Kid’s Loft Hangout:
In this 2 story home, the kids rule the whole second floor! The master bedroom is tucked away off the main living room, leaving this kid zone parent free at all times!!! The stairway was strategically created with the iron railings just on the main level to give the amazing industrial look, but the rest of the stairway is drywall keeping noise at bay. We capped off the stairway railing with the beautiful stained white oak that carries through out the rest of the house.
Cost saving ideas for the kid space:
Not only did we save the budget by not doing the entire stairway with the iron railings, but we also transitioned the carpet from the stairs to the landing. We wanted this beautiful gray patterned carpet to be on the stairs, since that is visible from the front entry, but he kiddos don’t need (or want) a loop textured carpet. It isn’t the most durable or the most comfortable to be hanging out and sitting on. So we went with a fluffy, luxurious feeling carpet that kids will love…not to mention it cost less.
Personalize the space:
We did keep this hangout pretty neutral, because it was our model home in the Spring Parade of Homes, but we did add some personal touches that you may have noticed if you came through this model. The family that was moving into this home has 3 boys, and we had their pictures up in the main loft space. We kept it neutral by keeping all the prints black and white, and that helped coordinate with the other art pieces in the space. Its fun for kids to feel like they are incorporated when designing spaces. We also added some fresh greenery and a fun big galvanized wall clock.
Make it cozy:
Kids will only want to hang out in a space if they feel comfortable. We put the perfect size couch to fill the loft. It is from Crate & Barrel and is meant for smaller spaces, like apartments. It has a deep charcoal tweed fabric, perfect for kids. We piled the couch with fun pillows in different textures and sizes to be very inviting. There was not enough room for a coffee table, so we added 2 puffs from Target Threshold line for extra seating, or to kick back and put your feet up on. (Click on the picture for the link)
There had to be a TV in this room, but where we should put it became an issue. We didn’t want to put it on the wall across from the couch, because people would be constantly walking in front of the TV. We had to make the decision without having the furniture in place, because when the electrical crew in on site decisions need to be made fast! So we ended up putting it up on the same wall as the sectional. It actually worked out perfect once we got the couch in. The kids lay on the couch and floor or sit on the poofs and it ended up being the perfect placement.
The home owner wanted a bigger, locker room style bathroom for the 3 boys. This worked out perfect, because now guests hanging out with the kids have access to a bathroom right off the loft space. A big trend lately is having 1 bedroom (usually the older child) have there own on suite, while the 2 other rooms are joined by a Jack and Jill bathroom. This is a great use of space, but does not give a easy way for guests to go to the bathroom without going through a bedroom. Having the bathroom off the loft area also gives you a great view the awesome bros concrete trough sink;) We could stare at that all day. Sink by the talented Erin, Minnesota Modern Rustic Concrete llc. Custom white oak cabinets by Engstrom Wood
The 3 kids bedrooms are right off the main loft area. Its perfect for the kids that want to be part of the action going on, or just shut their door for some privacy.
This kid hangout loft is such a great use of space, especially since the homeowners held off on finishing the basement right away. You can always find the kids (and neighborhood buddies) hanging out, playing board games, reading books and watching movies up there. It’s a space any kid would love!