Cue the childhood envy.
Every child dreams of having their own space to sneak away. A tent in their room is the perfect hideaway — it's separated enough to feel private without being too far to hear your calls for dinner. The chic A-frame tent in this San Anselmo, California home works perfectly with the room's rustic decor.
Here's another solution for lots of kids in a tiny space: This California bunk room feels like a ship's cabin and is lined with six bunks, four on one side and two on the other. Grommets on the curtains are meant to evoke bubbles. "Kids just love that room, and they'll hang out down there even when it's not bedtime," the owner, Kim Dempster, says. "You have your own little compartment, and you can get in and close the curtains."
Tumbling class alone won't release all of your little one's energy. One solution: Turning your playroom into a gymnasium. In this DIY playroom from blogger Fun at Home With Kids, fun is everywhere: One wall is dedicated to climbing, and swings and hanging rings dangle from the ceiling.
In a New York City apartment, the ladder leads to a secret room that designer Christopher Maya found sealed up in the original home. He turned it into a "fantasy room" for the children. "Don't you remember how much fun it was to sort of hide and watch your parents' parties? I kind of like to imagine them doing that up there, too," he says.
Her clients' children love to play piano and put on plays, so designer Windsor Smith gave them a home theater in their Los Angeles house with Gemini Silk Plaid stage curtains from Brunschwig & Fils.
Lots of kids sharing one room? Make their bedroom feel like summer camp by suspending their beds — not to mention make so much more space for all of their toys, homework, and clothing. Blogger Bumper Crop created this entire room by herself, building and hanging all three beds.
Designer Mica Ertegun's clients' son sails to sleep on a ship-inspired bed. "The boy is fascinated by pirates, so he got a Pottery Barn pirate bed," Ertegun says. "The children were demanding clients! But I have to admit, adorable ones." Bulkhead sconces from Shiplights.com. Paint is Benjamin Moore's Ocean Breeze.
Let your kids spend a rela Sunday swinging in a hammock. In blogger Cakies' house tour, as seen at At Home In Love, this colorful hammock is the centerpiece of their vintage-inspired living room — and the perfect place for kids to hang out.
The children's library doubles as a guest room for sleepovers in a Houston, Texas, house. "The children's reading room is a niche carved out of a hallway," designer Ann Wolf says. "It's a private, magical little space at the heart of the house, where you imagination can run wild." Shelves are designed to display book covers. Curtains are Pierre Frey's Alpage.
Does your daughter dream of being a princess? Let her live out her wildest fantasies by creating her own dress-up corner, complete with hooks for her favorite outfits and a comfy chair to sit in while her friends tour. We love this dream-like princess room from Million Moments.
In a Newport Beach, California, house designed by Katie and Jason Maine, a teenage girl's exuberant loft bedroom is swathed in Brunschwig's Bombay wallpaper, custom-printed on Mylar. "This room was just fun from the start," Katie Maine says. "it's actually two stores – the lower level is a dressing room, and the upper level is for sleeping. It would have been a sad little attic-like space if we didn't make an effort to turn it into a super-groovy teenage girl's room."
In Ruby Beets's East Hampton house, Benjamin Moore's blackboard paint covers her daughters' playroom walls, ready when inspiration strikes. The black farmhouse chairs are from Pottery Barn Kids and the worktable is from Ikea, its legs cut down to child-size. "When the girls have their friends over, they're not far away, but they can do their own thing without being too with us," she says. "They have their table where they can draw, and a little sofa. They can draw on the wall because it's painted with blackboard paint."