My kids received so many toys this Christmas it was simply crazy. We had to buy new storage units to house it all in their rooms. It made me think a lot about how we use the space, especially Little I's room which is the smallest room. I'm tempted to go for a complete kids' bedroom redesign, thinking first about storage rather than trying to shoe horn it in as an afterthought. Here are my top kids storage ideas.
Modular storage units
These units are the holy grail of all storage solutions. If the room is big enough then run one the entire length of the wall for uber storage capabilities. They are usually adaptable so you can choose to have open boxes or cupboard doors, draws or rails. The possibilities are endless. If you have a smaller space wedge one in a chimney breast gap or alcove. Really short on space? Tuck a small unit under the window. If you are designing for a girl's room why turn one of the cubby holes into a dressing table with a mirror.
Under bed storage
Bed taking up a lot of space? Then use the space underneath by adding some shallow storage boxes on casters which can be pulled out as required. Or invest in a mid sleeper bed which gives you loads of storage underneath. If your child is older then a high sleeper maxes out the available space and can incorporate a desk or wardrobe (or both!). If you are looking for boys bedroom ideas why not turn a raised bed into a boat or a space ship!
Look for hidden spaces
So we've covered under the bed but there are lots of other places in the bedroom you can squeeze storage. Stacked trunks on top of a wardrobe or a shelf above the door frame are perfect spots for storing stuff which isn't used often. If you've got really high ceilings you could put the bed above the door to save floor space! Got steps? Make them drawers. Skinny gap in the corner? Add a tall, thin bookcase. You can even turn doors into shelves!
And for the final touches, small storage can be a godsend for hiding all the bits and bobs kids seem to accumulate. Book tidies can quickly clear up the book strewn around the floor and are easy to carry to other rooms. Small fabric baskets on bookshelves are fab for quickly storing (and hiding) small toys. Bed tidies can hang over the edge of the bed frame and hold tissues, toys, books and all those cosy bedtime essentials. Plus with these small items you can bring colour and personality into a plain room.
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