“As kids get older, physical play replaces floor play. It’s the physical play that requires more space,” says Bowen-Poole. She recommends a basketball hoop over a door, with soft sponge balls to throw. Another space saver is wall ladders. “They take up no space at all, older kids can do pull-ups. You can also attach things to it, like basketball hoops or trapeze bars.”

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Karri Bowen-Poole, a professional playroom designer who founder her business, Smart Playrooms, in 2012, started off mostly as an organizer who sorted and labeled toys, but in the past few years, she’s been working with clients who ask her to create permanent, indoor playgrounds for their kids, with outrageous features such as monkey bars, trapeze rings and rock - climbing walls.”

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“In addition to a 20-foot-wide rock-climbing wall, monkey bars and a mini basketball court, the new playroom has an arts-and-crafts area with a walk-mounted chalkboard, a media lounge with hanging-pod swing chairs and an under-the-stairs reading nook with string lights and a beanbag chair. There is also a hanging trapeze, as well as a built-in ladder, a climbing rope, swings and plenty of brightly colored floor mats for worry-free frolicking.”

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