the little people…

To design a child’s room requires as much consideration and planning as any other room in the house. I dare to say even more, as unlike most other rooms, a child’s room serves several purposes simultaneously: bedroom, playroom, study, chill out zone…  To make the space work, little people’s territories ask for a proper design strategy.


I am slightly obsessed with keeping rooms tidy so storage is crucial, no matter what room we are talking about. But who wouldn’t agree that storage in a kid’s room can be a real challenge?! Most of us have started out with a delightful wooden car or a cute little doll when baby was born. And somehow we all ended up with piles and piles of plastic toys, knight and princess costumes, stickers books, cars and dolls and stuffed animals, play dough, crayons and arts and craft kits. When did this all happen??!!

Personally, I am not keen on being confronted with the sight of it on a daily basis, so my mantra is storage, storage, storage. Even more important: I am a strong believer that a tidy and organised surrounding promotes calmness, relaxation and focus – for adults and children alike.

Both our children (8 and 3) are lucky enough to have 2m wide wardrobes, and until their amount of clothing expands, we use them for storing (in my eyes…) unsightly toys. The kids’ shelving units (Ikea’s Expedit, now Kallax) have drawers and doors and canvas storage cubes. A few shelves are open for displaying pretty objects and to store books, and lots of them. Books, however, are a completely different story for me, they are more art than toy. So all in all, I think we have the storage challenge pretty much under control in our house. Having said this, I am rather ruthless when it comes to yearly clear-outs…which makes it that bit easier to keep on top of it all.

I would like to share some children’s rooms that are beautiful AND functional from a storage point of view. Ignoring the latter, doesn’t make sense to me. As much as I love the look of a minimalistic kids’ room with nothing but a bed, a vintage rocking horse or car, a bedside table, two shelves, a storage tub, eight books, and a rug…I just know it doesn’t work long-term. So let’s face reality and enjoy the following examples for great kids’ room design. And the best part of it: They are far from being anything but beautiful.


A vintage wardrobe and contemporary low level storage units along one wall create a wonderful eclectic look in this girl’s bedroom. Love the unusual pendant light here, works perfectly.


Two children, two beds, double the storage. This stylish and neat built-in solution creates lots of space for toys and other beloved belongings. The string shelf by Nils Strinning is one of my favorites and due to its playful character always works well in a children’s room.

source: petrabindel for emma persson lagerberg

It couldn’t be much easier to create that much needed storage than using several units of Ikea’s Stuva units. Use one side to sit on and the other one for drawing and arts and craft – done.  Eames’ hang it all coat rack is used for displaying the prettiest clothes. How adorable it this print of “The Little Mole’ by Zdenek Miler?


Storage en masse, and once more Ikea is the go-to brand. Lots of little vintage style suitcases and bunting, and an adorable bird cage chandelier keep the room from looking plasticky.  The dark grey walls are a very unusual style element for a girl’s bedroom – but wow, does it ever work!

the socialite family

(First image: Two chests of drawers (ikea malm) is all a baby room needs in the first 12 months. A vipp shelf and victorian glass domes are used for displaying whimsical objects. I want the white deer!)


malm . ikea  . from £59
vipp shelf . found4you. small £149 (50l x 18.5w x 23h) / large £249 (100l x 18.5w x 23h)
string pocket shelving . utility design . from £113
stuva . ikea . from £40
eames hang it all coat rack . heal’s . £208
trofast . ikea . from £47
bird cage chandelier . graham and green . £470

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