We don’t have a designated “playroom” and believe me I wish we had the space for one. You don’t realize how much stuff a child has until you have to figure out where to put it all!! As we were finishing our basement I was trying to figure out a way to store her stuff and give her a little bit of her own space, but yet have it still seem like our “grown-up space”. I didn’t want ugly plastic totes all over filled with her toys. We had originally decided to just put a door on the space under the stairs and use it for storage, but then I decided to make it into her own little reading nook/play area. My husband had extra trim left over from the other rooms so he just put some in there. I wanted it to be an extension of our living room and not something with crazy and bright colors. Our basement has a gray, navy blue, and yellow color scheme so I decided to stick with that. I still have a few more ideas of things I want to do in there, but for now I think it looks pretty great.
I bought a big floor pillow off overstock.com. It is actually a dog bed, but it works for a place for her to lay down and read. I was looking at big pillows and they were all so expensive. The dog pillow was so much cheaper! I threw a few other random pillows on it and found some baskets at Target on clearance to put a few toys in.
I bought cheap cardboard letters at Michaels craft store and then painted them myself. I am pretty happy with how they turned out. I am not super crafty, so painting stripes and dots were a little scary for me. I used circle sponges that I also bought at Michaels( Martha Stewart brand) for the polka dot ones and I free-handed the stripes. I hung them with command picture hanging strips.
Underneath the letters is a little shelf for a few books. It isn’t super large so can’t fit tons of books, but enough for what we wanted it for. I originally wanted my husband to make this, but he never had “time” so I bought it off etsy instead.
On the opposite wall I put this cute decal that I found off etsy that totally fits my energetic daughter. Underneath are some big clips that I mod podged with scrapbook paper to hang some of her artwork. I hung the clips using command strips.
I painted the bottom half of the wall with chalkboard and magnetic paint. My daughter loves this! Is was a lot of work just because you have to do so many coats, but well worth it!
Overall our under the stairs playroom turned out awesome and is a huge hit with our daughter!