If you live in a small place and have kids, you’re going to need some small kids bedroom ideas to help you organize and decorate their space. Both for their happiness and most importantly…your sanity!
Because man, do those little people take up a lot of space! Toys, gadgets, clothes, books, homework…where do you put it all in a small kids bedroom? The better question is…where do you put it so that they can find it and not ask YOU constantly where stuff is?
To help you out with that, we gathered our favorite decorating tips and kids room organization ideas from around the web. When it comes to organizing kids rooms, parents come up with the cleverest solutions!
My own big solution, back in the day, was to give up my master bedroom for my two girls to share and I took their tiny bedroom. 🙄
But now, thankfully, there’s Instagram and Pinterest and well…the Internet…to give us all inspiration for our small kids room dilemmas. Like all of these kids room organization ideas to make a small kids room look organized AND cute!
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Small Kids Bedroom Ideas
1. Optimize the bed by adding storage.
Since the bed takes up the most area in a bedroom, optimize it to make the best use of the bedroom space. The obvious (and easiest!) way to do this is with under the bed storage bins. These things are the best kids room organization idea ever!
The Tot Tutors set of 4 bins are the perfect size to slide under the bed. They come in the primary colors pictured below, but also in pink, lavender, and blue. They’re a great price for 4 bins too! If you click the link to check them out, you’ll see two size options, it’s the large ones that are best for under bed storage.
I also love these canvas storage bins with fun kids designs. There are several different patterns to choose from and the reviews are great.
These are about 7″ high and most beds sit about about 7.5″ from the floor, so they should fit under the bed, but measure your child’s bed to be sure. You could always pick up some bed risers to raise the bed and give you more storage room underneath.
2. Buy a kids space saving bed with built-in storage.
Another small kids bedroom idea to help with organization is to buy a children’s space saving bed with storage. Any kind of added storage helps, be it a bookcase headboard, drawers, or cubbies.
The nice thing about these types of beds is you don’t need a box spring.
Harper and Bright Kids Bed with Storage
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This is the cutest! It comes in blue also and is a great price for the twin bed and bookcase. I like that there is room for storage underneath too (it’s a little over 10 inches from the bottom to the floor, according to the listing).
I hadn’t heard of the Harper and Bright brand until recently. They are based in Los Angeles and specialize in living room and bedroom furniture. They sell on Amazon and some other big online retailers.
South Shore Vito Kids Bed with Storage
I won’t list all our top picks for kids storage beds here, because I do that in another post. But I just want to share one more favorite space saving kids bed for small rooms that you can get over at Hayneedle.
The South Shore Vito Storage bed has three drawers that can be positioned on the left or right side. You can get just the bed, just the bookcase, or both. I like the clean lines and the fact that you can eliminate a nightstand and a dresser with this kids space saving bed.
I’m crushing on hayneedle right now because they have super prices on beds, both for kids and adults. Sometimes better than Amazon and other online retailers.
You may also want to check out the South Shore Sparkling storage bed, also at hayneedle. It’s a slightly different style than the Vito and a tad cheaper, but still gives the same options of the bed, headboard, or both.
3. Go vertical with a loft bed.
Loft beds are a genius small kids bedroom idea because you can do so much with the area beneath it.
- Arts and crafts station
- Open play area
- Play dress-up station
- Reading nook
- Study and homework space
- Toy storage area
If your child is old enough to climb in and out of a full loft bed safely, here are a couple super reasonably priced space saving loft beds with great reviews.
For younger kids, who might have a problem climbing up into a full loft bed, there are low loft or junior loft beds. The space below is shorter, of course, but still allows for a play area, desk or toy storage.
I like that the BHG low loft bed comes with shelves, is easy to climb into and at a super price. The other low loft with storage features a desk that slides out, which is way cool. It’s like a complete bedroom in a box! You can find it in white here.
4. For multiple kids, try bunk beds.
Bunk beds are a common choice for kids space saving beds and they come in an array of materials and colors to fit in with any decor…and budget.
These Storkcraft Hardwood Bunk Beds are my favorite small kids bedroom idea for a shared bedroom. Here’s some reasons you should check them out if you’re considering bunk beds.
- Spectacular reviews!
