With kids at home for the foreseeable future, and with public spaces like playgrounds, soft plays and other kids areas closed, now is as good a time as any to create a fun kids zone at home.
We've collated a few of our favourite play rooms that have featured in the pages of Livingetc.
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Some ideas are perfect for little ones; like chalkboard walls for doodling, ladders and indoor tree houses for climbing, and slides for zooming down. There are plenty of ideas for bigger kids too, with reading corners, music stages and star wars paraphernalia. To encourage your kids to exercise, create a sporty zone. For example with a basket ball hoop, and/or hanging boxing pillow. And then there's pool tables, football tables, game machines and Pac Man style decor too, perfect for those awkward older ages and teens. Or, when in doubt, an oversized corner sofa like the featured Mah Jong modular sofa for Roche Bobois is perfect for binging Netflix or newly launched Disney Plus.
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This indoor treehouse is in the shape of a boat, complete with a wooden ladder, portholes for peeking out of, and decorative rope lighting (sourced from Etsy), hanging from the ceiling. There’s also a stash of books neatly displayed in the window seat, to encourage reading.
Gloss white walls bounce light around, making this attic playroom feel clean, bright and inviting. The swing seat makes this room a favourite spot to hang out and play in.
The metal chute starts upstairs and twists down the house to a downstairs play room; it’s safe for kids and big enough for young-at-heart parents.
Forget off-the-peg posters – instead, give your kids creative free reign and allow them to use their own artwork to decorate their space. After all, there really is nothing cuter than a lovingly home-made potato print or stick person drawing. A chalkboard has perennial play appeal, so take it one step further by painting a whole wall with blackboard paint. And, because it can be constantly changed, it will last right through to their teens. Adding a blackboard-painted wall to an otherwise simple white room is an easy way to introduce an eye-catching feature, and will allow the kids to get creative. Get the look: Get blackboard paint from B&Q and heavy-duty white floor paint from Leyland. Find Lack floating shelves at Ikea, from £5 each, along with the Kallax storage unit, from £30, which is similar to this one. Beldi and Larusi have a good selection of Beni-style rugs. Tanguy Rolin sells vintage Serge Mouille lights.
This large play room is mostly used as a kids art studio.
The custom wallpaper in this play room subtly incorporates a growth chart for measuring the kids’ height.
The den makes the most of an awkward-shaped alcove. It’s wallpapered in a photo-realistic forest print from Numerart. Get the look: Custom wallcovering is from Numerart. Living Stones pillows were purchased online. Fresno Framed Short Sconce in Aged Iron is from Visual Comforts and window seat cushion is Vervain Barry Dixon Stonewaves.
The den's round windows are designed for climbing through – or throwing rock-shaped pillows through.
This basement playroom is the perfect music room, as the music (or noise) doesn't travel to the rest of the house, keeping those recorded practices at a safe distance. The Obama print in the basement playroom was bought to celebrate his election. Get the look: The artwork is by Jane Perkins.
This playroom sits above the living room, on a mezzanine level that overlooks the dining space below. A raised, built-in daybed plays on the multi-level theme.
Simple wooden crates were mounted onto the wall to create some fun shelving for books and toys. The wall is coated in blackboard paint, so the kids can get creative. Get the look: The sofa is a Fifties Danish design from a vintage shop. This is the Rocker chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Modernica at SCP. This is the Favourite Things pendant by Chen Karlsson for ENOstudio at The Conran Shop.
This garage has been converted into a games room; perfect for teens and young-at-heart parents. Funky pipes were added on the ceiling in a video game formation, and painted in bright colours. The video game theme is continued on the walls, where wall shelving was created to mimic the Pac Man video game. A large ‘Game Over’ sign on the wall lights up.
Shanghai Design firm X+Living transformed a corner staircase into a small study room for the children to practice the piano and read. The bespoke piano stool is inspired by the form of metronome.
Colourful furniture and flooring make this plain loft space bright and playful, and the perfect hideout for binge watching. Get the look: This is the Mah Jong modular sofa by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois. The carpet squares are from Flor. This is Anthropologie’s Rhododendron chandelier. For a similar coffee table, try West Elm.
To win cool points, dedicate a basement to create a cool hang-out spot, complete with pool table or table tennis or table football. This vintage Brunswick pool table was restored. Get the look: Source a pool table at Brown’s Antiques Billiards and Interiors. The Kugel K goose-feather light is by Heike Buchfelder for Pluma Cubic. The kitchen barstool, left, is covered in remnants from B&J Fabrics in New York. For similar, try The Chair People.
What could be better than a cinema for kids, complete with comfy bean bags?
We love the hexagon-shaped wall pods that are featured here in 'The Den', part of Gleneagles hotel.
To encourage your kids to exercise, create a sporty zone. For example with a basket ball hoop, and/or hanging boxing pillow. Get the Look: This specially commissioned wall art was created by graffiti artist, David Nash (gnashermurals.com).
Table tennis paddles create a cool feature on the wall of 'The Den', part of Gleneagles hotel.
An indoor treehouse complete with slide completes this cool playroom which is part of 'Little Glen' kids area of the Gleneagles hotel
Anything goes in this fun zone, from soft drink inspired art to nearly life-sized figurines. The playroom offers the perfect setting to showcase offbeat artwork and modern touches, sprinkled with lashings of fun. Get the look: The vintage Pepsi-Cola sign is from The Old Cinema. The bean bag is from BeanBagBazaar. The giant Lego storage box is from Store. This is the Star Wars Stormtrooper Battle Buddy figure from Tesco Direct. The Graffiti wallpaper is from Murals Wallpaper.
Rock Star Stage
Let your kids feel like a rockstar by creating a slightly raised stage for their music practice. This drum kit sits on its own raised plinth, made from the bandsawn oak floorboards. Get the look: The floor and stage are made from Burano smoked and bandsawn oak by Source Wood Floors.
Colourful wall art and a pool table creates a cool hangout spot for teens in 'The Den', part of Gleneagles hotel.
This cosy reading corner doubles up as a guest bed for sleep-over parties. Get the look: The floorboards are painted in Cornforth White modern emulsion by Farrow & Ball.
In this chic playroom, designer Beata Heuman created an oval framed blackboard on the wall for the owners’ one-year-old daughter.
The pegboard wall enables a constantly changing gallery wall of display items, that can grow and evolve as the kids get older. Get the look: Shelving unit, Midcentury Modern fair. Pegboards, Kreisdesign. Similar armchair, Swoon.
Book ledges rather than shelves allow for the books to be arranged with the covers facing outwards. A peg board provides a handy place to store the boys’ super hero outfits.
A glossy black New York-feel fire-escape-style ladder ascends to a mezzanine level, with balusters outlined in a sharp red. It's the perfect playroom for pretend play. Get the look: The flooring is Marmoleum. The desk is by Blu Dot, shipped from America – Heal’s sells a selection of Blu Dot furniture. The stools came from Golborne Road market.