Now that the decision has been made to house our toys in the living room, I have to figure out what that actually looks like.
I don’t want to lose the fact that it’s still our living room. It’s the first room you see when you walk into the house. Right next to it is our kitchen, but since our kitchen table really only fits the 3 of us, we don’t do much entertaining upstairs on the main floor. Instead, we use our basement since it has a table that can hold many more people for dining as well as several couches for seating.
So, I have a combination living room/playroom situation that I’m looking at. Not just a living room. Not just a playroom. It’s a combo room!
It’s a fairly decent sized room, but there are many limitations. One wall has the front door. One wall has the doorway to the kitchen. Another wall has the hallway leading to the bedrooms. I can’t disrupt the traffic flow.
There are also windows on 2 of the walls that I don’t want to block. There isn’t any lighting in the room except for lamps on the end tables that are controlled by an outlet, so I need to keep those where they are. I’m not interested in having someone install ceiling lighting installed.
I don’t want to buy new couches and end tables – I like what we have and I don’t want to spend that much money. Basically, I’m looking at possibly re-arranging furniture and adding in something to store toys.
Some things that I’m considering:
What I like: We have one of these toy chests as a hand-me-down. I could just use that for storing the toys. So, cost: FREE! and it holds bigger toys as long as you can fit them into there.
What I don’t like: There isn’t any organization to the toys. They’re all just in a big box. And it isn’t very attractive. I’m also concerned since I can see little ones being rough with the lid and damaging the walls.
Wall of Storage Bins
What I like: I could build the compartments as big as I needed to. I could paint the fronts to match the colors that I’m already using in the living room.
Anyone do anything clever?