sensory friendly playroom with the land of nod

sensory friendly playroom inspiration
sensory friendly playroom makeover -tag&tibby

Home design projects are one of my favorite things to do, but this one is especially close to my heart. A few months ago I asked the Land of Nod if they could help me create a sensory friendly playroom. Our playroom was a blank slate. And I was over the moon excited when they said yes!

Our oldest is on the autism spectrum. He is inquisitive, silly, and caring. A lot of sensory friendly playrooms are focused toward preschool children, but I envisioned a play space for he and his sister that encouraged exercise, quiet play, and reading through the elementary years. 

sensory friendly playroom with thrifted cabinet -tag&tibby

The new space met all of their needs and more. I painted the walls a soft green-blue and added a plank wall. Took down the mini blinds (yay!) and added cheerful white curtains. Added a quiet time area with the Land of Nod canopy and art area with weekly calendar and white board for writing our daily visual schedule. Both of our kids love the new space! 

Head over to honest to nod to read the full story!

faux plank wall playroom makeover -tag&tibby
playroom in Palladian Blue -tag&tibby
before + after playroom makeover

sources ::

Planetarium Playhouse Canopy

White Star Bright Decal

Finger Flashlights

Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

Wall Planks - Faux Wood flooring, Lowes

Toy Storage Cabinet - Thrifted

White Curtains + Bronze Curtain Rod  - Target

Mini Eames Style Chairs - Hobby Lobby

Orange Metal Table Base - Homegoods

24" Glass Table Top - Pier 1

faux wood wall | playroom makeover!
budget friendly playroom
a playroom makeover with a blend of old and new

sensory-friendly playroom design ideas

sensory friendly playroom design ideas

Our playroom is the next room up for a makeover (check out the bathroom we just finished!). Currently the only furniture in the playroom is a lego table and bookcase. There are several things I would like to add to the space (character and texture, sensory-friendly furniture) and several things I would like to remove (beige, mini blinds, and ceiling fan).   

I have started the project and can't wait to show you the end result! Scroll down for several fun design ideas that are inspiring our new playroom space.

A wall with texture

I love this idea. The wood slats add instant warmth and character (and a hint of rustic).

rustic wood slats

A place to read

Both of our children made great progress with reading this year, and with summer quickly approaching a calm space would be good encouragement to keep reading. And for our child with sensory needs, it would also give him a quiet place to relax.

a space to read

Wall Color

Color does not have to be overly bold and bright to make an impact. I am always surprised when I see "sensory friendly rooms" and they are painted with bright, bold colors. I think calm and uncluttered is the way to go. I love the half-wall trend. At the moment we are considering a light blue-green for our walls.

half-painted blue wall

Sensory Input

All children benefit from movement, and especially children with special needs and autism. Jumping, hoping, swinging and spinning are all ways to calm and ground children with vestibular input. Outdoors is a great place for this, but some children are cautious outdoors (bugs!), and on rainy days it is helpful to have indoor sensory options.

sensory room

Workspace for kids

Our children are hands on learners and really enjoy drawing. I would like to add a table made for elementary age children (often children's tables seem to be for preschoolers). I would love ideas! Otherwise I may DIY this with hairpin legs and plywood.

blue hairpin worktable

What things are must-haves in your play areas?

related posts //

How to encourage screen free time

DIY kids craft table 

shared kids room