Ideas for a kids’ craft room
It is important to stimulate a child’s creativity, and what better way to do this than by creating their very own craft room or area? Not only will they find the artist inside themselves, it is also a good way to keep them entertained and out from underfoot, leaving parents free to get on with things.
Remember, the craft room is for children, not for adults, so the decoration should reflect a child’s taste. This may mean using bold colors on the walls, such as bright greens or blues. These colors should be attractive to kids to help stimulate their creative streak. If a more subtle color palette is preferred, then use the walls to mount display boards, pin or blackboards. These will not only come in handy to show off the children’s creations, but will also help to protect the walls beneath.
A craft room is going to get a lot of use, so it needs to be hardwearing. For this reason, use either laminate wood or tiles on the floor. Interlocking floor tiles can come in a wide range of kid-friendly colors and patterns, and both tiles and laminate are a relatively easy DIY project. They are also easy to wipe clean, an essential in a room where paint and other liquids are going to be used.
The room needs to be well lit – natural light will probably not be sufficient. This means a good overhead light, either a central hanging lamp, strip lighting or spotlights, and some lower level lighting as well. For close work, a directional desk lamp is essential to stop children straining their eyes. As the best kind of light is the natural type, try to keep windows as free of ornament as possible. The most practical and attractive way to dress a window in a craft room is to install custom shutters. Like the floor, these are also easy to clean and maintain, and are a far better option than fussy curtains or blinds.
One thing that a craft room will undoubtedly need is plenty of storage units. The supplies for the craftwork need to be easily accessible by the children, otherwise they simply will not bother to retrieve them. A chest of drawers works well, as the drawers can have separator sections inserted into them to keep the supplies ordered. Bookshelves are handy for holding storage boxes of varying sizes, and upcycling items from around the home to serve as storage items is not only good for the environment but also allows the children to try out some of their craft room skills. Empty jars and tins are perfect for holding pens and paintbrushes, while buckets hung off rods on the wall could serve for some of the larger items. It might also encourage children to clean up after themselves if they are using storage bins they have created.
A decent-sized table or desk is essential, as is some comfortable seating, such as beanbags, or child-sized chairs and sofas. These can reflect the creative nature of the space with a table and chair fashioned from wood and made to look like a tree and animals, or a table and chairs that look like toadstools.