- Great price
- Made of sturdy hardwood
- Can be used as 2 separate twin beds
- Comes in white, blue, expresso or gray
Triple Bunk Beds are Space Saving Kids Beds
Got more than two little tykes sharing a bedroom? Check out these triple bunk beds.
Parents report that these Dorel Living Triple bunk beds are durable and the perfect height. They also can convert to three separate twin beds if you need to reconfigure them.
Up for a DIY project? You can make your own triple bunk beds like the ones in the image below. Go here for the plans to make it.
5. DIY some corner beds.
I love Ana White and all her amazing DIY projects! Using corner beds with storage is another practical small kids bedroom idea for a shared room. You can find the plans to build these beds here.
Small Kids Room Ideas for Play & Study Space
Ideally, a kids bedroom should have an area where kids can spread out and play, preferably with all their toys close by.
For teens, they need a study or homework area where they can also work on art or hobbies.
Here’s a few small kids bedroom ideas to create a play or study spot in a small space.
6. Use one whole wall for storage and play area.
I love this kids bedroom idea! For kids who are still in the toy stage, consider devoting one whole wall to toy storage and play area. It streamlines the look of the room, and the youngsters know exactly where their toys are (and where to put them away!).
For older kids, this idea translates into storage, display and homework or study spot.
Use a combination of cube storage shelves and wall shelves, like they’ve done in the picture above. To complete the look, add a play table or desk (depending on the age of your child) and you have a functional kid-friendly space.
Here’s a few ideas to help you get this tidy look:
Kids Desks and Play Tables for Small Rooms
That cute play or study spot you created needs a desk or table for the kids to work or play upon.
Here are a few small kids bedroom furniture ideas that will give their little brains the inspirational space they need, even in a small room.
7. Get a kids table with storage.
This Kidkraft play table includes bins for storing blocks, play dishes, art supplies, or anything else. And I love the Kidkraft brand for quality!
8. Use a floating or fold down desk.
A floating desk is a nice small kids bedroom idea for about any age.
This floating desk gives just enough room for homework or projects, plus some nooks for supplies, and doesn’t take up much space.
Another space saving idea for a kids room is a fold-out desk. This is best for a pre-teen or teen who can maneuver the desk up and down without pinching fingers. I like that there’s cubbies for storing desk supplies and you can hide it all away easily.
9. Make a DIY murphy desk.
For you DIY’ers out there, you can make this cute and functional Murphy desk for your child’s bedroom yourself. Here’s the instructions.
Storage Ideas for Small Kids Bedrooms
Shelves to hold Books, collectibles, and decorative items are must-haves in a small space. Here are a few storage ideas for a small kids bedroom. Sometimes to you have to create space where it seems there is none!
10. Put shelves around the door.
I love how this homeowner used every inch of space in their kids room by utilizing the area around the bedroom door. What a smart storage idea for a small kids bedroom! Looks like they used the very popular Ikea Lack Shelves for this. You can find the black ones here.
11. Put shelves around the bed.
Shelves around the bed is a practical small kids bedroom idea for loads of storage space to hold books and display collectibles.
12. Use picture ledges to store books.
The littles are more likely to read if their books are out where they can see them. Storing them by the bed makes for a convenient and cozy reading spot.
Picture ledges are just wide enough to hold a selection of their favorite stories. What a cute book storage idea for a small kids bedroom!
13. Or use spice racks.
Spice racks were pictured for books and toy storage all over Pinterest, then manufacturers got smart and started actually marketing them for kids rooms. They are incredibly handy for all sorts of storage, including books.
14. Attach Ikea (or other) racks to a dresser.
In a small kids bedroom, we’re fans of eliminating the need for a dresser. But if that’s not practical, do what this blogger did and attach those spice racks to the side of it (you can paint them to match the dresser first). Such a clever idea to add storage space in a small kids bedroom!
15. Make some DIY corner hanging shelves.
Aren’t these shelves sooo cute for a kids room? Using corners for storage is a popular small kids bedroom idea to maximize space. Get the instructions for these DIY corner hanging shelves here.
16. Use Pegboard.70 pc. Pegboard Set
Oh pegboard, how I love thee! This one simple board provides oodles of storage in a small kids bedroom, especially for corralling lots of tiny bits and bobs.
This popular Azar Pegboard Organizer comes complete with hooks and containers and is highly rated. It comes in NINE different colors too, so it will match any decor.
