Today – 5 Simple Ways to Make the Most of Storage in a Childs Bedroom
Let’s be honest, kids have a lot of stuff and can make a lot of mess. This can not only look untidy but can be unsafe at times too (stand on a piece of Lego barefoot and you’ll know what I mean). So, functional storage that also looks good is key.
To help you master this when making over your little one’s bedroom, here are a few of my top tips:
Look Up and Try Hanging storage
Hanging mesh toy storage is always a winner in my book. Affordable and easy to attach using a ceiling hook, these compartmentalised, net-like sections are ideal for soft toys or balls and are easily accessible for your children but won’t take up valuable floor space. Hang one of these in the corner of a bedroom or in alcoves to make the most of even the smallest places.
Classic Shelves with a Modern Edge
You can’t go wrong with a basic shelf (assuming you hang them at an accessible height, of course). They’re strong, make items easy to retrieve and are relatively affordable to purchase.
I love a great floating shelf as you don’t have any ugly brackets on show. They look great above a desk or chest of drawers and are ideal for books or your child’s favourite toys that they want to display proudly.
Hack Existing Storage Items
Have you ever considered utilising hanging shoe organisers? No, not for your kid’s shoes (although this could also help)! One of my favourite storage hacks are to use these for storing small toys, stationary or any other little bits your child collects.
Whether you choose to keep Barbie dolls in them, colouring pencils or toy cars, shoe organisers are compartmentalised and easy to label up if needs be, plus these handy storage systems can be hidden from sight on the backs of doors or inside wardrobes or cupboards.
Choose a Bed Carefully
When purchasing a new bed for your child, a basic single bed may seem like the obvious choice. Well, it is one option, but if you’re looking to make the most of any available space and maximise storage, you may prefer a mid-sleeper instead.
Mid-sleepers come in a myriad of variations. They can have a pull-out desk, book shelving, cupboards, drawers or even a clothing rail underneath. So, whether you’re looking for more places to hide away toys or somewhere to neatly display their school books, there’s an option out there for you.
Top tip: Although most small mattresses will fit a mid-sleeper or bunk beds, for optimum safety opt for a thinner mattress of no more than 17cm in depth. This will ensure a safe sleeping height in relation to the guard rails and will keep any little wrigglers safe during the night.
Just Bin It
We mean this in both senses of the word. Sometimes you simply have too much stuff and a good clear-out is needed before you can get organised. I always use the rule that if they haven’t played with it in a year, it’s probably time to give it to our local charity shop.
Then, once you’re organised, consider purchasing some brightly coloured storage bins. These can easily slide in and out of a cube storage system and this can be a simple way of adding a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral room. If you can find some on wheels even better!
Joy Richards is a mum of three and Sleep Specialist at Happy Beds – one of the fastest growing bed manufacturers and retailers in Britain.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips for improving storage in a childs bedroom. Don’t forget to check out our other home and lifestyle posts for more great tips.