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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Controlling Chaos: A Tidy Teen Study Center
Adult work stations can be messy enough, but when you add in the teen desire to express oneself in every area of the room, photos, notes, certificates and keepsakes can overwhelm a study space. Fortunately, these wall rails from PB Teen offer the best of both worlds: Your social butterfly can keep her photos and keepsakes pinned up, but thanks to the slim design, they won't take over the wall. Hide smaller clutter-prone items away in pouches that hang on the hook rail.
High Society: A Sophisticated Loft Space
The idea of elevating a bed to gain storage below is nothing new, but few have such high expectations of their child's loft design as did this client, who hired Patricia Davis Brown to create storage and style in a 10'x10' bedroom. Brown not only managed to incorporate a double dresser, a media center, a shelving system and a study space under one queen-size loft bed; she also did it with fit and finish in mind. The 11-year-old boy needed a room that would work now and grow with him, so Brown ditched the little-kid look and gave him a style that reflected his growing-up tastes.
Presto (Diaper) Change-O: The Disappearing Changing Table
The changing table: It's the source of much debate among parents. Is it really necessary? If I don't have one, where will I store diapering supplies? Interior designer Patricia Davis Brown has an answer with her innovative changing table armoire. The changing table with pad and medicine cabinet-like shelving stores powders, creams and wipes, but it has a secret identity: It's also a chalkboard and play area for the older kids. Remove the pad and lift up the base to reveal the chalkboard on the back side. With the convenient wall hooks, small toddler-sized shelving and comfy chair for late-night cuddles, this tiny spot in the room enjoys multiple seamless identities.
Tea for Two: Small Splashes of Storage (and Style)
Sometimes smart storage is small storage. That was certainly the case in this shared bedroom, decorated by L.A.-based interior designer Sarah Barnard for two young sisters. Large wall units would have crowded the space and overpowered the sweetly subtle design Barnard created for the girls, so instead she added “islands” of storage. Her favorite: the green tea table in the corner. Barnard knew the shape, open shelving and rotating base were perfect for this space, but the piece only came in a stiff mahogany finish. She ordered it anyway, and customized it using an eco-friendly, low-VOC paint from Dunn Edwards. The tiny table went from blah to blissful, and works beautifully not just for tea time, but for anytime.
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