Indoor Sensory Playroom Update {Flooring & Furniture}


I am finally making some progress on the Indoor Sensory Playroom for my little guy. I was not in a big rush to move forward once I found out the furniture and equipment we ordered was coming from France {?} and need to be manufactured. Much to my surprise I received a shipping confirmation a few weeks later stating part of the order was on its way; which resulted in the room being bumped up on the to-do list and flooring was the first priority.


Here is a poor before shot of the room we are using. It has since been painted and stenciled {shown here}. The carpet and padding was removed as we decided to install soft foam flooring to provide a little cushioning for our rambunctious three year old.


The 2′ x 2′ foam floor tiles are interlocking and come in variety of colors; we choose the reversible black and grey {for sensory reasons}. They assemble in just minutes and are light weight, shock absorbing and much more comfortable than padded carpet.

They are also Non-Toxic, Lead-Free, and Latex-Free, which are a plus.


Each tile comes with side borders; however we ’tiled’ the room ‘wall to wall’ so we did not need them.


The tiles were super easy to cut to size simply using a straight edge and a utility knife.


The tiles were laid directly on top of the subfloor and fit perfectly snug underneath the existing baseboard molding.


The EVA foam material is completely waterproof and will not absorb water making clean ups a breeze. I was a little skeptical of the foam floor at first considering it cost a little more than having wall to wall carpet installed, but love the finished look and feel for the room.


Only a portion of the furniture has arrived and I can honestly say it was better than Christmas morning! I’ll have more photos and information on the pieces coming up soon.


The ball pit has also arrived and was a little bigger than I had anticipated even after laying out the measurements. It’s a 75″ square and takes up a large portion of the room but I can not even tell you how much my little guy is thrilled!


Can’t you just tell?

P.S. The safety outlet covers have been ordered =)

Hope everyone has a Safe and Happy Labor Day! Enjoy!

                  

Comments

  1. I think that is so awesome that you are doing that space for your son. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the finished project and the theory behind the pieces you chose.

  2. My nephew has Sensory issues and he is in therapy and he loves the sensory rooms there. I think this is a great idea and I wil def share this with my sister. Thank you so much for sharing and God bless.

  3. Just too cool! I bet you love seeing him love something so much that was done just for him. We have the same flooring acting as a “rug” in our living room for our little guy’s play area. :)

  4. Wow! What a lucky boy! My son would go crazy about it!

  5. Oh what a fabulous room and your son looks like he is in heaven. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  6. What a wonderful space you’re creating! I hope this is a great benefit to your darling little guy–and to you!

  7. How wonderful, can’t wait to see the finished product. I think my little ones would love something like this- every kids dream!

  8. Wow, your little man will really benefit from this room for him…he is a lucky guy!

  9. Your little guy is so lucky to have you as parents. people dream of this kind of thing, but it looks like you are fortunate to carry out. I am linking to this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

  10. This is fabulous.. you are going to get so much use out of it. I didn’t see a swing.. are you going to install one? Our basement served as a temporary sensory room – best use of space ever!

  11. Oh what a sweet pic of your little man! He looks like he is in his element! We have a similar set-up in the basement for my guys. As a supplement to the OT room, we also did My Gym for both boys from age 0-3 which was great (although the classes were at times too stimulating for them). Looks like some fun sensory integration ahead!

  12. I am jealous!! I wish I had that much room for a play space.

  13. Hi! I’m your newest follower. My son also has a sensory disorder and we have used those same tiles in the wood grain look. They are awesome! I hope you both get tons of enjoyment out of the new room!

  14. Now that is a mood enhancing picture…couldn’t look at that and feel anyting but pure joy!

  15. I am so jealous! What a fabulous room for you two to share together! Clearly, he looks like he is enjoying it so far. :)

  16. I love this room already! I can’t wait to see it completed. He looks like he is loving it!

  17. Looks great! We have mats in our basement with the ball pit and playroom. Some days I think I need to line the walls too, my boys get so wild! It’s great to have a place to let them play hard though! Can’t wait to see the whole room put together.

