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.
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.
8 Small-Space Solutions for Shared Kids’ RoomsKeeping Homework at Bay
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.
8 Small-Space Solutions for Shared Kids’ RoomsReimagining Space
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.
8 Small-Space Solutions for Shared Kids’ RoomsConvertible Space That’s on a Roll
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.
8 Small-Space Solutions for Shared Kids’ RoomsA Peek-a-Boo Desk
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.
8 Small-Space Solutions for Shared Kids’ RoomsStacking Your Deck
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.
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8 Small-Space Solutions for Shared Kids’ RoomsTake Advantage of Wall Space
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.