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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Slip and Hide: Dressing Up Simple Tables
After interior organizer and home stylist Noelle Micek discovered her kid clients' favorite toys were their tools, she created a customized table apron to house their beloved screwdrivers, hammers and pliers. Now not only is it easier for the boys to find their tools, their special "table tool belt" keeps them motivated to put them back when they're done. Plus, she created washable slipcovers to protect the chairs from errant paint and markers.
All-Star Storage: Sport-acular Closet Organization
New York apartments aren't exactly known for their ample storage space, but interior decorator and professional organizer Dawn Falcone hit a home run for this active family who needed a place to store their three active kids' sports equipment. Determined to use every inch of space, Falcone chose adjustable shelving and added a drawer unit on rollers for smaller items like gloves, wrist bands and protective padding. She finished the space with hooks for sweatshirts, tennis rackets and caps.
Not-So-Old School: Rockin' the Lockers
One school's trash is a decorator's treasure. At least that was the case when Huntsville, Ala.-based interior decorator and organizer Jennifer Mullin saved these lockers from the wrecking ball. She repurposed them into customized toy storage for a sports-themed boys' bedroom. Ditching the institutional brown color, she painted them bright blue and added shelving. There's even a top-secret unit kept behind lock and key for priceless treasures.
Good Golly, Miss Dolly! Controlling Kid Collections
It could be rocks, model cars, snow globes, porcelain dolls or giraffes — you never can tell what a child will decide to collect. But when a whimsical interest becomes a bona-fide collection, it’s time to get serious about storage. At least that’s what the parents of this doll devotee decided. Because her collection involved not just the dolls, but also their accessories (of varied shapes and sizes), they didn’t think regular shelving was the answer. Their creative solution? They called Maria Kapourelos, senior designer for Closets by Design’s southeastern Pennsylvania location. Kapourelos designed a system that worked for the current doll collection, but which, as the girl gets older, can also be used as clothing storage, display shelving or a media cabinet.
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