Imagine this scenario. The new baby is going to arrive soon. You’ve had an attic for many years, but it really is just wasted space. So, you decide to repurpose the attic into a playroom. It is spacious and has lovely lines—something that could easily be used as an extra bedroom, or an area for play on cold or rainy days.

What are the steps you will take to make it a vibrant and stimulating place for children? Give it a lick of paint? Add skylights? The possibilities are endless, and you may not know where to begin.

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Here are a few tips to help you plan. 

Aesthetics are Primary

The most important aspect of your planning is naturally the aesthetics, or what it is going to look like. What are you aiming for? With a playroom, you mostly want something that’s bright and cheerful. You want to stimulate creativity, problem-solving and fun, without overstimulating your kids.

So, you first have to decide on colour and theme. Will you opt for a Mexican feel with red, blue, yellow, and even a bit of lime green in it? Children respond well to these colours, but you can tone it down by adding a white background. 

You may select to go more neutral, as that is a little trendier, and use the toys’ bright colours for stimulation. 

You may embrace a totally modern look, or you espouse a Victorian theme, including old-fashioned, wooden toys.

You can create a true designer—look through some amazing Print On Demand shops. Get items that are truly unique, and that few others will have—from cushions and wallpaper to bedding and art. There are a vast array of styles and themes to choose from. 

Decide what fits with your house, and with your personality. You can always change it a little later. 

Paint or Wallpaper

Paint or wallpaper will be one of the main features in the room, other than the carpet or flooring. This is where you will spend most of your time deciding. It is easier to change other features in the room, but these elements will be challenging to alter later. Spend time on this. 

Consider creating a feature wall—a jungle, or colourful abstract patterns on one side will prevent its busyness from overcrowding a room. 


The carpet or flooring is something to consider from different angles. Do you want something soft and comfortable? Or do you prefer boards, in case of spills? Your selection affects the look of the room quite drastically. 


You may be certain that one feature that is essential is natural light. Attics requires skylights, and there are quite a number of styles available. What’s more, you can choose from a variety of technical aspects, such as the control of the amount of light. Make sure that you have one or two large windows. 

You can even put them on opposite sides of the house—ensuring that you can also handle the amount of heat by closing one off. 


These should be easily to pull up and down and be fitted specifically for your windows. They will obviously match the colour scheme of the room, and either act as an accent colour, or something a little more neutral.


A playroom is a space for learning through play. Include not only educational toys, but also charts that give information and facts in an interesting way. Number, animal, history, and biology charts are ideal for this room. 

Play and Adventure

This space is the best place for children to learn to use their imagination. Ensure they have some dress-up clothes and props to use for games that they create themselves. They need to be able to imagine themselves in some sort of story. 

Add a few areas that are ‘secret’, or where they can hide. Place a few mirrors on the wall, not only to reflect light, but to add an element of surprise or wonder. Your children will want to have great adventures in that room, so look for ideas on the internet.

Place for Sleeping

You may eventually wish to convert this space into a bedroom, but nevertheless, it is a really good idea to have a bed in the room. Not only can it serve as a space for a sick child to alternate play and sleep, but healthy children may be in need of a quick nap. Having a space for them to chill out and read books will make the room mean so much more to them. 

Storage Spaces

Storage spaces are one of the most essential aspects to consider. Your normal cupboards won’t fit here, so consider how to place shorter cupboards along the wall. Not only will this enable children to find what they want, but you can store the bedding for the attic bed here. 

You can even use a tall cupboard as a room-divider, should your attic be very large.


Converting an attic space into a playroom is hard work, but it can also be fun, and meaningful for your children. Why not start your planning today?