After: Create a Play Space to Keep Kids in Sight (But Out of the Way)
Before, Erin couldn’t spend time in the basement without worrying about what Alex was getting into upstairs. Now a chalkboard easel entertains him, and a burlap-covered fiberboard offers a nonconcrete place to hang art.
To buy: Easel (similar to shown), $129, landofnod.com. Homasote panels (four by eight feet), $120 each, ecohaus.com.