For such small people, kids require a lot of room. Their clothes stockpile because they grow out of them so quickly, their toys seemingly occupy every room in the house, and their energy can send them hurtling through whatever private or public spaces they happen to be in.
So, how do you contain all of that matter and energy when your child’s bedroom is one of the smallest rooms in your home?
We have three tips that will help.
Rethink the Space to Find Creative Opportunities for Storage
As with any small bedroom, space is often just a question of imagination. Every nook and every corner can be maximized with floating shelves, Emily McWilliams writes at Diply. “Don’t feel that you are just limited to shelves and furniture when it comes to organization,” she says.
“Tension and shower rods are unexpected organizing tools that can also look really chic. Use them, along with wire baskets, to hold every last accessory.” (Or toys, in this case.)
Here are a couple of DIY storage projects you could tackle in a weekend:
- Blogger Irene Hoofs has some photos of an apartment in Germany that gets creative with its space. Most notable are the cabinets that form a half perimeter around the room. The larger cabinets also serve as the bed platform for older children.
- If the bed can’t elevate or go anywhere, then have a look at this storage-friendly headboard project from Lowe’s. They have a step-by-step tutorial for building the headboard.
Don’t forget to stress the importance of tidiness to your kids. All the storage in the world won’t do you any good if the room stays messy. If tidiness is a sticking point with your family, check out the printable checklist Amber Edwards at Busy Creating Memories has put together. It helps kids and parents organize cleaning projects into a simple plan of action, and it serves as a great way to reinforce the lessons you teach about cleanliness.
Try These Design Tricks to Make the Room Feel Bigger
If your child’s room is beginning to get claustrophobically small, there are a few things you can do to make it feel bigger:
- Add a wall feature. “There’s something depressing about an unloved boxroom with zero personality,” Cheryl Freedman writes at Houzz. “Painting all four walls the same colour can exaggerate the boxy feel, so instead, create a focal point by adding a wall of luxe paper, textured cladding or, as here, an interesting paint effect.” If you have three white walls, Freedman suggests painting one of them a darker shade to create a depth of field.
- Let in plenty of natural light. “Small rooms can often be made to look more spacious through natural lights,” Melina Divani writes at Decoholic. “Always go for lighter curtains and blinds. You can also use artificial light for the same effect.”
- Try wallpaper with strong striped lines. Vertical lines make the room appear taller, which is nice if the ceiling is low. And while horizontal lines might not be flattering on some of us, they do create the sense of motion in a room. Sarah Stewart at the Life on Virginia Street blog gave her guest bedroom a makeover when she moved in, and the grey and white stripes she added really helped open up what was previously a stuffy space. A more recent makeover brought in some new furniture and contrasting colors to give it even more depth.
Get Creative to Make the Room Feel Cozy and Special
Even with a small room, you can clearly define storage, play and sleeping areas. Once you start thinking vertically, you’ll find some interesting ways to define those boundaries.
Take, for instance, the hanging canopies featured on the Petit and Small blog. These not only define a sleeping area or a cozy nook, but they add strong vertical lines that make the room feel taller.
If you’re a particularly skilled builder, there are ways to create little spaces in a child’s room where their imaginations can flourish. Two inspirational examples are the DIY cabin bed Jen Woodhouse at The House of Wood features on her blog (there’s a tutorial, too) and the over-the-bed nest (or indoor treehouse?) featured at Contemporist.
You can mix and match any of the ideas above to maximize the play, sleeping and storage space in your child’s bedroom.
And if you still need a little more room to store outgrown clothes, seasonal gear or anything else your kids have, Extra Space Storage has you covered.