Multifunctional play platforms are popular elements for interior design, not only in day-care centres, but also in the children's room at home. Platform combinations and entire platform landscapes are available in all possible variations, shapes and colours.
On the one hand these children's platforms offer opportunities for discovery, play, sliding, crawling and climbing, but on the other hand they are also ideal sleeping and cuddling places. These playgrounds are particularly great if they have hiding places that you can climb into, such as a cave or shelter.
Interior design - build your own podest and cuddle corner
Of course you can build everything yourself with relatively simple means, as so often, what I have done again in this case. A lot of fun for parents to build and of course for children to play with this playhouse. Especially for me another cool do it yourself project.
The idea and basic construction is similar to the family bed project, which I realized some time ago. There are also several building instructions and DIY instructions with pictures on the Internet. The imagination and implementation are limited only by your own craftsmanship. So off to the DIY store to buy boards (pine / ideal for furniture and toy construction), screws, wooden dowels and angles. I decided to buy 18mm thick wood. Inexpensive, stable and easy to work with.
The mattress (1,40 x 0,70 meter) from the previous cuddly corner should also be used again, so that I adjusted the platform to this size. So I quickly brought some boards with the jigsaw to the right size and connected them with angles and dowels.
After the assembly I sanded the complete frame thoroughly from coarse to fine until everything was super smooth and also rounded the corners and edges. Then you can seal the wooden frame with toy lacquer (clear lacquer or coloured).
I deliberately decided to leave all 4 sides open, as you can place the pedestal in any corner of the room. So always 2 sides are closed automatically. In front I have placed an Ikea shelf as a staircase, which at the same time serves as a tunnel through which the kids can also get inside. The 4th side remains open and serves as door and entrance into the house or cave. Depending on the child's point of view. 😉
On top you put the mattress, some pillows and stuffed animals to cuddle on. In the playhouse you put a small rug or carpet so that the child has it nice and cozy and place if necessary a battery-powered LED light or flashlight which serves as a reading light and ambient light.
Note: If you want to use the platform at the same time as an observation tower or observation platform (as in our case), you should only do so if you have windows that can be locked and unlocked with a key. But that goes without saying, I think. In addition, I would not build the platform too high (max. 50-60cm) to keep the risk of falls and injuries as low as possible. You can also use Children soft safety mats in addition.
I would be very pleased about comments and feedback. You are also welcome to contact me and send me your projects, pictures and stories to present them here.
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