How to Create a Small Space Playroom

Interior Stylist, Magdalene Liacopoulos from The Bebe Style Co. is here to share her advice for putting together a children’s playroom when working with limited space.

Two kids playing in a small playroom on a toki mat

It doesn’t matter if you’re living in an apartment with kids or simply don’t want to give up your entire home to toddler toys, you’ve come to the right place.

The truth is, you don’t need a ton of square feet when it comes to maximizing your child’s opportunity for fun and learning.

By utilizing wall real estate, choosing clever storage solutions and opting for multi-use toys, you can easily create a small space playroom!

In this guide we’ll go over:

  • Space-saving playroom toy storage tips & solutions
  • Why you need to consider your playroom play zones
  • The #1 must-have playroom essential

Scroll down to learn more!

 

Space-saving playroom toy storage solutions & tips

 

Ubabub Booksee Bookshelf

 

Floor space is valuable real estate, and for this reason, it’s important to make maximum use of your walls—the good news is that the possibilities are endless.

 

Tip#1: Invest in custom cabinetry

 

Consider built-in shelving. Yes, it’s an investment, and for this reason, I highly recommend choosing a design that suits the general feel and style of your home. Built-in shelving means that toys, books and the like have a home. Bringing in accessories like storage bins to custom cabinetry will help keep things organized and neat.

Pehr Pom Pom Storage Bin

Pehr Pom Pom Storage Bin

 

$46

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Tip #2: Choose versatile shelving units

 

Bookshelves don’t need to just hold books! Try using them to hold blocks, craft supplies, or plush toys. If you’re someone who knows they like to hide their mess, you might even want to consider a credenza with sliding doors that shut.

 

Nico & Yeye Minimo Bookcase Maple White

 

Nico & Yeye Minimo Modern Kids Bookshelf

 

$358

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Nico & Yeye Lukka Modern Kids Credenza Console - Walnut Pink

 

Nico & Yeye Lukka Modern Kids Credenza Console – Walnut

 

$1,848

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Babyletto Presto Acrylic Bookcase

 

Babyletto Presto Acrylic Bookcase Cart

 

$299

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Tip #3 Fall in love with storage bins

 

Lorena Canals Woody Basket - Pearl Blue

 

Unfortunately, there is nowhere to hide in a small space, which is why sufficient storage is another important one to add to the shopping list. You’ll need organizers and baskets like the Lorena Canals Woody Basket to help manage toys and keep organized.

A small space can get overcrowded easily, so I will always recommend having some of the toys stowed away in tubs, and replacing them in and out of the playroom regularly. As a bonus, this will also keep things stimulating for your child.

 

Lorena Canals Woody Basket - Pearl Blue

Lorena Canals Woody Basket

 

$55

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Nico & Yeye Toy box - white and walnut

 

Nico & Yeye Toy Box Chest on Casters 

 

$168

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Petit Pehr Happy Days Hamper

 

Pehr Happy Days Hamper

 

$72

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Tip #4: Explore wall mounted bookshelves and dress up racks

 

If you aren’t quite ready to commit to something tailor-made, then at the very least I would suggest a bookshelf that can be fixed to the wall and positioned within reach for your child to access.

My go-to for small spaces is the Ubabub Booksee wall bookshelf set. The modern acrylic design makes for a streamlined look, and in a small space you want to minimize bulky and fussy additions. I also love the Olli Ella Pollie Shelf because you can hang dress-up clothes from it, use it for a roll of art paper or hang craft projects from it.

 

ubabub booksee bookshelf

 

Ubabub Booksee Wall Bookshelf Set

 

$199

Set of 2

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Olli Ella Pollie Shelf

 

Olli Ella Pollie Shelf

 

$39.90

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Why you need to consider your playroom play zones

 

Olli Ella Pollie Shelf

 

When working within a small perimeter, it’s important to consider how the room will be used. Think about your child’s preferences, the available space, and what will comfortably work within the playroom.

With this information in mind, plan how you will utilize your walls – map out and establish your play areas.

Ideas include:

  • Reading zone
  • Arts & crafts zone
  • Indoor active play zone (a soft mat!)
  • Block/ Building zone

Keep scrolling to see some of my favorite suggestions.

 

For block/car play….

Ruggish Play Rug in street map

The genius double-sided play rugs from Ruggish make small spaces super useful! When it’s not adding style to your tot’s room, it can be flipped over and used as an engaging play scene to build blocks, race cars and more!

Ruggish Cali Play Rug Grey Updated

 

Ruggish Double-Sided Cali Play Rug

 

$199

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For active & reading play….

 

Toki Mats Grid Playmat Peach

 

Toki Mats Grid Playmat w/ Organic Insert

 

Ranging from $195 to $305

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For arts & crafts play…

 

Olli Ella Pollie Shelf

Olli Ella Pollie Shelf

 

$39.90

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For educational fun…

 

Mushie Kids feelings poster

 

Mushie Feelings Poster

 

Ranging from $22 to $28

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Curious Charts Notable Animals in Literature Poster

 

Raccoon Society Notable Animals in Literature Poster

 

$25

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For imaginative play/reading…

 

Babai Play Tent Terra

 

Babai Play Tent

 

$129.99

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The #1 must-have playroom essential

 

Furniture and accessories can take up valuable space, which why it’s important to have a list in mind and be selective with your choices. With that being said, one should never sacrifice seating!

Incredibly versatile, play tables allow kids a space to craft, read, assemble, rest and eat! Below are my top picks!

 

Lily & River Little Creator Table

 

Lily & River Creator Table

 

$299.95

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Nico & Yeye Poco Table - Walnut White

 

Nico & Yeye Poco Table – Walnut

 

$361

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PlanToys Round Table

 

PlanToys Round Table

 

$120

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The Bebe Style Co. is a nursery, toddler and children’s room interior styling service. Visit www.thebebestyleco.com

 

 

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