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From toys to clothing, finding a home for everything a child may need is often a challenge. Preserving space is often at the top of the must-dos list in addition to proper organization. With many Americans choosing to downsize, rooms have gotten smaller, but the good news is there are perhaps more design options on the market than ever to help maximize space.

When it comes to space efficient ideas for a children’s bedroom, here are my top 10 tips.

1. Go twin. Twin beds are the most space-efficient bed size choice, while also allowing usage from a toddler to a teen.

2. Bunk beds. Bunk beds aren’t just for room-sharing. Many children who occupy a room solo have rooms outfitted with bunk beds to accommodate impromptu sleepovers.

3. Wall units and Murphy beds. This transformational style of furniture is not only space-efficient, but also allows a piece of furniture to work double duty. Most of these pieces are often have shelving units that provide a workspace by day and then transform into a bed.

4. Bins. Bins are one of the best ways to keep a child’s personal items and toys organized. One idea is to build a unit into a wall to house toys in an attractive and organized way.

5. Angle furniture. Small rooms also tend to be narrow. When faced with a narrow room, place the bed at an angle to keep the room open and airy.

6. Fun colors. Colors that are bright, fun and light can also help a children’s room feel larger.

7. Hidden drawers. Most closet companies allow for a high level of customization. One of the best space-saving ideas is to build drawers or dressers into a closet.

8. Low profile beds. In an especially small room, placing a bed in front of a window may be your only option. Make sure you have a low headboard that won’t obstruct a window.

9. Cabinets and shelving. When selecting furniture for a children’s bedroom, think storage, storage, storage. Cabinets with plenty of shelving provides for flexibility and efficiency.

10. Furniture on wheels. Mobile furniture pieces such as side tables on wheels can be fantastic options in a children’s room because they can be brought in and removed from a children’s bedroom based on use, as opposed to taking up precious space when not in use.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.

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