Planning a Playroom and Creative Space

Planning a Playroom and Creative Space

Ever since having Ava and Thea, I’ve wanted a playroom. But we haven’t ever had the space, so our lounge has been full of toys, and the girls bedrooms have been too. But I have come up with a way of making space, so I am excitedly planning how it will look. We’ve put the girls in the same room, in bunk beds, so that we can make the bigger of the two rooms a playroom and creative space. Now we have the bedroom sorted, we can get onto the good stuff: planning the new playroom! Here’s my Pinterest board, full of playroom inspiration, why not follow along?

Do you want to see how the room looked when we moved in four years ago? Get ready, it’s not pretty…

Ava's room before we moved in

We’ve painted the room in the same soft grey as Thea’s room, and got a new carpet when we moved in.

First Steps to a Playroom and Creative Space

We’ve started their new playroom and creative space by adding some storage from Aldi. This cabinet was only £39.99 from Aldi, and took ages to put up, but it’s well worth it.
White Aldi storage unit in the new playroom

I also treated the girls to this gorgeous neon pink screen print from Flat102*, I think it looks lovely, and is a really positive message from A.A. Milne. Flat102 neon screen print

The next task, after removing Ava’s old bed, was to clear away the toys, and generally declutter. It took me a whole day, and I got rid of a bin bag of broken toys and general junk. It felt so good!

The Room is Ready to Make Into A Playroom and Creative Space

This is how Ava’s old bedroom looks now. It looks a lot bigger! If you’re wondering about the window decals, you can read all about them here. They were easy to apply, and look so pretty, especially on the rare occasions we get a blue sky.

It’s a shame we have to keep the wardrobe and chest of drawers, as they take up a lot of space, but Ava still needs somewhere to put her clothes.

I am planning to recover the big black beanbag to make it lighter, as it dominates the space too much at the moment. Ryan’s mum made it for him when he was at uni, and it is super comfy and the perfect place to snuggle up with a book. We may end up putting in some different book storage, as the wheeled cart is very bulky.

Desks for our Playroom and Creative Space

Next on the agenda is desks. We went on a little trip to IKEA to see what they have on offer. The girls had a great time and quickly choose their favourites:

But then they saw these ‘sister desks’ as the girls are calling them, and they were smitten:Ikea Bamboo Svalnas double desk

I think these Svalnas wall mounted desks are fantastic. They are made of bamboo, which is a sustainable, fast-growing material. Because they are on the mounting brackets, they can move up as the girls grow, and they have draws to stash clutter in, plus shelving above. The only downside is the price. This set up would cost £220, without the accessories or chairs.

A more cost effective solution is the kid-friendly Pahl desks. They come with adjustable legs that go to three heights. So Thea could have it the lowest height, Ava the middle height and then when they get older, they could be fully extended. They are £40 each. White Ikea Pahl Desks

It also comes in a larger size, which they could share, for £50. Unfortunately, they don’t have drawers, which I do think may be essential to keep clutter hidden. Ikea Pahl Desk with two chairs

We have the basic white top and legs combo in our home office, which would be the cheapest option of all. We have a stack of drawers in there too – that would be useful as the girls have a million pens and pencils to store. So I expect we will be going back to IKEA a few more times before making our minds up.

I’m on the hunt for accessories and fun bits and bobs now, and considering whether to paint the walls, or keep them the pale grey. Do you have a play room, or a play corner in your house? I’d love to hear any tips!

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26 Comments

  1. 19th May 2018 / 9:02 pm

    Oh how exciting! I’d love to plan a playroom but we do t have a spare room. My girls already share. I love your plans and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    • 19th May 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks so much, we have some chairs arriving next week and hopefully desks soon xx

  2. 18th May 2018 / 12:27 pm

    How lovely to create this beautiful space for your girls!!! I absolutely love the framed quote, so inspirational for the young ladies!

