Do you look at your kid’s room and think it might benefit from a better organization? Do you hesitate to invest in a custom storage system for your child’s possessions because they might outgrow it as their needs and wants change? Relax and plunge forward with your organizing plans. It’s easy to design kids’ closets that are flexible and will grow with your child. All you need is a little planning in advance.

How to Design a Closet for Your Child That Will Last into Adulthood

Whenever you’re investing significant time or money in a home improvement project, you want to make sure the benefits will last a long time. That’s why when designing for children, you must make flexibility a priority. Closets are no exception. You want kids closets that will cater to their needs for as long as they live with you. And that may be a long time.

Kids Closets Design Basics

Face it. Kids have a lot of stuff. And sometimes the smaller they are, the more they have. From babies with packages of disposable diapers, lotions, changing tables, bibs, wipes, and more to children with oodles of toys, books, and sporting equipment, your child’s possession adds up. Sometimes and can be difficult to keep clutter under control. That’s where a custom organization system can help. The trick is to design something that can change with your children as they grow. It must serve their needs today, tomorrow, and into the foreseeable future. Set up your closet design for flexibility from the start. Use these tips when starting your next project to make sure your kids closet becomes a good teen closet later on and organized storage for adults too.

Use Fully-Bored Panels in Kids Closets

When you design a closet, you can choose whether your closet panels are fully-bored or use selective drilling. Always opt for fully-bored panels on a child’s storage system. Panels refer to the vertical supports of your closet system. A selectively drilled panel includes as few holes as possible. The panel will include a hole to accept the rod bracket and shelf pins in a single planned location. Many people like this look because it’s a cleaner look with no extraneous holes. The downside to this is that you can’t move or add anything very easily. A fully-bored panel, on the other hand, means that the peg holes that hold the shelf pins, closet rods, brackets, and other accessories run from top to bottom. This allows components to be moved at will — a good idea for growing children.

Closet Panel Drilling Patterns
Closet close-ups showing two different types of drilling patterns used on closet organizers. The closet on the left shows full-bore panels where there are a series of holes drilled into the panel running from top to bottom. This allows components and accessories of the closet to be moved at will.

The closet on the right uses selectively drilled panels. Notice that there are no extraneous holes under the closet rod. Holes only exist where the rod bracket is mounted on the panel. This gives a smooth, clean look but it will be harder to move the rod later on if the owner’s needs change.

Start with Triple Hang and Shelves

Babies may have a lot of stuff, but their clothes are very small. Hanging space in an infant’s or toddler’s closet should use a triple hang system on the closet rods to ensure the most efficient use of space. As your children get older, you want to relocate the clothes rods into a single lower position so they can reach the clothes and learn to dress themselves. Place these rods at the best height for your children depending on how tall they are. However, limit the overall hanging areas and supplement the kid’s closet storage with plenty of shelves. Convenient places to put blankets, books, and toys are more important for children than spaces for clothes that must be hung on a hanger. The same rods and shelves can be rearranged later on into traditional double hang and long hang areas useful for adults.

Simple kids closet for two boys with closet organizers to improve storage.
A reach-in closet for a child’s bedroom. Closet organizers create an efficient closet design for kids’ closets. The closet is divided by a central stack of shelves for two boys of different ages. It includes hanging sections for the proper lengths of garments, lots of shelves, and pull-out baskets. The younger child’s section includes triple hang because his clothes are smaller. The older boy’s clothes are on a single clothes rod mounted low so that he can reach them on his own, promoting independence.

Include Pull-Out Baskets or Cubbies for Bins in Your Design

Children who are taught to put their things away have better self-discipline and grow into more organized adults who keep things neat. If you want to teach your children to put their things away on their own, you must make it easy for them to do so. Include numerous baskets and bins in your closet as one of the simplest ways to achieve this. Pull-out baskets work really well for storing tiny baby accessories. Later on, the same baskets can be used for small toys, balls, and sporting goods. . As a teen or young adult, your child can use the pull-out basket like a drawer. Large baskets can even be used as built-in hampers for dirty clothes.

Use cubbies with bins for a similar purpose. The difference is that the bins are not built-in. Bins of toys can be removed from the closet cubby and set out on the floor at playtime. Then, as the kids grow up, the same cubbies that used to house bins of toys make great shoe storage for teens and adults.

closet baskets and bins for kids
This child’s closet includes pull-out baskets, shelves, and colorful bins for toys. Replace the playful 12″x 12″ bins with standard solid color bins as the child ages for a more grown-up look. The cubbies without bins can also be used for shoe storage similar to the kind typically seen in mudrooms.

Consider Building a Wardrobe Closet

Because a reach-in wall closet is a somewhat permanent installation, consider built-ins and a supplemental wardrobe closet for your child’s room. Use the wardrobe closet for toys and more now. But repurpose it later as a wall unit, entertainment center, supplemental clothes storage, or all three. Wardrobe closets are ultra-versatile by nature. You’ll never run out of uses for it. And they look good in any room.

Wardrobe closet for a toys
Install a wardrobe closet like this one when your kids are small for all their toys. Then use it later in your media room, study, or wherever you need extra storage.

Organize Your Kids Closets Today

Don’t worry about the future use of your kids’ closets. As long as you plan for flexibility before you start the design process, you can be sure they’ll get many years of use.

 

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