If you are not familiar with it, this is where design bloggers completely transform a space in just six weeks. I also think you can do it on a budget, with small spaces and worn out houses, and with time and energy constraints.
After much sorting and decluttering of the contents of this room (including furniture), it is now ready to be turned into a happy, relaxing and functional space, for both parents and kids! Week 2 has been busy with research, decisions, CHANGING MY MIND AGAIN, more research… And getting started on some of the pallet wood projects.
First though, let’s focus on what is one of the biggest challenges with creating a family friendly, living room… We have a number of family board games and kids’ puzzles, as well as Lego blocks, that I want stored in this room.
Hurrah, a space for kids to play in the day and where adults can relax at night. As Melissa Boyer shares about her cute storage ottoman find below, “It has proved to be a fantastic purchase for us!
Consider using baskets or boxes within the space to contain smaller like items or designate drawers to different groups of toys. The coffee table can be a brilliant space for storing toys or games, while still fitting in with the look and design on the room. If you have items that don’t get accessed frequently, even a chest with a top that opens up would be great for hidden storage. Such a clever idea to pull the couch away from the wall a bit and use that space for shelving to store toys in tubs or baskets.
When you want to store kids toys in the living room in plain sight, baskets and storage cubes are the way to go. Here’s a great example of how one family has used a storage cube as a multi-functional piece of furniture in their living room. Not only can it provide a quiet reading nook, but it can include lots of space to store toys in the living room.
Anything that is large and flat, like this LEGO tray, would be ideal to store underneath a sofa.
Make sure the item won’t get lost under the sofa though with a pull out handle or even wheels. Here the space underneath this armchair is used for a small decorative box of wood puzzles.
Mum is going to put our LEGO in a suitcase”, says my 8 year old boy to his brother and sister as I am writing this! But even if I don’t, I now have a clearer idea about how I am going to store my kids toys and board games for this living room makeover!