With two kids and a growing Etsy business, we were quickly outgrowing our 3 bedroom home. I refuse to buy a new home until I can get my dream home. (Unrealistic, but until I wake up I am sticking to it!) Any who! Because we are running out of space I had to think of a way to transform our loft into a multifunctional room. Here is my take on how to easily transform a space into a office and playroom.
Asses your Space & Needs:
First, you are going to want to asses your needs and space and adjust accordingly. I knew that the girls needed a place to store hundreds of duplo legos, as well as a place to play with said legos. I also knew that they would need a dress-up area and a coloring station.
For my office area, I wanted a command center, plenty of storage space and work area. The amount of desk space mattered to me. I have a 21.5 inch mac that takes up a good chunk of my desk space. Plus, I need enough room to pull my Cricut out and work on my desk. So, a simple desk would not do & a L-shaped desk would take up too much space.
Find your furniture:
Ikea was my one stop shop for all of our major furniture in the loft. If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know I love IKEA & you also know I always suggest shopping second hand. Collage or foreign exchange students always list their barely used furniture for sale at half the price!
Home goods, target, wayfair and other places who sell home decor items are always a great source. Target has very similar cubbie systems but I did not feel like they were as sturdy and they were also a tad smaller.
For my office space, I used several Ikea furnishings and created them into a “HACK”. Pinterest is where I found my inspiration, of course! After a lot of pinning and budgeting I came up with a very similar version of Rambling Renovators Tutorial. I did change her layout, so here is a list of what I used.
- 1 – KALLAX Shelf unit, 30 3/8×57 7/8 “$68.99
- 3 – ALEX Drawer unit, 14 1/8×27 1/2 “$79.00***
- 3pks – CAPITA Leg, 4 1/2 “ $13.00/4 piece
- 1 – EKBACKEN Countertop, double-sided, 98×1 1/8 “$99.00
***(Ikea no longer offers my version, so I have linked their new version)
For the playroom, I also used a few IKEA hacks to make the most out of the space. There had to be a dress up station, a lego table and plenty of storage!
The girls dress up station was inspired by Rain on a Tin Roof. Our colors were white and pink so I left the shelf white and tailored the tutorial to fit my own needs. A hook system next to the bookcase, on the wall, made more sense for our needs. Simply take small Billy Bookcase and add a dowel for hanging. (Here is a Another bookcase option)
The lego table idea was straight from IKEA. They had a display for a playroom set up. It did not have legos in it, but I knew it would be a perfect place to build, play and store! You’ll need the following items from Ikea for this set up.
- TROFAST Storage combination with boxes $60.99 (you can choose different colored bins/sizes)
- TROFAST wall storage $41.99
Safety wise, I HAD to have something blocking our stair case railing, we moved in when Peyton was a newborn so I did not want her crawling and walking around open slats. We choose to place 2 KALLAX Shelf units in front of the railing. It was a perfect option to protect the girls and store ALOT of toys! I originally wanted the pink boxes for the shelving, however IKEA discontinued them. Which is why I went with black.
Lastly, For the girls coloring area, I picked up the LÄTT Childrens table at IKEA for 29.99. The girls love having a place to color, read, or snack during play time.
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