Kids' Rooms Storage Solutions
If your kids' idea of a clean room is everything piled in the corner, it's time for a storage-solution intervention. Check out these designer spaces that use fresh ideas to create clutter-free kid spaces.
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Dresser Delight: Storage Fit for a Queen
Transitioning from a crib to a big bed can be a tough adjustment for any kid, but it's not exactly a Zen moment for parents either: A little one’s newfound nighttime freedom (and the no-longer-a-baby-but-not-yet-a-kid gear and toy accumulation) can result in clutter chaos that defies even the best-organized nursery. Decorator Jeanne Benner of Morristown, N.J.-based Greenbaum Interiors handled the emotional and organizational challenges of this toddler transition by creating a storage-filled fantasy room. The clients wanted space for their daughter’s clothes, toys, books and bed, but they also wanted to maintain floor space for a play area. Because the child was too young for a loft, she designed a bed with a dresser-drawer-filled base for storage. A removable staircase and a detachable safety bar (not shown) ensure the small client's safe sleep.
Triple Play: Three Beds in the Space of One
This beachy bedroom thrives on smart use of space and small surprises. Designed by award-winning interior and furniture designer Patricia Davis Brown, the cabinetry and beds flow seamlessly into one another without feeling forced or cramped. The trundle bed rolls away when not in use, and Brown says the kids love to slide down from the safety-railed loft bed. For the queen bed, Brown designed a footboard that doubles as an entertainment center. It stores games, books and toys and can even accommodate a television or computer when the beds aren't in use.
Conquering Wasted Space: A Newborn's Classy Closet
A baby's closet is usually a classic example of wasted space. Clothes are small and short so there's ample room for storage, but it's usually a mess of clutter because the area isn't organized for anything other than hanging clothes. Conquer the clutter with containers and smart shelving, like this adjustable Elfa shelf-and-rod closet system from The Container Store. The hanging mesh drawers offer classic dresser utility with added visibility, and the fabric bins are a great place to hide baby powders, creams and diapers.
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