SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE
The bane of many parents’ lives is a living room awash with toys and games. But good storage and thoughtful furniture placement can help solve the dilemma.
This living room originally had a clunky layout and lack of storage. But since being made over by Ikea interior designers, it offers plenty of storage, plus space for seven-yearold Eli to draw and play with his Lego.
A floor rug provides a comfortable place for Eli to sit and play, while a cabinet stores games and toys (and, when the doors are shut, blends into the room). A picture ledge above the cabinet displays Eli’s art.
“When redesigning the space, we looked at capturing Eli’s personality in some of the solutions we created,” Christine says.
An ottoman at the end of the sofa provides extra seating and concealed storage, while a side table has been positioned so Eli can use it for drawing.
When space is tight, built-in storage will make it easier for children and adults to share the same living space.