Fabulous and Functional Kids Rooms
This French-inspired girl's room has mirrored armoires and a built-in window desk to keep clutter off the floor. It's a grown-up look with a whimsical twist.
Built-in cabinets, shelves and cubbies house stuffed animals, art supplies and toys in this little girl's room. When she grows up, the same storage will come in handy for shoes, bags and school supplies.
Designer Abbey Francis, ASID, of Sassy Sprouts LLC, designed this nursery based on the mother's childhood love of frogs. The toy chest, a hand-me-down, adds handy storage while coordinating with the room. It was hand-painted to match the murals on the wall. Photo by Mary Kay Gaydos.
Share space with the kids without letting their toys take over. Floor-to-ceiling drapery panels divide play space from adult space, hiding the shelves and cubbies packed with toys in this living room. It's - literally - curtains for the clutter.
Be friendly to the environment. This well-organized nursery incorporates zero-VOC paint, a natural hardwood dresser and crib, 100 percent organic cotton bedding and recycled tiles from Flor. Designed by Abbey Francis, ASID, of Sassy Sprouts, LLC. Photo by Anne Matheis.
Incorporate storage into room themes. A pegboard over a painted lighthouse holds coats, blankets and other baby necessities in this nautical-themed nursery. Bonus: Three mini-lighthouse bulbs serve as a nightlight.
Divide the space with portable storage closets. For teens almost ready to leave the nest, create the "real world" with separate living and sleeping areas in their space. Plus, they can take the storage with them when they (eventually) move out.
Think ahead with multi-function furniture. This nursery has plenty of storage in a chest, a bookshelf and window benches, but there's room for growth, too: Remove the crib and changing table for an instant big-kid room.
Take off the closet door for easy access. Replacing a door with a cornice and curtain gives kids an incentive to stay organized, because they can see where to put clothes and toys away. In this feminine room, a fluffy curtain can conceal clutter when necessary.
Create separate and communal areas to contain clutter between siblings. Designed for two sisters, this space has room for separate beds, as well as an activity center to share in the middle. A toy box and table and chairs encourage sharing and play.
Bay windows are just asking for bench storage. This frilly girl's room has a built-in bench seat with storage on either side for books and toys, plus more storage underneath for less-used items, like seasonal clothing.