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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.

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