DIY Playroom Organization
This playroom organization was such a fun project! For us, the basement of our little rowhouse acted as a kids playroom, a guest room, and a second living room. Therefore, keeping the playroom organized was a must!
While our boys were young we managed toys in a storage ottoman. However, as they grew, the truck count in the house grew and we needed more toy storage! But in addition to needing storage there was also a bland wall space that needed a face lift! When thinking of playroom organization ideas, I knew I wanted to create something fun but also something that would be aesthetically pleasing that would fit around our mounted TV.
Step 1: Measure & Design your layout
I started by finding center on our TV and then measured out to determine how far out I wanted the long shelves to go. Then I measured from the outer point to the TV. I wanted the outer edges of each of the shelves to line up; I felt this gave it a more built-in look.
For my design I knew I wanted to use wooden crates. I wanted solid storage that would hold up with toys being tossed in and dumped out regularly! I had always walked by the tall pile of crates at Michael’s and wanted to use them for a project.
For my final toy organization design, I settled on 4 shelves; 2 long shelves and 4 short shelves set to either side of the mounted TV. With a total of 8 crates, 4 on each long shelf.
I needed the shelves to be about 12 1/2 inch wide since the crates were 12″ wide.
Step 2: Go Shopping & Get your Materials
While shopping at Home Depot for supplies things got a bit creative!
Based on my design layout, I have initially intended on my shelves being longer but while standing in Home Depot I immediately made a change to that. The standard size for a sheet of plywood is 96 inches long. I had my long shelves at 105 inches long but was willing to lose the 9 inches to make the shelf a single solid board.
Now, the standard width of a sheet of plywood is 48 inches. If I ripped this board into quarters this would make each board only 12 inches wide which just wasn’t going to wide enough to safely set the crates on. I really didn’t want to get two sheets of plywood to end up with so much extra cutoff from each! So as I wandered the aisles a bit, I ended up walking down the trim and moulding aisle. I knew this would not only make a very nice finished edge but also could add enough edge for the crates to sit comfortably! I was using a 3/4 inch plywood sheet so I grabbed a moulding that I liked that would fit the 3/4″ edge of the shelves.
In all, I grabbed one sheet of 3/4 inch sanded plywood, and 5 – 96 inch long 3/4 inch moulding/trim pieces. I ended up spending less than $100 on lumbar supplies!
Then I headed to Michael’s and grabbed 8 crates and paint in red, green, blue, and yellow. I spent more in Michael’s than I did at Home Depot!
Lastly, for the shelf brackets – I ordered these from Amazon, so I had them waiting at home for me.
Step 3: Build Your Shelves
To build my shelves, I started by cutting down the sheet of plywood on a table saw. I set my measurement at 12 inches and ran the board through three times until I had 4 pieces that measured 12 inches X 96 inches. I set two of the boards aside and then cut the other two down to make 4 – 24 inch pieces.
Step 4: Stain your Shelves & Paint your Crates
This is by far my favorite step. I was able to recruit my Mom to help with this step and we had so much fun with it.
Like most of my other projects I choose to use the General’s Finishes stain and top coat for the shelves. I used my favorite color; Brown Mahogany. I did one coat of stain and two coats of top coat. Allowing the shelves to dry for about 6 hours between each coat.
For the crates, I used craftsmart acrylic paint in 4 colors; bright blue, grass green, red, and yellow. I painted two crates inside and out in each color. I used disposable paint brushed to get in between the slats and a small craft rollers to help smooth and cover the rest of the crate. We did two coats on each crate to cover fully.
Step 5: Hang your Shelves
To hang my shelves I made sure to find the studs with my stud finder. For the shorter shelves I was only able to get one side into a stud and the other side I used the wall anchors that came with the brackets. For the long shelves I offset the brackets slightly to ensure all brackets were in studs. I knew this would be important to support the weight of the toy filled crates.
I first hung the bracket onto the wall and then laid the shelf on top of the brackets and attached the shelf from below to the bracket.
Step 6: Place & Fill your Crate Storage Bins
I maintain that the painting and staining step was my favorite but gosh is it a good feeling organizing all the toys! I love when everything is in it’s proper spot so having an organized playroom is a dream come true for me. After I finished, the space was ready for the boys to play!
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DIY Playroom Organization
- Brad Nailer
- Table Saw
- Stud Finder
- Gel Stain
- Gel Topcoat
- Wooden Crate
- Acrylic Paint
- Shelf Bracket
- Disposable Brush
- Craft Roller
- Measure & Design your layout
- Go Shopping & Get your Materials
- Build Your Shelves
- Stain your Shelves & Paint your Crates
- Hang your Shelves
- Place & Fill your Crate Storage Bins