    • 18th May 2018 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks so much Evija, I think it’s important to have positive messages around the house for them (and myself!) xx

  3. verymeinteriors
    17th May 2018 / 6:39 pm

    Did they try every single desk in ikea? I quite like those extendable desks for £40. It’s a very good price. I love how its starting to shape up, im sure the room is gonna look beautiful. How about adding some spots stickers instead of painting it again? It’s a very cost effective solution, I did that in my daughter’s bedroom couple of years ago. She’s outgrown the look now and wants a change, which is fine because they cost only few pounds

    • 18th May 2018 / 10:14 am

      Yes I think they did try every one, ha ha they loved it! And thanks for the tip about stickers, I actually have just ordered some. I can place them over the scuffs 😉 xx

  4. 17th May 2018 / 11:37 am

    I adore them trying out the desk’s! I’ve just started thinking about desk space for my son, definitely on the to do list. The room looks so very lovely and incredibly welcoming with plenty of space to play

    • 17th May 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Thanks so much Mary, we have some other things to add to make it more fun but they are already making good use of it. Good luck with the desk hunt – I found some great ones on the Futon Company website, worth a peek! X

  5. 16th May 2018 / 12:11 am

    oh so cute trying out desks as well! And so lucky to have each other 🙂 George (my son) complains some times that he does not have siblings 😛 Love the room (what a change from before!)

    • 16th May 2018 / 12:52 pm

      Ah yes they are so lucky that they have a best friend to play with, I just hope they don’t fall out with each other as they get older. And yes that before picture is awful isn’t it! So yellow! Xx

  6. Donna Ford
    15th May 2018 / 5:12 pm

    I love the term creative space! You’ve done a great job and I’m sure your girls will love it!!! x

    • 15th May 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Thanks so much, we have some more finishing touches to add but it’s already full of old boxes and tubes for their junk modelling!

  7. 15th May 2018 / 8:57 am

    What a fabulous job Becky love the creativity!

    • 15th May 2018 / 9:34 am

      Thanks so much Jumi, it’s still got a way to go but they are using it already xx

  8. 15th May 2018 / 8:28 am

    Love the wall mounted desks – though I think I mainly like that they were sitting cutely side by side! I bet they are so pleased with their new room.

    • 15th May 2018 / 9:44 am

      Oh yes I know what you mean, it’s super cute isn’t it? I’ve been doing more research and found some good ones at the Futon Co which I’m keen to investigate! xx

  9. 15th May 2018 / 6:39 am

    Wow this playroom looks ace and id love the white desk

    • 15th May 2018 / 7:25 am

      Thanks Pati, it’s really starting to come together now xx

  10. 14th May 2018 / 10:20 pm

    I’m partial for the Svalnas unit. Such a versatile piece with a mid-century modern hint. The price tag is not as good as the other options though. I love how they tested every single desk!

    • 14th May 2018 / 10:50 pm

      They are nothing if not thorough! They love the spinning chairs too, we were there for ages!

  11. fionamostyn
    14th May 2018 / 9:51 pm

    I love the bamboo desks! I’m inspired to get one for my daughter’s room as she has a lot of clutter and no shelves so it would be really useful.

    • 14th May 2018 / 11:00 pm

      They are gorgeous aren’t they? I think I might find it too stressful if (when) they get covered in pen though! I suspect they wouldn’t stay that lovely for long! xx

  12. 14th May 2018 / 9:30 pm

    How wonderful you’ve been able to repurpose the room, I bet the girls are so excited!! I love that print and look forward to seeing what else you add to the space, looking fab so far X

    • 14th May 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks so much Lins, I’m still debating whether to repaint or not. So it will be slow progress! Xx

  13. 14th May 2018 / 9:09 pm

    You’ve created a wonderful playroom for your girls and made good use of the space. I’m loving the window decals and the neon pink screen print from Flat102* 😀

    • 14th May 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks, it needs some desks and finishing touches but they are already having fun in there xx

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