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.
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).
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.
"It is hard to visualize the flow of a house when it is just framed up with plywood on the floor. So use the jumbo chalk to mark out things like the kitchen island location on the floor to make sure it is not too tight and needs to be made smaller," says Abbi Williams of the unexpected uses for this ordinary material. "Or use the chalk to block out the location of the furniture on the living room to understand where you need floor outlets."
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.
Lead architect Patrick Ahearn designed the kids’ bathroom across the hallway from the kids’ bedroom for privacy and convenience. Cheerful décor continues throughout the bathroom through duplicated patterns and colors.
The top floor of a Brooklyn townhouse was opened up so all the rooms flowed into one another and created a huge floor for the kids. This bright, contemporary kid's room receives a nice burst of color with the floral and revolver print bedding. Castle-shaped headboards finish off the whimsical design.