Eating Area Turned Playroom
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Here, we are sharing our eating area turned playroom for our baby. It helps keep the toys contained and out from under foot while we’re making dinner!
What do you do when you don’t use your eating area? Turn it into a playroom, of course! We desperately needed a way to contain our now very mobile baby and we haven’t used the eating area because it was tight to get around the table (and we have a dining room) – time to make the space functional! Until our little one can climb, this space will also double as a place for friends and family to hang out while we’re in the kitchen pouring drinks and putting the finishing touches on meals.
Playroom project to do list:
1. Fix the ceiling: check out this post
2. Make it functional and fun: Add seating, storage (that doubles as spot for guests’ bevvies), décor, floor cushions and toys
3. Baby proof: add baby gate, matting, secure storage
For the size of the room, this project seemed to take a long time. The virus we all got didn’t help the situation and we had to make a few trips to Michael’s to take advantage of their coupons (full price? No thank you!). In the end, we are super happy with the space and have a safe place for Baby to play while we’re making dinner. For the most part, it also keeps the toy mess contained to one area.
Function and Fun
Safety First – Baby Proofing
Our little one isn’t climbing yet so we aren’t concerned with the bench – yet. We will have to reassess this in future. For now, it’s a cozy spot to hang out.
Obviously, the baby gate was key to this space. This gate is fantastic for large openings as it can be adjusted to fit between 44″ to 72″ wide. We used this gate previously to contain our dog in the kitchen at our first house. We chose it because it secured to the wall and had a swing door for walking through. Just watch your step because it is raised about an inch. Although, this helps protect the floor because the gate isn’t dragging along it.
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We knew the floor needed some padding with an unsteady baby. Additionally, the floor is quite cold in this room because it’s over the carport. This addition was done by the previous owners and the insulation could have been a lot better. We knew we didn’t want bright coloured mats so found these mats:
They were a great price, easy to cut to fit the space exactly and really reduced the cold coming through the floor. However, the colours of the mats vary slightly. This was a common complaint for similar mats (between different packages and even the same package). If colour variation will bother you, we suggest purchasing 2 colours and making a pattern or the multi-colour tile pack. Lastly, we live in Canada and found that it was still cheaper to buy the mats on Amazon.com for the colour we wanted.
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Storage and Seating
Of course a playroom needs storage. This isn’t exactly what we had envisioned but my parents had it and it was free! We have our eye on some shelves that attach to the wall so are saving up while we confirm we are happy with the layout. Until then, we have lightweight wire cubes that we have secured to the wall with furniture straps.
We ordered some darling floor cushions for adults to sit on if they prefer to be on the floor playing. They had a long estimated delivery and haven’t come yet 🙁 In the mean time, we have some old pillows available.
Playroom Decor and More
How could we resist these adorable butcher printables? Now we know how to eat a dinosaur! Besides toys and books, we wanted to add a few more fun touches to the room. The chalkboard and magnetic white board are from a disassembled (second hand) Little Tykes easel and framed with knotty pine moulding. Lastly, a few touches for the adults include plants, envelopes to keep the paper clutter off the counter and our dinner plans for the week.
This playroom is our new favorite place! It’s much safer for our little one to be contained away from the hot stove. Plus, no more baby hands slopping in the dog dish and no more tripping on toys while we’re making dinner. We’ll see how well the mats hold up over time.
What’s your favorite part of the playroom? Let us know in the Comments!
Denise and Sean
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