I need advice on where and how to set up our playroom for Beckham (and future kids). I have a couple options, but wanted to see what your thoughts were, especially from those who already have playrooms and know what works.
First let me show you the dining room and office space we have so you can better understand the spaces….don’t judge the mess. 🙂 We’re in the middle of cleaning out lots and trying to figure out this situation so it’s a mess.
Option 1: Make the office a playroom ONLY. And turn the dining room (which we never use) into an open office. I would put the new desk we’re going to buy on the wall against the office (left) with the filing cabinet next to it. On the opposite wall I would have the bookshelf from our current office, with a big fat chair next to it. Probably would have the plant on that side too. And would change the curtains since those are more formal dining curtains.
Pros: Commit one room to “play” room and could decorate accordingly with MUCH MORE space for toys and such! It would also give use to the dining room since we never use it.
Cons: Selling the dining room furniture. It was expensive and is REALLY good furniture. The look of a dining room probably is more appealing than an office when you first walk in (but I would make the “office” look more like a formal living area).
Option 2: Keep the formal dining area and make the office a playroom/office. One side (where the desk currently is) would be office (filing cabinet, desk, bookshelf) and the other side would be playroom.
Pros: Wouldn’t have to “transform” as much. Wouldn’t have to sell furniture. Look might be better.
Cons: Playroom would be more like a play corner. I couldn’t really paint room a “playful” color, or if I did it might look funny with office (the office is what you would see through the doors. Biggest con is that the space of both playroom and office would be cut down tremendously.
I might add we are painting the office and putting “blinds/shades” on the doors no matter what.