The reasons for families to create an indoor playground in their home are as diverse as the families creating them, but safety and security of their children is always the top priority. You need to consider their children’s needs, the available space, your budget and can the area “grow up” with your children. The key idea is to have a place for the little ones to play, use their imagination and creativity and even get a little exercise.
Materials and Tools Needed:
- Tape measure
- Graph paper
- Rubber floor mats
- Play equipment and tools to assemble
- Wall coverings
Step 1: Measure and Plan the Space
Are you planning to use a portion of the basement, an enclosed porch, an extra room or the garage? What sort of equipment are you planning to use? The area needs to be large enough for the child or children to safely move around and play on or in the equipment. Will the equipment be permanently installed, or something that will need to be movable for the room to perform other functions? Are you planning something that will be cute to a two-year-old, but boring once the child has started school? Are you planning a space where you will play with your child, or she will be unsupervised? By drawing the space, you can better visualize what will fit, before you purchase any play equipment, keeping in mind your child’s likes and abilities.
Step 2: Safety First
What is in the room that might hurt your child? Are utility pipes running along a basement wall that need to be covered? Is the ceiling too low for safe use of a jungle gym? Will the windows on the screen porch keep baby from falling through? Any potential hazard needs to be considered and remedied as construction proceeds, whether it’s the corner of a protruding windowsill, or that door to the alley in back of the garage. And what about the play equipment itself? When choosing the equipment to install, parents should determine that it is safe, durable, visually appealing, non-flammable and diverse in activities. Consider as well its price and the product’s liability coverage.
Step 3: Construction Starts
You’ve picked your space, the boxes of play equipment and other components are in the living room, ready to for installation or assembly. You’ve picked the color scheme, to be bright and stimulating for your child. Time to paint the forest mural on the walls, put down the resilient floor mats, build the play space your child’s imagination will turn into a fort, a fire truck, a castle…
Step 4: Finishing Touches
The resilient floor is down, the play structures are built. You’ve tweaked the arrangement, so there’s plenty of room for the kids to move around and play. You have room for a toy box and some shelves, a kid-sized table and chairs for the little ones, and even a cozy corner for mom and dad to sit and watch, or rest after playing with the kids. Time to bring them in and create memories.