12 storage ideas for kids rooms

Practical storage is key for kids' rooms, so it needs to be functional and fun at the same time

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Kids tend to have lots of ‘things’ be it clothes, books and toys. And they don’t seem to have any concept of keeping their rooms tidy. For little ones especially, furniture needs to be mini-sized so they can reach their favourite books and toys. You should also look out for ‘soft profile’ and soft close pieces that won’t hurt little fingers and storage options that are safe for toddlers to pull themselves up on. 

As they get older they will have different needs and will want their bedroom to be more perfect; friends come visiting and stay over, homework needs doing and more clutter appears! There are some fantastic modular storage systems around that you can involve your child with so you can design the best solution together. And remember you can never have too much storage.

So give them a helping hand with our 12 kid's storage furniture ideas below.

1. Box shelves

Simple but effective, this Nordic style white storage unit from Diddle Tinkers is perfect for a kid’s room, it can be used for storing toys, books and knick knacks and the wooden storage boxes can be bought separately if you want to hide some of the mess! Shelf dividers can also be added for if you want to make the squares smaller. Wood Collection medium vertical shelving unit, £442, Horizontal unit (shown in front) £332.

White box shelves from Diddle Tinkers

(Image: © Diddle Tinkers)

2. Mini bookcase

Versatile kid's storage furniture is essential to match the variety of items that you need to stow away. Open shelves are great for books, but don't overlook cupboards which are handy for hiding clutter.

With two cupboard spaces and two open shelves this Simple storage bookcase with two doors from Little Folks Furniture is a great piece of bedroom furniture. It’s neutral enough to work in a girl’s or boy’s room which is always handy, keep the most used items like bedtime books to hand and store toys and lego in the boxes.

Two door cubed shelf with white frame and wood effect doors

(Image: © Little Folks)

3. Wire storage desk

There comes a time when a desk is required for all that homework! This unique Matey Boy desk from Loaf looks super trendy and the nifty storage at each end is perfect for stationery, books, files, pots and pens. It’s all topped with a beautiful hand-carved piece of solid mango wood with curved edges. The white is a great idea – it will look fantastic whatever wall colour is the flavour of the month! 

Loaf Matey storage desk with shelves and mango wood top

(Image: © Loaf)

4. Laundry storage

It is hard enough to get your kids to keep their clean clothes neatly hanging or folded away, let alone their discarded laundry. We can't promise they will use it, but it certainly increases chances of them putting clothes ready for the wash to if they have their own laundry basket in their room.

Encourage your kids to pop away their mucky clothes with this fantastic generously sized Rocket laundry storage from Soak & Sleep. Crafted from felt, it’s super durable and will add some fun to their room with its cute appliqué design, it has two rope handles for easy lifting and is part of a larger Dark Space bedroom range. 

Rocket laundry basket with towels hanging over a ladder

(Image: © Soak & Sleep)

5. Multipurpose storage furniture

The Trofast range from Ikea is the epitome of kids bedroom storage solutions. There are so many elements that you can design your own storage system that’s unique to your children’s needs. The sturdy frames hold brightly coloured storage bins, they are low so easy for your child to use, and if placed near the bed one shelf can double as a bedside. Colourways for the boxes include black, white, orange, pink, yellow and green with the units coming in white, natural and black. Other items seen here are the Busunge bed and wardrobe, and the Smila Hjarta wall lamp

Kids storage furniture and pink bed and wardrobe with black chalkboard wall

(Image: © Ikea)

6. Kid's storage cabinet

The advantage of this handmade Libitina children’s metal storage cabinet in grey is that you can see what’s inside it at any given moment, the downside being that it need to be kept tidy! The industrial style makes it ideal for a boy’s room, it has two handy painted pine shelves and the top can be used too, it also closes shut. It costs £265 from Out There Interiors.

Mesh cage style kids storage furniture

(Image: © Out There Interiors)

7. Toy storage

Upholstered storage is a great idea for younger children, it prevents bumps and these large Milo storage boxes from Sofa.com are perfect for toys, spare bedding and blankets. The lid is padded so it can be used to sit on, and it comes with soft close hinges so it won’t unexpectedly slam shut on little fingers. You can choose from a range of seventeen fabrics, seen here is the Citrus Huckleberry Stripe (green) and the Candyfloss Huckleberry Stripe (coral).  

Milo upholstered storage boxes

(Image: © Sofa.com)

8. Shelf storage bed

A storage bed is a great way to maximise space in a kid's bedroom while creating plenty of space for their things.

The Stompa Uno S Plus Children’s storage bedroom range from John Lewis provides every solution possible to growing children and their storage needs. Prices range from £20-£1,099 depending on what configuration you go opt for. Shown here is the mid-sleeper, you can choose between open shelving or a cube storage system. Cube colours available are blue/grey and pink/purple.

Stompa Uno S Plus children s storage furniture range including storage bed and shelving from John Lewis

(Image: © John Lewis)

9. Library storage table

Encourage your little ones to read with this smart Potter Library Table from Great Little Trading Company. It’s designed to be the perfect height for kids to use and has handy sectioned spaces that props the books up so they can see what they’d like to read easily. There’s a handy shelf underneath that can be used for toys. 

Potter Library table infront of a cloud wallpaper wall

(Image: © Great Little Trading Company)

10. Wall shelf

Sometimes it’s good to get books and toys off the floor so they don’t get tripped over or trodden on by little feet. Wall storage also leaves more floorspace for play. This Atlas shelf in Nimbus White from Mamas & Papas is the ideal solution. Part of a wider range of stylish children’s furniture, this handy shelf also comes in oak.

White wall shelf from Mamas amp Papas against a pink wall

(Image: © Mamas & Papas)

11. Chest of drawers

A chest of drawers is the best way to store most of your children's clothing and offers a handy surface for additional storage or display of treasured toys.

POD is a funky new collection from Habitat that teams practicality with some bright elements especially for children’s rooms. Their Kids’ Oak six-drawer wide chest seen here is colour-pop bright green handles and interior and is made from oak veneer. Great for older children who want something more grown-up. The rest of the range includes a wardrobe, a trundle bed and five-drawer tall chest.

Kid s 6 drawer chest of drawers in oak from Habitate

(Image: © Habitat)

12. Build a kid's storage combo

Use a combination of storage types to build a stylish storage wall in your child's bedroom. Here a run of storage benches have been combined with open shelving and hangers for a quirky set up that offers a space for everything.

This flexible array from Ikea includes Algot shelving, Stuva benches and hooks, and could be moved and adapted as needs change.

baby clothes storage with Algot and Stuva from Ikea

(Image: © Ikea)