Clever storage solutions for kids' rooms

Sep 16, 2010 at 12:59 a.m. ET

With kids comes a lot of "stuff." Sometimes the shear quantity of all the Legos, Barbies, stuffed animals, and dolls can be completely overwhelming. The trick to minimizing the mayhem is to combine a storage solution that is fabulous and functional.

Headboard storage

Check out a few clever suggestions for storage solutions for the kids' rooms.

1Table it

Instead of buying a desk, why not give your kids room to work by having a carpenter cut a piece of wood for the area, paint it, and hang it using wall brackets. The wood piece can be shaped to fit the size and style of the room and would have enough top space to house all of the necessary items every kid needs.

2Wall space

Not all storage solutions mean having something on the floor. Use the wall space and mount hooks with hanging baskets or bags that you can design yourself to fit those miscellaneous pieces.

3No whine

Purchase sturdy wine tubes (those fun wine gift boxes) and decorate them to match the color and style of the room. Wine tubes are perfect for holding fantastic works of art, school papers, letters, or other keepsakes.


Many of the latest decorating trends include the use of organic materials such as rope or twine. Use it for storage by hanging it across the wall, then use paper clips or good old fashioned clothespins to display awards, drawings, calendars, pictures, and anything else that you didn't have a place for before.

5Under the bed

No, not a monster, but rather a convenient place to tuck away all of those items that get played with the most. The advantage of putting things under the bed is that it is easily moved out of the way. Plastic storage containers can be found at most stores and come with lids and, sometimes, wheels.

6It's all in your head

Headboards are a great place to create more storage area. Look for headboards with built-in shelves or cubbies, or consider having some pockets sewn and hung onto the existing headboard. Books and magazines will finally have their place.

7Tooling around

Got a boy who loves trucks and construction? Maybe you don't need a nightstand from a furniture store, instead use a tool chest from your local home improvement store. Tool chests are extremely durable and usually come with many more storage options than a conventional nightstand or dresser.

Don't be afraid to think out of the box (literally) when it comes to finding more storage in your kid's room.

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