Organizing & Storage Tips for the Pint-Size Set
If your children's 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.
By: Alyson McNutt English and Briana Mowrey
Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge
Toy (Storage) Story: Chic Ways to Tuck It Away
Who needs a toy chest when you can store playthings in more chic containers? Hanging organizers, drawers and baskets clear up space to reveal a pop of purple paint from the closet. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Closet Transformation: Dead Space Becomes a Workstation
Double the storage capacity in your child's closet by adding another rod for clothing. With all the extra space, you can construct a workstation from MDF (medium density fiberboard) for homework and crafts. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Crouching Deer, Hidden Storage: Decoration With Function
Install kitchen cabinets in a child's room for ingenious storage. The insides can accommodate baskets full of toys and books, and the cabinet fronts can accommodate decorative decals, so it's not an eyesore. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Conquering Wasted Space: A Newborn's Classy Closet
A baby's closet is 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. Image Courtesy of The Container Store.
Controlling Chaos: A Tidy Teen Study Center
A teen's desire to express oneself with photos, notes 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. Image courtesy of PBTeen.com
Dresser Delight: Storage Fit for a Queen
Decorator Jeanne Benner of Morristown, N.J.-based Greenbaum Interiors creates a storage-filled fantasy room for this little girl. Because she is too young for a loft, Benner designs a bed with a dresser-drawer-filled base for storage. Find out more about these kids' rooms »
Triple Play: Three Beds in the Space of One
Designed by award-winning interior and furniture designer Patricia Davis Brown, this beachy bedroom thrives on smart use of space and small surprises.
High Society: A Sophisticated Loft Space
The idea of elevating a bed to gain storage below is nothing new, but in this bedroom, Patricia Davis Brown managed to incorporate a double dresser, a media center, a shelving system and a study space under one queen-size loft bed. Find out more about these kids' rooms »
Presto (Diaper) Change-O: The Disappearing Changing Table
Interior designer Patricia Davis Brown has an innovative changing table armoire, which stores powders, creams and wipes. However, it has a secret identity: It's also a chalkboard and play area for the older kids.
Tea for Two: Small Splashes of Storage (and Style)
Sometimes smart storage is small storage. In this shared bedroom decorated by L.A.-based interior designer Sarah Barnard, she creates "islands" of storage. Her favorite: the green tea table in the corner.
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. Find out more about these kids' rooms »
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 with adjustable shelving and a drawer unit.
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 for a sports-themed boys' bedroom.
Good Golly, Miss Dolly! Controlling Kid Collections
Maria Kapourelos, senior designer for Closets by Design's southeastern Pennsylvania location, designed shelves that hold this doll devotee's collection, but can also be used as the girl gets older. Find out more about these kids' rooms »