The size of the average American home has more than doubled since the 1950s, according to the National Public Radio, meaning that many families are going beyond the traditional room distributions. One space that inspires magical memories for anyone who was lucky enough to grow up with one–is a den: an entertainment/games/musical areas where kids can get away and explore their interests with friends and siblings. If a home renovation is on your mind and you’d like to put extra space to good use by building an entertainment room or den, the following considerations may help you create a place where kids can wind down and take part in their favorite hobbies.
Designing an Inspiring Den for Kids
Picking a Theme
When building a den, why not brainstorm with children so you can include design features inspired by one them? Popular themes include sports, music, and art. For a sports den, for instance, you might include a basketball hoop, posters of your children’s favorite sporting stars, and sports-inspired items (think trophies, helmets, and ping-pong tables). If your child is mad about one team, in particular, paint the walls and select soft furnishings that stick close to the team’s logo and uniform. You can also find cool wall stickers featuring figures practicing different types of sport. If your kids are artistically inclined, why not ask them to create wall art for their own private space?
Taking it Outside
The National Recreation and Park Association notes that American children enjoy only four to seven minutes of unstructured play in the Great Outdoors, yet spend almost eight hours a day glued to electronic media. If you would love your kids to experience the stress-busting, mindful experience that is interacting with nature, why not build their den outside? If you have a large garden, a prefab log cabin rest space can inspire kids to interact more with nature. The interior can contain sustainable wood bunk beds, benches, and ladders, faux animal skin rugs, and shelves made from oddly-sized pieces of wood. A tree house is also a fantastic space for kids to read, listen to music, and even study when they need a little peace and quiet.
Upping the Entertainment Factor
The look and feel of your children’s den is one thing; a totally different one is how they plan to use the space. If they will be spending hours on end in the den, then they should have creature comforts at hand. Thus, a mini-fridge stocked with healthy snacks and drinks will ensure they don’t have to run up and down flights of steps every time they feel peckish. If they have an iPod or musical device, provide them with small Bluetooth speakers so that everyone in the room can enjoy listening to their favorite tunes. If the room is large, why not build a mini-bar with cute stools in one corner? This is the perfect spot for older kids to make their own healthy smoothies, shakes, and other refreshing drinks.
The ideal den for kids depends entirely upon the specific themes that inspire your child. Every den should have space for music, reading material, and snacks, but as far as décor is concerned, be as creative as you can, adding creative elements that will bring a smile to your child’s face. Enlist their help for creating artwork and purchasing decorative elements, so that the den truly feels like their very own private paradise.