A child’s room needs to be bright and cheerful, but safety is the primary factor that should be considered when designing the space. Besides ensuring that every element in the room is chosen and installed to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries, hygiene is a priority. Therefore, sufficient storage should be included so that toys, books and clothes can be neatly arranged to make everyday cleaning easier.
What should be on your checklist of things to consider for storage in your child’s bedroom? We have put together this article to help you to strike the balance between fun and functionality when organizing the space in your kid’s room.
In modern apartments and houses, the children’s room is often the smallest one in the house. That’s the reason you need to organize its layout to optimize space utilization. Assess the various functions that the room should serve. Of course, it needs a bed, but depending on the age of your child, it should also have a play zone, a study desk or an area for lounging, besides storage space for clothes, toys and books. When floor space is limited, go vertical, so that you can accommodate more into the tiny room.
It’s common to design the kid’s room to suit a theme, but keep in mind that it’s something that interests them so that they enjoy using it for a few years. Working with a professional interior designer can help you come up with innovative solutions for managing the space efficiently.
Like with any other room in the house, you need to assess the various things that need to be stored. A wardrobe is essential for organizing clothes and shoes. Additionally, based on your child’s interests, you should plan sufficient storage for books, toys and other items. A combination of open shelves, boxes and bins can be used to arrange everything.
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Multifunctional furniture is indispensable in small bedrooms. In a child’s room, you can find modular furniture that includes storage, or if you know a reliable carpenter, you can get it custom-made. Don’t forget that safety is important in a kid’s room, so you should avoid furniture with sharp corners that could hurt your child. Similarly, choose furniture that is sturdy, so that there is no risk of it toppling over when your child tries to reach for something from the top shelf. Since children outgrow their furniture and décor in a few years, it’s only natural that you look for affordable alternatives, but don’t invest in flimsy furniture that poses a safety risk in the room.
Don’t forget to consider the height of the storage when you choose the furniture as it should be easy for your kid to access. For a small child, open shelves or bins are a friendlier option than cupboards or drawers where they might accidentally hurt their tiny fingers.
In a child’s bedroom, in terms of accessibility, open shelves are the best option for storing books, but it will require daily maintenance to keep them dust-free as otherwise, it could affect your child’s health. A creative way to make cleaning easier is to arrange the books in boxes on drawers that can fit into the shelves.
Let’s face it, children’s interests change frequently, so you should arrange the room to make the current favourites accessible. For example, if your little boy’s latest craze is race cars, place his collection on an open shelf or within a box reserved for them so that they can be found easily. Toys or board games that aren’t likely to be accessed until a friend comes visiting, can be stored away inside the cupboard or even in pull-out drawers under the bed. The smaller the number of toys that are kept in the open, the easier it will be to clean and organize the space.
If your child has interests such as sports or music, then you will also need to make space to store gear, equipment and instruments. Reserve a corner where these can be arranged.
Until your child is old enough to understand the risk of accidentally swallowing tiny toys or plastic bolts from a construction set, it’s best to ensure that these toys are played with only under supervision. Place them on a high shelf inside the cupboard or in a cabinet that can be locked (and keep the key in a safe place, preferably in your room) so that there is no danger of these items being accessed without your knowledge.
Depending upon the age of your child, you will need to allocate an area in the room for school-related items. For a smaller child or a pre-schooler, probably nothing other than a school bag needs to be stored, so this can be hung up at the back of the door or stashed on a shelf in the cupboard. For an older child, you should plan for a desk in the room, at least a folding or pull-out one, if space is scarce. It’s easy to find modular units that combine the desk with open shelves, a cabinet and drawers, so that school supplies can be arranged neatly. Books can be kept on the shelves. Stationery items such as pens, pencils and paints can be stored in the drawers. The school bag can be kept inside a drawer or cabinet.
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Nowadays, gadgets are an unavoidable part of children’s lives. Whether it’s gaming-related or mobile devices, they will need to be stored when they aren’t being used. Additionally, these devices need to be charged and some of them need to be connected to the television with cables, so you should plan for a way to organize them to make the process easy, while also ensuring that nothing gets misplaced.
Remember that safety comes first! Ensure that all the electrical sockets in the room are either covered with a plug or a guard. This is vital if your child shares the room with a younger sibling who loves to explore. Wires and cables should not hang loose or restrict movement inside the room as this increases the risk of your child accidentally tripping over them and injuring himself. Store cables, wires and chargers in a drawer near the television so that they are easy to locate when they are needed.
When you plan the storage and layout, don’t forget to include elements of fun. Bright colours are essential, especially for a smaller child, so use them for the walls or furniture. For an older child, choosing a favourite colour is the best option. Remember to balance the colours with neutral or contrast shades so that a single colour doesn’t dominate the space. Another way to bring in a unique touch is to decorate the room in your child’s favourite theme, whether it’s a superhero or a cartoon character.
Get creative with the furniture. For example, a desk or wardrobe can have a play area incorporated in the upper level. Don’t forget to include pull out beds that can be used during sleepovers! Install a tent in a corner to let your child’s imagination run wild.
It’s not easy to include so many elements into a tiny room without the space appearing cluttered, so it’s advisable to work with an interior architect or designer who can bring your ideas to life.