Rest and recreation: Creating a play area in your child’s bedroom

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In an ideal world we’d all have the money to splash out on a dedication space for every function of our homes. However, unless you’re Brad or Angelina reading this then chances are that you’ve had to hold back on having the lift and indoor Jacuzzi installed, and made a few concessions when it has come to the design of your house and home. When you have children the matter is particularly complicated – you obviously want to provide them with the best space possible for play and development, but for your own sanity it’s important to be able to enjoy your own space too – one that won’t be buried under a mountain of toys and clutter.

When space is at a premium, creating a play area in your child’s bedroom is the obvious solution. This allows you to create a space for your child that they can develop a real sense of ownership over, and keep the rest of your house relatively free of toys and clutter at the same time. The trouble with this, of course, is that your child needs both a place that is calm and relaxing for bedtime, but imaginative and inviting for playtime. So what can be done to create a practical balance between the two?

If you are going to create a combination bedroom-playroom, the key is to keep the two elements as separate as possible. The way that you organise your child’s bedroom can really affect the way they perceive it, and so getting the layout right is a key part of this. Your child’s creative space is pretty easy to engineer – a small table and chair will give them a place to colour and paint, whilst a relatively clear carpet area nearby gives them the chance to free play with their toys. However, ensuring that your child has an area in which they can be messy and creative is equally as important as creating a special area where your child can go and relax.

Setting up a “calm corner”, with comfortable seating and the child’s bed, can help create a clear and visible distinction between play and rest-time. Decorating this area with pastel colours can also have a calming effect, as many educational experts agree that it is these small, subtle details that can affect how a child behaves. If he or she is old enough, let your child play a part in designing the room. This helps them to develop a sense of self, and to identify the bedroom as ‘their space’. Since the bed is the most crucial element to get right, allow your child to choose from a selection of mattress and frame designs. Specialist retailers like Silentnight.co.uk and Layezee offer a wider selection of mattresses, frames and headboards that can help the child to personalise their bed a little more. Failing that, you could also allow them to choose from a selection of colour schemes or wallpaper designs. You might wind up raising your very own Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen!

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