9 Tips For Designing A Closet That Will Grow With Your Child

A custom closet design is an investment that can last a lifetime. When it comes to designing closets for children, it’s important to incorporate a design system that will grow with your child. Designing a child’s closet means considering their needs as they grow from infant to toddler to teen.  

Our designers at Coastal Closets & Showers have created 9 tips for design a custom closet system to grow with your child to ensure your system is built adaptable. Follow these 9 tips to get started on creating a system that will encourage your child to keep their room neat and organized.

Preparing The Nursery Closet

1. Think Ahead With Adjustable Features

If you are in the planning phase with a newborn on the way, you will want to map out space you will need to see how the variety of items you are looking to incorporate will fit. Think about the open space you will have when you no longer need the changing table. This space can later be converted into a place for wire baskets and cabinetry for your toddler, or even as a desk for your child once they are in school. Babies and toddlers closets may have three tiers of hanging rods for their little clothes but as they grow you will want the ability to remove rods to accommodate for larger clothing. 

2. Stay Away From Closed Drawers As Much As Possible

Babies, of course, have a lot of little things from socks to pacifiers to hair bows. While it may seem tempting to have large drawers to store these items, it can become very messy. Plus, you won’t always remember what you have if these items are out of sight. Using open baskets for these little items when your baby is little is a great way to stay organized and will be beneficial later for toys and clothing.  

3. Include Cubbies For Stacked Items

As a new parent, plan to go through a ton of diapers, diaper cloths, onesies, and wipes. Including cubbies for these items near the changing table within reach will be a nice convenience. As your child grows these cubbies will be a great addition for organizing toys.

Transitioning Into The Toddler Years And Beyond

4. Create Hanging Tiers 

As previously mentioned the three-tier system for hanging clothes will be useful in designing your kids closet. As your child grows and begins to explore their independence, teaching them to dress themselves will be easier and much more organized with double hanging they can reach. The secret is creating accessibility for particular items. For example, put the clothing you want them to dress themselves in on the bottom tier, then store holiday attire and other formal clothes above and out of reach.  

5. Create Storage For Toys And Books

While open shelving is nice for stacked items, bins are the best storage solution for toddlers. Your child will be able to dump all their toys on the floor and easily put them back in the bin when it is clean up time. Everything can then be tucked away in the cubbies. This process makes it easier for a child to understand how to clean up. Plus, it makes cleaning up much faster for a child or parent. 

6. Opt For Baskets Are Better Over Drawers

Doors and drawers can become a mess when your child decides to reach their little arm in and pull everything out while searching for a favorite item. However, with baskets, your child will easily be able to see their favorite pajamas or t-shirt without needing to pull everything else out.

Adapting A Space For A Teen

7. Let The Space Reflect Them

As your child continues to not only grow in size but independence, it’s important that they have a kids room and closet that feels like their own. When you are investing in your kid’s closet organizer it’s important to remember aesthetic appeal and functionality. It can be costly to change out drawer and door faces or even swapping the hardware to reflect your child’s ever-evolving personality. Remember this may be the closet of your dreams right now, but this is your child’s future closet storage space. 

8. Provide Privacy

It’s important to incorporate closet space with drawers and cabinets for personal items as teens do need privacy for certain things when their friends come over to hang out or do homework.  

9. Ensure Functionality

Small children will primarily use their closet for little items but most clothes and perhaps some toys. However, your teenager will need shoe storage in addition to larger hanging spaces. To maintain minimal clutter in your teen’s room, work with him or her to create a designated place for important items. When adapting your future teen’s closet, you will want to ensure their walk-in closet is fully adaptable for their future needs. Help your teen start thinking about the things that will help him or her stay organized as an adult. 

When preparing a custom closet for your child it is important to consider each stage of their life and what their needs may be. For questions on designing your child’s closet, our team is here to be a design tool to create a space that will grow with your child.  

Call us at Coastal Closets and Showers for your child’s custom closet design needs. Check out of Ultimate Custom Closet Checklist for more tips on planning.


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