Whether you have a suburban bungalow or an apartment in the city, your kids will increasingly need space as they grow. So what do you do if your home has a small kids room?
Get creative. With a little inspiration and strategy, you can lay out, design, and decorate a beautiful children’s room that also maximizes the available space.
The small kids room ideas below will show you how to lay out and organize your child’s cozy room.
Get Creative with Vertical Storage
Vertical storage is a smart idea for any small space, and a child’s room is no exception.
Keep Some Toys Out of Reach
An added benefit of vertical storage: It allows you to put some toys too high up for little hands to reach. This means you ultimately exercise some control over the messes that sprawl across the floor.
Go Vertical with Bedding, Too
If your kids share a room, bunk beds open up the area so that everyone has a little space of his or her own. Plus, going vertical with the bedding creates more opportunities for vertical storage.
Beds with Drawers Allow You to Organize Under the Bed
Many of us are guilty for abusing our under-the-bed storage space, which over time becomes a haphazard collection of forgotten things. Instead, use drawers that let you organize the things you keep under the bed.
A Storage Bed Also Works
Elevated beds with built-in storage are excellent for keeping clutter off the floor and out of sight. You can buy these beds in just about any furniture store, or if you’re feeling ambitious you could DIY one for your child’s room.
Twin Bed? Nestle It in the Corner
In most bedrooms, the bed takes up the largest space. By moving the bed into a corner, though, you create a cozy sleeping nook that leaves space throughout the rest of the room for play and storage.
Hang Your Kids’ Clothes
Folded clothes take up precious space in drawers. Instead, hang all jackets, shirts, and pants on a clothing rod (either in the closet or as a standalone item, depending on how much space you have).
Organize Any Other Clothes & Shoes in Storage Bins
Piles of shoes and balled-up socks get unwieldy quickly. Instead, a system of labeled or clear storage bins gives a closet space an organized, calm appearance. This goes a long way toward making the room feel less busy or cluttered.
Take Off the Closet Doors
If you have organized the closet, then use that space for most of the storage, whether for winter-only clothes or toys that get used daily. This will reduce the need for additional shelving, which frees up floor space.
Have Cubbies & Open Storage Near the Floor
Bins, baskets, and cubbies make great storage options for a kids room because they’re so easy to teach kids to use. And having a system of dedicated storage spaces can get your child into the habit of cleaning up. Label or color code each bin, basket, or cubby slot so your child will know that each of his or her toys has a home of its own.
Decorate with Bright, Neutral Colors
This tip applies to any small room in your house: Bright, neutral colors open up a small room.
Don’t Be Too Neutral, However
Textured accents or pops of color in a kids room, especially, will make the room feel lively without feeling too busy.
Keep Desks & Workspaces Small
As your child gets older, it can be tempting to envision a workspace where he or she will do homework, study for tests, and complete art projects. But a small bedroom just won’t have the available space to turn into a multi-purpose room. Keep the desk and work areas small. If you child needs more room, there’s always the kitchen table.
Give Kids Another Space at Home
Even with all of the organization and design tricks in the book, a small room will have its limitations. In such cases, it’s worth thinking outside the box. If you have a space elsewhere in the house where toys can live, it might be worth thinking about having a separate playroom.
Keep the Layout Simple
It’s easy to overthink and overdesign your child’s room. Remember, though, who you’re designing the room for. Visualize the room for your child’s eye level, and ensure things like hanging clothes are reachable. Little touches like removing closet doors, keeping storage containers on or near the floor, and lowering clothing rods will make the room all the more accessible for your child, which in turn will make it easier for you to teach the virtues of keeping a tidy living space.
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