If your little ones are lucky enough to have a play room (or a designated space for toys and activities) there are three key factors you will want to take into account: toy storage, activity spaces, and last but by no means least… the fun factor. After all, if your kids don’t love being in their playroom, they will just bring their toys somewhere else, likely under your feet. Here is my essential guide to creating the ultimate playroom…

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There are many little things that come together to create the ultimate playroom. You may not be able to do all of them, but hopefully, I can inspire you to give a few of them a go.

10 essential components to create the ultimate playroom:

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1. Fun Wall Decor:

Urban Romantic transitional-kids

 

I’m loving this multi-colored wall! The gorgeous wallpaper by Bien Fait is not in everyone’s budget, but you could paint it as a mural if you have a little time on your hands. I put together a triangular mural for the twins’ bedroom, see my IKEA Kallax hack closet makeover for a how-to video and the final result.

Check out the polka dots when you scroll down to ‘comfy seating‘ below… some simple decals could be for you if wallpapering and murals seem too much work. 

And here are my favorite picks from Etsy if you want to get the look in your own playroom:

Polka Dot Confetti Wall Art - KapowboomgraphicsPolka Dot Confetti Wall Art - Kapowboomgraphics
Big Blue Triangle Self-Adhesive Wallpaper - WallabyWallsBig Blue Triangle Self-Adhesive Wallpaper - WallabyWalls

2. Comfy Seating

Westport Modern Farmhouse transitional-kids

 

Continuing the polka dot decals across the ceiling gives this room a ‘play den’ feel. And the floor cushions are perfect for all the headstands and acrobatics that kids enjoy. If you want to snoop more at this lovely Connecticut home, head over to Architectural Digest for a tour. 

Load your playroom up with bean bags, giant floor cushions and any other building blocks for homemade forts and gymnastics! My favorite floor cushions come from urban Outfitters… check out my picks below:

Textured Daybed Cushion - Urban OutfittersTextured Daybed Cushion - Urban Outfitters
Corduroy Floor Pillow - Urban OutfittersCorduroy Floor Pillow - Urban Outfitters

3. practical Storage

Colorful Mid Century Modern Residence midcentury-kids

 

If there’s going to be toys… there needs to be storage. Whether you go for cabinets with doors or open shelving, you’re probably going to want to separate toys into storage boxes so they are easy to access for those little ones. The IKEA Kallax system shown on the left above is a playroom staple, and there are so many different types of boxes to fit these now.

Our Kallax system houses 3 Sprouts Storage Boxes (shown below/right). I am crazy for the whole 3 Sprouts range and their boxes are adorable. I also love these cool Scandinavian style storage boxes on casters from Nobobobo (shown left below)… it was difficult to pick my favorite design of theirs to feature!

Storage box from Nobobobo (Etsy)Storage box from Nobobobo (Etsy)
3 Sprouts storage boxes (Amazon)3 Sprouts storage boxes (Amazon)

4. Art Wall

Stylish Urban Living transitional-kids

 

Kids adore having their artwork on display, and it’s a good idea to have an easy way to change up the display themselves. Either hang pictures from clips like the room above or try fixing open frames to the wall. Multipacks of clipboards are amazing value too…

Letter Size Clipboards - AmazonLetter Size Clipboards - Amazon
Gallery Picture Frame - AmazonGallery Picture Frame - Amazon

5. Clever Storage

My Houzz: Space to Unwind for Two Busy Roommates

 

So we’re not all ready to line up Lego people (I’m pretty sure ours are all missing heads anyway and that could look pretty grim…), but toys can make great displays! Get creative with some bespoke storage for particular toys… If you’re swimming in Barbies, go check out this fun idea from Chatelaine, the Barbies are hanging out in a fabric shoe organizer… genius. If you’re struggling with a place for those Matchbox cars and toy trains, try using those magnetic strips used to hold kitchen knives!

What about all those soft toys? These ‘bean bag’ soft toys storage bags keep things tidy and create some comfy seating all at the same time…

Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag - AmazonStuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag - Amazon
Magnetic Knife Bar - AmazonMagnetic Knife Bar - Amazon

 

6. In-House Gym

Brooklyn, NY: Cobble Hill Townhouse contemporary-kids

 

Now here’s where it gets serious, I did say we were aiming to create the ultimate playroom, didn’t I? When I was looking at beds in shared kids’ rooms, we touched on a couple of wacky ideas, but a climbing wall or a rope swing inside the house? Go on… I dare you! The jungle gym playroom above is the work of Carl Wooley, and the rope swings below are from Brooklyn based designers Chango & Co.

