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30 Things To Immediately Upgrade Your Kid's Room

A faux wood stool, a viral TikTok galaxy projects, a talking world map poster and more awesome additions.

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1. A nature-inspired tree trunk stool that looks so realistic no one will believe it's actually ~a storage bin in disguise~. Plus, it can hold kids or adults up to 220 lbs. Are you as *stumped* as I am by this clever invention?

Reviewer's photo showing two tree trunk storage stools in a room
Reviewer using the tree trunk stool as a storage bin with the lid open

Promising review: "I was very pleased with this stool. It actually looks very good in person, just like the picture. Goes great with my son's treehouse theme in the playroom. He and his older cousins use it for a table more than they do to sit on, because it does sit up pretty tall (and he's over 3 feet tall). It stores A LOT; right now we have several Melissa & Doug dress-up costumes in ours. It's also very sturdy as a stool, I can sit on it without issue. However, the way you put it together is with a plastic ring in the top that is easy to take out, so if you have a young one who likes to take things apart, like me, you'll be putting this back together frequently, which is annoying." —Olivia

Get it from Amazon for $38 (available in 15 styles).

2. A viral TikTok galaxy projector for emanating dreamy cosmic vibes and to make the kids feel like they're camping under the stars.

Promising review: "This night-light sound machine is magical. ✨My son was so excited when we turned the lights off and his whole bedroom lit up with different colors. My daughter loved the music and trying to unplug it. 😂 It also has a Bluetooth speaker and eight relaxing sounds. Such a perfect way to make bedtime more exciting! 💙💜💚" —Matt S. Marcum

Get it from Amazon for $24.64.

3. A touch-activated talking world map poster packed with 1,000 facts and quizzes to introduce the little geniuses to geography. Before you know it, they'll be spewing fun facts about this fascinating world we live in.


Recommended for ages 5+. Explore the 92 countries around the world and learn about the national flag, population, important landmarks, language(s) and more trivia.

Promising review: "My nephew loves it SO much. He hung it from the wall and plays with it every day. He’s 4 and has always loved learning about countries and is very curious about geography. He’s super smart but now he knows every single country’s capital. I’m honestly astonished." —C.

Get it from Amazon for $56.98.

4. A rainbow-colored saucer swing guaranteed to add swirling pops of color and become your child's fave ~hangout~.


Promising review: "So first off my kids LOVE this swing! It has been one of the greatest purchases I have purchased so far for their playroom!!! We use it inside to keep them busy on rainy days or when they need to get their energy out! I give the swing itself 5 stars for sure!!!!" —Samantha Brooke Main

Get it from Amazon for $61.99.

5. Or a sensory swing designed with an extra spring, allowing bouncing up and down in addition to swinging — ideal for endless aerial acrobatic fun. Do they make an adult version?

Rest Nests

Rest Nets is a small biz based in Israel started by a mom who created these hammocks as a way to give parents "an extra pair of hands" for entertaining kids.

Promising review: "This swing is probably the best thing that has happened to our house since we renovated. My daughter can’t go to OT because of the pandemic, so we turned the basement into a sensory gym. This swing is amazing! It’s simple, safe, and versatile. My kids love it!" —Leanne A

Get it from Rest Nests on Etsy for $88 (available in 10 colors).

6. An inexpensive Pop2Play foldable indoor slide that LITERALLY pops up in minutes to instantly turn any room into a playground when it's raining outside. Plus, it folds down flat for easy storage once playtime's over.,

The slide's capable of holding up to 50 lbs.

Promising review: "Bought this for my grandson who is almost 2-years-old and big for his age. It is sturdy, set up is a breeze, and I love the fact that I can fold it back up for storage. His room here is already full of toys, so being able to fold this back flat and hide it away is a huge plus for us! He plays with this for hours, and it's great for those rainy days when you can't get to the park!" —Stephanie Scott

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

7. A Melissa & Doug magnetic calendar to teach your preschooler the days of the week, months and the weather in a hands-on, interactive way. They'll jump out of bed eagerly to update it every morning.


Promising review: "My 4-year-old loves loves loves this! He gets excited to change the magnets every morning. I had some magnet strips and made additional magnets for activities (preschool, zoo, library, Grandma's house). I am really happy I bought this, and it has helped teach him months, and days of the week. Determining the weather is fun too. One day we came home after school and he couldn't wait to change the weather from sunny to raining. I highly recommend this for preschoolers, it's a lot of fun." —Hammyg3

Get it from Amazon for $13.73.

