A four-bedroom, 3,360-square-foot apartment in Chelsea provided one New York City couple with plenty of space for their two-year-old twins—and since then, a third baby. But they wanted to create a gender-neutral bedroom and play loft for the twins (one boy and one girl) that was safe and fun, so they decided to transform what was previously their home gym.
They brought in Homepolish designer Pippa Lee to select child-friendly materials and furniture including no-VOC paint (Lullaby Paints' Nomadic Travels 0524), sustainably-sourced timber for the millwork, non-toxic glues and resins, and all-natural fabrics for the furnishings.
The lofted area features a bookshelf, workstation with a magnetic board, reading tunnel with a padded cushion, and LED strip lighting at the rear that changes colors (“the kids love it!”), rock climbing wall, ladder, hidden chalkboard on the inside of the closet doors, reading area with bookshelves, and a hidden hatch for additional storage like books and toys.
The most unusual kid-friendly aspect was a rock climbing wall. “This was our inventive contractor at work,” says Lee. “The holds were purchased on Amazon and fixed to a double plywood backing, then fixed to the wall and painted over.”