Magazine article Sunset

Recess at Home ... Children's Rooms as Indoor Playgrounds

Magazine article Sunset

Recess at Home ... Children's Rooms as Indoor Playgrounds

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You don't need swings or a jungle gym to turn a child's room int an indoor playground. These two rooms offer a variety of innovative ideas for transforming beds, storage cabinets, and platforms into brightly colored structures for learning and play.

Los Angeles architect Jeffrey Tohl of The Architecture Studio designed and built what he calls a "bedroom landscape" for his two-year-old nephew, Michael. Irregularly shaped platforms step down from the center of one wall in three intervals: the highest level is a triangular ledge between the bed and the wall; the rectangular middle level supports the bed; the lowest level, angled and curved, extends across most of the 12-by 13-foot room to create a distinctive play area.

The platforms are made of 5/8-inch plywood resting on 2-by-6 risers; plywood was sanded and painted. Plywood door veneer tacked to 2-by-4 filler blocks forms the curved edge of the lowest platform. Two storage canisters, made of 18-inch-diameter painted cardboard tubes, were droped into cutouts in the lowest platform. …

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