8. A canvas growth chart so you can keep track of your munchkin's height (who is growing up waayyy too fast 😢). Reviewers love that it can be rolled up and stored away as a cute keepsake.,

Promising review: "This is a very cute addition to our playroom! Looks nice and she loves measuring herself (daily)." —Truth

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

9. An adorable, inflatable unicorn ride-on boasting a washable plush cover that'll have little dudes and divas looking so precious, they'll melt your heart as they bounce around the house on it.


Promising review: "I swear, this is the cutest kid's toy I've ever seen. I bought it for my daughter's 2-year-old birthday gift. I inflated the toy ahead of time and put the unicorn into a gift box. She was so excited when she opened the gift box. Unique style and perfect quality. Sturdy, beautifully made, so easy to set up!! Love it!!" —Susan A Musgrave

Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

10. And a unicorn beanbag cover to save you from D-R-O-W-N-I-N-G in a sea of stuffed animals. Now you can *sprinkle magic dust* (aka stash plushies inside) to make 'em disappear and create ~cute as can be seating~ for the kiddos. 

Reviewer's photo showing a pile of stuffed animals inside the bean bag cover
Reviewer's photo showing the bean bag
Reviewer's child sitting on the bean bag

Promising review: "We love the pink unicorn. We managed to fit 30+ medium sized stuffies and we still have room for more. It’s pretty comfortable but heavy when full. I do wish there were two handles instead of one, on the sides of it for easier and supportive lifting. Material itself is very soft and thick. I would recommend this to all the parents out there who are stressing over stuffed animal storage. I will be ordering more for birthday and Christmas gifts because this is a great product.."—Flautas

Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in 12 styles and two sizes).

11. A cat-shaped night light because every kiddo deserves a *purrfectly* cute bedside pet. Bonus: This one won't throw shade — quite the opposite.,

Promising review: "This is the CUTEST! It was a little add on gift for my 8-year-old daughter, and she is obsessed with it. She loved it more than some of her bigger gifts. It charges really quick with a cable, it’s nice and bright without being obnoxious, and she LOVES that you have to bop it on the head and it starts to change colors. It’s also very soft and squishy which is a bonus. Perfect gift!" —Sara7787

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two styles and with or without remote).

12. A pack of glow-in-the-dark dinosaur decals for bringing Jurassic Park to life on the walls. Reviewers say they only glow beautifully in the dark, but are vibrant during the day as well.


Promising review: "The stickers are so beautiful and detailed. I like that they are big so my baby can't take them off easily. The perfect kids' room decoration :)" —T.K.

Get it from Amazon for $21.87.

13. Sturdy and stretchy toy hammocks to corral their ever-growing collection of Squishmallows — while adding a dose of cuteness to a corner wall. A win-win.

Reviewer's photo showing a pair of white hammocks holding stuffed animals and hanging on a blue wall
Reviewer's photo showing a white hammock holding stuffed animals

Promising review: "Easy go install and stores a TON of stuffed animals! Not to mention, it’s cute playroom wall decor! LOL." —PrattKingBall Family

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in three colors).

14. A heartfelt Winnie the Pooh vintage-style art print that'll serve up nostalgia and a nugget of wisdom to inspire you to cherish the day.

The print, which shows Pooh and Piglet walking in the woods with the quote
De Woozles / Etsy

De Woozles is a small business based in Poland and sells children's classic posters, illustrations, and art prints.

Promising review: "Beautiful. Love it. Using for my granddaughter's room. Arrived in excellent shape. My second order." —Deborah O Keeter

Get it from De Woozles for $9+ (available in seven sizes and two styles).

15. A pack of oddly shaped wooden stacking stones to challenge your little one's motor skills while they figure out how to pile and balance them. Not to mention these will add any earthy aesthetic to any coffee table.


Attn. parents: The smaller stones can be a choking hazard for children under 3.

Promising review: "These are so much fun!! My daughter loves building and stacking wood blocks and these are a whole other level. Darling and great quality." —David

Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $28.99.

16. A 3-in-1 rocket ship tunnel, and ball pit for transforming any room into an out-of-galaxy play zone, where little whirlwinds can have a blast crawling, exploring, and of course flinging balls all over the place *sigh*.

reviewer's photo showing the tent, tunnel and ball pit in their living room

Promising review: "We LOVE this ball pit. I’ve been looking around for awhile for one for my son and found this one, absolutely fell in love. I love how you can have it all put together or have the items set up separately! Especially since my son’s room isn’t that big. We just have the tent part and ball pit part set up and next to each other. We just got the balls for it today and he’s already been playing in it for almost two hours! Definitely a hit." —Tiffany Burrows

Get it from Amazon for $47.99.

17. A large castle tent with sheer drapes and starry lights for an enchanting hideaway that'll impress even the most hard-to-impress princess on your list.


