Got zero closet space for the kids’ clothes? It’s the stuff of every parent’s nightmare, not having enough storage space in the children’s room. Unfortunately, this is quite common among families that live in rentals or small apartments. Most kids tend to get the smallest room in the house so storage space is problematic as it is.
That does not mean the kids can’t enjoy a functional, organized room with ample storage space for their clothes. It’s just a matter of being creative in terms of making every square inch of the room work. Thankfully, there are smart storage hacks that’ll make up for the lack of closet space in the children’s bedroom. Try these storage hacks:
Hanging Tree Branch Rack
This may be an unusual storage solution but hear me out, it works. If you have a tree in near your home or you have access to fallen branches, you can use these to create a rustic clothing rack, a piece that’s quite popular on Etsy!
Just clean and trim the fallen branch, you can give it a fresh coat of paint if you like, and then hang it on a naked wall space. Now you have a trendy new rack to hang your children’s clothing! You can also use the rack to curate your children’s outfits for the week so they’ll get ready much more quickly in the mornings.
Behind-the-Bed Clothing Rack
This is one of those storage hacks that will work for low-lying beds with no headboard. Invest in a good clothing rack, one that’s skinny enough to fit in the middle of the wall and the bed. Set the clothing rack against the wall then move the bed closer to the rack and the setup is done. Once the makeshift closet is done, try arranging your children’s clothes by color. The colorful outfits will give the room a much-needed punch of color!
This is perhaps one of my favorite storage hacks for a room that’s too tiny for a full-sized closet: install a shelf rail. This trick turns any shelf into a functional part of a makeshift closet while also expanding the storage space!
For this hack, you’ll need a metal or decorative curtain rod, not the plain Jane kind. Install the curtain rod holder under the floating shelf et voila, the children’s room now has a place to hang clothes, accessories, and shoes. Use the top shelf for storing seasonal outfits/accessories/shoes (get several decorative bins for this) and then the rest of your children’s clothing goes to the hanging rail. It’s easy, right?
That skinny slice of space under the bed is big enough to make room for a rolling closet for the kids! You can get several of those thin rolling under-bed drawers online or make your own using recycled wood and caster wheels. Fold all your children’s clothing, organize the clothes by different categories and just store everything in the rolling drawer. The best thing about these under-bed drawers is that they are always out of sight. You can optimize the often-overlooked space under the bed without overcrowding the floor space!
Yet another clever and affordable option for closet-less children’s room, this clothesline can be done using crafting beads or wooden building blocks. You can also use multicolored beads to give the children’s room a nice pop of color. Hang the clothesline from any blank wall and the kids can start arranging their clothes. The wooden beads will keep the clothing hangers from slipping near the middle of the line!
That’s right, your trusty bookshelf could also pull double duty as a closet for the kids! And this idea will work for high bookshelves and petite bookshelves alike although I’d recommend the former just because these pieces offer more storage space.
Of course, only a sturdy, stable bookshelf could do the job. No need to buy a new one to turn into a closet, you can scour garage sales or flea markets for one. Give the piece a fresh coat of paint, install a couple of curtain rod then finish up with several storage baskets. To prevent the bookshelf from tipping over, anchor it from the wall using metal fasteners!
Bet you didn’t know that a ladder could be transformed into a unique clothing rack, eh? That’s right, you can turn a ladder of any size into a clothing rack by giving it a fresh coat of paint and then mounting it horizontally on the wall using heavy-duty brackets. Using heavy duty brackets is important because the kids are likely to mistake their new “closet” for monkey bars!
If you live in a rental and you are not allowed to drill holes on the wall that’s fine. Just set the ladder against the wall and anchor the top of the ladder so the ladder stays put even as your kids attempt to climb all over it.
This is one of my favorite storage hacks because it utilizes space vertically: stacking storage cubes. Storage cubes provide flexible storage space and you have total control over the design. This idea could also work using old wine crates or recycled wooden boxes.
Storage cubes work perfectly for storing little pants, shoes, tops, toys, etc. You can stack ‘em up, mount them on the wall or hang the storage cubes, whatever you like. To give the children’s room a nice pop of color, you can also give the storage cubes a fresh coat of paint. On the other hand, if you want the storage cubes to blend in with the rest of the interiors, paint them in a shade that matches the walls.