Have-Some-Fun Playrooms

Kids will love these fantasy play areas designed just for them.


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    • Grid Work

      Organization is a snap if you take clutter off the floor and put it up on the wall! A sturdy wooden grid with hooks allows for storing stuffed animals and mounting a pad of paper for art projects.

    • Campground

      A tent takes advantage of an angled ceiling to create a permanent "campground" for little ones. Paint tic-tac-toe and checkers gameboards right onto the floor for the ultimate in easy game setup.

    • Simple Geometry

      The lack of furniture and other decor makes a playroom the perfect place to go crazy with paint. Try a geometric pattern like the one show here, or let your imagination dictate your design!

    • This Room's Not Big Enough...

      A clever loft bed cover-up turns this sleeping area into the Wild West once the alarm clock goes off.

    • Attic Play

      Turn a dark attic into a playroom simply by coating the walls in bright colors, adding a large rug, and stocking it with your kids' favorite toys. Tiered shelving takes advantaged of angled attic walls.

    • Wall Squares

      A playroom is the perfect place to go wild with color. Create a playful grid by taping off even rectangles and painting them bright, coordinating hues.

    • Chalk It Up to Good Taste

      Mounting a large, framed chalkboard on the wall can turn your playroom into Picasso's studio. Another option is to turn the entire wall into a canvas using chalkboard paint.

    • Pink Playspace

      Pink, black, and white make this a glamorous spot for play. Unconventional flooring says, "It's time to have fun!" while lots of storage and floor space keep things tidy.

    • Under the Sea

      A large-scale mural hints at the dangers that lurk just outside the windows of a deep-sea submarine. Thankfully, there's nothing to fear in the cozy interiors of this fantastic playroom.

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      Hide and Seek

      Bold color and private hideaways entice children to play and imagine. Each wall is painted a different color, serving as a backdrop for an array of toys, games, and beanbag chairs.

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      A Crafty Family

      Got creative kids? Then you know organizing art supplies is a must. Try these ideas for organizing, storing, and inspiring from designer Ayse Boneval of The Container Store in Rockville, Maryland, who designed this family crafts room for a local showhouse.

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      Hot-Air Balloon Theme

      Designers of this child's bedroom took one look out the treetop windows to come up with a hot-air balloon theme. The themed fabric is used both alone and cut into patchwork squares used with coordinating fabrics. And the sheers? Why they're balloon shades, of course!

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      Back-to-School Playroom

      Soft seating, cozy rugs, and ample storage make this a playroom as popular with kids as it is with Mom. Chalkboard paint runs around the perimeter of the room above the chair rail, offering an opportunity for kids to actually write on the walls to their heart's content!

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      Castle Beds and Murals

      Inspired by a Scottish castle, this bed and playhouse combination includes bunk beds, secret hiding places, and a book nook in the ladder-accessed turret. Fashioned from stone-look laminate, the castle has no back walls, so mattresses can be moved in and out easily.

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      A Doll's House

      Bunk beds are concealed inside this large playhouse structure that backs up to a window for additional light. Real siding, scalloped shingles, and fretwork grace the house facade.

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      Fire Pole Playroom

      This second-floor playroom is filled with toys, yet the main attraction is the authentic brass fire pole that lets kids zip down to the first floor. Two half-circles of plywood act as a safety lid, keeping the access covered until it's needed.

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      All Fired Up for Kids

      This yellow-laminate fire truck houses not only a bed on the lower level but a carpeted play area up top and ample storage closets. Each element of the room displays a firefighting theme while also serving a practical purpose.

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      Tented Ceiling Playroom

      Have a less-than-beautiful basement ceiling? These homeowners stapled fabric panels to exposed floor joists, creating a fun tented effect. Sheet vinyl flooring cleans up easily after art projects or tea parties and has a smooth surface conducive to games and play.

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      In Scale for Kids

      A lower ceiling height creates a small den that a child can use as a cozy reading nook, secret headquarters, or private game room. Loft beds create a similar effect in a bedroom. By raising the bed, the loft frees floor space for playing.

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      All in the Family (Room)

      Multipurpose areas like this one let different activities occur at the same time so everyone can be in the room together yet do their own thing. The armoire holds games and toys at the ready.

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      Rated G for Girl

      This room strikes gold -- and pink, lime, turquoise, and orange -- with the multicolor striped fabric used for the Roman shades. Furniture is situated against the walls to allow kids room to groove in the center.

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      Spot for Fun

      In this room, an adjustable crafts table ensures art projects have a place. The table has cubbies for craft supplies, while the tall cupboard holds art supplies, glitter, markers, and paint.

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      Dots for Fun

      A theme of dots in a range of bright and happy colors forms the backdrop for a personalized craft and homework desk.

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      Puppy Love

      A smart solution for a small bedroom, built-ins with window seats add style, seating, and toy storage. The made-to-measure units maximize height and capture corner space without intruding into the room.

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      Girly Play Corner

      A wicker play table and cozy bench seat are two of the girls' favorite spots to play and read.

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      Boys' Hangout

      This room sports a lively camping theme in green, light woods, and plenty of red. The old closet doors got a makeover with black chalkboard paint and fun red letters spelling out CAMP.

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      Shared Spaces: Kids' Rooms for Two (or More)

      Shared spaces take a bit of extra planning, but the result can be a room that'll create lasting memories.
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