Welcome to the JungleThe David family has four kids ranging in age from 17 to 1. The two middle kids, 7-year-old Jack and 5-year-old Nick are two rough-and-tumble boys who need a lot of room to play. When the weather turns bad, their only indoor play space is the basement. The problem is, the basement is cluttered and cramped without much room to run and jump. Mom and Dad, Ruthie and Doug want to clear out the basement and give Jack and Nick a new playroom. When asked what they want in their new playroom, the boys replied – a jungle, a gymnasium and a bouncy floor.
Sky-blue walls detailed with tree-green landscaping set the tone for the vibrant jungle playroom. Wavy mirrors give the waterfall wall some clear movement. Thick floor mats and a gym bar provide the boys with a safe place to tumble and jump. Dad’s music equipment needed to stay in the basement, so designer Bobby De Leonibus placed it along the far wall, out of the way of somersaults and cartwheels.
paper and kids project supplies: Jo Ann Fabrics
plastic placemats for kids project: Ikea
paint and supplies: The Home Depot
fabric for floor pillows: G-Street Fabrics
mirrors, storage unit, ottomans and shelves: Ikea
fake fur, floor rugs, upholstery fabric, pillows: Jo Ann
hardware, lumber and chalkboard paint: Lowes
TV CubesThe cabinet is painted the same colors as the wall. Custom jungle seating is made for the TV area. Three inexpensive wooden cubes are topped with foam and a layer of batting. Then a custom-made, snakeskin-patterned slipcovers are shimmied onto the cubes. The cubes are perfect for a boys’ playroom, the covers are machine washable and the cubes are light enough to be easily moved.
Mountain CaveThe opening of the cave is painted with black chalkboard paint and draped with vines and leaves. The vines are made from decorative piping that was supposed to be on used on the round ottoman. But, the piping was put in the washing machine to dye it green and it got so tangled up, it couldn’t be used for the ottoman. However, the tangled piping very much resembles jungle vines, so it is paired with silk leaves and wrapped around the cave. In front of the cave, a low table gives the boys space to work puzzles, build blocks and play games.
Game StorageA large shelving unit with lots of small cubbies provides space to store games and keep them out of the way when there are not being used.
Kid's Project: Jungle WindowsThey are easy to make and your kids will enjoy seeing their artwork on display.
Materials and Tools:
coloring book of jungle plants and animals
fun material like glossy paper, felt or feathers
1. Go through the jungle coloring book and decide what plants and animals you want to make.
2. With scissors, cut along the outline of the animal or plant.
3. With a marker or pencil, trace the shapes onto the foam.
4. Cut the foam along the traced lines.
5. Does your bird have lots of layers of feathers? Does your monkey have a tuft of hair? Draw out those shapes on another piece of foam or paper.
6. Glue these 3-D details to the appropriate areas – monkey’s hair on his head, the feather layers to the bird’s wing, etc.
7. Let your artwork dry.
8. With double-sided tape, stick your jungle life on the windows.