A Playroom For Toddlers And Teens

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Just like the über popular doormat says, there’s, like, a lot of kids in here… and they span across a lot of ages. To be more specific- we have 4 children the ages of 3 to almost 11… so we need a playroom for toddlers AND teens!

Update: We refreshed the room in summer of 2020! Come see how our playroom looks here!

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a view of our peel and stick wallpaper in our playroom for toddlers and teens

a view of our built ins in the playroom

bookshelves for kids in our playroom for toddlers and teens

The Why

In our previous 1970s home, we turned the dining room into a playroom for our 4 little ones. It served it’s purpose beautifully- but it is not the stage of our life we are in now. Our kids are getting older (louder) and more independent.

Ideally, I don’t want our playroom adjacent – or anywhere near – my main living space.

playroom with plaid wallpaper

A Playroom For Toddlers… And Teens?? Would It Work?

When we built our forever home, we dreamt up the opposite! Independence for our kids as they get older is not a bad thing. We agreed to finish the attic space – it was plenty big enough.

Perhaps their future teenage selves would find it appealing to invite friends to our house instead of heading out. What if we were able to offer them a semi-private room of their own (and endless snacks)? (Does bribery still work on teens??)

our lounge ii sofa in slate in the playroom

My Wish

We wanted a playroom to be would be a cool hang out for friends and sleepovers. I still wanted the playroom to be cute and colorful for my little ones too. I needed it to have a reading corner with the little one’s books accessible.  kids playing on a craft table

With this in mind, we designed our family’s playroom on our 3rd floor.  It is complete with a private full bathroom, and a walk-in game closet. Built-in window seats and a media cabinet add a little charm and function.

Elements For All Ages

Nugget

Our Nugget (read my review here!) has been transformative in this space for all 4 kids. It encourages free imaginative – usually for forts. This is one of the toys in our playroom that works for toddlers and teens. 

our pink piglet nugget in the playroom for toddlers and teens

Our Game & Crafting Table

craft table in playroom

I snagged this round table as it fits in the space perfectly. We keep their games and crafts in the striped baskets. That way they are easily accessible and can be seen by tiny hands.

Board games, painting, puzzles, making masterpieces all take place here!

open bookshelf in playroom

Similar Bookshelf (I sprayed mine white)

ikea storage in the playroom for toddlers and teens

art in the playroom

The Wallpaper

Our blue plaid wallpaper  wallpaper is removable – it’s peel and stick! You could probably do a better job than I did putting it up! Don’t be afraid of removable wallpaper

Built-In Storage

The bench hides blankets and pillows for snuggling up and movie watching, and an air bed. The larger media cabinet in between the benches hold the older kids’ video games and movies on one side. Lego, Nerf guns and other “big kid” toys are on the other.

You know those big lidded woven baskets are my favorite for kids rooms- whimsical, stylish and useful. They add charm and function to any adult or children’s rooms! (See my other  Serena and Lily favorites we own here.)

built ins in the playroom toddler jumping

Update: We refreshed the room in summer of 2020! Come see how our playroom looks here!

hanging rattan chairs with atelier coffee table in a playroom

Scroll To See Items Used:

 

 cube storage unit / cube striped baskets / cube crates (similar) / record player / Bear Canvas Art /  Book Ledges off Amazon  / Giraffe 

White Round Art Table /  Good Vibes Banner / Large Woven Baskets With Lids / Please Sleep Pillow 

Black Sconces / Sofa (fabric is Taft, in the Steel) / Blue Chairs / Bookshelf (Similar) / Small Dipped White Woven Basketsblue wallpaper 


I hope sharing our playroom has left you feeling inspired in some way. Whatever stage of life you and your family are in, embrace it and take action to make your home work best for you!

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Pinterist image that shows text about our playroom for toddlers and teens, and books

My Thoughts On The Pikler Triangle

little girl climbing up rainbow Pikler Triangle rock wall

Our Home Tour

 

See Our Guest Room Bath off The Playroom

bathroom with circle mirror