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Display cubes can be arranged in any configuration for customized storage. These were painted light and medium blue and filled with the child's precious keepsakes.
Simple rolling bins replace a typical toy box and allow the bins to be moved from room to room to be near Mom and Dad.
A basic symmetrical shelving unit with varied cubby sizes accommodated the word lengths. Painting the background of each cubby a different color adds depth and visual interest. The custom-fit cabinets give the room a hint of modern style and also supply loads of storage space.
A free-standing bench or toy box is a budget-friendly alternative to a built-in window seat. Just fit the top with a cushion and pillows. Transform open shelves into neat storage by using lined baskets to hide the toys.
Installing a bank of cabinets in unused crawlspace provides oodles of storage. Cabinets with pullout baskets, open shelves, and see-through fronts mean toys are accessible to kids, but clothes, shoes, and other items can be hidden behind closed doors.
Hang a display shelf high on the wall to keep your child's treasures in view. These items will be out of the way when your kids are toddlers and can serve as a changing arrangement of trophies, artwork, and outgrown stuffed animals as the years pass.
An awkward nook of space gets a storage redo with a few simple shelves, bin storage up high, and twin drawer units underneath. The TV shelf was mounted at desk height so the space can be used for homework once school starts.
Canvas shoe bags, typically used behind closet doors, can be hung with standard drapery rings and clips. The openings are just the right size for pens and rulers as they are for small toys and treasures.
In a room that's large enough, a dresser can be a great addition. Fill with clothing, CDs, or games, and it will be useful for many years. This one is detailed with orange frames around each drawer front.
Large white wicker baskets offer handy storage for bulky items such as toys or out-of-season clothing. To cut down on dust, look for storage bins with lids, or simply drape a rectangle of fabric over the top of each basket.
New cabinets, built to look original to the house, offer much-needed storage space all the way up to the ceiling. In addition, drawers built under the window seat provide handy places to keep toys at child level.
Here's how to make a comfy hideout, complete with built-in storage cubbies and a work surface for coloring or homework.
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