But did I mention this is a rental house?! The joys of renting a home with an abundance of space. Living in the south means you’re getting a lot of space whether you like it or not (I don’t – too much to clean!). Anyway, we get use to it and make the most of it, I say! The kids are truly living it up until reality sinks in this summer. California won’t afford us these luxuries, for sure. In the meantime, we enjoy!
When touring this home in December, this space screamed “boy cave” for my 8 year old. The room is settled at the top of the stairs…
And the doors sealed the deal because they are a great way to contain thousands of tiny lego pieces. Along with the sounds of gaming! There is also no denying it’s a perfect place for hanging out. With friends or the (rare) moments you feel like being nice to little brother and sister by allowing them to enter…
I love how bright the room is too…
I set up the main pieces in the room, while my big guy chose the shelf decorations. In the center of the room, is a small area rug with the lego table…
Santa brought him this table 2 years ago and we love it! (see more about it below). The table is the perfect spot to sit and build. The rug warms up the space and keeps lego pieces from scratching the hardwood. Sometimes they sit at the table to build. Sometimes they sit on the carpet.
Directly in front of the lego table are 2 bean bag chairs and the tv/wii components…
If they watch tv, the bean bags are great for lounging. If they play wii, it’s easy enough to move the bean bags out of the way. On the wall opposite from the tv is a great custom built-in…
Because most of our belongings are in storage, only 2 or 3 cabinets hold something. And it’s very minimal.
One cabinet holds a few wii items and games…
This is where he has been hiding his builds…
Originally they were set up on the open shelves, but apparently a 6 and 3 year old kept touching them. So away they went to a secret hiding spot…
He’s pretty genius to think about hiding them in a cabinet behind that rolling cart. 🙂 I mean, who would think to look back there, right?
Great benefits in this space that didn’t cost us anything…
All of the above add up to one great space for hosting friends or hanging out with family. We certainly had quite a few friends over already. He loves this room and it helped ease any sadness about leaving our previous home/playroom…he didn’t want to say good-bye to our old playroom. Mom was trying to ease him into the transition, I suppose. And having this space worked pretty well. Makes him feel like a big kid.
Short-term goals for this space:
* Won’t be living here very long, so there’s nothing but short-term goals for this space! But while we are here, we decided every lego set will be assembled and accounted for. That way, the sets he doesn’t want anymore can be sold on e-bay or stored away to be handed down to little brother/sister.
List of organization solutions found in this room:
* lego table (similar): A table like this is not only great for lego building, but doubles as a desk or smooth play surface b/c it’s a 2-in-1 table.
* 3-drawer rolling cart: This is a great cart for holding lego build books or misc pieces. It worked well when we had a smaller supply of legos. Now that the supply has grown, it’s been tough to manage in this cart. But I love that it’s on wheels and can be rolled up to any surface where the kids are playing.
* Lego containers: there are many ways to keep your lego-lover organized. We are still in the process of finding our perfect lego organizing rhythm, but have found products that have been helpful. You can find my personal favorite’s from this room here, here and here.
* Bean bag chairs: These were purchased years ago from pottery barn kids. They have held up well and have a removable cover for washing. I like that you can replace the inserts should they lose their fullness and shape.
* Bin for holding wii hand remotes: The hand remotes and other accessories are sitting next to the tv in a clear, plastic container that has a lid and handle for easy carrying.
* Photo box for holding wii games: Our games are currently in their original containers and stored in a photo box. Am sure this system will change, but we have few games and the box has been an easy way to contain them.
Finally, thought I’d share this little set up found yesterday in the room…
I think it might be a football field. My clue?…
One of our beloved 49ers players in the center. Our #1 football fan in this house is definitely rooting for the right team this Sunday!
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
What a great space for your little ones! We have a dedicated "Wii Room" also (it sees a lot more action than just wii playing) and it's been great for the kiddos to play in and escape from each other.
thank you!! yes, this space is a the perfect spot for 8 year old to escape to as well…glad i'm not alone there in that parenting challenge 🙂
all the best to you,
What a perfect room for boys! My kids would love that space! My 6 year old is obsessed with Wii and my 9 year old is constantly working on Legos so I had to laugh when I saw the title of your post! I think I recognize some of the sets he built in the cabinet!
thank you, shelley!
We have a room dedicated to Legos and Thomas the Train. It makes keeping the toys contained a lot easier. Found you through the One Project at a Time blog hop http://georgielee.blogspot.com
Love the camoflauged army man on the "playing field". Who needs an offensive line when you have an armed sniper! LOL 😉
What a great space! It is so bright and cheerful. I'm sure the boys love it.