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We are thinking of creating a playroom in the attic. What would you want in a playroom? I have a 3 & 5 yo DDs & 8 yo DS. What would your ideas be for your dream "imagination attic"?

I want a wood kitchen set.
Wood food & tableware
Area for play house/fort
Sky lights
Chalkboard wall
Cubbies/selves on a side wall for books & toys
Bench seats with cupboards under them
Place for ds to do legos
Huge fleece floor pillows
Playmat for karate practice
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I'd want an easel for painting/drawing.

We had old school desks as kids and just loved them.
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mmm... lots of art supplies, a clothesline type thingy to hang wet pictures, wooden table, lots of cubbies to keep stuff in, a tv/ dvd are if your kids and you are into it, a bean bag or comfy seating /big pillows on floor for reading, maybe a hammok somehow? Fun whimsical colors on the walls and furniture, playsilks, a wooden playhouse/treehouse ensemble with animals and fairies, books galore, maybe trains and cars too, a kitchen/housekeeping area,...

hmm.. can't think of anything else for now!

Sounds cool- I would have loved such a room when i was little!

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a drain in the floor, seriously, clean up would be so much easier!

a sink would be great!

a velvet curtain/stage area


mmm.....now I just need a house and some cash!

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Pegs to hang dress-up clothes on, a phone so you don't have to run downstairs when you hear it ring. Felt board on the wall.
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Everything everyone said!!!

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Area for play house/fort
That is a MUST though, my sister and I LIVED in homemade forts when we were little, it was the best!

I like the idea of little *areas* ...like an art station, a fort area, a table and chairs to sit and do crafts or have snacks or play games or whatever...a dress up area....

I am an *area* person :LOL
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Magnet wall, they sell magnetic paint. You can buy stips of magnet with a blank white side. Make your own word or letter puzzlesTotally cool. Maybe a daybed/loft/couch/fouton for reading?
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CD player & kids CDs?

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I'd want an easel for painting/drawing.

We had old school desks as kids and just loved them.
My SIL has 2, I will have to see if I can find some!


I would LOVE a hammock for myself, lol.

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Pegs to hang dress-up clothes on, a phone so you don't have to run downstairs when you hear it ring. Felt board on the wall.
I doubt I will go up much, lol. Too hard on me, since it will probably be a ladder style instead of stairs. It can be thier parent free zone, lol.

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Maybe a daybed/loft/couch/fouton for reading?
Here is what I want to make for them to read on: http://www.matsmatsmats.com/kids/landingpad.html
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CD player & kids CDs?
Good idea! They would love to dance up there.
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Look what I found: http://jas.family.go.com/sendpage?pa...age&dest=print
Totally cute, inexpensive kitchenette idea.

It says 2 with open sheves, but one with a door would make a nice "fridge"
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mmm... lots of art supplies, a clothesline type thingy to hang wet pictures,
If you hang in at the right height and in the right place the clothesline works as a puppet theater and a pretend doll clothes clothesline, too.
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I am actually making a doorway theater right now. My needle just broke. WUGH. http://sunniebunniezz.com/shoppingca...etraMuT01T.htm
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Just wanted to say thanks for all the great ideas! I know they weren't meant for me but I got so many good ideas! Thank you!

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We did this in our walk-up attic and what a difference it made! We love it! How about a nice dollhouse? Train set? Area for puzzles and games?
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We have one doll house & just otdered another. Awsome deal BTW. $9.98 for wood house, furniture & people.
http://tinyurl.com/93u4q
I also got
Blender set http://tinyurl.com/9a9pj
Baking set http://tinyurl.com/a6flk
Toaster set http://tinyurl.com/do65o
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That doorway puppet theater is so cute! I love the idea!

When I was little my grandmother had a play area in her attic for us. It smelled musty and was hot as the dickens (Texas summer heat and only a fan to cool us down) but we *loved* having that private kids-only area to ourselves. I was around 7 when she first made it accessible to us, and it ROCKED! This WITHOUT the fun centers. I think you are setting your kids up for a ton of fond memories. Good luck, momma!

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We should be able to do air in it. We will insulate the whole thing too.
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My third grade teacher had an awesome setup in her classroom. She had an old, porcelain(i beleive)footed bathtub and put a bunch of crazy mismatched pillows in it. We usedto take turns sitting in there reading books. And she had one of those giant snake stuffed animals too. They have those at IKEA
I really want to do this one day if I can find an old bathtub

I think you should paint the walls a neat color/s. Maybe a dragonfly hanging from the ceiling?

Due with number 5 in August. We do all that crunchy stuff.
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Sounds cool, but not excited about getting a tub up there, lol. It will probably only be accessable by ladder type thing, not steps. I can probably think of some other big conttainer that is lighter...
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Jen - your thread has inspired me

I agree that a kitchen and little table/chairs are a fantastic addition to the playroom. There is a thread in the craft section of MDC forums that talks about ideas for a play kitchen on a budget.

Someone else suggested playsilks, which are also fun (in addition to or instead of, you could have a "playclothes" box for dressup when/if they become interested in that sort of thing).

Mmaybe have an area with a few play tools - perhaps make that as part of your "building" center with the legos and other blocks?

I'd love to see a reading center (maybe make that a nook with curtains draped around it)

You mentioned an area for karate practice - maybe make that area where you could fold away the map and dance there, or ride on a trike (because in my mind your attic is easily 1000 sq ft lmao).

I wish we had an attic.

Good luck with your project!
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Since the house is only 1100 sq feet, it will be smaller. Plus we have to wall in the A/C unit. I did find this as a cute buget way of making a kitchen, but I have partical board. http://tinyurl.com/7b7fg

This is the one I really want! http://tinyurl.com/bucfw
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The pottery barn kids kitchen is cute. Do you have a store near you? When that stuff goes on clearance it's SO cheap!

That said, the family fun homemade one is adorable!!!

I got a nice wooden one for not that much for dd2's birthday this year. I had all relative chip in on it. Just an idea but I love the homemade one!

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Me too! Me too! I think that do-it-yourself kitchen is precious!
These are the two threads I read yesterday with ideas on a kitchen:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ad.php?t=81036

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...t=play+kitchen

(hope it is ok to post those here)

I also spke with a friend of mine last night who suggested getting a table top "kitchen" set. I am not sure I like that idea better than an actual station or piece of furniture, but if you are working with restricted areas (or budget!) it may be just the thing for you! It hink she is talking about something like this (though hmmm it isn't as cheap as i'd like lol):
http://www.rosiehippo.com/productdet...oupnumber=T564

Personally, I want *my* (lol) kitchen to have space for storing plates and food and other treasures.

Please post if you find other great ideas! I seriously think I'm going to claim the sunroom as playroom space after reading this thread.

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sounds like a bunch of GREAT ideas!! I like the *area* ideas. Maybe you could do a ball pit type thing? hmm..no idea what else to suggest..everyone has awesome ideas!
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The pottery barn kids kitchen is cute. Do you have a store near you? When that stuff goes on clearance it's SO cheap!
Nope. The nearest on is 3 hours away.
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