Adding Padded Walls to a Playroom
Add padded walls to your children's playroom to help create a safer play environment. Though carpeting and plastic furniture can help protect kids, walls made of stone, wood or even drywall can be hazardous for during roughhousing. Read on to learn how to turn a bare and unsafe wall into something that will protect your children without hindering their play.
Step 1 - Room Measurements
Measure each wall to determine how much of the padding material you will need. Keep in mind that unless the children have a trampoline in the room, or items that they can climb, you do not need to completely cover the walls from top to bottom. Measure each wall in the same manner, but measure the door on its own.
Step 2 - Choosing and Purchasing the Padding
The less expensive material to use is the pillow top comforters. These are larger, so you need fewer to cover a space. They can also be cut to fit if needed and easily mended with some needle and thread. The downside is that they are not as durable or cushiony as the vinyl-covered mats.
When you have picked your padding, purchase it based on your total area of coverage.
Step 3 - Attaching the Padding to the Walls
Now that you have the padding selected you can start attaching it to the wall. How you manage to do this is determined by the material you chose.
Vinyl Covered Mats: Attaching vinyl to a wall can be a tricky process. Begin at the corners and work your way toward the center. Apply the strong adhesive directly to the wall and then to the mat section. Stand the mat up and press to the wall. Hold in place for a minute. Repeat with each section adding adhesive to the ends.
Pillow Top Comforters: Unravel the comforters and line up the bottoms with the bottom of the floor. You will be working upward. Pull the comforter up section by section, hammering a nail between each pillow. You will do this for each comforter and each space. Once done, cover each nail head with rubber cement.