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: Although I published this post a year ago. I added recent shots to the post so you could get a better feel for the whole space.
Direct links to all items are at the bottom of the post!
In our previous 1970s home, we pulled the chandelier out of the dining room ceiling. Centrally located, 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.
A Playroom For Toddlers… And Teens?? Would It Work?
When we built our forever home, we dreamt up the opposite! Distance from our kids as they get older is not a bad thing. We agreed to finish the attic space – it was plenty big enough. We also thought of the quickly approaching teenage years too. 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??)
We wanted a playroom to be would be a cool hang out for friends and sleepovers, but it couldn’t be too cool. I still wanted the playroom to be cute and colorful for my little ones. I needed it to have a reading corner with their books accessible. Ideally I wanted their stuffed animals and games kept here too. You get the idea. All the things! You get the idea.
With this in mind, we designed our family’s playroom on our 3rd floor. It is complete with a private full bathroom, a walk-in game closet, and 2 actual attic rooms off to the side. Built-in window seats and a media cabinet add a little charm and function.
Elements For All Ages
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! Sometimes we let them camp out in the playroom. Someone will sleep on the Nugget because twin sheets fit over the top. The covers come off for washing, too!
Our Game & Crafting Table
I snagged this round IKEA table off craigslist 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.
I have been surprised how much the younger kids come up and sit at that table. Board games, painting, puzzles, making master pieces all take place here!
Our Record Player
Music is a big deal to my older ones, so we agreed to put our record player up here. It’s actually a little sad because now Jose and I rarely use it. The up side is hearing our kids in here playing our old records and dancing around.
Our blue plaid wallpaper is removable, and you could probably do a better job than I did putting it up! Don’t be afraid of peel and stick wallpaper. If you’re concerned about damaging the wall, read my post here. I took removable wallpaper OFF and showed what happened.
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 consoles, video games and movies on one side. Lego, nurf guns and other “big kid” toys are on the other.
You know those big lidded woven baskets are my favorite Serena and Lily baskets. They add charm and function to any adult or children’s rooms! (See my other Serena and Lily favorites we own here.)
The kids having access to their own TV in here. We love to watch movies as a family in here! But the kids do not have free reign for TV/video games without permission. Our parenting style is more on the looser side as far as granting our kids independence. That being said, I am very aware of how much screen time the kids get. It’s not as much as they would like, and I plan to keep it that way. 🙂
We added a guest nook in the corner of the playroom. See how that turned out here!
Paint Color on Walls: Sherwin Williams Ice Cube
Removable Wallpaper: Urban Walls Cannes in Indigo
Pendant Light (here is Similar) / Play Kitchen / Seagrass Bull is Target and old / cube storage unit / cube baskets / cube crates (similar) / record player / octopus / task lamp / Bear Canvas / Book Ledges (or these off Amazon – similar ) / Giraffe / Good Vibes Banner / Large Woven Baskets / Please Sleep Pillow / Stuffed Bear / Sconces / Nugget (our color is Piglet and is retired, but Rosebud is similar) Dream Big + Snake Print / Dots Print / Sofa (fabric is Taft, in the Steel) / Hand Made Dolls / Round Table / Chairs / MagnaTiles / Bookshelf (Similar) / rainbow pillow / Small Woven Baskets / Hess trucks
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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