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Finish And Protect A Play Room With Picket Fencing

Creating a play room for your kids to enjoy for many years takes time, a bit of creativity and careful planning. Many kids enjoy having one space in the house where they can let loose and have all the fun they want with little concern of getting in trouble for breaking things. To protect the walls from complete destruction while your kids are playing full-force, you can install picket fencing along the lower half of the walls. This will not only protect the walls from holes, but create a uniquely beautiful and fun setting for the kids to spend time in.

Choose the Fencing

You want fencing that is durable enough to withstand the abuse that tumbling kids, flying planes and bouncing balls will put them through. After all, this is the space in the home that the kids should feel free to burn energy and let their imaginations go wild.

Look for wooden picket fencing. You can opt for unfinished, painted or pre-stained fencing for the room. Remember that kids don't always color on the paper that they are given and that markers and crayons tend to find their way onto walls, so you should consider either purchasing pre-painted fencing or painting fencing with oil-based high-gloss paint. This finish will make it easy for you to wash away the artwork your kids create on the fencing.

Install the Fencing

You will need a few supplies to get this job done right.

  • Fencing panels
  • Wood finishing screws
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Drill and bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Stud-finder
  • Circular saw and blade
  • Sandpaper

Step 1: Start by measuring the wall-space that will be covered with the fencing. If need be, you can draw a sketch of the room as you take the measurements and mark the location of doors and windows that will take away from the entire measurement and will cause you to need to trim the fencing to fit. You can take that sketch with you as you shop for the fencing for the room and the associate assisting you will provide you with just what you need.

Step 2: Use the stud finder to locate the studs in the walls. Use the pencil to mark each stud.

Step 3: Measure and cut the fence panels to fit the space. Give the cut areas a quick sanding to eliminate the splinters.

Step 4: Mount the fencing to the wall by drilling a hole through the fencing and into the stud. Secure it using the wood finishing screws. You will need two screws on each stud – one toward the top of the fence and one toward the bottom.

Talk with your local fencing professional to learn more about selecting and installing the fence in your kids' play room. He or she will be able to guide you in making the best selection that will outlast your children's youth.

To learn more, contact a company like Gatlin Fence Company