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    can anyone help me with idea for a toy room?

    we are thinking of changing our dining room into a toy room for our kids,i would appreciate any ideas,the room is about 12x12 and has a chimney breast with alcoves at eitherside which we are thinking of doing storage and shelves in,but the joiner wants some ideas of shelving/cupboards we want but we dont have a clue!we also want paint colour suggestions and storage soloutions we will also need a sofa bed so the room can be occasionaly used as a guest room,i know its an odd request but any ideas anyone??

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    i was in ikea last week and they have like storage boxes with sliding tops so kids wont hurt their fingers opening the boxes, i will try find a link for you if its online when i come back from lunch.

    maybe paint the room a yellow colour, when i painted my room this colour it looked like it was more spacious.

    hope this is a start

    Hi,

    Why not have a look at something like the Ikea catalogue? that should give you ideas and also colour combinations.

    Hope this helps,
    CtC.

    Whatever decor you decide, make sure it's easy to change at a later date (as the kids get older so will their tastes - it's hard to redecorate a room if it's got stickers all over the walls!)

    What a lovely idea, I always wished I had an extra room so that I could do this.

    If it is also going to be a guest room, too then a bright but not childish colour scheme would be good, and I would have LOTS of storage so that everything can be tidied away.

    Other than that, I would agree that a visit to IKEA would give you the best more concrete ideas.

    Original Poster

    yes didnt think of ikea!!although it is an hour and a half drive from us,does anyone know of websites with cupboard/storage designs?someone suggested putting shelves and cupboards in alcoves and makins an arch in the alcoves but dont want it looking old fashioned

    Making alcoves into storage cupboards are great because you aren't taking up extra floor space and helps make the most of the space.

    Why don't you ask the kids what they want and get them involved ? (always assuming they are a reasonable age to do that, lol)

    If you do that you might find they take more pride in the room and keep it nicer.
    I reckon you'll be surprised at what they come up with. kids are really good at this sort of thing.

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    they are 4,2 and 4 months i do have an 11 and 12 year old but theyhave there own room but the 3 boys share so thats why im doing a room for them

    I am getting 2 of these (one on top of the other) ...

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    thanks but they are a bit pricey considering you have to buy boxes seperatly,i think homebase do these cheaper

    edjaned;1409506

    they are 4,2 and 4 months i do have an 11 and 12 year old but theyhave … they are 4,2 and 4 months i do have an 11 and 12 year old but theyhave there own room but the 3 boys share so thats why im doing a room for them



    Fair enough, a bit young then to do changing rooms, lol.

    There's some good tips on this linked page:
    artistshelpingchildren.org/roo…tml

    Good luck! :thumbsup:

    What about some funky flooring? I know you can get carpets with roads and things printed on them or how about some funky lino or rubber flooring? (easy to clean).
    This might help with picking a colour scheme too.

    CtC

    the primary colours usually work well for a playroom - you will find that a lot of furniture/toys then match

    We have a play room and have decorated ours in very neutral colours and just brightened up with pictures. That way it is easy to change it's use at a later date. I would also recommend some work surface for colouring etc. We made this from MDF which your carpenter should be able round off the edges for you and then we painted it in the same colour as the lower half of the wall and varnished it. We have this along the edge of one wall and have a few cupboards under to hold it up (ikea kitchen ones) and also made sure it is exactly the right height to hold 2 stacking toy boxes underneath.

    Making the room funky and bright is all appealing but think about how long you want the room to serve this purpose and how long you intend to stay in your house. A neutral room will be more appealing to buyers especially if it could also be used as a dining room, office etc.

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    unfortunatly i rent of housing and the house is rent only so they wont let us buy!its a lovely house and area so we wont be moving anywhere unless house prices drop dramatically!the room will prob be a play room for about 7/8 years,as they are converting our kitchen/utility room/loo and porch into a kitchen diner,originally we were going to use room as our bedroom so the 3 boys wouldnt have to share but then we decided to just do the room downstairs into a room for the kids so we can have our front room looking toy free again

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    loveabargain;1409942

    We have a play room and have decorated ours in very neutral colours and … We have a play room and have decorated ours in very neutral colours and just brightened up with pictures. That way it is easy to change it's use at a later date. I would also recommend some work surface for colouring etc. We made this from MDF which your carpenter should be able round off the edges for you and then we painted it in the same colour as the lower half of the wall and varnished it. We have this along the edge of one wall and have a few cupboards under to hold it up (ikea kitchen ones) and also made sure it is exactly the right height to hold 2 stacking toy boxes underneath.



    due to the room layout we cant do this,as the only wall we could do it on is next to where we want the sofa bed to go so the sofa would be covering the storage area,although we could do a desk in one of the alcoves but woul it look weird with a cupboard in th other alcove?

    edjaned;1409526

    thanks but they are a bit pricey considering you have to buy boxes … thanks but they are a bit pricey considering you have to buy boxes seperatly,i think homebase do these cheaper




    Same price in both stores ... plus B&Q do the boxes @ £2.89 for 3!!!

    i have recently decorated my little boys room, wanted it to look a bit more grown up but as he is only 3 nothing to old, i painted the walls white (something which is the norm in my house) and then got some sticky backed paper (bright green) and stuck big medium and small circles randomly over the wall, i have to be honest and admit it does look good and i was very impressed with this quick fix and obvioulsy you can do various colours, and the best thing is the circles can be removed and leave you with a blank canvess should you wish to redecorate. (and they do come off trust me as i stuck one on wrong and it came off without leaving marks.

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    i dont supose u have any pics keli?

    i dont but literately the walls are white and then i got a dinner plate, a side plate and a tube of bubbles drew round them cut the circles out and also enough to put over some white storage boxes with lids (which only cost 4.90 from ikea and are highly reccomeded as they keep all the toys out the way) just to make it all look the same and then stuck them on the walls, i honestly cannot believe how quick and simple yet how effective it came out, another thing i have spotted recently is argos and asda have started selling blinds and boxes etc with multi coloured circles over them which would be a nice added feature (the blind especially) if you needed one.

    Paint an area on one wall with blackboard paint - that way they can 'decorate' themselves!

    You could use the hidden wall idea. With a fold down bed in the middle where the chimney breast is and a roll out cupboard on one side and maybe a desk on the other side. When it is all put away you wont even know its there. You could even mount an lcd tv on the underside of the bed stick some big bean bags in there or use it as a dinning room if required. A joiner should be able to do this out of mdf for not a huge amount of money then you can paint it how you like.

    Here are some sites to give you some ideas

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    i am so confused now lol,i have so many ideas now after seeing them beds i just dont know what would work best for us

    Original Poster

    thanks everyone for advice/tips

    ]Threadless/Blik wall graphics are cool and will make the room look fun for the younger kids as well. :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    thanks for that not seen them before!
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