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Planning the Perfect Playroom

Nothing beats the joy of watching your children hard at play in their playroom. Designing a playroom that’s safe and also uses kids’ furniture in a simple yet effective way can be challenging, especially for first-time parents. Here are some sure bets to giving your kids all the tools they need to let their imaginations run wild.</br></br><strong>Open Space Equals Open Minds</strong></br></br>If you have an entire room for the play area, the first order of business is creating plenty of open space for your kids to build that castle, play with that train set or have teatime with the teddy bears. Consider using most of the wall space for tables, shelves, <a title="Toy Chests" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/baby-kids-furniture/kids-furniture/kids-toy-chests/" target="_blank">toy chests</a>, and <a title="Bean Bags" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/bean-bags/" target="_blank">bean bags</a> so that most of the middle space is free for fun. To create cohesion you can also get a central table with shelf toy storage like the <a title="Sunny Safari" href="http://www.atgstores.com/kids-tables/teamson-kids-w-8267a1-sunny-safari-childrens-kids-table_g472439.html" target="_blank">Sunny Safari kids table</a>.</br></br><strong>Safety First</strong></br></br>Use common sense to avoid any tumbles or boo-boos. <a title="Kids Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/baby-kids-furniture/kids-furniture/" target="_blank">Kids furniture</a> in a playroom should have curved edges and not be too high off the ground. Get multiple tables for building blocks, art projects, and drawings, but try to avoid furniture with sharp corners, or furniture that’s too tall. Bookcases and shelves should only have a few shelves so that items can be stored in reach and facilitate learning when it’s time to sing the “Put Your Toys Away” song.</br></br><strong>Options, Options, Options</strong></br></br>The final ingredient is having a large variety of toys, especially if you have boys and girls using the same room. Toy cars, blocks, action figures and stuffed animals are all essential, and can be stored in toy chests around the room. Dolls and dollhouses are great for storytelling and relationship building; the <a title="KidKraft" href="http://www.atgstores.com/preschool-activities-play/kidkraft-65823-my-dreamy-dollhouse_g1226745.html" target="_blank">“My Dreamy Dollhouse” by KidKraft</a>, for example, is an affordable option that’s built to last.</br></br>Your kids' furniture should be fun, colorful, vibrant and last a long time, but it helps if it’s also versatile, because no matter what you dream up your kids are sure to think of using the playroom in ways you never imagined.
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