Kids always seem to have a lot of stuff; even when you’ve finally talked them into cleaning their rooms, they always have a pile of miscellaneous items that don’t really have a place to live. Good luck convincing them to downsize because they’re convinced that everything they own is an essential possession, even if they haven’t seen some of them in months. Fortunately, there are ways you can maximise the space in even the smallest bedrooms, so there will soon be a place for all their toys and trinkets. Of course, most of this relies on them putting their things away in the first place, but that’s another story.
Expand the space
The first step will be to determine how much space you can create in the bedroom in first place before you start trying to maximise it. Whether you need to switch your kid to a bunk bed to increase the floor space, or install 4 column radiators from Only Radiators to clear up some wall space, you need to jump on every opportunity of increase any space in your child’s room. Once you know how much area you have to work with, you can start getting creative with your storage solutions.
Yours kids might be guilty of hiding some of their mess under the bed, so you might as well make good use of the space that’s there in the first place. Now you can buy the perfect storage beds to purposefully store some of your child’s belongings. They can come in any kind of design; you can get a classic bed with drawers underneath, a bunk bed with a desk and cupboards on the lower deck, or you can get a little more creative and use the headboard as a storage space for books. Lately, people have been getting more creative with their bedroom setup and are combining storage with sleeping space to open up the bedroom a little more, and give their kids some really cool beds. As long as they keep all your belongings in their designated space, your children won’t be short of space in their bedroom for a long time. If the storage in their bed is going to be mostly out of sight, then it might be better suited for items they don’t immediately need, such as extra blankets or bulky coats for winter, or you can keep their school clothes safe and clean during the summer.
When you have two kids sharing a room, it can always feel pretty cramped with twice the amount of stuff in the same room. Bunk beds are an excellent way to free up some space, and most of them also come with built-in storage at the bottom and along the sides. If you only have one child in a small bedroom, you can still make good use of the bunk bed; the upper bunk can be for sleeping, and the lower bunk works as a sofa where they can hang out with their friends during the day.
Use your wall space
If the floor has no space for storage, then it’s time to make good use of your more extensive wall space. There are so many amazing shelving ideas for your kid’s room so they can keep their books, toys, and various trinkets off the floor. Start installing shelves 12 inches below your ceiling (arguably the least used space in any bedroom) along the whole perimeter of the bedroom, and then add more going down as necessary. If you have two kids sharing a relatively small bedroom, but the ceiling is high enough, then you could try installing a mezzanine area above the beds to provide a cosy hang-out area that is unobstructed by bulky furniture. All they need is a ladder to reach their play platform.
Since not all the furniture has to be in constant use, then wouldn’t it make sense to be able to put it away. Say your child needs a desk in their room to do their homework, but they don’t need to use the desk once their homework is complete. You could free up a lot of floor space by installing a fold-down desk that practically disappears when you fold it back up against the wall. These desks come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Some even have built-in storage for your office supplies. They’re a great storage solution for your bedroom, if and when you work from home. All you need is a chair