Let's Get Vertical! Smart Uses of Vertical Space in Kids Rooms

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"Let's get vertical, vertical...let me hear your small room talk..." If Olivia Newton-John were a blogger her hit song might have gone something like that because finding storage solutions in small spaces is definitely worth singing about. If you have a small room, one of the best ways to maximize your space is to use your vertical wall space. Here are some great examples to inspire you.

There are two good ideas at work here in Maren's nursery. A hanging rod serves as a makeshift closet for clothes on one wall. On the opposite wall, her parents installed 15 IKEA Trones shoe/storage cabinets. It's hard to make out in the picture, but each one is labeled ("tops", "bottoms", etc.).

Jack's room had two built-in units, but only one of them had shelving. For the other, his parents built squares and rectangles out of 1x6's to create different-sized compartments for both storage and display.

This nursery features a cool suspended rope ladder which both holds blankets and bedding and serves as a unique decorative feature.

These floating book shelves take up minimal visual space on the wall and free up more space for playing and toys in Matilda and her sister's room.

This room isn't tiny, but is shared by two growing girls so smart storage is essential. These parents added wood trim to the walls and installed shelves above and hooks below to give them plenty of options as the twins get older and have more things to store.

Jude's dad custom built this corner bookshelf. While too high for Jude to be able to reach the books himself, they've made storage space out of an otherwise unused corner. They've also hung a wire basket on the wall to house Jude's stuffed animal collection.

Here, wainscoting acts as a ledge to hold and display pretty picture books. This solution doesn't hold a ton of books, but is still a clever way to use what you have.

(Image credits: Jainé of Brooklyn View; Jack's Mom; Krista C.; Lesley Graham; reader Kat; Kate Greenway; Wild Whim Design & Photography)