12 Jan 2012
When designing a playroom you need to consider a few different factors. What kind of playroom is this going to be? Is there a theme? Do you need to protect the walls and floor?
Is this going to be a kid’s playroom or are you building a game room that the adults can enjoy too? You are going to need a bit more space if you want this room to be enjoyable to both kids and adults since what can be enjoyed by kids and adults are often not the same thing. There are some games and items that can be appealing to both kids and adults but you need to make sure to tailor the room to the age of the children first. Air hockey tables are great for teens and adults but might be too tall for the little ones so it might not be your best bet in every playroom. An arcade cabinet may have the same problem so I would suggest a modern game system as an alternative.
I like to give my rooms themes and the playroom is one of the most important. I feel that this room should be and escape from the rest of the world. This is especially true with a kid’s playroom. I mentioned airhockey tables and arcade cabinets earlier and those are two mainstays of the arcade theme that I have made great use of in the past. If you plan on using this theme with small kids, make sure you get a small step stool that they can stand on top of to reach the games. Make sure it’s stable and sturdy. You don’t want them to be tempted by things arcade cabinets or air hockey tables that they can’t actually play. That’s no fun.
Do you want to have this be an activity room for arts and crafts as well as games and playtime? Then you are going to need to protect the floors and walls from the glue and paint that will be spilled at some time. Some people will suggest chemical treating your carpet, floors and walls to make clean up easier but I suggest laying down a couple layers of cheap muslin that can just be rolled up and throw away if there is a spill. And there will be a spill.