Amazing how starting to paint the wall paneling in our basement (I’m not done yet – I swear the room is growing!) has turned into a whole basement refresh, including creating a new playroom/kid area one one side. Somehow you just can’t paint walls without then taking a fresh look at everything and seeing how a refresh is sorely needed. Um, especially in our brown-walled, brown-carpeted, brown-couched, and brown-everythinged basement. Our kiddos are 3 and 5 (going on teenagers in attitude, of course) and we want a space that they can use now but that we can adapt as they get older. Here is how I am starting to see the playroom plans play out (so punny).
Open Floor Space
Right now our kids really like to play with things on the floor instead of sitting at a table. They zoom airplanes, ride kid cars, stroll with strollers and shopping carts, build tents and room-sized airplanes, and just take up lots of space with their speedy little feet. We want them to have room to play without intereference from too much furniture. We’ve got plenty of furniture in this house, so one spot that is low on furniture and big on play space would be very welcome.
Table Area for Art, Legos, and Tea Parties
Now that I just said we need space, we also would like some table-like-thing to allow for tea parties, restaurant play, lego building, and more. This is something we will need to accomplish either by putting a table against the wall or with a lightweight table and chairs that be moved into and out of the main play area by three year old muscles.
Display Area for Kid Stuff
I’d say my kids are a little more into focusing on the quantity of their art (literally, they go through an entire book of art paper at a time) than the quality. But some things they do are just too adorable to stick in the recycle bin or keep hidden in a drawer. So I’d like a spot to put up some of their art and this play area is just the spot to do it.
Despite my massive and frequent toy purges, we’ve still got plenty of toys about that get plenty of use. I want the toys to be accessible but stored neatly instead of strewn all over the floor. So toy storage it is. We’ve already got a unit we’ll use (like the Expedit) but we need to add some additional storage as well. Thinking of everything that needs a home, suddenly this space is feeling smaller and smaller…
Comfy and Cute
Let’s not get into this whole thing without considering its looks. The play area is wide open to the other half of the room, which is the tv spot. I think we’ll use the basement more and more as a place for movie and sport watching for adults and kids as well as playtime for kids, which means we want to look somewhat snazzy. Well, I’d take a step above ugly-brown for sure. I think we’ll amp up the kid area with a new rug, playful wall art, and some color.
Okay, what else am I missing? I’m pretty sure that I’m not the first one to tackle a kid play space in a basement, so I’m all ears if anyone has suggestions. Otherwise, I’ll just be plotting how to put these plans into action while finishing all that painting. Hope to share the painted walls this week!
Happy Tuesday, friends!