DIY: How To Convert Your Basement Into A Kid’s Playroom
If your kids are ready for a spacious play area of their own, this might be a good time to convert your basement into a playroom. It doesn’t have to be time-intensive or expensive. Make some general improvements to the basement like these and decorate it to delight your children and their friends.
Take this opportunity to clean out all the junk and unused stored items you have been collecting for years. Rent a dumpster or load the car for a donation to the thrift store. Dust all the nooks and crannies, sweep the floor, and check for mold or rust. Eliminate spider webs and wipe the window sills. Make sure the floor drain is not going to back up any time soon.
Repair worn areas like cracks in the foundation or flooring. Check for termites and other pests, such as mice or ants, to eradicate them before the children start playing downstairs. Make sure the smoke detector and the carbon monoxide detector have fresh batteries; test them to be sure they correctly working. Conduct a radon test, and if positive, install a radon mitigation system. Remove old paint that may contain lead or hire experts to do the job. Check the electric box, the electrical cords, and the outlets to ensure they are up to code and undamaged. Have the children play in an adjoining area away from appliances like the furnace and hot water tank. Alternately, you can put up a mobile room divider.
Check the temperature in the planned plan area to see if it remains warm enough for the kids’ activities. Plug in a child-safe electric heater if necessary to supplement the heat. Get a basement dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air to keep it fresh rather than dank, which could promote mould growth and irritate allergies or asthma. Paint the walls a vivid colour or put up exciting wallpaper that the kids will like. Use the right watt of light bulbs for adequate brightness and open the windows on nice days for fresh air. Install flooring or carpet that will limit any injuries due to falls that may occur. Keep part of the play area open and uncluttered for physical activities. Place some large floor cushions for seating.
Fun and Games
Set up tables for board games or get a ping pong table. Arrange games and activities that are designated for children the ages of yours. Provide shelves, corners, or cupboards and show the kids how to organize their toys and games to keep the area neat and playthings readily accessible. You might organize the play area into sections for various activities, such as a physical activity area, a board game area, and another area for dolls, action figures, and stuffed animals. For quieter days, have books available to read and CD’s of their favorite music to listen to.
An art area would be ideal to help kids be creative with molding clay, an art easel, or markers and crayons with drawing paper. Kits to make puppets or build a birdhouse with parental supervision would make a nice addition. A karaoke-type microphone lets them sing their favorite songs to amuse each other, or they can practice with musical instruments like a guitar or a flute and practice if they are taking lessons.
As your children approach puberty and especially if they share bedrooms, they will appreciate a downstairs playroom where they can escape individually to listen to music, watch a video, or take a nap. They might want to entertain friends in the play area without siblings getting in the way. Homework can also be done independently if the other kids are not using the basement playroom at the same time.
A designated basement playroom is a great investment that won’t cost much to give your children a space of their own for fun, creativity, and privacy. Consider renovating an area of your basement to enhance your children’s fun time.