Not sure what to do with that heap of stuffed animals and all those children’s books you’ve got lying around? These savvy storage ideas will keep your kids’ toys contained (and proudly on display) in the most stylish way possible.
As an alternative to linear shelving, go for hexagon, like Angela Liddon did in her son’s safari-themed nursery. The vegan blogger behind Oh She Glows tapped Land of Nod for these honeycomb shelves, which can be rearranged to suit your needs. We love how she decorated them with a fun mix of animal figurines and bright books.
A pile of plush stuffies is kept nice and neat in this DIY pom-pom basket by Angela Liddon. Even a novice DIYer can master this easy-peasy project!
On the Bench
Bench seating is a boon for small spaces like kids’ rooms because it doubles as a spot to stash stuff and a place to rest little bums. Striking stripes lend elegance and plushness to this bold bench designed by Sarah Richardson – and it matches the wild ceiling treatment.
Raise bookish kids with this popular, inexpensive idea. Picture ledges will let you and your mini-me enjoy artful book fronts instead of staring at the spines – especially since #TotLife is all about the imagery. Check out the rest of this sweet girl’s nursery, designed by Toronto’s Alana Firestone.
Subtle and sweet, this is the same nursery by interior designer Alana Firestone. As if the creamy vanilla room wasn’t adorable enough, Alana upped the ante by creating a double diorama to showcase childhood curios. These vintage-vibed display boxes are from Restoration Hardware, but you can snoop around for less expensive ones.
An awkward roofline needs a custom solution, which is exactly how the Love it or List it Vancouver team tackled this toddler’s space. Open shelving is perfect for displaying items, but if your kid is like most, you may want to opt for lots of doors to conceal the clutter. Add bold paint behind the unit to really make it pop.
The nice thing about a kid’s room is that you can go wacky with colour and objects, and somehow it still feels right. Case in point: this whimsical mashup of curated children’s toys and books displayed on vibrant green shelves by interior stylist Stacey Lipstein (a.k.a. Tiny House Mama). Here’s a look at the designer’s heritage bungalow.
Toronto artist and photographer Catherine Cachia created a shelving solution for her DIY nursery in this delightful semi. The peacock chair (one in mini, no less!) and refinished green dresser are super cute. The charming hanging catch-all was made using two pieces of rope to suspend a clothing rod. Could those teeny outfits look more adorable?
This chic boy’s room features a storage bed to keep clutter at bay. Designed by Marcus Design Inc. (tour the entire pattern-happy home here) the space is full of lively design ideas. A classic Hudson’s Bay point blanket is a sophisticated touch, and ditto the artwork from Anewall; the designer added black frames and painted the corners to look like brass – campaign-furniture alert!
Easy Does It
No need to get complicated with storage. In this coastal-inspired home, open shelving is perfectly aligned with the dresser (and matches in hue). Neat, tidy and easy! Now fill it up with cute accessories and you’re good to go.
Kids have the best stuff, so why not showcase them? We like what Toronto photographer Rachel Simpson did in her one-of-a-kind home. Notice all of the cute accessories in her son Oliver’s room that deserve to be displayed.
If loud, packed kids’ rooms leave you dizzy, go for a carefully curated space. The storage solution in this zen-like row house features a clean white-and-oak bookshelf that matches the minimalistic vibe the homeowners were after. Keep the walls white, and be judicious with colour!
Sometimes the easiest ideas are best – like a simple box adorned with pom-poms and fabric. This crafty pine crate comes care of Croatia’s Maglla (they have tons of adorable storage solutions). The wooden boxes can be made with or without wheels, hand-painted with white matte acrylic paint and all manner of fleece additions.
Storage in the House
Style alert: these sleek two-toned storage bags featuring a house motif are for design connoisseurs who want to inject a modern vibe into their kids’ room. Made of organic cotton canvas, the house-shaped catch-alls from Ella + Elliot are ideal for storing toys and clothes, or even as laundry bags. They’re fully lined, heavyweight and feature a drawstring roof and sweet single key detail.