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Need More Space for Your Kids? How to Create a Children’s Basement Playroom

As your children grow, so does their need for play space. Backyards and outdoor areas are great when the weather’s nice, but how do you make the most of cold or rainy days? Many people turn their underused basement space into a kid’s playroom. Check out these finished basement playroom ideas, and tips for doing it easily and affordably:

Tip 1: Cushion the floor without breaking the bank—or your back

cushioned floor in basement playroom

Create a safe, comfortable environment for crawling around, or lounging and reading. Carpet tiles1 or interlocking foam mats are a good option – inexpensive, easy to install and individually replaceable to update basic concrete floors.2

Tip 2: Keep lights high

high lights in basement playroom

Keep light fixtures out of the way to help prevent accidents and breakage. The best place for lighting is in the ceiling, either tracked or recessed.3 Track lighting is generally more cost-effective than recessed lighting, and may meet your lighting needs while staying within your budget.

Tip 3: Color it bright

colored walls in basement playroom

If your basement isn’t filled with light, consider painting it in vibrant colors to brighten it up and create an inviting space for creative activity.3 Plus, colors can even have an impact on your children’s moods. For example, some psychologists say these colors may have an impact on kids:4

  • Red: This bright color can increase a child’s heart rate and energy. It’s perfect as an accent color, but it may be too overstimulating if it’s used for the whole room.
  • Yellow: This color can add positivity to a room, especially if your basement is a dark space. Plus, it’s been known to help kids work or learn—perfect for a playroom.
  • Orange: Some psychologists say orange can boost kids’ communication skills and help them cooperate and feel more confident. Orange can be pretty bright and very stimulating, though, so, like red, it may be best as an accent.
  • Green: This calming color helps bring the outdoors inside. Plus, some studies even say it can improve a child’s ability to read.
  • Blue: Finally, blue is the ultimate “calming” color. Research shows that it can lower your heart rate and help slow your breathing. Try to pair a blue room with an upbeat, bright color like red, yellow or orange.

Remember, have fun with paint colors. If you’re not ready to paint, you can also experiment with wall decals to create a space that fits the interests of your children. 

Tip 4: Choose durable materials

durable materials in basement playroom

Active children usually don’t realize how their energy and excitement impacts furniture, especially fabrics on couches or chairs. With that in mind, use materials that will hold up well. One delicate-looking but surprisingly durable option? Ultrasuede, a synthetic ultra microfiber fabric.5

Tip 5: Don’t skimp on storage

storage in basement playroom

The chaos of fun and creativity can leave toys scattered. Provide your kids with plenty of storage to help stay organized when playtime is over. Open cubbies, with or without baskets, are perfect; so are bins, milk crates and benches with hidden storage space.1

Tip 6: Decorate the wall space

decorated walls in basement playroom 

Children’s furniture tends to be shorter and can leave large, empty wall spaces. If you neglect to decorate the walls, the room may look very bottom heavy. To help create a visual balance, add large artwork, frames with photographs, chalkboards or even cubby storage. Have fun with it. You can hang large copies of your children’s art to display. Bonus? They’ll feel proud showcasing their own work.6

Tip 7: Shop smart

shopping for basement playroom

Remember, kids will outgrow play spaces in just a few years. To keep things budget friendly, thrift store finds and discount stores are great sources for playroom gear. Refresh old chairs and tables with a coat of safe, nontoxic paint.

As your family grows, a once-spacious house can start to feel cramped. However, you can make the most of your home by converting underutilized areas. When undergoing a major renovation, such as turning an unfinished basement into a children’s playroom, keep in mind the replacement value of your house may increase. Contact your homeowners insurance provider to make sure your policy is updated accordingly.

Some home improvement ideas are fun and easy to do yourself. Learn when you may want to hire a professional instead.


  • 7 Clever Ways to Transform Your Basement Into a Cool Kids Playroom, Circu Magical Furniture, 2021.
  • Create a Playroom in an Unfinished Basement, C’mon Get Crafty, 2021.
  • Lighting for Kids’ Rooms, HGTV, 2021.
  • Paint Colors for Kids’ Room. Can It Affect Mood? Teepee Joy, 2021.
  • The Science of Ultrasuede, Ultrasuede, 2021.
  • How to Turn Your Basement in a Kids’ Playroom, Houzz, 2012.

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