Erin Marshall of Live Pretty on a Penny says, "Being organized is key when you live a leasing-lifestyle. Turn to space-saving and unconventional items that are beautiful and functional to effectively store and organize items." Here, this kid's room combines narrow shelves and picture shelves around a bench for ample toy and book storage.
A multifunction storage can keep your family room from looking like a playroom and for families with lots of kids, that’s borderline magical! Group several around a table to save space. NOTE- If you have small kids, opt for ottomans with soft close hinges so no little fingers get pinched.
To create flexibility in the children's area, a sliding door subdivides the space for nighttime and nap time, creating two separate bedroom spaces, each with its own entrance. During the day, though, parents can keep the space open, creating a great big playroom for the kids.
In this contemporary playroom, an orange table, colorful wall art and assortment of toys pop against the neutral black-and-white buffalo check rug, which is actually a machine-washable rug from the online company called Ruggable.
Create a kid zone where little ones can congregate, giving adults a little breathing room. When playtime is up, the storage cubbies or shelves will encourage kids to keep their toys or art supplies nice and tidy (and off the family room floor).
Let’s face it, kids aren’t all that great at hanging things up on hangers, but they CAN handle a basic wall hook. Install a few at their level to help them wrangle dress up clothes, art smocks or jackets.
Make it super-easy for kids to keep toys put away and organized with inexpensive mesh laundry bags. Hung at kid-height for easy access, they’re perfect for small items like building blocks and games with multiple pieces. BONUS- Kids can see inside the bag without opening it!
If kids are on the guest list, a few simple activities should keep them busy. Try setting up a kids-only area with board games, coloring pages and snacks — though don't be surprised if you catch a few adults getting in on the fun!
Erin’s mastery of neutral tones is evident throughout her home, but when it comes to spaces for her son, Henry, she embraces color in a whole new way. The deep blue wallpaper in Henry’s bedroom creates a colorful backdrop against which everything else pops. Matching patterns on the lampshade and window shade and the brilliant pattern of the bright red rug create a visually stimulating space for her son.
Sophisticated and elegant décor is wonderful, but in this season of giving it’s nice to make sure your trimmings appeal to children (of all ages). Tuck some cute and cuddly ornaments or accents into your décor—and delight your youngest guests.
This little tent can go anywhere! We built this small-scale tent frame with simple garden trellis cut to the desired size. Connect the two pieces at the top with a couple of hinges to create an A-frame. Drape a colorful flat sheet or table cloth over the frame, then when it’s time to pack up camp, just fold it up for easy storage.
If you have toys and games of different sizes that you want to store together but have limited space, an organizer with drawers and cubes is a good solution. Label large fabric drawers for games and puzzles, and use clear-front cubes and smaller drawers to store tiny toys that have been grouped together by type.
Away from the beds the room explodes into a variety of colors and lively patterns. A modern banana-leaf wallpaper creates a feature wall, providing a background to the bright pops of red, yellow and green furnishings and accessories. Collected pieces top off the dresser, including two works representing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.