10 Playroom Design Ideas to Inspire You
Let your child's imagination soar in the playroom of their dreams.
Are you tired of picking up toys just to see them scattered across the living room floor a few minutes later? Why not turn an unused room or attic into a useful space for the kids to play?
Check out these ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.
Transform a wall in the playroom into a giant game of scrabble for the kids to learn their vocabulary words. Another clever idea? Attach a dowel to the wall with a roll of white craft paper for drawing and coloring. That's what we call easy clean-up.
Fun & Colorful Playroom With Custom Scrabble Board Wall
The perfect place to learn and create, this playroom uses fun colors and patterns that kids of any age will love. Next to the multipurpose wall that stores games and supplies, the art table features rolled, white craft paper to keep the area neat and tidy in between projects. A custom-designed, life sized Scrabble board is the star of the space.
Dreamy Dress-Up Station
Let your little diva put on a performance from the stage in their favorite dress-up outfit. Keep the outfits organized on a small clothing rack that you can easily make yourself with basic tools, plywood and paint.
Bright + Modern
Create a comfy place for the kids to crash with a row of plush floor cushions, multiple throw pillows and a teepee for reading their favorite books. Keep it playful with a pair of rope swings hanging from the ceiling.
Dream Playroom Features Teepee, Rope Swings and Floor Cushions
Chango and Co. created every child's dream play space in this expansive playroom. Floor mattresses line one wall and are topped with playful throw pillows for crashing, a teepee provides a place for dreaming, and rope swings hang from the ceiling for extra fun. A bold Swiss cross pattern livens up the walls, and black trim highlights the architectural features of the room.
Sean Litchfield Photography
Playroom storage doesn't have to be boring. Use chalkboard paint to give life to outdated cabinets, which cleverly disguise books and any clutter you may want to hide. Plastic bins provide additional storage for organizing toys.
For your little superhero who loves to save the day, make a custom costume station to keep all of the outfits and accessories in one accessible place.
Tools and Materials
To make a costume display, you’ll need: pre-cut strip of 1x6 primed MDF (medium-density fiberboard) trim, stud finder, quart of semigloss paint, 2” angled paintbrush, 8” diameter wooden discs, 8’x4’ sheet of 3/4”-thick paint-grade plywood, jigsaw, drill with a 1” paddle bit and a 1/8” drill bit, compass, 2” stainless- steel wood screws, 1/2” stainless steel wood screws, 1x12” threaded galvanized metal pipes (one per outfit), 1” galvanized metal elbow (one per outfit), galvanized metal flanges (two per outfit), measuring tape, speed square, pencil and a calculator.
Measure and Mark Distance Between Hanging Rods
Each costume will hang on a rod made of threaded galvanized metal pipe, elbows and flanges. To make sure you have the proper amount of clearance for each outfit to hang side by side without overcrowding, measure the average span of jackets, capes or cloaks. A distance of 14 to 18 inches between each rod works best. Use a tape measure to mark the position of each rod onto the primed MDF. Start from the center and work toward each end.
If you want the costume station to blend seamlessly with the room, paint the pre-cut, primed MDF in the same color as the wall. For a clean look, pre-install the flanges by centering each flange on the drawn line. Use a 1/8” drill bit to create pilot holes for each of the four screws needed to secure the flange to the MDF.
Fasten Flanges and MDF to Wall
Use a stud finder to locate the studs within the wall. Based on the stud locations, hold the MDF up in place and fasten the MDF through the wall and into studs. Insert 2” stainless steel wood screws through the holes of each flange and into the pre-drilled holes of the MDF.
Upcycle an old piece of furniture into an adorable workbench for your aspiring DIYer. A pegboard is the perfect addition for storing toy tools.
Make it: Kids' Toy Workbench
Do you have a mini performer on your hands? Build a stage for them to sing, act, play music or put on a puppet show. Complete with curtains, they will love showing off their talents to family and friends.
Make it: Kids' Playroom Stage
Fun Felt Wall
Let your children express their creativity. Turn a plain, boring wall into an activity center for them to play with stick-on felt figures, cityscapes and more.
Make it: Felt Activity Wall
Adorable Play Kitchen
Search your local thrift store for an old entertainment center for this clever project. With some love, fresh paint and a few adjustments, you can create a one-of-a-kind toy kitchen that won't break the bank.
Make it: DIY Play Kitchen
Creative Activity Rug
Instead of spending money on a rug for the playroom, make a budget-friendly one using a drop cloth and felt. The fact that it serves double duty as a play mat is a huge bonus in our books.
Make it: No-Sew Play Mat
Stations and Storage
Like a preschool, the best way to keep playroom neat and organized is to have a designated place for everything. Set up play stations for different activities like coloring, blocks and imaginary play, and use clearly labeled (pictures instead of words) baskets to store the toys. Design by Melanie Grant
Boys and Their Cars
The great thing about a transportation theme is that you can completely customize it depending on the time period, color and type of vehicle. For example, you can do Italian racecars from the 1960s, vintage fire trucks from the 1920s or, when the boys get a little older, hot muscle cars. Design by Susie Fougerousse
If you’re going to get an arcade game, why not get a floor to match? Not only are these rubber floor mats colorful and well thought out, they are ideal for a playroom because they are soft and warm on the feet, and they will acoustically buffer the sound of kids bouncing basketballs in the house.