1. Choose useful furniture.

This one is simple. Most of the furniture in your room should serve a useful purpose. When choosing furniture, try to choose pieces that will be used often and by everyone in that area. Bright colors that appeal to children are always eye-catching to both parents and kids.

2. Make sure decorations don’t distract.

Furniture and decorations will always affect the teaching time. It will either enhance it or distract from it. When decorating, try not to put items in a place that will cause a child’s attention to be drawn away from the leader. If you have toys, moving lights, gaming systems, etc. in your kids’ area, try to put them in a place where the kids won’t be able to see it during the worship and teaching time.

3. Consider the commitment, if you choose a theme.

Themes look great when they are fresh and new. However, after a few years you may notice that some of the furniture pieces have worn and there’s a chance that you may get tired of looking at your theme. The commitment that comes with a theme is that you must stick with the theme when choosing new or replacement furniture and it can be very costly and time-consuming when trying to redecorate. If you decide the commitment of having a theme is too much for you, creating a “child-friendly” area will make it easy for you to replace or add furniture without having to redecorate the entire space.

4. Get opinions from others.

Explain the vision and concept you have for your room to others on your children’s ministry team, before beginning. They may have some ideas that will make your vision even better. Perhaps you may have some interior designers in your church who could give you insight on decorating. Listen to thoughts from other people and allow them to be a part of the redecoration process.

5. Make a budget and stick to it.

Furniture and decorations can be very expensive. If you begin decorating without a budget, you may find yourself spending money on items you don’t really need. Decide which decorations and furniture pieces are the most important and purchase those first. Add the finishing touches with the items that you would consider to be least important.

Do you have any tips to add for redecorating a children’s area? Perhaps you learned what not to do, the hard way? Comment with your thoughts and experience.

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Good post and some great tips. Definitely agree with being very careful about choosing to decorate based on a theme – upkeep can be very difficult and the theme will not necessarily appeal to everyone. Blending multi-purpose with kid friendly, I think, is the best way to go.

    On the topic of getting opinions from others, I think it’s a good idea to include the children in your ministry, too! Ask them what types of things they would like to see, how they would like something to be organized. Including them as part of the process (like deciding where furniture should be placed in a room) is a good way to promote their ownership, but not tie your room down to the latest trend.

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