Playroom Ideas

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We are lucky to have a quite large playroom at the back of our house. Being on the ground floor and very close to the living room makes it a lot more practical as my children don’t like to play by themselves upstairs at all – maybe when they are older.
playroom ideas and storage

With 3 children, they have accumulated a lot of toys over the years so we need good storage in the playroom to accommodate them and we have mainly got the expedit system from Ikea. Here are the playroom ideas we have done with our room:

playroom ideas and ikea storage

We have 2 of the 8×4 units along one wall, as this doesn’t come up too high so this gives a surface to keep the larger toys like the garages and basket of teddies, plus the kids tv (it’s an old one which only works to play dvds).

At the moment as you can see, even with so much storage it’s quite a mess. We need to declutter and clear out a lot of the toys because it’s starting to get a bit over whelming in there now with so many things. The categories we have in this wall of Expedit are:

  • 2 sections for books
  • Box for thomas take & play tracks
  • Box for disney planes & hotwheels
  • Imagination box (anything for dressing up or pretend play accessories)
  • 2 sections for Little People / HappyLand
  • 2 sections for character playsets
  • Box for Wow Toys
  • Box for any Spaceship and spacemen toys
  • Box for constructruction with cogs
  • Box for musical instruments
  • Box for electronic toys
  • 2 sections for baby toys – This totally needs to be cleared out now, Mr R is coming up to 2 and a half and none of them play with it. I just haven’t got round to it!!

We have the coloured fabric boxes for Expedit (Drona). They are great value and do look tidy if everything is hidden inside the boxes (although not so much if you have a couple of unmatching ones in there too like me) – BUT it is annoying at times that the children can’t see what is inside them so I have wondered whether it would be better to go with some more transparent ones so that the younger ones would not feel the need to keep emptying everything out to find what they want!

We have another wall of Expedit on the other side of the room too which is the 5×5 one. This fits an amazing amount of stuff in. We use more Drona in the bottom of this to store:

  • Wooden train track, trains and track accessories
  • Chuggington tracks and trains
  • Big and small vehicles
  • Lego and construction toys

The higher levels we have just used as shelves to store board games, puzzles, card games and books. A lot of the wooden puzzles are stacked in baskets. I am thinking of transferring them to a different system like individual plastic boxes or strong ziplock bags.

playroom puzzles storage

We have a couple of boxes where we have put section dividers into the Expedit squares. It’s handy to keep smaller boxes and games but I actually wouldn’t recommend too many of these as they can be a bit awkward .

playroom ikea expedit

On the wall with the 2 x 2×4 we have yet more expedit because we have a small 4×4 unit wall mounted to make a book shelf.

playroom idea ikea expedit storage bookcaseThis is mostly for the paperback books that I don’t want Mr R to rip when I’m not looking, as he’s not yet grown out of that! So it’s better to keep them higher up!

For books that they can all get at any time and are more indestructible, we have a reading corner with a sofa and a book case from Little Devils Direct (see the bookcase review here)

playroom ideas reading corner

We have a world map wall sticker over here, and have alphabet stickers over on another wall -it’s covered a bit though as they have too many dvds on the shelf!

playroom ideas shelves

These shelves are for dvds, plus more books as we ran out of space on the other one! Mr Z and Mr T have their class photos there too. They are Ekby Jarpen / Ekby Bjarnum again from Ikea – I have these in quite a few rooms of the house as they are great shelves for their price. They hold a lot and are strong. We are even considering hiring a London interior decorating company such as KPD Constructionยย to remodel the playroom to create even more storage space.

We have another photo shelf, also from Ikea. This is the photo ledge from the Ribba series + 3 Ribba frames. I’ve used this to put some decorated 3d photos of all the children, you can see how those were made here. There is also space to display some of their creations like decorated stones, pinecones, clay models or whatever they have proudly made recently!

playroom ideas photo shelves

The last bit of Ikea storage we have in the room is wall mounted Trofast. I decided to break away from Expedit for this one just because the trays are so handy for colouring and craft type things. I’ve also used the top as another shelf for board games and colouring books.

playroom ideas ikea trofast

The final section of the room is the magnet board corner. The easel is also from Ikea and the other side has a chalk board but we hardly turn it around. It’s more useful for magnets for us and their do their chalk outside in the summer or on smaller boards.

playroom ideas magnet easel

So, there is our playroom, which the blog is named after, purely because I was sitting here when I registered the blog address, but I think it works well. It is one of the most used rooms in the house. I love it because it’s nice for the children to have their own space, and also because it allows me to keep the living room more tidy because everything is in here!

