DIY Playroom Idea – Our Kids Playroom With Faux Built In Cabinet

Kids Playroom Inspiration — Our kids playroom before and after is full of easy ideas, playroom storage hacks, and a DIY kids table! 

playroom ideas -our kids playroom before and after

playroom ideas - baby with a baby book in playroom

When we moved into our new house, we weren’t sure what we wanted to do with this balcony. It overlooks our living room and was just pretty dingey overall. 

We shared out wet bar makeover that hides in the corner of this room a few months ago, but it’s taken me time to get the playroom designed!

I also wanted to create a modern playroom that was functional and affordable. I’ve always loved the cozy reading nook and window seat feel, so my goal was to recreate that here. 

Rather than spending a lot of money on built-in furniture or cabinets, we created faux built-in storage!

Since we won’t always be in this baby and toddler stage of life, this made the most sense for us. Plus, it’s much more affordable!

playroom ideas - little girl with craft supplies

Playroom Renovation & Sources

Though the fun stuff is all in the details, our contractor did the heavy lifting on the original before and after! 

Genesis CP ripped out all of the old carpet and replaced it with Stuga Studio Elberberry wood flooring. They also replaced the stair railing with the new mismatched balusters. 

We also replaced the old fan with this gold and white fan that I absolutely love! 

playroom ideas - side by side photo of a before and after playroom

Kids Playroom Storage Ideas

If you saw our toddler girl’s bedroom makeover, then you know I’m all for making over affordable kids furniture pieces. 

This time around, I wanted to create plenty of storage to hide dolls, Star Wars, and their favorite DIY Flamingo ring toss yard game. We also needed a cozy space to read books and lean back while we watched the kids. 

playroom ideas - ikea brimnes daybed

To make this come together I used several different pieces to create an IKEA hack built-in. 

The IKEA Brimnes daybed was the starting point. Then, we assembled two of the 47inch Besta cabinets on either side of the daybed. 

The storage that’s stacked is the Kallax with drawer inserts for the bottom row on both. This is where we store stickers, paper, and other smaller things!

playroom ideas - ikea brimnes daybed with besta and kallax storage

I used inexpensive gold handles for the Kallax drawers and best cabinets to make them feel more custom.

Rather than using the handles that come with the daybed, I decided to make my own. Since we have little crawlers, I wanted to have handles that were more kid-friendly. 

Instead, I used thick string, large wooden beads, and scissors to make my own wooden bead drawer pulls. It’s a bonus that they double as little toys!

Ellie & Becks Co. has the absolute cutest rattan doll and playroom furniture and inclusive dolls. I actually built the height of the DIY kids table to fit perfectly with these rattan kids chairs.

playroom ideas- little girls playing with a rattan doll cart

playroom ideas - little girl at a DIY kids table in a playroom

Kids Craft Table

My biggest undertaking in this room was the DIY craft table. It’s kind of shocking how expensive kids furniture can be, and I really wanted something more unique to our style.

The playroom is a pretty large, open space so we needed a play table that really fit the size of the room. 

Our DIY kids play table also doubles as simple toy storage for craft supplies and little things. You can easily customize it to whatever color or size you need for your playroom as well, plus it’s super budget-friendly. 

playroom ideas - diy kids storage table with toys

Kids Playroom Ideas

I love having interactive elements in a kids room like a chalkboard wall or magnet wall. Since you can see our play area from the living room I wanted to keep the design more neutral on the walls. 

For the artwork, I simply cut out shapes from colored construction paper and put them in frames for easy and cheap wall art. You can also use temporary wall decals as another great option with a similar look!

Rather than having lamps that could be knocked over, I chose black wall sconces to create more of a gender-neutral feel.

Any time I have wall-mounted lighting I like to add these inexpensive wall cord covers too. 

playroom ideas - ikea brimnes daybed hack in kids room

kids wall art and daybed with sconces

I filled the vases on either side of the daybed with rolls of craft paper for another unique playroom idea. Not only does it double as pretty decor, but it’s also easy for the kids to grab and use on their own. 

I thought about doing a large rug, playmat, or a custom shape with carpet tiles in the center of the room, but decided against it. 

While not as soft and cozy without those options, it’s a heck of a lot easier to keep clean!

 a DIY budget friendly kids playroom design idea

 easy faux built in storage from IKEA

I absolutely love the way this play space came together, don’t you?! It truly is a room designed for the whole family.

Kids will love the easy access to their toy storage, the adults love the neutral design, and everyone can cozy up on the daybed! It’s a win, win!

For more interior design inspiration or ideas you can DIY for your kids, here are a few of my favorite posts from the archives —

a before and after of easy DIY faux built in storage

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30 thoughts on “DIY Playroom Idea – Our Kids Playroom With Faux Built In Cabinet”

  1. Hi! is there another option to make this a few inches smaller? like a different option for the besta cabinet that you might know?
    I really want to make this work in my playroom but its 5 inches too big 🥴

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    • Hi Brooke! We’re sorry to hear the Besta cabinets won’t fit! Have you looked into other Ikea cabinets? Wayfair, All Modern, Article and Target are other cabinet options that we like. The daybed is from the Ikea Brimnes collection which also has cabinets.

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  2. Hi! Did you place a piece of wood on top of the Besta cabinets? I could only find the white ones online a as he like the look of the white and oak combo…gorgeous playroom!

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    • Hi Emily! The pillows are an old purchase from Target. They’re no longer available so we weren’t able to include a source link in the post! XOXO

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  3. The playroom is absolutely adorable and the storage looks so functional. I just bought a house in a new Paradise Developments community and was looking for design ideas for my daughter’s room. This looks perfect to me :)5 stars

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    • Thank you, Kate! We are so glad you can find some design inspiration! Let us know how your daughter’s room turns out.

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    • Hi Aura! The pillows are old and from Target. And the bedcover is from Magnolia Home’s collaboration with Target. Hope this helps!

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  4. My heart skipped a beat at the second pic! 😍 This is a gorgeous blog post, and so helpful. Came together just beautifully! Seriously amazing job! 💕

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  5. First, let me admit I am so guilty of reading your Instagram posts cause it’s easy, fast, and always creative and fun( love the videos)…BUT, blog posts can get lost and unread BUT shouldn’t and this amazing post is a fantastic example of what I miss out on. To take an empty space and design a magical playroom that any child can grow to any age and still be relevant and inviting certainly wasn’t an easy task. It’s the little things that make a huge difference in the room. I’m partial to neutral colors, it allows such soft warmth and cozy feeling. To realizing the importance of kid friendly pieces to avoiding lamps that can easily tip over by children, to hiding ugly and tangled cords, this room screams come in and take a break and play for a while. Love it! BRAVO to you!!

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    • Hi Julian! Thank you so much for your wonderful kind words. It seriously means a lot and thank you for much for checking out the blog too! We definitely tried to design something the girls could grow into and still be safely play in! XOXO

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