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How can I make the spaces more flexible?An often-cited reason to open up between two rooms is to provide a more flexible space that can be used in various configurations for different functions. Depending on the level of flexibility and interplay you want between the spaces, there are various ways this can be achieved. The simplest is to include a sliding door or movable partition. The most dramatic and versatile solution is to have a sliding wall. In this scenario, you’re able to dictate very easily the level of openness you want between your rooms, and it can also create a very striking or unusual architectural feature.
The playroom Getting a grip on cluttering toys is not child’s play, and it’s likely that over Christmas the number of them has grown. Disorganised toys can be overwhelming in a home. Because they can be visually ‘noisy’, they’re the one category that needs frequent decluttering and tidying if you want to feel less stressed. Taking the time to sort them out will also give you an opportunity to get down on the floor and play along with your children, too.Quick clear-up tipsDon’t get bogged down separating out every single toy and matching every piece together; you don’t have the time for it and it will never stay that way. If you want your kids to put their toys away into an organised system, you have to make it as straightforward as possible for them.Group large toys together and line them up along one wall, mimicking a toy car park, as it were. It will look fun and keep them neat. Use sandwich bags to organise loose pieces from games, loose playing cards and random pieces of jigsaw. If the pieces of jigsaw are broken up, I really think life is too short to try to match them up again. However, I know many people don’t like this waste, so use the bags to gather the pieces and, if you get a spurt of energy to match them up later, they will all be together neatly.
Tame toys with a flexible wallToys have a habit of infiltrating every room and breaking a lot of style boundaries in the process. It’s worth accepting that it’s virtually impossible to stop the creep of plastic fantastic into your sleek, modernist kitchen. The solution could be as simple as a large basket to put toys into at the end of playtime, or something a little more structural. This roll-out storage wall/door on casters provides an excellent toy zone when opened, with a fun blackboard fascia and tall storage revealed. Simply rolling it closed again hides the lot away.
A stroke of genius sees the far wall open up to separate the playroom from the rest of the kitchen and living space. This vast door, covered with blackboard paint, is set on industrial hinges, so that even the little children can easily swing it open. “The kids love having their own private space here,” says Trusted. “It’s amazingly light to open and beyond it there’s an organised storage wall for all their toys.”Browse these child-friendly spaces that don’t scrimp on style
Child-proof your spaceIf you have the room to create a dedicated play area for your kids, make it a space where they can really unleash their creativity. Forget the conventional and turn blank walls into a canvas – a blackboard is highly practical, and the dark colour provides a cool counterpoint to the pale shelves and flooring.