Promising review: "I brought this girl tent for my best friend’s little girl who is 4 years old. When we set up she was super excited, jumping, laughing, and running all around the tent. I felt it was really worth the money. The product is well made, it is sturdy and good quality, the LED lights are bright. The lights part is what I like the most of this product, it gives the tent a fairy tale feeling, the little girl definitely felt like a princess. Super easy to assemble, all the parts match what the seller list on the website, so you sure know what you will get in the box before buying the tent. If you are looking for a gift for a little girl, it will make a perfect gift!!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $42.90.

18. A 360-degree-rotating 3-in-1 LED globe, constellation map, and night light that makes it possible to explore the world and star gaze from the bedroom.

A reviewer's split image photo of the globe in world map form and lit up in constellation mode

Promising review: "I got this for my 8-year-old who loves it. Not only is it an awesome tool to teach geography and to learn about different continents and countries, but this one has an additional benefit of showcasing different constellations and doubles as a night light! What a great idea to add that. It comes with a little booklet about the constellations. It is very sturdy, the bottom part is fairly heavy, way sturdier that I expected. I thought my daughter was too old for nightlights and got rid of her old night light a while back, but I noticed that since she has this, she actually uses it every night. Great product all around." —Addicted to golden berries

Get it from Amazon for $49.95.

19. A Lily & River foldable wood climbing triangle to not only keep your toddler from climbing everything but also to ensure they're all tuckered out after a chilly day spent indoors.

Two kids climbing the wooden triangle and ladder set
Lily and River / Etsy

Recommended for ages 6 months to 4+ years.

Lily & River is a small biz, owned by a father, that specializes in building intuitive products for kids in their manufacturing workshop nestled within the desert foothills of South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona.

Promising review: "We received the Pikler triangle and the rock climbing slide last week and it’s awesome! My 19-month-old son absolutely loves it and it’s a great way to exert his energy on days when it’s too cold to go outside, or just every day! It was a little tedious to put together and definitely would’ve needed to do it during naptime if I was alone, but the instructions were simple and the outcome is phenomenal. I’m obsessed." —arosenthal93 

Get it from Lily and River on Etsy for $219.95+ (available in four finishes and two accessory options: ladder or rock wall).

20. A pack of laminated math posters you can hang up on the wall to make homework visually engaging (and a lot less painful). Perfect for elementary through middle school ages.,

Promising review: "As a homeschool mom when I found these charts I loved them. They cover a lot of material that my first-grader is learning, as well as many things to come. Seeing the visuals the way they have them set up helped him understand several concepts (place numbers, fractions, some things about reading time) much quicker than the ways we had been covering it. Even if my son returns to the school system next year, we will keep these around for homework aids and to help the younger siblings as they approach learning these concepts. The boards are of nice quality. Bright colors, thick poster board that can be written on with dry-erase and wiped off. Homeschool must-have." —Marvel

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $13.99.

21. A carpet play mat with a nonslip latex backing designed to look like a mini city so you and your little bud can race your Hot Wheels for hours — all while learning about different buildings around town like the school, fire station, hospital, and more!

Promising review: "It's decently large, and I bought two for both of my sons rooms. I've only put one out so far as we are still 'remodeling' my youngest son's room, but the boys were thrilled with the first. I like that it's an actual carpet and I can vacuum it and spot treat when necessary. So far I'm very pleased with this play mat!" —Faith Brown

Get it from Amazon for $22.49.

22. A blob seal pillow that'll stare you down with its grumpy face, making your entire family alternate between fits of giggles and an inexplicable need to cuddle it.

The blob seal pillow
Reviewer's photo showing the seal pillows in three sizes lying on a grey bed

Promising review: "Love, love, love this plush! So soft and squishy. Bought the largest one for my 3-year-old nephew. Once my 14- and 16-year-old kids saw how cute it was, they both wanted one. Can easily be used as a pillow because it is so large. It arrives compressed in shrink wrap so it can be mailed in a smaller box. It immediately puffs into its true size once the plastic is removed. Bought this on a lightning deal and couldn't be happier 👏👏👏"—LoriAnnR

Promising review: "I showed my 10-year-old daughter a picture of the chubby blob seal and from that second on she had to have one. Seriously, it was all she wanted for her birthday. iPad? Nope......chubby blob seal. Xbox? Nope..........chubby blob seal. So, that is what I got her. She absolutely loves that thing and takes it to bed every night." —Big Tron

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes).

23. A neutral play tent because it will blend into any decor and comes with all the fixin's, so the kiddos can have their own ~glamping~ experience, whenever they need a little pretend getaway.


The cute play tent comes with a set of poles to build the tent and a comfy nonslip mat for playing, reading, or taking a nap.

