18 Feb 2014

Storage Solutions for Kids Rooms

Over the weekend I decided to paint the boys' room, but, of course, I forgot that it was Family Day weekend here in Ontario and the paint store was closed both Sunday and Monday.  I'm hoping to hit the paint store today to try a new shade of white that I think will be the perfect white for our entire house. I'm starting in the boys' room first.  

If you follow me on instagram, you may have caught this video of Little Pilot helping me peel the paint off a door.  It's peeling off several doors and much of the trim in our house.  We hired pros to paint our house before we moved in almost 3 years ago, but either the paint failed or they didn't use the right primer paint combo and now I have a lot of paint to fix. NOT, fun!  So changing up the paint, quite naturally, has led into a whole room spruce up. 

One of the main things that I would like to achieve for their room is some smart storage solutions.  The challenge that I face are having two little boys worth of things in one tiny bedroom.  So today I have gathered a few inspirational images of storage solutions for children's rooms.  These are all Ikea products.  Ikea just seems to make sense.  They have so many customizable options at a really great price point.

First off is the Stuva.  This is the modular toy/clothes storage system and there are so many door options now that I'm really leaning towards including some in the boys' room.

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 Stuva unit made into a dollhouse:  via
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I really like the idea of using Ikea shelves for toy/clothing storage.  Here two Ekby Jarpen shelves have been used stacked to maximize the vertical space.

These look like Lack shelves with a rod mounted to the bottom for clothes storage.

This is a clever way to use Ikea kitchen cabinets for storage in a child's room.  I love the use of different door sizes to create interest.


Another option is to use Pax wardrobes.  Love that the doors are painted with chalkboard paint.

I like the simple white doors too and that Marimekko teepee. I die! I think my boys need another tent, ASAP.

Now to paint the room and sew some new curtains.  I've had the material for the curtains for some time now and have had them envisioned since the summer.  Maybe now I'll get around to making them. :)  
Have a happy Tuesday!

15 comments:

  1. I agree with you that IKEA just makes sense for storage and especially children's rooms. They've got so many different things that would work. All the furniture in our girls' rooms are IKEA. :) And yes that Marimekko teepee is to die for. I don't know if I would be able to use so much Marimekko fabric for a teepee though.

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    1. It would be hard to use so much Marimekko for a teepee since it would only be used for a short time, but I do love it. :)

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  2. This is all so you and so pretty! Can't wait to see the curtains and I love that Marimekko teepee too

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    1. I'm really hoping that I can finally find the time to sew the curtains. I've wanted them for the boys' room forever now. :)

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  3. I plan to use those wire shelves in my kids' shared room. I think they would be perfect for all the little nick knacks that are overtaking the house. Can you share your new white colour and what you didn't like about the current white??

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    1. The wire shelves are great for holding all the little things. My little guy really wants a spot to put all his airplanes on display. :)

      The new white that I am trying is Pratt and Lambert designer white. I tried several whites and this is the one that looked the most pure in most of our house. I decided to try another colour from what we have now which is benjamin moore cloud white since I found it really gave off a greenish cast on cloudy days and in the summer when our large trees give off a green colour. I'm hoping this colour will be the one. The boys room is a good place to try it out.

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  4. Ikea certainly knows how to do storage, doesn't it? Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. I agree! It must be those smaller spaces they have in Europe. I'm excited to attempt to tame all the little boy clutter. :)

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  5. These are all such great inspiration. The images are a bit more "modern" than I would normally go, but they are all wonderful and I love that there is so much storage space in each. We're consider PAX wardrobes for our barn renovation. They seem like a great way to store nearly everything. But I also think that the floating shelves+hanging bar could be a great solution for Henry's room. And have I have a couple of those shelves lying around.

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    1. I tend to lean toward more modern, but it's great that ikea has so many different door styles for their different storage systems. They can go anywhere from modern to traditional. I am so excited to watch your barn renovation.

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  6. I love these pictures great storage and none of the rooms look too babyish so your kids can grow into them. Good luck with the painting, hopefully you get time in the coming weeks!

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    1. I'm hoping to create a neutral base for the room that can grow with the boys. I was able to get some painting done today and hopefully will continue tomorrow unless I get to into watching the olympics. ;)

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  7. Lots of great storage ideas. I've got two kids in one small room too, and it is definitely a challenge to contain everything!

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    1. It's hard to understand how to little boys can have so many things! :)

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  8. Your style is so clean and bright. I love it.

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