There are lots of projects a loft extension in London can help you execute, and lots of ways a loft extension in London can improve the enjoyment you and your family get out of your home. One popular option is to make use of a converted loft as a playroom/play area for the kids.
Planning The Loft Playroom of Your Kids Dreams
If you have younger children, creating a dedicated space they can call their own in the form of a loft playroom is a win-win situation for everyone. The kids get their own area to be as rowdy and creative as they want (within reason) and the rest of your home (hopefully) remains adult friendly and presentable to the world at large.
A child’s playroom, above all, else, needs to be a safe and secure place to play. That is where a loft conversion specialist comes in. They will be able to execute the structural work that needs to be done to ensure that it is. Once their work is done it will be up to you to decorate it and you’ll need to be ready to add your input while they are still working as well, about things like flooring choices and lighting.
With all of this in mind here are a few great tips for creating – via loft extension in London – a playroom your kids can enjoy for years:
Fads come and go in a kid’s world, and at a frequent rate. Sometimes it can seem like one month they are crazy about one thing and the next they have forgotten all about it and moved onto something new. Therefore keeping up with a “theme” for their playroom walls can be tough.
Removable wall decals are one way of doing so easily though. A few decals featuring their current favorite cartoon characters or interests can be purchased for just a few dollars from you local home store. They affix in seconds (literally) and can be removed and replaced just as easily, when they become “old” and the kids have moved onto a new interest.
Carpet is OK for a playroom but gets messy and dirty very easily when there are active children around and lugging a vacuum cleaner up to the loft every two days to try to make sure it stays clean may not be something you want to do.
Cork flooring is one popular new alternative and for a couple of good reasons. Cork’s spongy properties will cushion a kid’s fall far better than even the deepest carpet pile can. It is also a material that possesses natural anti bacterial properties and will resist dust and dirt far better than other flooring options and, perhaps best of all, as the space will be above your head it muffles sound brilliantly, so whoever is watching telly, or trying to sleep, a floor down won’t be disturbed by the noise of kids at play.
A good playroom has lots of storage space, and lofts can usually provide that, especially in the eaves, but to be most effective it needs to be kid friendly storage space. Shelves set high on the walls and liable to fall at any minute tallboys are not the best options.
Adding a number of brightly colored plastic storage boxes is a better idea. They are tough and durable and because they are located at “kid height” even young toddlers can be taught to put away their toys neatly at the end of the day.
Child Safety Tips
A loft playroom for young kids should be one of the safest rooms in the home. Asking your loft conversion specialist to put child proof covers on plug sockets and keep trailing wires to a minimum are musts. Opting for furniture without sharp edges can help make that the case as well.
Add Flexible Furniture
Tiny tables and chairs are cute for toddlers but they have a very limited useful life. A low table and lots of kid friendly options like floor cushions and beanbags are a better idea as they will be as suited to use by a teen – when the loft playroom becomes a loft hangout – as they are for a tot.