5 Ways to Create an Art Corner for the Kids
By Jennifer Riner of Zillow
Kids deserve a space to be creative. Whether your children prefer dancing, singing or drawing, it’s important they have a small area, inside or outside of the home, to express themselves. If you have a little extra square footage at home in the form of a playroom or basement, why not transform just one corner so future artists of the world can get a head start?
Here are five simple ways to transform your blank nook into a tiny, functional art space for the little ones.
- Start with a Table and Chairs
First, you’ll want to purchase a table and chair set of a suitable size for your children. For young kids under five, a play set they can easily access is important. Purchasing a full-size table for toddlers means you’ll have to be around every time they need to take a break or grab another coloring tool. If your kids vary in age, consider purchasing two different tables of differentiating sizes. Two separate spaces allow kids to spread out and truly let their creativity fly free. However, if you’re working with an exceptionally small corner, floor cushions and lap desks can be fun and comfy, too. Best of all, you can easily stow cushions and lap tables when not in use.
- Hang Storage Containers
The kids need a space to house all of their drawing papers, paint brushes, paints, pencils, stencils and markers. Without proper storage, creative tools end up all over the floor or table tops. Create designated buckets to hang on the wall for each type of creative tool. Purchase bars to fasten on the wall and then hang mini buckets with “s” hooks so they can be removed and set down on tables or the floor for easy access. You can use chalk paint to cover the buckets and mark with multi-colored chalks for a fun, school-like look. Or, purchase chalkboard labels to stick and write on without changing the appearance and texture of the entire bucket. Teach kids to put back their tools in the appropriately-marked container and hang back on bars so that spaces remain clean after use.
- Use Racks for Holding Papers
If you want to free up even more floor space, try hanging wire paper racks to house coloring books and construction papers instead of crowding corners with drawers. Just be sure to hang racks low enough so the kids can easily reach their favorite booklets at any given time. Some wire racks come with name plates so you can mark them with a Sharpie or semi-permanent pen.
- Hang Artwork
Once your kids start creating their masterpieces, what better way to inspire them further than to showcase their past work? Purchase inexpensive frames from your local hardware store, or have your kids’ work laminated and bound into a fun scrapbook.
- Install Bright Lighting
Corners tend to be dim, but you can fight off the dark with floor or table lamps. LED bulbs are more energy-efficient, cost-effective and substantially brighter than incandescent or halogen bulbs of the same wattage. If you have recessed lighting, consider replacing dated bulbs with brighter LED options to better illuminate the whole space.
Whether your child grows up to be a celebrated artist is really up to them. But in the meantime, keep their options open and let them have some old school, hands-on fun that doesn’t involve electronics or screens. For more ideas on designing kid-friendly spaces, visit Zillow Digs.