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Space Savers for Two

I’ve written about this before, but living in a NYC apartment has its perks and its challenges, especially for my 6-year-old and 3-year-old who share a room. When kids share a room, furniture placement is an important factor to take into consideration. For instance, hockey is a big sport with my boys (and not because I’m Canadian…okay maybe, just maybe, this statement is completely true). So the center of their room needs to be open so they can shoot and score.

We have one corner of the room that is dedicated to homework and crafts. My boys have bunk beds, which maximize floor space and create an open feeling. Using any vertical space can create this type of feeling—take advantage of all vertical spaces a room can provide to stack books, toys and games.

Closets can function as many things: storage for clothes and toys or even a work space—I know a few parents living in NYC that have turned a walk-in closet into a nursery.

If you have two single beds in a room, consider using folding screens or a curtain to create separate areas and a sense of privacy. And lastly, storage baskets and bins help keep a shared room looking clutter free.

Photo image by Serena & Lily

Do you have any space-saving tips to share? I’d love to hear from you.

Maria D

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

Great tips, Jo! My daughter's walk-in closet doubles as a book nook. She loves the privacy!

When my boys were growing up we kept all of their sports paraphernalia (balls, pads, gloves) in a large wicker hamper with a lid (which didn't look like a hanper at all) and placed it right by the front door. It clear up a little but of space in their room and looked cool in the common area.

Nicole Blackmon

Tuesday 7th of February 2012

We live in NYC too so space saving is a must for us as well. Even though we only have one, a 4 yo boy, his room can get cluttered very fast! To beat the clutter, we use his small walk-in as his play dress-up area. I put a little bin for dress-up clothes, hooks to hang them on and a little mirror so he can see himself getting dressed. I promise his closet isn't big but big enough! I also have hanging organizers in his closets and I use the hanging shoe rack for toys and art supplies and use the shoe organizer on the back of the door for his shoes. I put up a shower curtain tension rod on one side for a little extra hanging space! I swear by the little 6x6 cubicle shelves for toy and boy storage. He has 3 cubes for books and the rest are for the little cube bins that are organized for cars, instruments, dinosaurs, etc. And I found these great shelves at Ikea that allow him to have more book space, we love books!, so I bought two of those and stores loads of books on the wall so they free up more floor space. Go vertical! We hung more shelves in a hidden back corner to hold more toys and games. For NY, he has a pretty open room!

Rebecca Lueck

Tuesday 7th of February 2012

My 2 year old daughter and 4 year old son share a room and we keep their dressers in the closet. My hubby built a wooden table and we put the toy box on top, and underneath is a fun play area the kids call their "house." We also have a storage bin structure on one wall. But still they spread their toys all over the room and it is always a disaster, lol.


Monday 6th of February 2012

Great tips!! Bunk beds are the best and I love the one you posted. I have been using my daughter's oversized doll house for toys and as a book shelf to safe floor space and it's been a life saver for a small room!


Monday 6th of February 2012

On bunk beds, my boys like them better than regular beds. My oldest stays on the top bunk and my youngest the lower. It works out. They keep each other company when they both go to sleep, they are reassured in the dark of all the lurking ghosts and goblins that they have each other - and as you mention a great space saver. I would always recommend bunk beds for boys, regardless of how big the room is....good post.