During my limited down time and periods of relative calm (I do live in a house full of boys), I've been helping a friend redesign her family play room. I like the design so much that I think I'm going to steal it for my new therapy room! Here's the design:
I say "family" because she wanted the gender neutral room to be functional for both children and adults. My friend needs a work space within the room where she can pay bills, plan meals, or peruse Pinterest when she's not playing with the kids.
I incorporated the Kallax workstation (IKEA) which combines a desk with storage shelving for books or craft supplies. She could even add a smaller Kallax shelf with four openings on each side of workstation for additional storage. As an added bonus, it would also offer display space on top of the side shelving.
My original inspiration for the room came from children's artwork by Melanie Mikecz. You can find it online at Rosenberry Rooms and Oopsy Daisy.
The Elephant and Red Bird
Too Tall Giraffe
I added the Branas basket (IKEA) to the workstation shelving to offer much needed hidden storage. I actually have these in my home office/craft room. They are very sturdy and hold a lot of stuff. The tag holder (below) from The Container Store can be added to baskets to identify their contents. I'm BIG into labeling. It helps you see at-a-glance what you have in a particular container. It also helps you stay organized.
I just happened to come across the gray play table and chairs for kids (which my friend loved) when shopping online for an upcoming baby shower at Toys R Us. It fits the design scheme perfectly because we wanted the table in gray but didn't want to spend big bucks. I think $99 is an excellent price for all three pieces. It's much less expensive than the Pottery Barn or Land of Nod versions (although I love what these stores have to offer). Some of us are on a budget. Down here in Texas, I have not seen any money growing on trees. :-) Bummer!
So we've covered covered the art, workspace (for mom), and play table. Let's talk storage. I think the Antonius frame and wire baskets unit (IKEA) is a great option for toy storage. Whether you are storing lincoln logs, leggos, barbie dolls, or board games this will provide functional storage at a very affordable price. The Container Store has a similar (but pricier) option in their elfa system.
Other items - throw pillows and storage seating - give the room interest and function. We are thinking of adding an iron-on detail to striped pillow in a dark gray but haven't quite figured that out just yet. The Poppin Storage Seat has interior storage and also offers extra seating. It can hold a person over 250 pounds!
Poppin Box Seat
The Container Store
Bubble Storage Stool
The Container Store
Striped Pillow Cover
Do you have a craft room, play space or multipurpose room that needs a family-friendly revamping? Maybe this design plan will work for you too!