Children’s bedrooms are notoriously messy places. Why? Because they have so much stuff! From tonnes of toys to books and teddies, our little ones have a lot to pack into such a small space. But how can we make the most of the room they do have? Here are our best storage solutions and space saving tips.
Under bed storage
Make use of space that would otherwise be vacant by adding storage boxes under the bed. This is a fantastic way to store boxy items like board games or tubs of building blocks which would take up valuable space elsewhere. The low level means it’s accessible for children of any age, so you won’t have to worry about them hurting themselves trying to reach high shelves. It also means they won’t have an excuse not to do the tidying up!
Alternatively, cabin beds are an effective way to incorporate storage with sleep space. These beds come in all different designs to suit your child’s needs and age. With shelving, drawers, desks and cupboards, they combine sleep, work and play all in one space leaving the rest of the room free. This is the perfect solution for a room lacking space.
Space saving toy chest
Instead of having a traditional toy chest for your child’s room, why not upcycle an old chest of drawers? This will take up the same amount of floor space but has more height. Decorate this using paint, wallpaper or stencils to complement your child’s bedroom and appeal to their tastes. You could also add removable furniture stickers of your child’s favourite characters to make them engage with the chest as a personal item of theirs. They’ll love storing their things inside and tidying them away after playing.
Dressing up rail
Make a feature out of your child’s dressing up costumes by displaying them on a rail. Not only will this look great, but it will also create more floor space within the room, unlike a big dressing-up chest. If you want to raise this off the floor completely, attach an upside-down spice rack to the wall. You can use the rail for hanging costumes while the bottom of the rack will act as a shelf. This is where you can keep all their accessories to complete the look. Place a mirror on the wall beside it and voila! A complete dressing up station that is extremely space saving.
If your child’s bedroom is too small for a full bookcase or you think having a large shelving unit might overpower the room, use a space saving storage trolley instead. The RÅSKOG one from IKEA is perfect as it has wheels meaning your child can move it around the room whenever they need it. It is also narrow so you can fit it into tight spaces which would usually go unused. As the unit is movable, it won’t look out of place if it’s not pushed right up against the wall. Therefore, you can put it next to a desk or near the bed for easy bedtime reading access.
Get your child to organise their books in different sections, perhaps in order of which books they would most like to read next. This will help them to keep the trolley tidy and will also encourage them to read more. If you’re looking for the perfect books to go in your child’s reading trolley, check out our Bedtime Story Finder!
What are your best space-saving tips for children’s bedrooms? Let us know in the comments!