Vail Daily home feature: Toys + tots
Small spaces can seem even smaller when they are filled with lots of toys, so integrated storage becomes the key for kids’ rooms.
“In these designs, we work with smaller spaces and utilize any availability for storage,” explains Slifer Designs interior designer Frances Karsh, referring to the rooms in the photos. “This lends itself to storage under beds and built-in beds to maximize storage space.”
For these boy and girl rooms, Karsh included creative layouts of open shelves so that storage could double as fun, focal points.
The pieces in these rooms were custom designed to fit the spaces perfectly, she explains, and thus maximizing storage.
“As a parent of two small children — one infant and a two-and-a-half year old — I am now realizing how important storage is,” she said. “Children have so many things, not just toys — diapers, changing areas, play mats, etc.”
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And then there’s the extra et cetera, such as fans and humidifiers, which may be both cumbersome and necessary.
“It is so helpful to have a place for each item to keep organized,” Karsh said.
TIME FOR ‘CLEAN UP’
A lot of kids’ furniture vendors design with this in mind, creating hidden compartments in pieces, storage ottomans that double as tables, art tables with storage and bunk beds for space efficiency.
“For me, I have taken inventory of my children’s needs — adding shelves and drawers in closets and baskets on shelves to keep things organized,” Karsh said. “I have also purchased some fun storage ottomans and large colorful buckets for last-minute storage.”
Make sure large furniture pieces, such as chests and bookshelves, can be fastened to the wall so they can’t tip over when weight is added.
“Also, if the storage is easy and safe for the child to access that is helpful,” she adds. “That way they can participate in ‘clean up.’”