Promising review: "My children love this play tent (ages 6, 4, and 2) and I don't mind it sitting in my house because it's all cream and pretty to look at. Fits my house decor and is cute! Was easy to assemble and fairly sturdy. The size is generous, too. I really like how the canvas tucks under the base to keep it in place." —Outdoor E.

Get it from Amazon for $84.99.

24. A Wiwiurka triangular rope ladder you can hang from the ceiling to provide endless opportunities to swing, do acrobatics, or yell: "I'm taking off in the spaceship!"

Split image of children playing in triangle rope ladder outdoors and indoors

Note: mounting hardware not included. The climber is capable of holding up to 175 pounds.

Wiwiurka is a Mexican woman-owned business based in Tepoztlan, Mexico, that creates handcrafted and sustainable wooden toys using water-based paints and nontoxic materials to enhance imaginative play.

Promising review: "My kids LOVE their tree climber. It was easy to put together and it's like a magnet for my 3-year-old who gets bored easily and wanders." —Brynn

Get it from Wiwiurka for $180 (available in two sizes and two colors). 

25. Marquee letter lights to bring some major glitz to a room. Little dudes and divas will ~glow different~ when they see their name all glammed up.

Reviewer's photo showing the marquee letter light initials in their child's nursery
Reviewer's photo showing the marquee letter lights spelling out their child's name on the wall

Promising review: "Use them for my daughter's play area and everybody loves them. We bought rechargeable batteries. One battery charge lasts at least three weeks so we don’t have to take the letters down overnight. We just leave them running." —Nina Redzovic

Get them from Amazon for $9.98 each (available in letters A–Z and numbers 0–9).

26. A minimal foam play mat because kid-friendly floors don't have to be a total eyesore. Honestly, I wouldn't blame you for trading your trendy rug for this mat in ~grown-up~ areas.,

Promising review: "Absolutely love this play mat! I’ve been on the hunt for a neutral play mat and this one is seriously the best. The design is minimal and the quality is exceptional. It’s perfect for the play area in my kids room! I would highly recommend this mat to anyone!" —Lauren N

Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (available in four prints).

27. A plush round shag rug with 10,000 5-star reviews (!!!) that gives off luxe vibes at a fraction of the cost *and* offers a cozy backdrop for photoshoots with your babies or, you know, lounging with your fur babies.

A child and a dog lounging on the white round shag rug
Reviewer's photo of the pink round shag rug in their nursery

Promising review: "Love love love this rug. It’s a beautiful color, extremely soft, and has a cushioned bottom so it’s comfy to lay on. It vacuums easily and fluffs up like new. No shedding or fraying anywhere. My daughter loves it and uses it daily. Even with the dogs it’s holding up great." —mycoley

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three sizes and 16 colors).

28. A DIY rock climbing wall set to take playtime ~up a notch~ and challenge the kiddos to get off the couch and scale new heights.,

The set includes 25 hand and foot grips, two climbing handles, and a knotted climbing rope.

Promising review: "My girls absolutely love this! We’ve been wanting to give them some things inside the house to climb and jump on since it’s cold here and we’re stuck in the house most days. We haven’t installed the rope yet but plan to do so soon. The climbing holds are very durable and seem pretty sturdy. They are also a good size, making it easy for my girls to hold on to. I would definitely recommend this to as it’s a lot of fun!" —KKL—L&L’s Little Shop of Goodies- Living Life RV Rentals

Get a set from Amazon for $39.99.

29. A sleep-training alarm clock that uses colors and stinkin' cute *facial expressions* to teach the kiddos when it's time for bed and time to wake up. (Does it make a grumpy face if they hop out of bed at 5 a.m.? Asking for a friend.)


Promising review: "This was a lifesaver!!! My 4-year-old was getting up at 5:30 :( and we could not convince him to go back to bed. We found this clock and we're amazed at the results. My son loves it! He gets so excited when it turns green and he can get out of bed, or when he wakes up and it is green. It seems to have helped train him to sleep in longer. It is easy to set up. Our only complaint is the light from the indicator (red, yellow, green) is soooo bright. We tip the clock on its face so his room does not light up. He can still see the color, so it's fine. But I do wish we could dim it. Don't let this stop you from getting it though, it was worth every penny!" —JW

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

30. The Nugget foam play couch, equal parts furniture and toy and universally loved by parents for entertaining the kids indoors. They won't stop building forts and obstacle courses...anytime soon.

Two models playing on the blue nugget

Nugget Comfort is a small biz based in Butner, North Carolina, that specializes in play furniture made out of foam cushions.

Orders are estimated to ship within eight weeks.

Promising review: "My 4-year-old loves her Nugget. I was searching for something I could have indoors that could help get energy out during the winter months and the Nugget has been just the thing!" —Moriah N.

Get it from Nugget Comfort for $259.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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