So if you have kids or grandkids, you need a place for them to play! I know we would all like to build our kids castles and fantasy lands to keep their little bodies and minds busy, but let’s face it… that can be expensive, not to mention a little on the “I spoil my kids” end of the spectrum. (think Kardashian baby birthdays…) But you can create wonderful, stimulating places for them, even on a budget, with our DIY playroom ideas and projects! Even if you don’t have an entire room to devote to kid fun, a corner of their bedroom and just one of these inexpensive playroom ideas can add the kidtastic-ness. Yes, I did just make that up. :) Not only are these projects fun and creative, it teaches a great lesson to our kids about “making lemonade”.  And that will feel really good when they are dragging over every kid they know to show them what you created for them. Oh, and maybe when they are busy in the playroom, you can actually get five minutes to take a shower, too. ;)




DIY Playroom Ideas

Oh Happy Day‘ created these really fun DIY alphabet letters. She admits they turned out to be a bit of work, so maybe just their initials would be a good start? :) Great inexpensive playroom idea though, plenty of pics and tips. I think making one for a birthday or holiday present would be a great idea. I used to make those type of handmade presents when my kids were little.



Love these DIY quiet blocks by ‘I Can Teach My Child‘… easy and fun, and really cheap since you make them out of pool noodles. I can find those at my dollar store, and discount stores sell them as well. If they are out of season, try Amazon!



Build an indoor treehouse with a climbing wall! From Remodelaholic, this incredible DIY indoor treehouse is a dream come true for kids… This is a guest project by Sarah of ‘I Am Hardware‘. An extremely detailed tutorial, with tons of pics and lots of details for this DIY playroom idea!




Max and Me‘ made this fun DIY teepee project for their DIY playroom! I made an outdoor version for my kids years ago, but I love this cute indoor one!



Southern Living created a double duty daybed/ sofa by placing two twin mattresses end to end… Love the funky stripes too! And who wouldn’t love those bean bags! Awesome way to create a DIY playroom space that can be used for other activities as well.



From Mommy Mentionables, make this whimsy reading nook with an embroidery hoop and some cheap white curtains. Fun way to encourage reading! This is an inexpensive playroom idea that can make the space feel more private for kids as well.



Crazy Little Projects‘ made this DIY bookshelf, and I love it’s bright colors and easy, handmade flavor! Just remember to attach any tall furniture to a wall anchor if you have little ones.



Lastly, we found ‘Fun at Home‘ and their DIY playroom with rock wall, and oh, my AMAZING! If you want to create a whole playroom of fun, these are the people to learn from. Or, you can take just one or two projects for your home. I am including the link to their main post on their DIY playroom instead of the individual projects (they are all on that page!) because I think you just have to look through their whole design. Kudos to the kid-pleasers! Now check out these projects!


If you loved learning how to create an inexpensive DIY playroom for kids, then check out our post on How to Paint Wall Murals for Kids as well!

Image Credits: Oh Happy Day, I Can Teach My Child, I Am Hardware/ Remodelaholic, Southern Living, Mommy Mentionables, Crazy Little Projects, Fun with Kids

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  1. Jo Mahnke September 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Great post! Pinned pretty much every idea. Thank you bunches & bunches!

  2. melanie October 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    thank you so much for featuring my reading nook!

    1. Kathy Woodard October 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      It’s such a cute project!

  3. jeannie September 15, 2018 at 11:29 am

    do you knoow the paint color on the wall

    1. Kathy Woodard September 24, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      Sorry, we sure don’t!


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