How I Transformed A Shed into an Active Play Area for My Family in Just 2 Days
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When our little family of five needs to escape the hustle and bustle of life in New York City, we enjoy retreating to our cottage in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. Last winter, during the height of the pandemic, we transformed the little 5’x7’ shed that is connected to our cottage into a multi-purpose workout and play space for the entire family. The girls were used to active play opportunities at our NYC playground, so they were in need of a space to swing, climb, and jump at the cottage!
I painted the ceiling, floor, and walls with leftover paint from other home projects. When you’re looking to update play spaces, see what leftover paint you have laying around — it’s an easy, budget-friendly way to give new life to a project (and it’s more sustainable than buying new paint for each project). Tip: label your paint cans clearly and with swatches, then organize according to color, so you never have to hunt too much for what you need. I attached five support hooks to the ceiling beams to hang swings and various climbing ladders (more on that below). The hooks allow us to reconfigure the multipurpose play area according to our girls’ preferences. In about eight hours, over the course of two days, I was able to transform the space into a kids gym that is perfect for active play all year round.
Whether you have a small shed like ours, or a basement, or small nook in your home, there are some simple items that you can bring into your space to help transform it into an active, multi-purpose play area for your kids. Here are some of our favorite play items that will help your kids burn some energy, especially during the cold winter months!