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8 Small-Space Solutions for Shared Kids’ Rooms

If your brood is growing but your house isn’t, try these 8 ideas for shared kids’ rooms that’ll give your wild bunch space for storage, sleeping, and playing.

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Taking Advantage of Corners

When it comes to finding an extra bit of storage space in a kids’ room for two or more, look to your corners. Corner shelving units (about $80) take advantage of that valuable nook so you can stuff more stuff in its proper place. Look for shelving brands that include corner units as part of their line so all the shelving fits together.


Credit: Grace Hilton Interior Design/Cezanne Gilbert, photographer

Image: Grace Hilton Interior Design/Cezanne Gilbert, photographer
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  • When it comes to finding an extra bit of storage space in a kids’ room for two or more, look to your corners. Corner shelving units (about $80) take advantage of that valuable nook so you can stuff more stuff in its proper place. Look for shelving brands that include corner units as part of their line so all the shelving fits together.


    Credit: Grace Hilton Interior Design/Cezanne Gilbert, photographer

  • When two kids share the same room, equity brings harmony (or helps, anyway). This big closet is set up with duplicate shelving configurations so that each child has an identical storage solution behind their own closet door.

     

    Credit: Mona Ives, Owner/Principal Designer, Stylish Spaces LLC

  • Bump-outs and other kinds of alcoves are perfect for window seat storage and desks. This side-by-side desk set fits neatly into the curved opening of a bay window. There’s lots of room to do homework and projects, but the desks are out of the way. Using stock desk drawer units and a painted, plywood top, a DIYer can build this set-up for $300-$400.


    Credit: Ongap/Bigstock

  • Converting a small sitting area in this older, turn-of-the-century home created a bedroom nook that adjoins the larger bedroom. The two kids share the work and play spaces, but each feels a sense of individuality and privacy. Painting each area a different wall color helps each kid feel ownership of their space.


    Credit: Jessica Gale/Flickr

  • These twin beds feature rollers and wall-mounted sliding tracks so that the beds can be separated for sleeping, or stacked on either side of the room to open up floor space. A floor-to-ceiling window lets in lots of light that helps the small room feel spacious.


    Credit: MarianiPlus

  • This now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t desk is mounted on casters and glides under the bed frame to open up floor space for games. A large open shelf under the work surface lets you easily stash all the desktop paraphernalia.


    Credit: MarianiPlus

  • Four in one room? Built-in, stacked bunk beds in perpendicular configuration give everyone their own unique sleeping alcove yet leave floor space open for activities. The bottom bunks feature room below for additional storage.


    Credit: GAP Interiors/Tria Giovan

  • Open shelves for storing knickknacks and memorabilia are one of the least expensive storage options available. A prefinished, 3-by-1-foot shelf is about $10 at home improvement centers. Add a pair of decorative brackets in various styles and colors for another $10.


    Credit: PourToujours blog

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