More than just a play space, a rumpus room allows for kids to stretch out and be themselves. Think you don’t have room? Think again.
Look to these rumpus room decorating designs and practical ideas that permit room to rumble, create, read, discover, build a fort or an entire city of Lego - all in a space that’s fresh, free and forgiving.
1. Layered rugs
Invest in a generous rug for floor play and layer smaller rugs for ‘breakout’ areas – soft and fluffy for under a tee pee, wipe-clean for under the snack table.
2. Reading corner
Even a narrow room can house a reading nook at the end. Recover a pre-loved sofa or pile high with blankets and throws for maximum snuggle value. Add a reading lamp and a table or small bookshelf to store current favourites.
3. Make it colourful
Designate a corner for play by anchoring the space with bookshelves offering plenty of pretty storage of games, toys and fun boxes of activities. Add fun wall art or a cork board to display an ever-changing gallery of your children’s art.
4. Keep it simple
Any wall or alcove can serve as a place of imagination for your children. Keep things within reach of your child and don’t be afraid to regularly rotate activities. This metallic surface serves as a vehicle for planning, play and discovery. Other sets of magnetic toys and learning tools can be switched in from time to time to keep things fresh and engaging.
5. Wallpaper for fun
Your rumpus room decorating can be merely grabbing a corner of your kitchen, lounge room or sun room and cover one wall in a fun wallpaper for extra energy. Hang bookshelves and hooks for storing and display of your little ones’ favourite things and provide a comfy beanbag and coordinating toy tubs nearby. Choosing children’s décor to match your own room is a great way to maximise the use of your spaces and allow them to flow into one another whilst visually keep it from looking cluttered.
6. Any room will do
Look again at downstairs rooms, your garage or storeroom for its rumpus potential. Add plenty of rugs, colourful artwork and embrace the rough-and-ready nature of the space by hanging a swing, having a “messy corner” and simply going with the flow.