktable can be added, only if you don’t mind working while watching over the kids.
If you expect the kids to be spending most of their time in the basement, it’s a good idea to set up an upflush toilet with a Saniflo installation so they won’t need to constantly go up and down the stairs. Upflush toilets are best for basements since they don’t rely on gravity to drain sewage and the sewer line may be higher than your basement ground.
Furthermore, these Saniflo installations are easy to assemble and disassemble. Thus, you need not spend too much time on setting them up.
Other Things to Ponder
Initially, a project such as this will need you to spend on additional furniture, appended fixtures, and accident proofing. But this will surely benefit the whole family for years, even decades. Just think of it as a win-win situation for both parents and children.
Just remember to ask your kids from time to time if they want new things or decors to be added to the room. This way, you allow them to have control over their own space. They also won’t be bored with the setup and go back messing around the other parts of the house.