Budget-Friendly Kid's Storage Ideas

Inexpensive Storage for Kid's Rooms

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Finding workable, quality storage for a kid's room can be a challenge, but it's never too early to start good organizational habits in your children. Kid's room storage must be sturdy and functional, but also good looking and easy for little hands to use.

I know you may be tempted to skimp on kid's storage - on the amount and on the quality - because the good stuff tends to be more expensive. This is one area where you need to plan for the future.

Certain ages need less storage than others, but you can never have too much of a good thing. Choose classic styles in durable materials that will adapt to your ever-growing family.

The main problem I run into when decorating children's rooms and playrooms is that most kids have too many toys. Your child is growing rapidly, and clearing out is absolutely necessary - about every 6 months when your child is young, once a year with older children and teens. If you can’t stand to get rid of something and you have the storage space, rotating toys may be a good option.

When shopping for playroom storage solutions, remember the keep-it-simple rule. Too many colors, buckets and bins are overwhelming for everyone, and it also makes it harder to keep everything organized.

Kid's Storage Tips & Ideas

  • Soft bins tend to work better than buckets or baskets, and won't cause injury. Just make sure the baskets are stable enough to hold their shape when full.
  • Inexpensive and adorable kid storage solutions abound, but this is the one area you shouldn't go super cheap. Look for classic designs and good quality that will still work into the teenage years.
  • Labeling is essential, and can help your young child with reading skills. Avoid labeling systems that will be permanent. You will probably want to reorganize as your child's needs change, and though stenciled lettering is cute, it isn't easy to change.
  • Not ever hole has to be filled with a cubby. Reserve some space for open storage for books, model airplanes, dolls and Lego cities to be displayed.
  • Backs of doors and sides of bookcases are excellent spots for additional storage. Hook or knobs make great places for bins or other items to hang. Hanging wall pockets also work well in this small space.
  • Don't forget the ceiling! Ceiling hooks or hanging storage is a fun way to sneak in storage. Just make sure your child can safely reach his things.
  • Install a cornice shelf the length of a wall about 14-inches from ceiling height, or install wooden valance shelves over windows. These can be great places to store stuffed animals or model airplanes.
  • Play it safe. All shelves, dressers and other furniture should be attached to the wall with safety brackets.
  • If you would like to add a desk to your child's room, reconsider. I know a desk may seem like great storage solution, especially for all those arts and craft goodies, but I've found that a desk invites clutter. A play table set beside hidden storage like cubbies or bins works best.
  • Create a headboard that doubles as storage. Mount wall shelves over your child's bed (leave enough room for your child to sit up and read in bed) or convert an inexpensive bookshelf into a headboard.
  • Underbed storage is a great place to stash small toys or out-of-season clothing. For older children, a raised or loft-style bed works well and gives you space underneath for shelves or a study or play area.
  • Curtains are inexpensive to purchase or make and can be used to create "walls" or hide cluttered shelving or storage areas.
  • Maximize storage by choosing furniture that does double-duty. Along with headboards, choose seating such as ottomans or benches with hidden storage. Create a craft table that has two bookcases instead of legs. Get creative, and storage will abound!