Special Rooms for Special Kids

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Special Rooms for Special Kids

Jacy Meyer · Oct 14, 2013

Interior of playroom.

For little people, kids sure do have a lot of stuff. But with clever thinking and the mantra of storage, storage, storage, you can create a child’s room in your apartment that you both will love.

Let’s look at the closet, first – it’s probably the most important space in the room. What else can be done with it? Move the clothes rod up and add a second one underneath. Can you get a thin vertical shelf in there? Lining that with shoes and either folded clothes or games and other toys puts them out of sight and you can still have two clothes rods. Also consider a shelf at the bottom for two rows of shoe storage.

Never neglect to look upward in any room you are decorating. A loft bed doesn’t only make a room look roomy; it actually makes it roomier too. Make sure you have a safety railing and sturdy ladder for the loft. With that floor space left free with the bed in the air you can either put a second bed, create a study space, or add at least one more wardrobe or other dedicated piece of storage furniture. Make sure it has doors to hide away the mess.

Shelves are a must in decorating any child’s room. They can store books, toys, photos and more. Make good use of the wall space, and if the shelved items aren’t ones that need to be gotten regularly, put them above the bed. Shelves can also go low to the floor – kids aren’t tall and putting a couple at their level will make sure they use them.

If a loft bed isn’t practical, go under instead of up (under the bed that is). Either purchase some large low storage bins or raise the bed and add some drawers under it. The bins are great for winter clothes storage and who couldn’t use a couple extra drawers for socks and t-shirts?

If there is a desk in the room, make sure you purchase at least one set of drawers that will fit underneath it. Dressers, shelves, wardrobes – they all come in so many widths and heights it won’t be difficult to fit everything in. Measure the room before going shopping and think about all the things that need to be stored somewhere. That will ensure you not only buy a piece that fits the room, but also fits your stuff. Designing and building (or having built) your own cabinet is even better – you get exactly the type and size of storage space you want. Typically it’s best to do closed shelves or drawers at the bottom and open shelves on the top. An alterative is to not put shelves in the top space but add doors and use it as a closet. And don’t forget the sides – install a couple hooks (put some on the back of the door as well) to take care of coats, shirts, towels and more.

Whatever your storage space, shelves, closet, cabinet – be sure to purchase some bins, preferably without lids, to keep toys, crafts and other miscellaneous items in. Designate each bin to hold one set of items, and be creative about it – use decal letters to label them with what should go in them (games, stuffed animals) or with children’s names to avoid possible arguments.

Two children in a small room doesn’t have to spell disaster. Can you divide the room in some way to give both children some privacy? A screen might take up valuable floor space, but if it makes for a more peaceful household, you can sacrifice. An enclosed shelving unit works great, or even an open one – both children can use their ‘side’ as they wish. You could also hang a curtain between the space – its gives privacy but isn’t permanent.

And don’t forget to make it fun! A coat of paint livens any room – even if it is just one wall. Alternatively, leave the walls alone and paint a dresser or desk your defining color. Don’t forget about decals – they come in many wonderful shapes and sizes so you can create a beautiful mural on either a wall or large wardrobe. If using a cabinet or book shelf as a room divider, wallpaper the back side to add a touch of color to the room.

Kids’ rooms must be versatile and flexible – young ones change so fast you want to create a space that can easily grow with them.

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