Playroom Shelves

by Josh on January 12, 2006 · 2 comments

in Basement,Projects

For our next restoration project, we’re tackling one of the upstairs bedrooms. It’s been serving as a playroom for our son and we hope someday it will become the bedroom for a second child. Before then we have a lot of old paint and wallpaper to strip, some windows to restore, and perhaps some insulation to install.

The first step in the bedroom project was to move the playroom toys and furniture to another part of the house. Considering the nearly unavoidable messiness of a two-year-old’s toys, we decided the best place for a playroom was the basement rec room. Here’s the playoom before moving to the basement:

And here’s our new playroom setup in the basement, complete with shelves from IKEA:

Living less than ten minutes from IKEA, we are able to buy Gorm shelves like most people buy groceries. We had to make two trips because only the cross braces and uprights were available on the first visit, but that just meant our son got a bonus visit to their “berry patch” ball crawl.

A nice benefit of the basement playroom is its location right next to the laundry room and workshop. Now Ms. Bungalow and I can get some chores done while supervising our son– some days, nap time just isn’t enough…

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Derek January 12, 2006 at 7:44 pm

At least your 2 year old naps. Ours has recently refused. We no longer have a playroom in the basement, currently, the livingroom in the playroom Once Seth masters the steep stairs in our house, the toys are moving in to the kids bedrooms.


Josh January 13, 2006 at 9:56 am

We’re pretty lucky, Derek. Our son has always been a good sleeper and napper. We still get 2-hour naps from him– I’ll miss when that goes away.

We’ve tried to keep most of the toys out of the bedroom so that there aren’t a lot of distractions when we’re trying to put our son to sleep. We have some toys in the living room, too, in addition to the playroom. Wherever the toys are, we’re finding it’s important to help the child develop the “put away” habit…


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