Adding a Play Area Without a Designated Room

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What mom wouldn’t want a playroom? We had one growing up and I’m pretty sure the best part was that my mom could shut the door and the rest of the world could not see all of our junk. In fact, it is still called the playroom; now it is just full of her craft “junk.”

Creating a play area without a playroom can be hard! See how we combined our dining room and playroom for the perfect kids area, while still holding true to my farmhouse decor and cow canvases! How do you control the toy clutter?

But if you are not fortunate to have a designated room with a door (like me!) maybe my solution will work for you! We have a huge dining room. It is the same size as our living room. In all reality, it is not a great use of space, but hey, I wasn’t here in 1962 to give my opinion.

Since we have lived here, we had our dining room table across it. It didn’t even occur to me that it might fit the other way. So for almost three years, it took up the bulk of the room, and it worked for us! We’ve also since undergone a major renovation and have new flooring ??????

Creating a play area without a playroom can be hard! See how we combined our dining room and playroom for the perfect kids area, while still holding true to my farmhouse decor and cow canvases! How do you control the toy clutter?
Then sweet B came. And so did all of her stuff. We needed somewhere to put it all. So after moving the table, we’re left with a “play area.” And it works great!

Creating a play area without a playroom can be hard! See how we combined our dining room and playroom for the perfect kids area, while still holding true to my farmhouse decor and cow canvases! How do you control the toy clutter?
I built (yes, me, by myself!) this awesome toy storage from Ana White. The plans can be found here.

Creating a play area without a playroom can be hard! See how we combined our dining room and playroom for the perfect kids area, while still holding true to my farmhouse decor and cow canvases! How do you control the toy clutter?

I decided to build it because I really couldn’t find something I loved that also matched the furniture we already had in the room!

And this kids table – I also built it. It is the easiest project (get a Kreg Jig, it is life changing!). So I was able to stain it to match her toys and the table my parents built for us.

Creating a play area without a playroom can be hard! See how we combined our dining room and playroom for the perfect kids area, while still holding true to my farmhouse decor and cow canvases! How do you control the toy clutter?
Blakely’s kitchen was a gift for her first birthday, and she sure has fun with it! It was also important to me that it didn’t stand out since it is technically in our dining room. I mean, I’m not hosting any fancy dinner parties, but I do love this room and the fact that it is the only room that has my farmhouse decor the way I like it!

Creating a play area without a playroom can be hard! See how we combined our dining room and playroom for the perfect kids area, while still holding true to my farmhouse decor and cow canvases! How do you control the toy clutter?
My sister got her the teepee.  She hasn’t used it too much just yet, but I see it quickly becoming a favorite. I found two great identical ones: Amazon ($50) |Land of Nod (on sale!)

Her rocker was a gift from my high school BFF Olivia, and she just loves this thing!

(We also love that it is “Owlivia,” from Olivia, doesn’t take much to amuse us!)

Lastly, this rug ties everything together. I wanted something fun that would designate it as a play area separate from the rest of the room, and it does just that!

P.S. my cow canvases can be found here! They are my favorite thing to decorate with!

Creating a play area without a playroom can be hard! See how we combined our dining room and playroom for the perfect kids area, while still holding true to my farmhouse decor and cow canvases! How do you control the toy clutter?

So is there an area in your house you can get creative with? What do you do to control the toy madness?