Shelving Ideas for Kid's Room

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Shelving Ideas for Kid's Room
Install creative shelving for your children. (girls on shelves image by Cherry-Merry from

Children need shelving in their rooms. There are no exceptions to this rule; shelves give kids a place to store their toys, books and videos, teaching them organisation while they keep their rooms neat and clean. Kids are more likely to put their toys away if they have a good shelving system that allows them to see all of their possessions.

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Bin Shelving

Bin shelves aren't so much shelves as they are cleverly made wooden racks that hold plastic bins. Varnished wooden dowels hold the bins in place at two or three levels and keep them tilted at an angle that allows children to see what is in them. Many of these shelves hold at least nine large plastic bins, perfect for holding building blocks, action figures, dolls and other small odds and ends that have no home. The bins even come in different colours, allowing parents and children to assign different colours to different items. As children grow older, parents can help them paint and stencil the unit and replace the bins with baskets or wooden boxes to make the shelves look more mature but keep their purpose intact.

Carousel Shelving

Carousel shelving is not only practical, it's exciting. These circular shelves have several levels complete with railings that easily hold books, toys and plush animals. Parents can place these shelves in a corner since children can easily turn them to see things stored on all sides of the shelves. The shelves sit on a stable base that allows them to spin any direction. Though many of these shelves come in bright primary colours suitable for small children, their wood base allows parents and growing kids to paint and remake them to suit any room or age. Teens love these spinning novelties just as much as small children.

Novelty Shelving

Many children have things they no longer use like skateboards, colourful wave boards and more. Parents can recycle these items into cool novelty shelves for their children's rooms. All they need are some wall brackets and hanging standards. Hanging standards are long metal or plastic strips with holes at even intervals for wall bracket installation. Parents can screw skateboards and wave boards to these brackets and hang them on the standards as shelves, though wave boards must be reinforced with wood. Miniature surf boards can serve the same purpose as can unused flower boxes. Children and teens can paint the boxes funky colours and use them as bins or mount them upside-down as true shelves.

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