It’s no secret that we LOVE to PLAY!!! At least as much as the kids do; sometimes more! Nor that one of our favorite ways to play is in home design!
It’s also no secret that we TME moms love Montessori principled homes. It’s such a mind-blowingly magnificent base and super easy to work into kid play spaces especially: everything in its place, simple multi-use materials, all set at ‘kid-level’ so that they can manage independently: the play and the clean-up!
This room wasn’t so much a challenge as it was an opportunity for fun! S said, “A, our playroom lacks soul. It’s a great space with great light and great stuff in it, it’s mostly organized but it’s just not…i don’t know…fun, warm, comfy, cozy enough???”
And so we added some warm, comfy, cozy and lots and lots of fun!
The sofa serves triple duty:
- 1- It’s a comfy space to cuddle for movies (and to play the video games that we hold-out for)!
- 2- It’s actually a futon, and flattens to a comfy bed for extra sleep-over space!
- 3- It’s a great landing pad for kids that fly-off of or drop from the indoor jungle gym!
The table and chairs also serve triple duty:
- 1- They are the homework station alternative to a desk. It’s more collaborative, less serious, more fun! Yet still a calm, dedicated space where R can retreat to work through the craziness that is loads of 4th grade homework!
- 2- They are also great for chess and board game playing and for builiding legos!
- 3- They are a super sweet place for morning coffee and chocolate and to place welcome flowers!
The stools are also on triple duty and working hard at playing and fun:
- 1- The stools are as much launch pads to climb up to the jungle gym!
- 2- And they are fantastic footstools for chilling hard!
- 3– And they are extra seating when there are tons of kids (and parents) playing in the room, Hello Friyay!!!!
Translucent bins make it super easy for kids to play and to restore order:
The indoor jungle gym is everyone’s favorite!!!
Design challenges and opportunities a-plenty:
The room includes a ‘retired’ chimney. We needed to work around that and used the space to add some built in reclaimed wood and white shelves for additional storage. The room also had two not-so-pretty hinged-doors that were just obstacles. We replaced those two doors with barn door sliders to maximize space and painted them a fun color! And we added a full length mirror on the wall between them. The kids have fun seeing themselves playing on the jungle gym, they love checking-themselves-out in the mirror in dress up clothes, and the effect of opening and closing the sliders for the kids is basically creating a theatrical stage. The mirror and sliders also help the room feel bigger and maximize the light.
If nothing else, we hope this room inspires you to say YES to FUN and PLAY!!!! Go big!!! Make good use of every inch and then enjoy every bit of it!