Westhampton Beach Playhouse contemporary-kids

 


7. Activity Table

Prospect Park West modern-kids

 

Back to basics here… somewhere to sit or kneel, build, play and draw. Pinterest is full of ‘Ikea Hacks’ for lego tables, using various bits of bargain furniture. But if you can’t face the DIY, I love this ready made Lego table on Etsy (shown below left).

We have the Melissa & Doug Activity Table shown on the right because it was the biggest, cheapest table I could find. It’s the perfect height and the lip around the edge stops lego falling off. We keep the lego manuals in the drawer at the front!

Lego play table with storage (Etsy)Lego play table with storage (Etsy)
Melissa & Doug play table (Amazon)Melissa & Doug play table (Amazon)

8. Forts & Tents

camengo eclectic-kids

 

To create the ultimate playroom you have to be able to hang out in a fort/cubby/playhouse/tent/base. We all built forts out of sofa cushions didn’t we? So give them supplies to build their own, or buy them a little teepee to play with… they look adorable and don’t take up much space at all. I love the Southwest Teepee from Target, such great value. And did you know you can get fairy lights made just for teepee tents now?! 

Southwest Teepee - TargetSouthwest Teepee - Target
Fairy Lights for Teepee Tents - AmazonFairy Lights for Teepee Tents - Amazon

9. Dress Up Station

Playroom traditional-kids

 

If you want to go all out, accompany your dress-up station with a stage or performance space like the adorable playroom above.  A hanging rail or hooks on the wall will allow your little ones the independence to dress up and role play as much as they like! For some sweet DIY dressing up rail projects, head over to the Rogue Engineer or this cute project from Lay Baby Lay.

My ready to go dress up station picks:

Dress Up Center - AmazonDress Up Center - Amazon
Kids Clothes Rack - EtsyKids Clothes Rack - Etsy

10. Reading Nook

Rex's Reading Nook scandinavian-kids

 

Whatever size your play space, you’ll likely have some books to store. Don’t put them in boxes, get them on the wall or displayed in an easy to reach bookcase. Kids love to help themselves to books, so give them a little coziness to enjoy a good read. 

I very nearly splashed out on a Pottery Barn Kids Madison book rack (below left) for our playroom, because they look fantastic and I actually don’t think it’s badly priced for the quality. However, I do love a bargain and ended up going with the KidKraft Sling Book Shelf instead, it’s fab!

Madison 4-Shelf Bookrack - Pottery Barn KidsMadison 4-Shelf Bookrack - Pottery Barn Kids
KidKraft Sling Book Shelf - AmazonKidKraft Sling Book Shelf - Amazon

Are you feeling ready to create the ultimate playroom? Of course, if you’ve already done all of the above, you could always incorporate:

  • A slide;
  • A role play shop;
  • A train set that circulates the room;
  • A basketball court;
  • A jumbo jet;

I’m just saying… you can always go one step further πŸ˜‰ 

**EDIT: Twin Pickle has a sister Facebook Page called ‘Family Decor Obsessed‘… Like the page and get child-friendly decor ideas in your Facebook feed!**

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26 Comments

    • TwinPickle Reply

      It’s true, stuff the kids, the post is just as relevant for grown ups! ??

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for these tips. It will come in handy when I do have kids and namely a little girl.

  2. I’m about to start working on my son’s playroom, because I’m sick of it being the livingroom. I love everything about all of these playrooms! Would you recommend getting a couch?

    • TwinPickle Reply

      It really depends how big your space is and how old your kids are. We have one because we have a TV in ours so it acts as a second living room. If your kids are younger, I prefer the floor cushions and bean bags because they are more flexible and fun for clambering on!

  3. I love all of these ideas. I need to make my kids room more colorful–I am thinking an ‘Under the Sea’ theme!

    • TwinPickle Reply

      Yes, maybe the jungle gym is not for you but clever storage and a cozy reading corner can work in the tiniest of spaces!

  4. I love these ideas!! I don’t have an extra room for a playroom right now but I’m going to re-do my son’s room soon when he moves to a ‘big boy’ bed. I’m totally going to use some of these ideas!

  5. Leslie Tessler Reply

    DO you know who did the geometric, triangle wallpaper? Dying for it!

  6. Katie Ahrens Reply

    Do you know where the grey floor cushions that look like a couch are from?

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