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How to build a ball pit

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ball pitYou might be considering a ball pit for your little ones, for your dorm room, or as a way to mark your wacky retirement. There is no age limit on fun, and ball pits bring loads of it. I remember burying myself in balls then jumping up to surprise my little brothers, and jumping into the ball pit without any fear because I knew I'd land softly.

Unfortunately, I also remember the smell of urine that came with each and every play-space. You see very few of them now, at least around here. I imagine that most places eventually opted for easier to maintain play structures. So what do you do if you want a ball pit now? You build one DIY style like Mike Machnry did.

You could use any number of things to contain the balls, an emptied out kiddie pool, baby gates, or cardboard, but Mike went to Home Depot and gathered materials to make it a more permanent structure. He used plastic garden fencing, zip ties and PVC piping. Using this ball pit calculator, he figured out how many balls he'd need to fill the space. Filling the bottom level of his loft bed, he's made his own private ball pit. When it came time to move, Mike had to de-construct his ball pit and re-assemble it at his new house. Check out his video. He does warn that "if you are going to go through the trouble of making a ball pit in your apartment just realize that all your friends are going to want to do is throw plastic balls at your face." Have fun!


  • jae

    easier than constructing a place to put all the balls, buy a kids` tent with a built in bottom, then shove all the balls in there - works like a charm! :)

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