Top 10 DIY Solutions for Kids' Bedrooms Without Closets

Create or repurpose storage space

Contemporary London family apartment
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When you live in a small space, creativity is a must, especially when a new baby adds lots more clothing and clutter. Whether you have too little closet space or none at all, these clever DIY closet solutions offer the perfect workaround. Many are both chic and affordable.

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    Bookshelf Rehaul

    Bookshelf repurposed as a DIY nursery closet
    Project Nursery

    If you need a new closet on a small budget you can skip the expensive store-bought wardrobe and try this simple DIY.

    Start with a tall and sturdy bookshelf. Hit a few garage sales or comb through your local flea market for a bargain. Once you’ve found the perfect piece, remove the inner shelves and install a clothes rod kit. If your bookshelf is tall enough, consider doubling your little one’s closet space by installing a second rail. You could also choose to leave the bottom shelves in place, creating space for a few cute storage baskets. As with all tall furnishings, don’t forget to anchor your new wardrobe to the wall. 

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    Under-Shelf Rail

    Wall shelf doubles as a closet rack in kid's room
    Project Nursery

    A chic curtain rod mounted to the bottom of some inexpensive, industrial shelving creates a stylish storage solution with a modern, baby-boutique feel. Display shoes or store other accessories in attractive shelf-top boxes, adding the occasional decorative accessory to reinforce the clothes-as-décor concept. For an even bigger statement, organize that pint-sized apparel by color.

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    Tented Storage

    Wire storage with decorative circus-themed cover
    Simply Organized

    With a little know-how and a length of pretty material, you could easily recreate this charming circus-tent storage rack, formerly available from Crate&Kids. Simply purchase an inexpensive storage rack, and get sewing. You could even create an entire tented wardrobe using a cheap, portable closet frame.

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    Beaded Clothes Line

    No-slip beaded clothesline
    (1) Q En Bleu and (2) Paper Planes

    This clever clothesline prevents hanger slippage, ensuring clothes stay put instead of bunching up near the middle of the line. Create your own version using curtain hardware and store-bought crafting beads, or for a more simple approach, try draping a beaded garland across several ceiling hooks.

    If you’re going for a modern look, choose large beads of uniform size, shape, and color. For something a little more whimsical, use a drill to string up a set of vintage wooden building blocks. You can even opt for colorful wooden beads in assorted shapes for a playful look reminiscent of an old-fashioned, bead-push toy. ​

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    Ladder Rack

    Mounted ladder doubles as a DIY closet
    Living and Apartment Therapy

    Put your baby’s finest threads on display by creating a stylish one-of-a-kind ladder rack. Given a bright coat of paint, an old-fashioned, wooden ladder makes for a playful clothes rack that’s perfect for a nursery or kid’s room. Mount your ladder horizontally using heavy-duty shelf brackets, or stand it up against a wall (anchoring near the top) and hang those itty-bitty outfits from each individual step. Just be careful your little monkey doesn’t confuse your creation with playground equipment!

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    Steamer Trunk

    Steamer trunk DIY closet

    Have a little explorer with an unruly wardrobe? This kid-friendly, travel-themed closet may be just the ticket for keeping your little one’s adventure-themed room ready for action. Simply stand a large steamer trunk on its side, and install a clothes rail. Be sure to anchor the trunk to the wall to prevent accidents.

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    Curtain Wall Closet

    Curtains portion off a part of this bedroom creating a DIY closet space
    Lucy and Company

    If you have a large playroom with a serious lack of storage you can clear away the clutter with this simple —and beautiful — solution. Create a false wall by hanging wall-to-wall curtains from a ceiling-mounted track. Then install inexpensive industrial shelving to keep toys and games under control. 

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    Curtained Clothes Nook

    DIY closet nook

    While architectural features like nooks and slanted walls give a room character, they can also result in a lot of wasted space. Need some additional storage? Put that square footage to work! Use curtains to close off unused areas, creating an impromptu closet for clothes, toys, and anything else you’d prefer to keep out of site.  

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    Easy DIY Closet

    DIY bookshelf closet
    Apartment Therapy

    If you need a large, built-in closet this clever DIY may just be the next best thing. Purchase a tall and sturdy bookshelf. Place the bookshelf several feet away from and parallel to a wall. The unit should face outward, anchored to the adjacent wall by its side. Then install a clothing rail between the back of the bookshelf and the wall. Enclose your new closet with a curtain. 

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    Loft Bed With Wardrobe

    DIY closet space under loft bed
    Domino via ariannabelle

    A great space-saver, loft beds allow you to reclaim the square footage formerly occupied by the bed and put it to good use. Purchase or build a model with additional built-in storage, or use the extra space to create a luxurious walk-in.