I've been groaning about the lack of a good-sized baby-proofed play space for months. When we got back from NJ this afternoon, we had a lot of unpacking to do. Ada was taking a nap upstairs, though, so Stephen and I found ourselves with an hour or so to kill.
I sat on the couch for a minute. Then glanced over at the corner of our family room, which look liked this:
And . . . light bulb moment! I decided to stop whining, clear out the -- roughly 4' by 6' -- space, and create a play corner. I'm extremely happy with how it turned out. Best of all? It cost us ZERO ($0) dollars.
I'll break it all down for you in just a minute.
What we used (and what's similar):
- Cube Storage Cabinet (similar to this one on Amazon) from our entryway
- Cube Storage Bins (they come in all colors!) -- again, from the entryway
- Faux Shag Rug (3 x 5 -- we've had it for years, but I have my eye on this ultra-plush one, too)
- Wooden Children's Chair (it's similar to this one) -- we bought ours at a yard sale when I was pregnant for $1
- Bunting Flag (there are some lovely ones on Etsy). I couldn't resist. I picked it up at TJ Max on clearance when I was pregnant
- Busy Town Activity Center (by Alex, a few people were wondering where we bought it -- Buy Buy Baby, but I found it on Amazon, too!) which we purchased with a gift card this weekend
(From Ada's point-of-view:)
There's so much going on in her nook, she doesn't seem as inclined to chase after the cats or chew on the cable box. Yet.
Do you have a room totally dedicated to play? Or have you creatively carved out space in another room? I love hearing what people do to make it all work. Especially in smaller homes with little room to spare!
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