Put your imagination to work by designing a Lego® play room. Get rid of cluttered bookshelves and Lego®-filled plastic containers that make a room messy and uninviting. Set up hands-on workstations that give Lego® creators more space to be productive. Free up floor space with multicolored, user-friendly sorting containers, both functional and attractive. Add fresh paint, kid-friendly furniture and color-coordinated window treatments for the ideal Lego® play room.
Things You'll Need
- Sherman Williams interior paint, grey clouds #7658
- Sherman Williams interior paint, cotton white #7104
- Window treatments
- Area rug, primary color
- Large Lego® baseplates
- Display shelves
- Lego® or Duplo® table
- Lego-styled couch
- Floor pillows, primary colors
How to Design a Lego Play Room
Choose an area of the house or section off a space for your Lego® play room. Measure the windows for window treatments, and the floor area for furniture and an area rug. Draw out a rough design on grid paper. Rearrange movable pieces on the paper in order to configure play space, storage and a workstation.
Paint walls in grey cloud, baseboards and window trim in cotton white. White trim enhances the room's natural daylight. Bring in Lego® colors: primary reds, blues and yellows. Select one color, such as red, for accents throughout. Frame windows with Lego® patterned curtains. Select Lego Racer drapery panels and valance by Dan River. Or opt for solid curtains. Again, think red. It livens up the decor with a splash of color and imparts energy to the space.
Work on the floor. For hardwood floors, lay a low-pile area rug in the accent color. Choose a synthetic rug for durability. Create towns and cities on top of Rug Smart's Creataville, a rug complete with roads, water, grass and signs (see Resources). Area rugs make the room look cozier. Consider the shape and size of the room before purchasing. For a focal point, position the rug in the center of the room.
Attach large Lego® baseplates (see Resources) to one wall using glue or screws, similar to a chalkboard in a classroom. Position the baseplates to form a large square or place them alongside one another to create a long panel, giving kids a play wall. This will free up space on the floor allowing easier movement, and provide ever-changing artwork.
Bring in unobtrusive storage bins. Box4Blox (see Resources) are square containers designed in Lego® colors. Their unique design separates and funnels bricks by size allowing quick cleanup and more organized play. Shop The Container Store for Umbra® Juxta drawers. These modular units can be positioned in different configurations against a wall. Organize Legos by type and display name on the front of the drawer.
Select a workstation area. Position a Lego® table or all-purpose wood table with chairs in the center of the room. Kids will appreciate a dedicated area in which to build. Lego® offers tables with a base mounted on top, side cubbies or large enough to accommodate several kids at once. Other play tables have a mesh storage bag on the underside for extra storage. Pottery Barn Kid carries sturdy wooden activity tables that sit low to the ground.
Gather bright primary-colored floor pillows (circular) for relaxing floor play. Or purchase round floor cushions with handles (see Resources). If the space is large enough, the French company Lunatic Construction (see Resources) sells life-sized Lego building blocks called LunaSoft Grande. Made out of polypropylene, these supple building blocks can be taken apart and rearranged in different configurations such as a couch or chair.
Finish your Lego® play room. Place ledge units to display finished Lego® creations at eye level. Ledges are available in sleek black metal or different colors and wood with gallery or wide widths. Complete with hardware, they display creations in an almost invisible line. For the ceiling, find low-voltage flexible track fixtures with colored shades, or change out an existing light fixture with a novelty ceiling fixture that complements your favorite Lego® theme.
Tips & Warnings
- Define a budget for designing a Lego® play room. Let your child participate in the planning. Economize by choosing pieces that will grow with your child.
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