Kids Playroom Design, Ideas & Storage Tips

by Jennie on February 14, 2014

I have been wanting to update the kids playroom since we moved here. I wanted to do something fun and get the toys organized and we finally made the time to get it done! 

My playroom and laundry room are right next to one another. I wanted to expand the laundry room so we decided to take out the wall between the two rooms, take out the closet in the playroom and add more space to the laundry room. That project is still under construction, but the playroom was underway! 

Playroom demolition

Playroom Makeover

I knew I wanted red walls, but I wanted something to break up the room. The hubs and I went back and forth about what we wanted. As I was looking at the boys play mat, the idea came to me to make a race track on the wall. I knew the boys would think that was the coolest thing in the world and it would be a fun addition to the room! Steve came up with the idea of using glow paint so it would glow in the dark. Even better! :)

I have several friends who have this artwork display and I had this on the list for the redesign. I was so overwhelmed with the kids artwork and I knew this would be an easy way to add, take off and move around their artwork. I typically display a few pieces on the fridge and the rest go in the playroom. I had Steve add one to each wall so we have plenty of space to display their beautiful creations! 

Kids Playroom

I saw this leaf at Ikea and had to have it! It just seemed a perfect decor item for the playroom and it went really well above the kids table I got at a yard sale for 5 bucks! 

Kids Playroom

I had these bookshelves saved on Pinterest and knew it was just what we needed in their room. I love that you can see the front of the books which makes it easier for younger ones to pick out what they are looking for. Santa brought them some beanbag chairs for the corner and I added my pillow that I sewed ALL BY MYSELF (oh yeah, call my crafty lol) and I love seeing the boys in there together, reading away. Cody is starting to actually read, which is crazy!, and Grayson just eats up ANYTHING his big brother does so it melts my heart to see them reading together. Gotta love those moments when they aren’t fighting!! We got these from Ikea and my husband cut them down to the size I wanted and nailed to the wall. He added caulking to cover the crack in the middle where the shelves came together. He wasn’t sure it would hold a lot of books, but it DOES! Tons actually so it is a perfect addition to any room and takes up no space at all! 

DIY kids bookshelf

The last thing we did was add shelves, since we took out the closet in this room to add space to my laundry room. We went with wardrobe shelves because they were deeper and are able to hold  more toys.. and we can never have enough storage! Once the kids outgrow the playroom, I want to make these shelves an extra pantry so bigger is better in this case! With 3 growing boys in my house, I need all the food storage I can get! 

Kids Toy Bookshelves

Thanks hubby for another job well done! The boys have a blast and I am happy to have a space just for them! 

Be sure to check out other ways I have organized the new house , our other DIY House Projects we have completed and one of my favs, Cody’s big boy bed

I would love to hear about your current house projects and what you have done to keep the toy chaos to a minimum! 

Amanda February 14, 2014 at 8:09 am

I just love this space! The kids love it too when they visit! Nice Vision Jen! And Great job to Steve for making it happen!!

Motherhood Support February 14, 2014 at 10:02 am

Thanks! We love having the kids over to play in it! :)Sent from my iPhone

MompreneurStylist February 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

I love it when my kids toys are organized. I don't have a dedicated room but do have a dedicated space. Love the corner shelves for books. A great "library"!

Motherhood Support February 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I LOVE organization! Although I feel like I can keep it that way for long, but when it is it is pure bliss :)

Jessica February 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I love the book shelves. And the race track. Thanks for sharing! Great ideas. #sitsblogging

Motherhood Support February 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm


mommylifeafterphd February 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm

LOVE THIS!! Getting ready to redo our playroom, so these are all great ideas! #SITSblogging

Motherhood Support February 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Thanks so much! Hope you have fun changing yours!

mamamommymom February 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm

We have such a mess in our playroom right now… it's ridiculous! I ultimately want to turn it into my dedicated office, but I've got to come up with some creative storage in the boy's room first. I love the book shelves!

Motherhood Support February 17, 2014 at 2:57 pm

The book shelves were so easy… well at least my hubby thought so :) Their room is typically a DISASTER (!), but I do like that I can close the door and NOT look at it if it is driving me crazy!!

Brittany June 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

What did you use for the book shelves?

Motherhood Support June 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

They are the picture frame shelves from IKEA!Sent from my iPhone

baby bean bags October 11, 2014 at 7:18 am

Impressive ideas for making kids room perfect and joyful one. I'm going to change my kids room according to your guidance.

A.B March 31, 2015 at 11:56 am

My son has a little corner I want to do the same bookshelf style with, we're cramped for space but i want him to have alittle reading corner, this would be perfect. any idea what the shelves were called? or maybe a link to the ikea site? i couldn't find them.

Motherhood Support April 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm
Jimmy April 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Designing the right children's playroom can be a tricky affair at times. There are several different ingredients that you need to get right to create it.

karla vogel June 20, 2017 at 12:19 am

Nice toys for the kids. best Design Kids Playroom.

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