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Kids bedroom storage solutions

Updated on August 15, 2011

Space saving ideas for kids bedrooms

Children are notoriously famed for being extremely messy creatures who seem to leave a trail of destruction as they move from room to room. You would have thought that girls would be tidier than boys - not the case. My 10 year old daughter Lyndsey seems to make a career of making the house impossible to keep tidy. Toys littered everywhere, drawers pulled out and heaps of craft stuff covering the entire carpet. I had a week off work last week and decided that if I made her room pretty then there would be a chance that she would keep it tidy and thus decrease my stress levels.

Armed with pink paint which she had chosen, we painted the walls. Since it was during the school holidays, Lyndsey decided that she would "help" me. Four hours later, the walls had been given their second coat and was looking good. She slept in the spare room that night while I stayed up and glossed the paintwork a brilliant white. The room was looking bright and fresh. With storage in mind, and a limited budget we went into town to shop for some items for her newly transformed bedroom.

Small room ideas

Lyndsey is 10 going on 16, so it was time for a new bed which was a bit more grown up for her. We both agreed on a daybed which would mean it would resemble a sofa and could be dressed up with scatter cushions by day and voila - a bed by night! There was space underneath the bed which could be used for storage boxes to house her various crafting treasures.

A simple lick of paint can transform a room.
A simple lick of paint can transform a room.

Toy storage solutions

There are so many different toy storage options on the market from toy chests to stackable boxes, it was difficult to choose. Eventually we decided on four rectangular storage boxes with lids that would easily fit under her daybed, meaning that her toys, games etc could be neatly stored underneath and out of sight, yet convenient to get at when required.

Space Saving Tips

When space is of a premium, it is essential to make the most of the room by organising it to the best possible use. These are just a few ideas:

  • Maximise the room in the wardrobe by using a shoe rack to store lots of shoes on different levels. It makes it easier for the children to choose their footwear without completely trashing the place!
  • Over door hangers are ideal for them to hang their jackets or dressing gowns on which is perfect for keeping them off the floor.
  • Slimline bookcases are a great way for them to store all their books and can be easily found.
  • Shelving units help to store their teddies, toys and treasured possessions.
  • Trendy wall lights eliminate the need for a table.
  • If space is tight, then why not invest in a pull down laptop table. They can sit at this while either surfing the net or doing their homework.
  • Drawer dividers keep their socks etc organised which minimises the mess.
  • A self adhesive safety mirror can easily be mounted onto a wardrobe door if wall space is limited. Not only does it create the impression that the room is larger than it is, but children also have a full length mirror to check themselves in and practice all the latest moves!


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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ Sinea Pies - Storage boxes have made a huge difference. The day bed opens up the small room more and gives her much more space. She loves spending time in her bedroom now. Thank you for your comment.

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Great organizing ideas. Love the pinks and reds in her room. Just beautiful.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Hi ktrapp - Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it. love the idea of the cube, sounds perfect. I haven't seen them but will certainly check them out. Thank you for sharing your idea.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Hi randomcreative - Thanks for reading. She loves her room, infact she sits in there now to read or watch tv at night. She loves her bed/settee.

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      I think the idea of a daybed is really nice since it serves 2 purposes, and I guess having items that serve multiple purposes is a great way to save space. Have you seen those cube-shaped, cushioned ottomans? They open for storage but can also be used for seating. They would be really nice in any kid's room.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Yay! I hope that she continues to enjoy it. Thanks for the space saving tips.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Thank you RTalloni. She is pleased with her room and has kept it tidy so far. Yay! Long may it continue.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Such a nice, happy redo for your daughter with great storage tips. :)