Children need a place where they can scatter their toys and play for hours to expend all the energy that adults often lack. If you are looking around your home for a place to transform, turn to your garage. This area is often used for storage but it can easily be made into a play area that kids will enjoy. Most garages have ample space that allows kids to enjoy being kids. Although this project requires a bit of time and effort, the result will be worth it when you unveil the new playroom to the kids.
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Things you need
- Interior latex paint
- Chalkboard paint
- Rubber flooring
- Video games
- Light fixtures
- Bean bags
- Crayons, marker or pencils
- Notice board
- Storage bins
Remove all the items in the garage. Throw a garage sale if you have items in good condition that you don't use anymore. Or store items in an outside storage building. Sweep the floor clean. Remove spider webs and other creepy crawly things from the small crevices of the room.
Insulate the garage walls so the room stays warm and cosy. Hang up drywall to cover unfinished walls. Hire an electrician to upgrade the wiring in your garage.
Brighten up the space by selecting bright paint for the wall colours. Think primary colours such as blue, green and yellow. Paint a wall with chalkboard paint so kids can scribble and doodle all over the wall.
Install rubber flooring that protects kids from bumps and bruises when they run around playing. This type of floor is ideal because it's stain resistant, easy to mop or vacuum and it protects your kids from the cold floors often found in a garage. It's non-skid texture can help kids keep their balance during rough-and-tumble play. Add an entertainment centre with a TV and video games in the room so kids can watch television when it's time to quiet down.
Install large ceiling light fixtures that give the area plenty of lighting.
Place furniture in the room, including brightly coloured beanbags. Place a small table with age-appropriate chairs or a desk in the corner. Keep this area stocked with creative materials such as crayons, construction paper, pencils and markers. Place a notice board on the wall where kids can display their artwork. Add a bookcase, plastic storage bins and baskets that can help kids keep the room organised.
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