The Ikea systems are great and I would definitely recommend them for a good balance or price and functionality, although even with this much storage I do really need to organise myself to clear things out and streamline their toys a bit. I must make time to go through and sort everything into either keep, charity or bin.

How do you store the toys in your house? Are you a fan of Ikea too or do you have any other suggestions? And someone please tell me I’m not the only one in such desperate need of decluttering!

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45 thoughts on “Playroom Ideas”

  1. Oh my god – I real totally inadequate…I can’t bring myself to even look at the floor in our “playroom” which is actually really the lounge…it is covered in Lego (again!). Ah well, nevermind, at least the kids are having fun. What a great post, with some excellent tips and ideas. Thanks so much for linking up to the Parenting Pin it Party xx
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  2. Love your play room! And wow you have a lot of toys haha! Wish we had a play room as I’d love to be able to keep all the toys hidden in there out the way. I like the way you’ve organised it all. Thanks for linking up x
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    • I know we have a lot, but they don’t really keep any upstairs in their rooms at all so that’s why it looks like more!

  3. Great ideas thanks! I am OTT when it comes to organisation so have storage boxes/baskets/tins/jars…..for EVERTHING! And all my storage boxes/baskets/tins/jars…..are labelled too so the kids know what is where and where it needs to go back! I think it stems from being a primary school teacher (though now a full time mum) – my classroom was the same – labels everywhere and storage boxes/baskets/tins/jars….lol!

    • We did have labels but they pulled them off!! It was martha stewart adhesive chalkboard labels, so cool in theory but didn’t work for us in practise so need to find an alternative!

  4. I love how you are ‘In The Playroom’ and have written about your playroom – I’m easily pleased! Very envious of anyone with an actual playroom and love how much storage you have, such a lovely space for the children x
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  5. wow! so many toys. I really need to sort out my girls rooms, we have limited space so I am looking at something to go under a mid sleeper, will definatly be checking out the stuff in ikea

  6. Love your world map sticker and the photo shelf especially! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I wish we had a play room – the kids have to share their space with us in the living room, so it’s a constant battle to keep the clutter to a minimum.
    Every new year we have a post-Christmas clear-out and (with their permission), take at least as many toys to Oxfam as they were given for Christmas. We also regularly send a box of books and toys to Nanna & Grumps’ house, so that they have age-appropriate toys to play with when we visit (with the bonus of novelty value).

    Good luck with the decluttering – it gets easier the more you do it (I am RUTHLESS now)! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  7. Wow so organised! We have recently converted a bedroom to a playroom, our downstairs room is my Pilates studio, so it does make us all go up and to the playroomโ€ฆwe have a bookcase with storage boxes and a wardrobe that I need to work out a way to get better storage into.
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  8. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love IKEA! I was telling my husband earlier that I will be getting expedit for our little girl’s room once we move as she has lots of toys and books that I want her to at least be able to put away…. whether she will of course is another matter ๐Ÿ˜‰ A mother can dream can’t she!
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  9. Wow! I am so jealous of your storage, so many great ideas! At the moment our toys are just about contained but when our baby twins grow up I suspect we will need more. I’ve been eyeing up the Ikea units for a while – I get most of our storage from there as it’s just so reasonable! We don’t have a playroom so I’m thinking of using one as a tv unit so I can hide all the kiddie toys away when they’ve gone to bed ๐Ÿ™‚
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  10. I love your playroom, I was so envious when we visited. I wish we had space! We have the Ikea TROFASt system in our living room to contain some of Monkey’s toys. It has made a big difference. I really love Ikea and their storage solutions.
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