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How to Design Kid-Friendly Spaces

Sometimes little ones call for big renos.

We love designing spaces for children because it lets us think like kids while still acting like adults. We’ve done countless kids-related renos over the years—bedrooms, play areas, backyards—and now, to celebrate the release of Builder Brothers: Big Plans, we’re looking back at ten of our favorites.


Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

We wouldn’t mind doing math homework every night if we got to do it here. (Property Brothers Season 11, Episode 7)


Photo by Darren Goldstein/DSG Photo.

Stuffed animals and a bar cart? This play area proves that kids’ and adults’ spaces can live together in harmony. (Property Brothers Season 11, Episode 4)


This space-themed mural by Toronto’s Hand Painted Murals was such a hit that we ended up working with them again and again over the years. (Property Brothers Season 4, Episode 18)


Yep, this is another feature by Hand Painted Murals! Using a realistic tree rather than a cartoon-like rendering ensures it will remain age-appropriate as the kids grow up. (Property Brothers Season 13, Episode 3)


This is the only bedroom solution for a future rock star. (Property Brothers Season 12, Episode 3)


Back-to-back workspaces mean the little ones can get artsy while Mom and Dad balance the budget. (Property Brothers Season 13, Episode 2)


On the fifth season of Brother vs. Brother, the competition was fierce in our guest rooms. Drew used beach-friendly bunk beds to maximize this tight space. (Brother vs. Brother Season 5, Episode 5)


Not to be outdone, Jonathan squeezed bling-y bunk beds and a twin into his guest quarters. (Brother vs. Brother Season 5, Episode 5)


Why should all the fun stay indoors? This is the cutest rock-climbing wall we’ve ever seen. (Property Brothers Season 13, Episode 5)


To help celebrate Big Plans, we gave the Boys &  Girls Club of Harlem’s Learning Lab a complete makeover. The best part? The kids helped us design the space! (Photo: Regina Fleming)

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