Ideas for Outgrown Play Kitchen?

Ideas for Outgrown Play Kitchen?

Regina Yunghans
Mar 4, 2013

Q: We bought a KidKraft play kitchen for our daughter when she was about 4. It has been one of the most well-loved items in our house, especially combined with a nearby large wooden puppet theatre, which was usually a restaurant order window in her play. The puppet theatre also has 2" or 3" deep shelves on the back side.

I love both of these pieces dearly, and I don't want to get rid of them. They are of good quality and I can see my future grandchildren playing with them someday. However, our daughter is now almost 11 years old, and only plays with these occasionally when she has a friend over and they're feeling nostalgic. And I'd like to turn this corner of our family room into a home office space. Do I just take these pieces apart and put them in storage for the next 20 years or so, or is there some way I can repurpose them in the meantime — ideally without permanently altering them too much?

The family room is also very crowded, with a couch and chair and large entertainment shelf unit (which we hope to replace with more open shelving), as well as a collection of musical instruments and gaming components, all of which need to be corralled somehow. I'd love it if these pieces could be somehow used in the corralling. Thanks for your help!

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