I also love its versatility because you can hang the two pieces side-by-side or split them up and use them in different parts of the room.
Here’s a few different ideas for how to use pegboard for storage in your small kids bedroom.
Use one for organizing arts and craft supplies…
Use one for organizing desk stuff…
Park trucks on it…
Or use it as a headboard.
For those last two ideas, you’ll need larger sheets of pegboard like these. But the point is, pegboard is a nifty small kids bedroom idea!
Small Kids Rooms Ideas for Creativity
The little kidlets need space to be creative and express their inner Picasso. We mentioned a play table with art supplies close at hand in #7 above, but here are a few other ideas to encourage creativity in a small kids bedroom.
17. Put up adhesive chalk or whiteboard for doodling.
adhesive chalkboard or adhesive whiteboard paper is an easy way to make a scribble and erase area for the kids. You can cut them any size you like and even frame them out with some molding for a finished look.
This is an especially great idea if you love the look of a chalkboard wall but can’t paint because you’re renting!
18. Hang rolls of paper for drawing.
Here’s a clever small kids bedroom idea from Better Homes and Gardens. The homeowner hung a wall mounted craft paper dispenser with a shelf above it for their little artists. It’s a super cute look!
Those wall mounted dispensers are expensive and unfortunately, craft paper is larger than a paper towel roll so that wouldn’t work either. But I did find this craft paper dispenser that was pretty reasonably priced.
You can buy it to fit 12″ or 18″ craft paper rolls and it comes with one roll to start you out, which is nice. If the cutter part is too sharp for little ones, you can opt not to hang that part.
Of course, with all those creative juices flowing, the little tykes are bound to produce piece after piece of display-worthy artwork. Here are a few cute ideas to show off their little creations.
19. Display kids art with clipboards hung on the wall.
This is such a cute idea for how to display kids artwork and it’s so easy to change it out periodically!
20. Or hang kids art with clothespins.
Another easy way to display kid’s artwork!
21. Display kids art with magnets.
Here’s a cool way to display kids art. Attach a sheet of galvanized metal (you can get it from a home improvement store) to the wall and hang drawings and mementos with magnets. Also great for kids to play with magnetic letters and figures. You can also find a 2 ft sheet of galvanized metal pretty cheap on Amazon too.
Or use an oil drip pan (like this one)
Toy Storage Furniture and Ideas
22. Use storage cube organizers.
Cube organizers are another favorite kids room organization idea. Actually, I love these for ANY small home organization dilemma!
But they are the perfect toy storage furniture piece because whether you use fabric drawers, baskets, or colored bins, the toys and doodads are neatly hidden away.
Plus, you can get a few because they’re relatively cheap, and arrange them in a variety of configurations. A 3-shelf cubed unit turned on its side is perfect for the end of the bed or under a window and doubles as a bench. In the picture below they’ve flanked one with a couple taller units.
I also love that the bins come in tons of colors and designs so you can personalize it and make it really cute for your kids room.
23. Use pocket shoe organizers.
Shoe organizers aren’t just for closets. Pinterest is loaded with ways to use these all over the house. Hang them on the wall or the back of a door.
They work capitally for small toys and figurines…
And for Barbies…
Or art supplies.
Pocket organizers like these are super inexpensive and so handy!
24. Use bin style toy storage furniture.
Bins made of plastic, fabric or wood are fantastic toy wranglers. Their open style makes it easy for the tots to find what they want AND put them away easily. Well…in theory anyway.
There are lots of different bin toy storage furniture pieces to choose from, but I like the AmazonBasics Toy Organizer because it’s a little narrower than the others, which helps in a small space. It comes in pastel colors too.
25. Make a chair from stuffed animals.
Why does it seem like the stuffed animals multiply? Just what are they doing when the kiddos aren’t around?
There are lots of fun storage ideas for those furry beasts, but I like this one because it’s clever AND multipurpose. Stuff those stuffed animals in a
zipper bean bag cover and make a soft chair!
26. Use ottomans for toy storage.
I love storage ottomans for small homes because of their versatility. As far as toy storage furniture goes, their size makes them preferable to a big toy box.
Kids don’t have far to dig to find the toy they want when they’re stored in smaller containers like these. You can put a couple at the food of the bed for both seating and toy storage or save space and stack them in the corner.
