A lot of times kids’ bedrooms are a challenge to accommodate all of their toys and furniture, especially if multiple kids are sharing the same bedroom. However, floor space is precious to children. The floor is where they play, and build their trains, Lego towers, and Barbie castles. So it’s important to try and make the most of the floor space to ensure hours of fun! In this post, I discuss 5 Easy Hacks For Small Kid’s Rooms
As a mom of 3 boys, my kid’s rooms were filled with an overflow of stuffed animals, large toy trucks, cars, and hot wheels ramps all of which take up a lot of space. That is until I figured out a few tricks and practices that are simple, effective, and low-cost. Here are 5 easy hacks that anyone can implement to maximize space in small kids’ rooms.
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1. Utilize the Wall
Go vertical! There is more square footage on the wall space than there is on the floor so it makes sense to put it to work! My newborn son’s room was on the small side and I had to get a little creative with what we had. Here are a few ideas on how to use all that wall space.
- Floating Book Shelves – A bookshelf can be costly and take up a TON of space in a room. Opt for some floating bookshelves to counteract that and create a more full and dynamic-looking room design.
- Stuff Animal Net – Kids collect a ton of comfort item stuffies from holidays, zoo trips, birthdays, to that random trip to the store, etc. A simple wall net is one way to store those stuffed animals off the ground. Off-topic from the net, but I have also seen where someone used a 3 tier plant hanger in the corner of the room that was holding stuffed animals. That looked cute!
- Floating Cubbies – Just like the bookshelves floating cubbies take objects off the ground and provide a function to the area. You can store anything you want from toys, shoes, bows, purses, the list goes on!
Also to make the room appear visually larger, paint the walls a neutral color. And if you want to wallpaper, create an accent wall instead of putting it on every wall which can close in a space.
**Tip** If you already have a large old bookshelf that is taking up space and you are a bit on the handy side, take it apart and make the bookshelf into floating cubbies or shelves to further save costs!
2. Multi Functional Items
With every piece of furniture in your kid’s room, think of a way to make it multifunctional. In a small space, you must look for opportunities. One of my favorite dual-purpose items is a stuffed animal storage bean bag chair (shown above). My son has a ton of stuffed lovies that would easily take over his floor space. Once I found this nifty item, that’s a thing of the past and the stuffed animals act as the stuffing to a new bean bag chair your little one can use!
Also, things such as a nightstand with shelves or drawers come in handy. There are a lot of toys as well that offer multifunctional uses. In addition, if you need a bunk bed, look for one that has storage built into it. Anything that has added storage or practicality; go for it!
3. Regularly Clean Out/Donate Toys
It can be tuff to throw out or donate some of your kid’s toys. I know for me I have to set aside a whole day dedicated to this task alone, but it is necessary and well worth your sanity in the long run. If your child hasn’t played with a toy in a hot minute, they will most likely not even notice it’s gone. Be sure to do this clean-out when they are in daycare or taking a nice long nap! The moment they see something going out the door, all of the sudden it’s their most coveted toy.
I will say that there can be exceptions to this. If your child has an attachment to something and they see it as sentimental, keep it around. Do this as well if there is a toy that even you find to be very sentimental with positive memories of you and your child playing together with it.
The best time to do these cleanouts are before big gift-giving holidays/occasions such as Christmas and birthdays. We all know these are special occasions with an influx of new toys that come about so we must make room for the new or it can get out of hand very quickly. If toys are broken or missing vital pieces, throw them out.
However, if they are in good condition donate them to a shelter, a thrift store, or a store such as Twice as Nice where they will buy your gently used toys from you. This insures the toys go to good use by other kids that will cherish them!
If your child is okay with the clean-out process, let them help! Have them learn how good it feels to give back to other kids and learn how to let go and declutter. All of these lessons can be of great value to them.
4. Closet Door
If you have a small closet, put the closet door to use as well! There are so many great options (like those listed above) for door hangers now that they are not just for hanging shoes anymore. They are a great way to store toys, small stuffed animals, hair bows/accessories, and baby care products while putting them on a nice, organized display.
I run across so many little items in my son’s room that doesn’t always have a place. It can also be good to use to store those miscellaneous objects as well. And at under $20, you might as well put one in every closet!
Also, depending on how their closet is structured and how deep it is, removing the closet doors could add an illusion of a larger space. This can make a big difference visually. Just add some shelves to the closet wall and voila! You can organize it with storage bins and boxes and display favorite stuffed animals on it so it doesn’t look like cluttered chaos.
5. Make the Most of Their Bedding
Bedding can traditionally take up the most space in bedrooms. Luckily, there are several ways to make the bedding work with you, not against you. Some options include:
- A Loft Bed – These sit much higher creating more space underneath them. The space under the bed can be used as a reading den or even a desk area.
- Bunk Bed with Storage – A bunk bed has been a popular space-saving staple for decades! They now have several options for bunk beds with added storage attachments
- Storage Containers – If you have a single bed or even a bunk bed that has some height off the ground, buy some storage containers for under the bed. It’s an easy way to conceal more accessories, blankets, shoes, toys, etc. Also, a bedside caddy is a perfect way for your little one to keep track of their favorite stuffed animal and book for easy access at bedtime.