With kids out of school for the summer, they have more time than ever to play and explore all over the house. Since kids are often full of energy and creativity, we have a few tips on how to design spaces for them to enjoy and help them focus—also, hopefully helping to prevent your carefully curated home from becoming a disaster zone.
Something that some designers forget is that kids are considerably smaller than most adults. This may sound like common sense, but when it comes to being comfortable and at ease in a space, it’s important to be somewhere that’s “built for you.” Kids enjoy more enclosed, smaller spaces built for their size, like playhouses and desk areas. Small spaces can feel more manageable to them and also limit the exposure to outside stimuli, giving them greater focus.
Areas that Grow with Them
Another thing to consider when making kid-friendly spaces is remembering that kids (especially young children) are constantly growing. You want to develop spaces that will grow with the child, physically and mentally. This can mean having a bed that has adjustable railings and having stepping stools for sinks. It can also mean developing play spaces that will grow with their interests. While your little one might be wildly into Paw Patrol or dinosaurs now, planning decor around that theme is going to upset them that they’re still in the “baby room” when they move on to their next interest. Doing something like neutral tones, color blocking and more timeless decor themes is usually a safer bet.
Separation of Rowdy Play and Quiet Play
Again, kids can find it difficult to focus with too much stimuli. It’s important to have some kind of separation between the fun “loud” areas and the more focused “quiet” areas. We’re all familiar with the playroom concept, but it’s important to give kids designated areas where they can be quiet and focused, as well. Create a space like a small desk for your child, where they can have more ownership over (as opposed to someplace like the dining table or coffee table). This can give them a proper area to work on quieter activities like art, reading or (when school starts again) homework.
It may go without saying, but kids tend to accumulate mountains of stuff. As their interest in different toys and hobbies wax and wane, it’s easy to realize they may have more “things” than there is room for. It’s important to have plenty of storage for toys, craft supplies, clothes, etc. Having designated spaces for all a child’s things makes it easier for them to learn how to clean and organize their stuff on their own, as well as help you find what you need when you need it. Built-in shelves and wall drawers can be an attractive way to keep the floor tidy while keeping all your little ones’ things in easy reach.
Children are constant sources of joy and excitement, and we’re excited to hear your ideas for kid-space design! Send us your pictures or thoughts on developing beautiful areas for children.