I like the Clever Creations line for toy storage furniture because they’re collapsible, yet sturdy enough for kids to sit on and come in a bunch of designs.
Small Bedroom Kids Closet Ideas
Finally, we come to kids closet organization. Here are a few closet ideas for a small kids bedroom, to inspire you to new organizational heights.
27. Put the dresser in the closet.
In case you can’t tell, I’m a big fan of eliminating the need for a dresser in a kids bedroom. They just gobble up precious floor space that can be better used for a play area. If you can fit the dresser in the closet and use the top for storage as well, you might find it to be a real space saver.
Or simply use inexpensive plastic drawers in the closet like they did in the picture below.
28. Use closet organization pieces to create a custom kids closet.
When you look at the kids closet ideas on Pinterest, you’ll see many parent make smart use of closet organization pieces to create a unique closet arrangement that works perfectly for their child’s needs.
Using a combination of storage cubes and/or hanging organizers, you can make a custom closet system for a bargain price.
29. Attach plastic bins to the underside of a closet shelf.
This is such a clever kids closet idea for those little bitty kid’s clothes, like under garments and socks!
30. Use the door jam space.
These DIY closet racks (made by Ana White, of course!) make use of the little bit of door jam space in a closet. Such a genius idea for a kids closet! You can find the full instructions to make this here.
31. Make a child-size desk space in the closet.
Depending on your closet space needs, this is a great space saving idea for a small kids bedroom.
32. Replace closet doors with curtains.
Closet doors can be a hassle. The ones that fold back are always a pinch hazard for little fingers. The ones that open out are space hogs, and the ones that slide make it impossible to see everything at once.
Consider this kids closet idea – remove the doors altogether and replace them with a curtain. This works well in conjunction with tip #30 above.
Small Kids Room Ideas to Make it Look Bigger
All of the above small kids bedroom ideas are clever ways to help with organization, toy storage and creating play and study areas. But here are a few decorating tips to help make a small kids bedroom seem a little bigger.
33. Choose furniture that’s similar color to the walls.
If your walls are a light color (which helps to brighten a small room and make it appear less cramped), choose furniture in light colors also. Not that the furniture needs to match the walls exactly, but keeping the walls and furniture light opens up the room more.
34. Use a solid or simply patterned rug.
A rug adds warmth and depth to a room, even if the floor is carpeted.
But the floor in a child’s space already gets cluttered with toys, and a rug with a busy pattern will just add to the chaos. If you use one in your child’s bedroom, pick one that’s a solid color or with a very simple pattern.
35. Get creative with furniture arrangement.
For younger children who need more floor space to play, putting the bed against the wall makes sense. But for older kids you can get a little more creative with the furniture. Placing a bed catty-corner makes even a small room more visually interesting.
I love the fold-out side table they’ve placed under the window, making a nice little homework area. What a cool space saving idea for a kids small bedroom!
That started me hunting for one, and I found this wall-mounted fold-out table that would be perfect as a desk or workspace in a small kids bedroom.
Cool right? What’s really neat about it is you can fold it out partway or all the way, depending on how much homework or project space you need. Genius small kids bedroom idea!
36. Add accent colors throughout the room.
In this wildlife inspired kids bedroom, they’ve chosen various shades of green as their accents. The chair, storage cubes, artwork and plants all highlight that.
I also love how they used a long console style desk in the room. Console tables are narrower than traditional desks and are a space saving idea for a small kids room.
Below is another great example of using accent colors.
Is this not adorbs?! I love how even the dollhouse is pink and green! Once you have your furniture and storage solutions in place, it’s time to add in decorative elements. Of course you’ll use bedding and curtains in your color scheme, but add those same colors in other areas around the room for a cohesive look.
There are lots of ways to do this. Think lampshades, artwork, picture frames, decorative items, pegboard, storage bins, and other items and try to make them all the same few accent colors. It’s those final touches that really make a room look finished.
From the bed to the walls to the floor to the closet, there’s all kinds of small kids bedroom ideas to help you make your small kids room look organized AND cute! I hope some of these helped you to do that. If you have some small kids room ideas or organization tips, I’d love to hear them in the comments!
Need some ideas for a grown-up bedroom too? Check out these Space Saving Ideas for Small Bedrooms!