A Playroom Full of Fun

  • Train Table1/9
  • DIY Magnetic Board2/9
  • Lego table3/9
  • Colorful playroom4/9
  • Easel and road play mat.5/9
  • DIY Ball Pit6/9
  • Toy storage7/9
  • Alphabet Wall8/9
  • A Playroom Full of Fun9/9

A Project For

Jake

Age

2

Location

San Diego, CA

Description

The playroom I created for my son is a place where he can explore , use his imagination and just have fun!

Design Inspiration

My son Jake is my creative muse. My ideas don't have to be perfect or always fancy, they just need to be fun and put a smile on his face. Without him I would not have started my blog, Thrive 360 Living, a place where I share the projects and spaces that he has inspired.

Decorating Style

I'm all about keeping things "do-able." I'm not a master carpenter with a set of tools and talents. My style is to find inspiration from other amazing ideas and create my own version of projects that inspire.

Project Details

The main focal point of the room is our Alphabet wall. To make it more playful, it was important for me to find a variety a sizes, fonts, colors and textures for the letters. A full list, with links to where I found most of the letters, can be found on my blog Thrive 360 Living.

Since the wall has a lot going on, I thought we needed a bright couch to anchor it into place. I didn't want to spend a fortune and was happy to find just the right playroom futon at Target (looks like they only have it available in blue now).

For toy storage, I liked the idea of small toys all having a place to be put away. Two IKEA Expedit shelving units provided more than enough storage. The woven storage baskets are from IKEA as well and the other storage bins are part of Target's ITSO storage line.

Our magnetic board was actually one of my first Pinterest inspired creations. This idea is completely genius! All you need is a $10 oil drip pan, usually found in the automotive section at Walmart. Since it's not very pretty on it's own, a coat of spray paint dresses it up nicely. I don't remember exactly what we used to hang it on the wall, but I think it was some sort of velcro, removable adhesive strip.

Whenever we have play dates, the ball pit is one of the most popular hangouts in the playroom. Seriously the kids LOVE it! You can easily make your own with an inflatable swimming pool and pit balls (we used 200).

Our easel and road play mat are more great IKEA finds and the colorful tunnel in the background is another toddler favorite and can be found here.

Jake's train table was a Christmas present from Papa & G'ma and is probably the most used item in our the room. The train table is from Toys R Us and was purchased on sale at Christmas time. The table includes all of the tracks and structures, making it an awesome deal compared to other train tables and sets I researched.

Our lego table is actually just this plastic train table with Duplo baseplates added on top. I used removable adhesive strips to keep the plates in place.

Advice

Creating an inviting playspace is all about using your imagination. It's so much fun to pretend to be a kid again!

4 Comments

  1. 1

    The alphabet wall is very nice. I really like how you did it. That motorcycle rocker is also cool!

  2. 2

    Thanks for the kind words Ross. The alphabet wall was a really fun project!

  3. 3

    How are the letters stuck on the wall?

  4. 4

    Hi Jess, sorry just saw this comment now. We just used 3M removable adhesive strips.

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