Our #1 priority when buying a new home was to have a finished basement where we could set up a sensory gym area for our kids.  Our son is super high energy (ADHD) and is a sensory seeker, so we had his OT work alongside Karri of Smart Playrooms (a playroom designer who specializes in educational design).  

I found Karri when I was looking for sensory pieces for the playroom – our main vision was a rock wall and monkey bars – through Project Playroom.  As sister companies, they work together to design the space and supply the products needed to complete it!

Everything I did with Karri is virtual (she offers 3 different virtual design options as well as consult calls and a “shop the room” feature!).

Our first consult call was to discuss our vision after sending photos, videos and measurements.  Karri and her team just wanted a sense of what I was thinking in terms of a theme and color palette.  

The OG space (pic from previous owners):

We had to get creative with low ceilings and the fact that the one main wall we wanted to do the rock wall on wasn’t an option due to access panels (main water shut off valve and some other things that I don’t even know lol).  My real estate agent (shout out to Brittney) had the idea of putting up a half wall – so Karri and our contractor switched up the original design – to really make a separate section that is just for the physical play.

Karri also noted that carpets are terrible for allergens and suggested we rip it out and put in vinyl — we went with sheet vinyl and then used the carpet mat (not a full blown carpet but has tons of padding underneath) for the gym area.

Once the design was complete, Karri sent a shopping list with links so I could just click and buy to make it easy!!

Finished Product (video reel reveal):


We then wanted to create a little under the stairs play space for our daughter who is 2.5.  The underneath was completely unfinished so our contractors moved the heat pump, setup drywall, a ceiling and a recessed light.  We then had the sheet vinyl flooring run into there and wallpapered the space with Milton & King Mel’s Buffalo Check Paper in pink (my inner child was screaming with delight!!!). 

When I first saw this paper, I knew we had to use it somewhere.  My daughter wanted blue for her room, so I thought this was the perfect space to make it brighter and happy since it’s a pretty small room (about 3’W x 8’L and about 7’H at the end).  Given the nature of the space and the curves and angles, we did hire someone to install it and it barely took him any time at all.  Check out a reel HERE showing the complete transformation.



The monkey bars, foam pit + foam and carpet rug are from Project Playroom.  The swings are from Fun + Function.


Project Playroom: Gena10 

Fun + Function: GENA10 for 10% off

Milton & King: Gena10 for 10% off wallpaper

I also recently built a playhouse frame outside her door with a few 1x3s a 1×4 and some ripped plywood for the shingles.  the final piece was painting the door pink!  I used Benjamin Moore Rose Rococo and it was perfection!!  What’s your fav thing down here??

* this post is sponsored by Project Playrooms and Smart Playrooms.  Affiliate links are included and I may receive commission if you purchase.