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Small Kids Room Ideas: Tips for Maximizing Space

Ways to Design & Organize Your Child's Small Room

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

Kids Bedroom with Twin Beds and Vertical Storage Built into Wall. Photo by Instagram user @bluestonehill
Photo via @bluestonehill

Vertical storage is a smart idea for any small space, and a child’s room is no exception.

Keep Some Toys Out of Reach

Stuffed Animals Stored on High Shelf in Kids Room. Photo by Instagram user @picture_of_a_house
Photo via @picture_of_a_house

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

Kids Bunk Beds Built Into Wall. Photo by Instagram user @scoutandnimble
Photo via @scoutandnimble

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.

FIND YOUR STORE

Beds with Drawers Allow You to Organize Under the Bed

Bed with Drawers Storing Childrens Clothes Underneath. Photo by Instagram user @designlovefest
Photo via @designlovefest

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

Childrens Bed with Drawer for Storage Underneath. Photo by Instagram user @furniturepick
Photo via @furniturepick

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

Kids Twin Bed in Corner of Bedroom. Photo by Instagram user @littlebigdeco
Photo via @littlebigdeco

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

Baby Clothes Hanging in Closet. Photo by Instagram user @neatmethod
Photo via @neatmethod

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

Childrens Clothes Hung in Closet and Stored in Plastic Bins. Photo by Instagram user @thehomeedit
Photo via @thehomeedit

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

Closet without Doors in Small Kids Room. Photo by Instagram user @theamandasorganizing
Photo via @theamandasorganizing

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

Kids Room with Bookshelves and Cubbies on Floor. Photo by Instagram user @organizedbyaly
Photo via @organizedbyaly

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

Small Kids Room Decorated with Bright, Neutral Colors. Photo by Instagram user @dom.w.kadrze
Photo via @dom.w.kadrze

This tip applies to any small room in your house: Bright, neutral colors open up a small room.

Don’t Be Too Neutral, However

Small Kids Bedroom Heavily Decorated with Lightning Bolts on Walls and Colorful Furniture. Photo by Instagram user @melanielissackinteriors
Photo via @melanielissackinteriors

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

Small Desk in a Kids Bedroom. Photo by Instagram user @_lisa_dawson_
Photo via @_lisa_dawson_

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

Fun Room for Kids Underneath the Stairs. Photo by Instagram user @decor_for_kids
Photo via @decor_for_kids

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

Kids Room with Bed on Floor and Tepee. Photo by Instagram user @projectwhim
Photo via @projectwhim

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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