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Kid Spaces: Making Space for the Brood

Children are a force to be reckoned with. With them come bundles of energy, heaps of stuff and, to say it bluntly, the need for someplace to put them. When the children come, your residence might have to adapt. And as your family head count grows, this can become increasingly more difficult, especially in smaller homes and apartments.

However a few design ideas which can help you create just the space you need to squeeze in a few extra bodies. If you’ve got a developing brood on your palms, take a glimpse at these photos. In the busiest households, having space for everyone will give you one less thing to be worried about.

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CWB Architects

Space dividers. Don’t have an extra space to designate as the kids’ playroom? Look at building a divider on your living space. The children will have their own area, and you’ll have somewhere to round up all of the gadgets and toys from sight.

Redbud Custom Homes

Banquettes. It is best to have everyone gathered around the table, sharing a meal, but this may be tricky if your kitchen doesn’t have room for a huge dining table. Enter banquettes. Not only can they conserve space by being built into the wall, but they also match many more little bodies. In terms of getting them to eat their veggies, that one’s on you.

David Whitney

Booths. Another notion is booth style, which might work better depending upon your space requirements. This has the ability to match more people than your standard dining table and chairs, especially in tighter areas.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Bonus areas. Many homes have odd rooms which have leave you scratching your head — you know, those which are too small to be a media space, or can’t be a workplace since it won’t match your own desk. These will be the perfect playrooms. Outfit it with a daybed therefore that it can double as a guest room.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Halls. Think that your hallway or stairway landing need be typical? Not when you need the space! Turn it into a reading nook or play space for the children.

Rachel Reider Interiors

Shelves. It is probable that any way you twist it, there is just no extra space for a playroom. Have no fear: it is possible to integrate your children without forfeiting your house’s chicness. The ladder shelves assist corral toys in a stylish style, while the colorful artwork grabs attention away from your playthings. If guests are scheduled to arrive, then only scoop away toys. The area will seem hardly kid-centric, as a result of the retro chair and table. The giraffe can remain; he can’t help but give the room some playful flair!

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Flex tables. Here, the designer placed a stylish classic kids’ table in front of a fireplace. By day, it is perfect for art jobs. By nighttime, swap the markers for hors d’oeuvres. Your visitors will never know they’re cocktailing from the playroom.

Anna Lattimore Interior Design

Here’s a clever idea: Use a kids’ table as your coffee table. You are able to easily watch the 6 o’clock news while your children get their dinner, and stow away the little seats when need be.

Boor Bridges Architecture

Under-stair nooks. Take advantage of nooks and crannies. Children love them because they’re simply their size, and you’ll love it as it gives them somewhere to play and retains all their stuff from sight. A nook under the stairs is obviously a winner.

Priester’s Custom LLC

Alcoves. Once upon a time, your charming hallway corner might happen to be your very own reading place. But it may be time for you to hand it over to the youngsters. Swap out your books and back issues of Vogue for film books; giving them a comfortable place to relax will even invite them to read. You always have the option to sneak back in for a relaxing glass of wine following pregnancy.

Harrison Design

Bunk beds. Now, time to figure out where they’re going to sleep. All hail the go-to space saver: bunk beds. When children are sharing rooms, then you just cannot beat them, especially when they include extra storage underneath.

Philpotts Interiors

Loft. You might also want to test lofting a mattress. This allows room for another bed, as well as bunk beds, on the main floor. Additionally, such as nooks, children will love the cozy variable and sense of adventure.

Cary Bernstein Architect

Murphy bed. Is your child’s bedroom the only remaining space to get a playroom? Outfit it with a Murphy bed. Pull it down for maximum sleeping comfort through the night, push it into the wall for optimum play space daily.

Wardrobe. It is possible that the home has very literally run from bedrooms, which means that you may have to makeshift a room. If you’re concerned about lack of cupboard, have no worry: There are many techniques to create freestanding cabinets which can house both your children wardrobe and materials galore. Add a set of bunk beds and voila, a brand new bedroom!

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