Building a Kids' Play Area in a Small Space Building a Kids' Play Area in a Small Space

A kids' play area is a necessity for any family with small children. The play space provides an area for recreational activities and keeps the toys organized. You can make your play area even if you have only a small place in which to create your space. This creative home improvement job can be done on a low budget and will require only a small amount of effort.

Tools and Materials

  • Blackboard paint
  • A paint brush
  • Wallpaper border
  • Wall decals
  • Hooks
  • Chart paper
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Chalk
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Shelving unit
  • Baskets
  • Bins
  • Labels
  • Piano hinges
  • Screws
  • A drill
  • Board
  • Paint
  • Sealer
  • A paint brush

Step 1 – Using the Walls

Maximize the wall space in your play area to display items and to provide your kids with a creative backdrop. Use blackboard paint to turn some of the wall space into a blackboard. Use a paint brush to apply the paint to one of the walls. Allow the paint enough time to dry completely. Keep a box of chalk and a chalkboard eraser nearby that the kids can use to write and draw on the new blackboard. Border the blackboard with wallpaper or wall decals to separate the space from other parts in the play area. Attach a few hooks to another wall. Hang a pad of chart paper to the hooks. Store some crayons, markers and pencils next to the paper. Create a customized, foldable working surface. Use a piano hinge to attach a board to the wall. The board can be lifted and secured into position to use as a work space. When not in use the board can lay flat next to the wall.

Step 2 – Organizing Storage

Add some inexpensive shelving units to the play area. Use decorative baskets, boxes and bins to store toys and other play items in an organized manner. Label the containers with words or pictures so that the kids will know where things should be placed.

Step 3 – Using the Floor Space

Decorate the floor space with paint to create board games such as checkers, tic tac toe and hopscotch. Use a paint roller to apply a solid color to the entire floor. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly. If necessary, apply a second coat of paint to evenly cover the floor space. Choose some brighter colors to outline the game boards. Use a pencil to draw out one of the game boards. Apply the secondary color over your pencil outline. Allow the paint enough time to dry completely. Continue creating more outlines until you have all of the games you want. Remember to keep enough space between each of the games to allow for the movement of the kids in the play room. Use a sealer to protect the game boards. Apply one coat of a clear sealer over the entire floor. Be sure that the area is well ventilated before you begin applying the paint. If possible, use a fan to circulate the air in the space. Allow the sealer to dry completely. Apply a second coat and allow it to dry thoroughly as well. Wait about two days before you let the kids use the room.

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