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14 Space-Saving Design Ideas for Small Kids Rooms

Looking for organization, design, and storage ideas for a small kids room? Using multi-purpose kids furniture and other creative solutions, there are plenty of ways you can make the most of the space in children’s bedrooms. Check out these 14 small kids room ideas!

1. 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 bedroom is no exception. Add floating shelves to hold books and small toys for extra organization without sacrificing much-needed room on the floor. Or use an over-the-door organizer for items like accessories, toys, backpacks, and more!

2. Go Vertical with Beds, Too

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

Photo via @scoutandnimble

Especially in shared kids bedrooms, using lofted beds or bunk beds can help you clear floors and better utilize vertical space. Not to mention, lofting beds makes it easy to add storage drawers, cubbies, and other hidden storage spaces.

3. Opt for a Twin Bed

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

Photo via @littlebigdeco

In most bedrooms, the bed takes up the most space. To avoid taking up unnecessary space in a child’s bedroom, stick to smaller beds like twin beds. In fact, you can even push a twin bed into a corner to free up more space for a play area and other bedroom storage needs!

4. Utilize Under Bed Storage

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

Photo via @designlovefest

One of the least utilized storage areas in bedrooms is the space under the bed—and it’s the perfect spot for hiding items and improving kids room organization! Add storage totes, drawers, or bins to keep kids clothing, toys, books, and more out of the way. This can also help free up dresser space and closet space in a kids room!

5. Keep Some Toys Out of Reach

Small Storage Cubbies with Toys off of the Flood. Photo by Instagram user @thesavvyspace

Photo via @thesavvyspace

Avoid broken toys and make tidying a small kids room easier by keeping certain items out of reach while they aren’t in use. Display your children’s sentimental or delicate belongings on high-up shelves or on top of tall furniture. For stuffed animals, try hanging a mesh hammock from the ceiling.

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6. Place Storage Cubbies within Reach

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

Photo via @organizedbyaly

Bins, baskets, and cubbies placed low to the ground are great for kids room storage! This makes it easier for kids to grab toys they want to play with and can also help them get into the habit of putting those toys away when they’re done. Label or color code each storage space so your child knows where everything goes!

7. Hang Your Kids’ Clothes

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

Photo via @neatmethod

Free up some space in your child’s bedroom by hanging up their clothes instead of using a dresser! By hanging jackets, shirts, pants, and other clothing items in a bedroom closet or on a wall-mounted rack, you can get more space in a kids room for their bed and their play area!

8. Store Shoes & Accessories in Storage Bins

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

Photo via @thehomeedit

Whether it’s shoes, headbands and bows, socks, or hats and gloves, there are a lot of small kids accessories that can take up space in a closet or dresser when not organized. Keep everything neat and tidy by storing these items in plastic containers or storage totes with labels!

9. Take Off the Closet Doors

If your child’s bedroom has a closet, taking off the closet doors can actually create the illusion of more space. In a small kids room, this can make a big difference visually! Not to mention, it makes accessing shelving, clothing, and other kids items much easier!

10. 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

Using white, beige, or other light colors for wall paint and furniture in a small kids room can make the space seem larger than it is. This can also be helpful in transitioning a small nursery into a child’s room and later into a teen’s room since you can change up the bedroom decor without having to repaint every time!

11. Add Pops of Color & Texture

Help your child make their bedroom feel more like their own space with some unique colors and textures. Play with textured soft furnishings like rugs or curtains in kids room design, and choose decor in their favorite colors to add some visual depth to the small space!

12. Keep Desks & Workspaces Small

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

Photo via @_lisa_dawson_

It’s important for older children to have a study space in their bedroom for homework and other projects. With a small kids room, stick to a compact desk with storage drawers that won’t take up a ton of room.

13. 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 ideas in the book, a small kids 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 kids playroom.

14. Keep the Layout Simple

Small Kids Room with Minimalist Design. Photo by Instagram user @new_build_haus

Photo via @new_build_haus

When considering kids bedroom organization, try to design the space around how your child will use their room. Make sure they can easily access their bed, and ensure any necessary items are within reach. Also, don’t clutter the space with unnecessary furniture and decor! Not only does clutter make a kids room seem smaller, but it can also lead to injuries for you and your child.


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