Playroom: Dr Seuss Inspired

I added a whimsical, Dr. Seuss inspired touch to our playroom. Keep reading to see how I did it, and how you can too.


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Dr Seuss Playroom Makeover


This is how the playroom looked before. The walls were a very boring Magnolia! Something had to be done!


Before image of Magnolia colored walls, wood floors and children's toys


Another before picture….


Before picture of the playroom showing a yellow sofa


We decided to separate the playroom into different ‘zones’. We did this because our son is autistic and we didn’t want to overwhelm or overstimulate him too much. The different zones included:


Reading Nook

Kitchen area

Dress up/Toy area

Art corner

Other areas


I’ll take you through a virtual tour of the different areas.



This reading nook was created using tyres as the main seating area (see the tutorial for kids seating here).


After image of a reading nook with white shelves, blue walls and children's books


We used IKEA RIBBA ledges as the bookshelves and the IKEA KALLAX cube to separate the area off.


DIY KIDS TYRE SEATING in the reading nook


We also added some colourful cushions, a comfy rug, and baskets for book storage!


Top down image of tyre seating in the reading nook


We bought this canopy from IKEA quite a while back now but I’ve recently heard they no longer sell them.


Ikea canopy in the corner of the reading nook






My son struggles with imaginary play, however, a part of his learning development targets set by his speech and language therapist included trying to encourage imaginary play, whether he participated in it or not.


Play kitchen area in the Dr Seuss Play Room. A wooden letter K shelf hangs above the kitchen set.


So, I bought him this play kitchen and set the whole area up to look like a cooking zone The K on the wall which stands for Kitchen was designed by me and built by my husband (under my careful instruction of course!).


Close up image of the play kitchen area along with an art space



When my son hit the age of two he went through an obsessive Toy Story craze. He loved everything Woody, Buzz, Andy, and Woody (I mean to repeat myself here – that’s how much he loved the little cowboy!).


Top down view of the wood branch hanging rack in the dress up area


He had quite a few woody outfits along with various other superhero outfits.


Shelving units from which the dress up area is hung


To create this area I screwed in a rail (well it was just a piece of driftwood really) between two bookshelves and hung up some red polka dot curtains.


Another close up image of the dress up area, with red polka dotted curtains


I then added in some lights and a mirror to give it a glamour/celebrity dressing room type feel (I chuckle here).


Close up of costumes hung in the dress up area
By utilizing the space between the bookcases, I managed to save a lot of space. It meant I could use the bookshelves to store his toys and various other bits and keep things organized!


Framed superhero logos in the dress up area




This area was fun to create! I think every child needs that corner where they can be creative and artistic.


Turned a closed off fireplace into an art corner


As you can see the drawing/magnetic board here is in the actual fireplace. We boarded it up with a large piece of MDF wood, and then painted it with DULUX magnetic paint (that was a nightmare might I add – it took about 7 coats to get it magnetic!).


Full view of the art corner


I hung a roll of IKEA drawing paper to the top using a dowel rod and slid the paper under a piece of thick cardboard to keep it in place.


A roll of Ikea art paper hanging from the mantel in the art corner





Car ramp in the Dr Seuss inspired play room


The ramps were made using guttering pipes.


Top down view of the car ramp


I painted them as seen in pictures and attached them at an angle off the side of the IKEA KALLAX cube.


Bucket of cars at the base of the car track


To make the road ramp, I used timber floorboards and chalk painted them.


Timber floor boards turned into a car track




toadstool table and chairs


I made this set using tree trunks


Toadstool table and chairs made from tree stumps




Close up of the figurine house


Still a project that needs to be completed. It’s meant to have a door and little dollhouse windows!


Close up of the figurine house




Heather Hicks shares how to create these cute DIY toadstools for the garden using tyres and and tree trunks. These are perfect for little bums and will make your garden look magical this summer. Click here to find out how she made them - they so easy to make!




Ikea Kallax shelf into cool industrial shelving



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  1. This is so cool! All the hard work and effort you put in over 5 months, must be definately worth it, looks amazing. I’m sure your son is loving it too. I especially love the mushrooms seats, very cute!

  2. This is awesome! I loved doctor Seuss as a kid and this room is spot on – good job, lucky kid! I love this blog theme btw x

  3. I am in awe of this! I wish I had a play room like this as a kid! I’ve barely begun my daughters room decorating but now after seeing your post I had loads more ideas! You are amazing by the way, love the toadstool chairs & table!!!

  4. Medina , you are very tallented and i want to ask how do you get your motivation and how do you start,cause i have sooo many ideas but none of it is put into action.

    1. Thank you so much Dalia. I Really appreciate your comment. My son is usually what motivates me most days. I enjoy seeing him playing with the things I have made.

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