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Besides the traditional toy chest, there are a number of options for kids' bedroom storage. Many companies produce attractive organizers with removable bins, for instance. Along with books, bookcases can also be used to store large toys and bins full of toys. Closets offer a number of opportunities for kids' bedroom storage, and these days, many types of bedroom furniture can be found with built-in storage.
Toy chests or toy boxes are the most traditional forms of kids' bedroom storage. These can be as simple as a large bin, and as complex as an ornate wooden chest with a hinged lid. Parents of small children should be careful choosing hinged toy chests, though.
Some of the lids on these chests can be very heavy, and they may break a bone when they are slammed on little finger. Slow-closing hinges are usually recommended for kids' toy boxes. Some toy chests also have very heavy lids. This can cause a problem if a child becomes trapped inside the toy box.
Shelf organizers are another option for kids' bedroom storage. These can usually be purchased at a reasonable price from most large chain stores and some discount stores. They usually consist of angled shelves with removable bins. The bins are usually made from either plastic or a heavy fabric.
Bookcases are typically used to store books, but they are not limited to this. They can also be used to store CDs and movies. Some bins or baskets may also be small enough to fit on the shelves of a bookcase. These can be filled with small toys, making them an excellent choice for kids' bedroom storage.
Closets are another, often overlooked, option for kids' bedroom storage. This is especially true of large walk-in closets. Dressers can be put into larger closets to provide an additional place to store clothes and blankets. Shoe bags that fit over a door can also be used for storage.
Although many parents may not think of it, shelves can also be added to most closets. High shelves can be used to store seasonal items, like winter coats and heavy blankets. Lower shelves can be used to store commonly used books and toys. Bins and baskets can also be used to organize these shelves.
Many types of kids' bedroom furniture may also double as kids' bedroom storage. Some kids' chairs, for instance, have seats that flip up to reveal storage space. Small child-sized ottomans may also have removable tops for storage.
Kids' beds may also offer storage opportunities. Some beds, for instance, have drawers underneath them. Platform beds also usually have an abundance of space underneath. Desks, bookshelves, or dressers can often be put underneath these types of beds.
For slightly older children (say, 7 and up), I like the idea of the cloth or cardboard bins inside cubbyholes that they can remove and use for storage. These are usually attractive and inexpensive. They can be put together for well under $100, and can often be repurposed or redecorated to accommodate a child's changing and maturing tastes.
Under the bed storage is always a good idea, I think. The child can usually find things easily, and doesn't have to ask a parent to get them from a shelf or closet.
This also helps use otherwise dead space in the room for something useful.
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