Children’s room storage ideas – to create a neat, tidy and organised space

Save your child’s room from its growing heap of clutter with smart storage solutions
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  • Looking for ways to organise your child’s room? We’ve selected our favourite children’s room storage ideas to inspire your next decorating scheme.

    Planning a successful child’s bedroom scheme depends on plenty of forward-thinking. Good storage, multi-functional furniture that serves a child’s changing needs, and imaginative décor are all key. A balance between form and function will result in a hard-working layout that stands the test of time.

    As your children grow, their bedroom will need to accommodate a desk for study, and plenty of additional storage space for books and equipment. Shop for multi-functional pieces of furniture that incorporate desk space with plenty of hidden, but accessible, storage. Avoid ‘theming’ a room too much, instead opting to bring to life your child’s favourite designs and colours through bedlinen and soft accessories. Remember that simple storage items such as boxes, baskets, hooks, hangers and wall organisers will all help to create an efficient space that still has plenty of personality.

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    1.Turn floating shelves into a striking border

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    Create a striking wall feature that’s also a handy place to keep books and toys with a wall-to-wall picture ledge. Paint a simple zig-zag pattern in a favourite colour along the centre of the wall, then put several floating picture ledges next to each other, across your design. Children can easily store and display their favourite toys and books on the shelves, turning them into an ever-changing border.

    2. Create a dedicated space for creativity

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    As we encourage little ones to express themselves through art and crafts, we need to provide the perfect place for all the mess that goes with it. By creating a dedicated workstation it allows them to get creative but remain tidy at the same time. This smart storage solution is merely a painted panel with floating shelves mounted against it, to create a small but adequate desk area.

    Additional magnetic strips have been added to ensure all manner of metal objects can be safely stored off the floor.

    3. Add a splash of personality

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    Just because storage is functional doesn’t mean it has to be boring – especially in a child’s room. We’ve updated this pine IKEA storage unit with a few tester pots of paint. Simply use masking tape to section off the various areas you wish to paint and let your creativity run wild. It might even encourage a little one want to tidy up themselves, you never know.

    4. Explore the possibilities with multi-use hangers

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    Sometime the simplest of solutions is the best. In this child’s bedroom we used Komplemet multi-use hangers from IKEA to storage storage soft toys. Instead of the use intended, storage for scarves and ties, we’ve utilised the hanger for kids toys. Not only does it make perfect sense to provide extra storage space in an accessible cupboard, it’s also a great way to keep plush toys off the floor – ideal for hygiene purposes too.

    5. Use portable baskets for storing toys

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    Keep your child’s books or doll house toys together in easy to clean jelly baskets. They are perfect if your child’s play area sprawls into your living room and you need to be able to move them around to clean. They also come in handy when you’re packing you’re little one up for a trip to grandma’s and they can’t decide want book to take – why not take all of them?

    6. Place beloved toys on floating shelves

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    As your kids grow up there will be certain soft toys that they might not play with everyday, but still can’t bare to be parted from. Find a permanent home for their fuzzy friends by positioning them on top of a floating shelf. These style of shelves are perfect for storing all sorts of keepsakes, position them at staggered heights to create an eye-catching display.

    7. Hang canvas bags from a windowsill

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    Storage solutions don’t need to cost a fortune, if you are looking for a unique way to keep your kids toys in order but are a little short on funds have a go at this tote bag storage idea. Use any old canvas bags that you might have hanging around the house and cover them with a splash of fabric paint or screen print some letter to personalise them. Next attach some hooks into the underside of the windowsill and simply hang the filled bags from them.

    8. Add in plenty of wall storage

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    You can never have too much storage, and nowhere is this more true than in a kids’ bedroom or playroom. Team less-frequently accessed solutions, such as an under-bed basket, with easy-to-reach containers, baskets and peg rails so that everything can be cleared off the floor quickly and easily.

    9. Make use of wall storage

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    In a compact space, make the most of walls for storage. Wall-hung shelves or units will not take up floor space, leaving it available for playing. Open shelves will keep everything within easy reach and will make tidying a quick and easy task. Combine storage with display by using crates as wall-hung, box-style shelves. Each of these boxes has been painted to match a chest of drawers, creating an eye-catching practical feature space against a white backdrop. The boxes have been lined with a decorative paper and then filled with favourite toys and accessories, proudly visible but nice and neat. The tops of the crates create additional display shelves too. If you prefer a more streamlined look, incorporate wall cabinets so you can store toys and other bedroom paraphernalia behind closed doors. Look for shelves that feature hooks or peg rails for a little additional hanging space.

    10. Look for low-level storage

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    Make it easy for your child to play with and pack away their toys. Storage doesn’t have to be boring and bland. Get creative by painting each door in a different colour to stimulate the senses and provide an attractive display that you can change as often as you wish.

    11. Include under-bed storage

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    Ideally, look for beds with built-in storage. Divan beds will provide convenient drawers at a height perfect for little arms, and many feature sliding panels for easy accessibility that allow you to have a bedside table next to the bed. This also keeps you from having to drag out unwieldy storage systems. However, if the specific look of a divan bed does not fit into your chosen design, go for a bedstead that is high enough to stash small storage boxes underneath. Wicker baskets peeping through can keep a bedroom feeling rustic and homely. However, an overhanging piece of fabric in a soft, base complimentary colour as above can hide any cheap, basic but functional boxes you might buy.

    12. Add in moveable storage for versatility

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    Look for storage solutions that can be adapted as your child’s needs change. Adjustable shelving allows for different uses, from big blocks to DVDs to ring binders. Tidying their own room will be impossible if they can’t reach. Use higher storage for things like bedding that only you need access to.

    13. Think multi-purpose solutions

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    If you want more storage, but don’t have the wall space, look no further than under the bed. A bed with built-in storage drawers is a sensible choice – also opt for a bench with lift-up seats, or a play table with storage hidden underneath the tabletop.

    Check out our dedicated children’s room page for more ideas and inspiration

    Like these children’s room storage ideas? We hope they help to solve your children’s room storage dilemmas.

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