Mother creates soft play area for daughter in her kitchen02/01/2020
Mother uses part of her kitchen to create a play area for her daughter, one, so the rest of the house is ‘toy free’ – and the DIY project cost just £200
- Ashlin Linsday, from West Dunbartonshire, Scotland created play area in kitchen
- Soft play area for daughter, one, cost £200 and done with the help of her mum
- Says daughter ‘absolutely loves’ it and rest of home is now free from toy clutter
A savvy mother has turned part of her kitchen into a soft play area for her one-year-old daughter and insisted that the rest of her home is now ‘toy free’.
Ashlin Linsday, from West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, spent £200 making a ‘safe’ play area in the dining room part of her kitchen, so she’s able to ‘keep an eye on’ on her daughter as she plays.
The mum took to Facebook group DIY On A Budget Official to share her work, and was met with hoards of praise from fellow mothers who insisted they ‘loved’ the idea and will be making their own for their children.
A savvy mother has turned part of her kitchen into a soft play area for her one-year-old daughter and insisted that the rest of her home is now ‘toy free’. Pictured, the play area
The play area, which Ashlin’s daughter ‘absolutely loves’ includes coloured gates and shapes painted onto the walls with added stickers, pictured
The play area, which Ashlin’s daughter ‘absolutely loves’, includes soft multi-coloured flooring, coloured gates, shapes painted onto the walls with added stickers and a chalk board for her daughter to draw on.
It holds a toy kitchen sat besides a small toy dining table set with chairs, has a toy shopping trolley and a replica pram.
She penned: ‘So after Christmas my living room was FULL of toys and my little girl is only one so she’s too small to play up in her room on her own.
‘So decided to create her her own little safe play area at the dining room part of my kitchen! (I have long kitchen/dinning together).
Ashlin Linsday, pictured, from West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, spent £200 making a ‘safe’ play area in the dining room part of her kitchen
The fence, pictured, was made by the thrifty mother by cutting B&Q fences to size and painting them. It also boosts personalised wall decorations for her creative little one
Ashlin explained to others who wanted similar play areas, how she completed the project
‘She absolutely loves it and I can keep an eye on her while I’m cooking/cleaning and my living room is TOY FREE.
‘I did it all mostly myself, my mum helped with bits like putting the tape up or painting parts.. over all cost around £200! Which I thought was brilliant.’
She went on to reveal in the comments that the fence was done using two fence panels from B&Q, which she had cut to size and painted herself.
One user pointed out ‘You can buy these floor play tiles from Argos and Amazon’.
The mother replied: ‘[For the] floor, B&Q and I bought two fence panels from B&Q and cut them to size bought all different colours of Ronseal wood paint/outdoor paint (can’t remember the exact name).
‘I originally bought a gate as well but the gate was too high, so I just used the extra Bits I had to cut off to make the gate.’
Facebook users quickly praised the mother, with one insisting the play area looked like a ‘lovely safe place for your little one to play’.
One wrote: ‘This is such a good idea, I wish my kitchen was big enough to something like this for my one year old.
‘I love this! Such a lovely safe place for your little one to play, fab idea!’, said another.
A third commented: ‘That looks amazing and such a good idea!! Love this! x’.
Another added: ‘I’m doing the same for my daughter as I also have a long kitchen diner. It’s great well done x’.
Facebook users quickly praised the mother, with one insisting the play area looked like a ‘lovely safe place for your little one to play’
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