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Choosing Furniture for a Play Space

Fill your playroom with simple furniture tailored to your kids' favorite activities, from games and make-believe to reading and painting. Go with furnishings that are safe, durable and easy to clean. Seek out furniture that will grow with your child, and take the daily wear and tear of a playroom.

Major furniture pieces like sofas, chairs and storage units in versatile fabrics and finishes can transition easily into other areas of the home later. Modular storage is ideal as it can be reconfigured to work with different activities through the years, from floor play to craft projects to a teenager's study area.

Opt for resilient, low-maintenance wipe-off finishes. Add slipcovers to upholstered furniture for easy cleaning.

Plan for plenty of well-designed open and closed storage to keep toys, books and art supplies organized and accessible; save top shelves for display and to store items that require adult supervision.

Create a comfortable spot for lounging with soft kid-sized chairs or beanbags and a plush rug. Provide a seat or two for adults, since you'll be having fun with your kids in the playroom, too.

You can also bring in fun, colorful furniture pieces that echo the room's creative theme, like a deep-blue bookcase or a cherry-red play table with multicolored chairs.

Be sure to fit the furniture's scale to the room. To save space, pick a few pieces of furniture that serve multiple functions, such as a play table that has drawers beneath or a bench that's also a toy chest.