This is especially true in your children’s bedroom. This is because you not only have to think about the amount of storage you will need but also the type of storage. Our children’s bedrooms are probably one of the most important rooms in the house. As parents we want to create a wonderful space for them, a place where they can play and learn, but also (and most importantly) where they can wind down and get a good night sleep.
We live in a 2 bed Victorian terraced house, which inevitably means that our 2 boys share a room. At the moment they love sharing a bedroom because it means that they’re never alone and all of their toys are packed into the one room for easy access at all times, lol.
Buying something as simple as a bed can really be quite stressful, there are so many options and decisions to wrap your head around that you really need to do a bit of research to find out what best suits your personal needs.
For us it made sense to buy a set of bunk beds. Picking this option means that we can save some floor space and also it makes bed time a bit exciting. We got a really good deal on a set of white metal bunk beds and a pair of very good quality mattresses, so make sure you shop around to find the best deal for you.
The reason we decided on a set of white metal bunk beds* is because I felt that being made from metal they will withstand the boisterous antics of my two boys (I have often felt that the wooden frames don’t feel very sturdy). Thinking of creating an open and spacious feel in the room we picked white frames because they have a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and they really lighten up the room, giving the feeling of space.
I don’t think that we can ever have enough clothes storage. However, I have been able to be a bit creative in the boy’s bedrooms, which has really helped me to save some space. They have a fantastic built-in cupboard in their bedroom. However it doesn’t reach down to the floor which means that it doesn’t have a normal door. So I decided to use the cupboard to store both toys (mostly their ridiculously large jigsaw puzzle collection) and shoes. We have also fitted a bar in to turn it into a neat and compact wardrobe. As I mentioned earlier there wasn’t a door on the cupboard (and nobody wants to look at an open cupboard), so to tidy it all away and make it a feature in the bedroom I made a patchwork curtain. Adding soft fabrics and textures in a room will give a relaxing and pleasing atmosphere.
So having used the cupboard space to the maximum all we need for the boys clothes is a chest of drawers. This is obviously a necessity but it is also great to use the top for displaying the boy’s toys. This kindly leads me into the next subheading…
What child doesn’t have hundreds of toys?? It can be a real nightmare to try and find a home for each and every one.
Under-bed storage is a fantastic way to use space that would otherwise be doing nothing. We bought a few boxes from Ikea for only £4 each. I actually find Ikea to be a great place for children’s storage. Their designs are really fun so both parents and children can enjoy organising the bedroom.
We also have a medium sized square open unit from Ikea which we use as a book case. I really love this piece of furniture because it is only waist high it looks really lovely with their castle and ship toys set up on top. So it is another great item to use the surface as a toy display area.
Thinking outside of the box can really open up a whole new range of storage furniture options. For instance we are using a white low rise, slim-built TV unit from Ikea in their bedroom – can you tell we like Ikea? :-). It has two drawers which use the push to open system (which I think is great as it is two less handles to hurt themselves on so more peace of mind for me), and a couple of shelves. The depth of the unit is great because it is so slim it really takes up hardly any space at all and the height is fantastic too because it means that the boys can comfortably sit down and play with their toys. They have their favourite ‘Mike the Knight’ castle and the beloved ’Octopod*’ set up on top of the unit so they can sit and play for hours :-).
So there’s a few of the things that I have done to help make the boys bedroom a great little hideaway for not too much money.