If you have a growing family, but your Kenai Peninsula home is not, then here are some ways to make your shared spaces throughout the house roomier!
Taking Advantage of Corners
When it comes to finding an extra bit of storage space in a kids’ room for two or more, look to your corners. Corner shelving units (about $80) take advantage of that valuable nook so you can stuff more stuff in its proper place. Look for shelving brands that include corner units as part of their line so all the shelving fits together.
Mirror Images Say, ‘This Side’s Mine!’
When two kids share the same room, equity brings harmony (or helps, anyway). Set up the closet with duplicate shelving configurations so that each child has an identical storage solution behind their own closet door.
Keeping Homework at Bay
Bump-outs and other kinds of alcoves are perfect for window seat storage and desks. A side-by-side desk set fits neatly into a curved opening of a bay window. There’s lots of room to do homework and projects, but the desks are out of the way. Using stock desk drawer units and a painted, plywood top, a DIYer can build this set-up for $300-$400.
Converting a small sitting area in an older, turn-of-the-century home create a bedroom nook that adjoins the larger bedroom. The two kids can share the work and play spaces, but each feels a sense of individuality and privacy. Painting each area a different wall color helps each kid feel ownership of their space.
Convertible Space That’s on a Roll
Use twin beds that feature rollers and wall-mounted sliding tracks so that the beds can be separated for sleeping, or stacked on either side of the room to open up floor space. A floor-to-ceiling window lets in lots of light that helps the small room feel spacious.
A Peek-a-Boo Desk
Use a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t desk that is mounted on casters and glides under the bed frame to open up floor space for games. A large open shelf under the work surface lets you easily stash all the desktop paraphernalia.
Stacking Your Deck
Four in one room? Built-in, stacked bunk beds in perpendicular configuration give everyone their own unique sleeping alcove yet leave floor space open for activities. The bottom bunks feature room below for additional storage.
Take Advantage of Wall Space
Open shelves for storing knickknacks and memorabilia are one of the least expensive storage options available. A prefinished, 3-by-1-foot shelf is about $10 at home improvement centers. Add a pair of decorative brackets in various styles and colors for another $10.