1) Cool canopy

Fabelab dreamy canopy for Dh439.01, availabe at Sprii

Little girls will find themselves whisked off to a fairy-tale land in this romantic blush-pink tented retreat. Suspended by elastic, this cotton canopy is perfect for princesses who enjoy a quiet read.

2) Adventure time

Balear Home roof playhouse for Dh2,500, available at Noon

Playhouses and characterful tipi tents offer perfect hideaways for young readers who love buccaneering books and brave traveller tales. Easy to set up and move, these funky dens are great for the garden, too.

Among the Stars tipi tent for Dh2,312, available at Lifetime Kidsrooms

3) Pretty perch

On the left: Armchair for Dh799, Elli Junior. On the right: STRANDMON children’s armchair for Dh495, IKEA

We love these chic, understated chairs for their versatility, as you can easily pair them with stools, bean bags, poufs and rugs that have a more fanciful flavour. Create a fashionable reading corner with poufs patterned with current popular trends, such as pineapples, millennial pink, denim and coastal motifs.

Left to right: Nobodinoz cookie bean bag, from Dh475, Caramel and Sun, Bombay Duck pineapple pouf for Dh499,  Virgin Megastore, Big cushion bean bag for Dh389, Al-Futtaim ACE, Miann & Co fish bean bag for Dh600, George of Dubai

4) Cosy carpet

Left to right: ABC rug for Dh790, The Bowery Company, Australian sheepskin rug for Dh525, Maluco and Nobodinoz apache carpet for Dh385, Just kidding

Just like your home, a den isn’t complete without something to soften the floor. Add even more character to a tent, tipi or playhouse with one of these eye-catching rugs. Top tip: layer two or three sheepskin rugs together for a super snuggly nook.

5) Look, read, learn, repeat

Pomme Kids MAX bookshelves for Dh550, available at Caramel and Sun

With pretty illustrations and bright colours creating engaging covers, show them off with an open bookcase where your kids can display their favourite titles. Seeing the heroes they love to read about will encourage them to pick up the books and relive the stories again and again.

Combine learning with play with these fun ideas from Dubai-based interior design studio c'est ici:

1) The arty area 

Make space for an area dedicated to crayons, markers, different types of paper, colouring books, tape, scissors and other crafting supplies. Make sure to include a means to display their work, such as a corkboard or a magnet board.

2) The toy box 

Whether your kids are into action figures, dolls, cars, or other general toys, they need a place too! Having a bin where your child can keep their favourite toys is just as important as all of the educational play spaces. Children need to play and have fun!

3) The learning layout 

Set up a table with pencils and pens, ruled paper, and potentially a device to help them learn to type. Add educational posters with the alphabet or playful words, alongside flash cards and books for examples of good writing.

4) The science bit 

Fill this space with things like science experiments, educational software and anything that encourages measuring, weighing, and mixing.

6) The brick brigade 

If your child has a real affinity for Lego, perhaps designating a specific space to build it would be best. Consider the required storage that comes along with Lego. Building in some storage bins will go a long way.

Read more:

8 Tips to create the perfect playroom from a Dubai-based design duo

5 Ways to encourage a love of reading in your child

Why reading to your kid might be the most important thing you do today