Sunday, May 26, 2013

Crowdsource Troubleshooting: Fix My Playroom, Please?

I feel a little silly posting this, for a number of reasons. The first is that I do not particularly like my own voice on video and the last is that this room is an absolute mess, and there's a good five or six other reasons squashed in between those. But I need help with my playroom and I know a bunch of my Internet friends (and real life friends who I interact with on the internet) really excel at figuring out how to effectively use a room. I do not excel at this. Thus, my call to arms via the Internet to troubleshoot my playroom.

This room has plagued me for months. Ideally, I would like it to somehow be a mostly baby-proofed play room. But, I also need to keep our elliptical in there and my desk because we just don't have space in another room for those things.

So, here's my room. Come in and tell me how to fix it. And please try not to focus too much on my semi-Rochester, pseudo-Southern accent.

A few things to note:

I ended up moving the toy chest out from under the book shelves to the side. I am toying with the idea of spray painting the toy chest a solid color - ideas welcome. Labor even more welcome.

The shelf is actually the top hutch of my desk. It's not incredibly stable, and I probably need to bolt it to the wall. And by me, I of course mean Matt. But, I'm thinking with a few canvas baskets on it, it can work as a good toy receptacle.

Oh and the curtains? We had a friend sleep over recently and I realized we had no curtains. So I thumb tacked pillowcases up there. Because that's what 30 year olds do.

Okay, crew! Get to (virtual) work!


Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

I'm not the best at figuring out what to do with spaces because I am constantly changing them around and around and around. But the hutch thing I have solutions for. I've seen several ideas on Pinterest. Here is a board that you can look at for ideas. I like the one that attaches it to the wall and has pegs on to hang things from.
Good luck. Can't wait to see what you end up doing with the space.

Rebecca Stone said...

I think I would move your desk by the window and use that part of the room as your office. You can use a bookshelf/IKEA Expedit type unit to create an "L" with the wall to separate the two zones. The bookshelf could store toys for Bo, provide a barrier for him and be low enough that you could sit at the computer and see him playing.

Allison the Meep said...

We have an Expedit shelf thingie in our basement and it's got a bunch of storage baskets in it to hide kid toys. I noticed Rebecca also mentioned it, and I can vouch for it being a good purchase without being too pricey. (You're more than welcome to come over and peek at ours if you want to see it before you make a trip to Ikea.)

Allison the Meep said...

Also, "Okay, be rude then. That's fine." made me laugh really hard.

Jenny248 said...

I 100% can vouch for the Expedit awesomeness. It also is a great room divider (not in my apt, but I've seen it used at my gym, at Eric's office, etc). The only "expensive" part of it is buying a million $14 baskets to fill it up.