  18. Aw. He looks so happy in that ball pit! I’ve often admired that flooring…that room is on it’s way to FANTASTIC, Stephanie Lynn! I cannot wait to see it. Your son is so lucky to have you for a mother.

    Jami

  19. Pure Joy!!! Blessings, can’t wait to see the finished room!

  20. OUr kids school has a sensory room. We visited it (you have to walk thru it to get to the speech room). WOW is all I can say. AN iGallop (super smash hit with the kids), foam furniture and all kinds of fun toys! My kids never made it all the way to the speech room. We had to drag them out of there.
    I wish you a quick delivery on all the rest of your goods!

  21. Wow – that flooring is really cool. I love that it locks together like that. What a sweet picture of your son. You can see the joy on his face. What a wonderful place for him.

    xoxo
    Jen

  22. Wow Steph, what a great room this will be. If he is enjoying it as much later as he is now, he will be in 7th heaven! I admire you so much for all the things you are doing for him.

  23. I have a play room for my boys and we will be moving to a new house in the spring. I’m formulating ideas for the new playroom in my head. I currently have a ball pit that is an inflatable pool, but that hasn’t had perfect. I’m thinking of just building one once we move out of plywood/ wood and foamwith some decorative fabric. I’ll be interested to watch what you did.
    -Stefanie
    2ndChanceCreations.etsy.com

  24. What a wonderful, wonderful thing you are doing for your son. Bravo!
    It is amazing to me that this furniture is available to the public. Keep working hard to give your son all the help you can. It does make a difference.

  25. I love it Stephanie–It looks Awesome.

    Cheri

  26. Such a great room for your little man! He looks so happy. I think there is nothing better than making your children happy.

    Caroline

    PS: I think any kid would be ecstatic to have a ball pit at home.

  27. You are an amazing mother!!! Great job!
    Bonnie :)

  28. That smile qualifies as an “ear to ear” smile….absolutely priceless !!!

  29. What an amazing space you are creating for your little guy! You are such a great mommy! My son has some sensory issues and I’ve been thinking about redesigning his room to include a small indoor trampoline…and now I MUST have a ball pit too! That is some really cool flooring.

  30. Oh. my. Incredible! I love the flooring. Not only will it be comfy under foot and body, but it will also help absorb sounds–possibly a plus for both child *and* mama :-) I look forward to seeing your son’s room emerge.

  31. super idea. I like it

  32. Hi Stephanie,
    I just found your blog today. It is wonderful. I watched the video at the bottom in tears.

    My husband and I have adopted three little ones that are now age 5. We have had them since birth. Each was born drug addicted. They have special needs which include sensory. We sit at occupational every week with dozen of parents of children with autism. It is heart breaking to see these beautiful children and listen to ways that parents are struggling to get their children the services they need. We are lucky. Our children get medicade as well as our insurance because they were adopted out of the foster care system. Our children’s special needs mimick those of children with autism. People have no idea how expensive it is for just one of the many appointments children with Autism may need. GOD bless you and your husband as you travel through the maize of treatment to help your precious gift from GOD!
    Shelley

  33. Wow! What a lucky boy! My son would go crazy about it!

  34. Love it! We have a little guy with SPD and have been working on his sensory room (very thankful our new house has the space for it). Question: where I’d your furniture from? Outside of knowing that it was made in France, I didn’t see any name or manufacturer but would love to know where you ordered it. Thanks so much. Enjoy the time with your little guy, celebrating each of those little steps and milestones! Blessings, Vicki

  35. Love it! We have a little guy with SPD and have been working on his sensory room (very thankful our new house has the space for it). Question: where I’d your furniture from? Outside of knowing that it was made in France, I didn’t see any name or manufacturer but would love to know where you ordered it. Thanks so much. Enjoy the time with your little guy, celebrating each of those little steps and milestones! Blessings, Vicki

        

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