Standard closets are built with a “one size fits all” mentality. In reality, the “standard” closet isn’t really a great fit for anyone, but especially for children. If you have the budget to makeover your children’s closets, you’ll find that they’ll be far more functional.
However, although we can work with just about any budget when it comes to doing a closet upgrade, it may not be a reno that you’ll want to do all over again when your children get older and taller. Instead, Tailored Living can work with you to create a children’s closet design that can be adjusted and re-adjusted so it grows with your child.
1) Adjustable height rods. Placing hanging rods at a level where a child can reach her clothing herself helps to foster a sense of independence. She can choose her own outfit to wear and access it on her own. She can also hang up her clean clothes by herself.
Eventually, she will grow and become a teenager. Hopefully by that time she’ll have the self-sufficiency thing nailed. However, it won’t be very convenient if the closet rod is still only 2 feet off the floor. That’s why it’s a great idea to plan ahead when they’re little. Pre-installing closet rod hardware at varying heights will allow you to move the rod progressively higher as your child grows.
2) Adjustable shelving. The same principle applies to shelving. What’s the point of a shelf in a closet if your child can’t reach it? You’ll be able to teach your child to get organized and manage his own possessions if you create a storage system he can access on his own, even at a very young age. Then, when he’s bigger, you can readjust shelving to better accommodate his height.
3) Accessories that transcend age. Baskets, sliding baskets, drawers, drawer dividers and shoe racks/shelves are the kinds of accessories that will be useful throughout your child’s entire life (although their contents will undoubtedly change from Hotwheels or Shopkins to sports gear or makeup).
4) Paint the closet walls white. We suggest painting the rear wall of the closet some shade of off-white, now matter what color the rest of the walls in the room are painted. It’s not easy to paint a closet wall once all the hardware is in place, so a neutral white shade will match any wall color. This way, if you paint your little girl’s room pink and she gets older and decides she doesn’t like pink anymore, at least you won’t have to re-paint the inside of the closet too.
Here are a few more general tips for organizing a grow-with-your-child closet:
* Instill a habit of organization while they are young. Teach kids what goes where (and let them help decide where to put certain items as they are capable). Re-visit your closet organization scheme periodically, as your children’s storage needs will change as they get older.
* Labels are your new best friend. Label bins, drawers, shelves, etc., with what belongs in that particular spot. (For children who are not yet readers, label with pictures instead of with words.) This will make it exponentially easier for your child to put items where they belong.
* Make sure to re-label when you make storage changes. Even if your child is 16 years old, labels are still an excellent visual reminder to stay organized.
Tailored Living has endless options when it comes to ideas, designs and configurations for a closet that will grow with your child. Our skilled designers and craftspeople can work with any budget and any size space and create a closet that works for your child and your family’s lifestyle.
One more thing: we’d like to wish all of our readers and clients a very safe and happy weekend celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!