Practically anyone who’s lived in a home with more than one story remembers Mom chiding them not to slide down the banister. Remember that irresistible pull of the railing, the thrill and exhilaration of the slide down? (And the inevitable mishaps and scoldings that followed?) Well, some adults loved that experience so much they’ve never outgrown it, outfitting their homes with fabulous indoor slides.
Not just kiddie slides or pool slides. Oh, no. We’re talking about full-fledged slides that traverse entire homes, slides that are a means to get from point A to point B, slides that can completely replace stairs in the home.
Discussing an indoor slide is the only time it’s acceptable to reference your “inner child.”
Check these out, and prepare to be jealous.
Remember the old metal playground slides? Here’s one, without the second-degree burns. And with a pile of pillows at the bottom for fort-building. Awesome!
Wouldn’t a carpeted slide result in a lot of uncomfortable carpet burns? Ouch.
Brilliant – a slide that doesn’t even take up much indoor space.
Two words: tunnel slide. ‘Nuff said.
This cheery playground classic goes straight from the kids’ playroom to the basement.
Make that landing do double duty!
It’s simple and straightforward, but hey, it’s an indoor slide. Who could turn that down?
That one doubles as a cool modern art sculpture.
This indoor slide makes an unexpected but oh-so-awesome addition to a sleekly modern loft in the big city.
And this one’s so unobtrusive you may not even notice that it’s a slide!
If you’re lucky enough to get one, make sure your slide has a great entrance point:
Or if your budget or existing home doesn’t allow for it, put in a slide on a smaller scale for the kids in the house: bunk beds or loft beds (or full lofts) with a slide. It’s safer than a ladder! no architectural concerns! cheaper than a big slide! (Those will be your kids’ arguments, and they’ll be right.)
Do you think that the kids in these houses get yelled at when they take the stairs?