A Custom Kid’s Closet that Can Go from Toddler to Teen

For a closet to be effective, it should accommodate the needs of the user. For a kid’s closet, this can mean anyone from a three-foot toddler to an almost six-foot teenage boy, making a “standard design” kid’s closet an impossibility! Closet design for a child’s room should consider how the closet and storage needs will change as your child grows: toddler to preschooler; grade-schooler to teen.

A Tailored Living® custom closet organization system is the perfect solution for today and tomorrow by accommodating all the stages your child will go through. A custom-designed system of tiered rods, adjustable shelves, cabinets, drawers and stackable storage will allow you to keep pace as needs change without having to completely remodel the closet every few years. Make a few adjustments, add some new accessories, and the closet will be ready for the next stage!

The Toddler/Preschooler Closet

Toddlers and preschoolers are just beginning to exert their independence by wanting to do things for themselves. Low-level storage options will make it easy for a young child to actively participate and start learning good habits.

  • Have open shelves for toys and books so it’s easy to select what they want.
  • Floor-level bins for shoes, socks, underwear and pajamas allow little ones to help dress themselves and get ready for bed like a big kid.
  • Label bins with pictures of what’s inside so a non-reading child can see what goes where.
  • A dirty clothes bin will help to instill the importance of a laundry basket.
  • Use smaller bins without lids, shallow drawers and short stacks of folded clothes so they can easily find what they need.

The upper portion of the closet will be parent territory, with hanging rods to organize clothes, high shelves to store seasonal clothing, extra blankets, special toys and games, etc. Focusing the bottom half of the closet on what the child can reach and effectively manage will make staying neat and organized much easier, and give them a sense of accomplishment when they can do things without assistance.

Closet doors take up space, and doors can be challenging as well as finger biters. (Doors, clothes hangers and tilt-out bins may be options for later years.) A popular decorating trend with reach-in closets is to remove the doors and have completely open access, or a curtain on a decorative rod. A curtain can personalize the space with a favorite color, pattern, or character print and be easily changed out to refresh the room.

The Grade-schoolers Working Closet


School-aged kids live in two worlds: school and home. Both worlds collide in their rooms and they especially need their closets to be functional to effectively manage it all. They now have bigger clothes, more stuff, schedules to keep and school paraphernalia like backpacks, uniforms, books and laptops. By this stage, they’ll be using the entire closet and changes like additional hanging rods, shoe racks and shelf dividers are helpful additions.

  • Floor-level bins give way to shoe racks, and open shelves with dividers can neatly stack folded items like jeans and tee shirts.
  • Tiered hanging rods and color-coded hangers help to separate school uniforms from regular wear.
  • High shelves can hold such things as sports equipment, toys, games, puzzles, and sleeping bags. (Keeping a small, sturdy stool on hand makes access easier.)
  • Pull-out bins and baskets are useful to contain small items like hats, scarves, and other accessories and can have colorful fabric liners or vinyl wraps.
  • A pull-out laundry hamper will keep dirty clothes under control.
  • Wall hooks can hold backpacks, jackets, hats, purses; the grab-and-go necessities.

Effective use of bedroom space will help to keep the closet from getting overloaded. Having a bookshelf and desk in the room will corral school books and laptop and also provide extra space for hobbies, books and toys. Kids this age will enjoy decorating their room and closet with a favorite color or subject, like astronomy, puppies or SpongeBob. If they’ve had a hand in designing their space, they’ll be more inclined to keep it neat!

The Teen’s Fashion Central Closet

A teen’s closet will be all about the clothes and shoes. (Yes, even the guys.) Teenagers will be apt to try to cram in more than a closet can hold, so it’s important to maximize all the space. Teens juggle school, a social life and impending adulthood, so they need to look really good at all times!

  • Multiple hanging rods for long and short items will keep clothes organized.
  • Open shelves with dividers will keep stacks of folded clothes neat and tidy.
  • Drawers or pull-out bins or baskets can hold small items like underwear, socks, pajamas, wallets, sun glasses and other personal items.
  • Accessories like valet rods, tie and belt racks and hooks will give a grownup aspect to the closet and nicely hold ties, belts, scarves, hats and necklaces.
  • Floor-to-ceiling shoe shelves will accommodate shoes, boots, athletic shoes and purses.
  • An integrated or a free-standing mirror will make it easy to coordinate outfits.
  • A velvet-lined jewelry drawer is a special treat for a teen girl and protects her valuables.
  • Garment bags keep seldom-worn prom dresses and suit jackets safely stored.
  • A laundry hamper will keep discards from piling up on the floor awaiting laundry day.
  • Seasonal clothes can move to a top shelf or out to garage storage to leave plenty of room for current fashions.

A well-designed closet will help your child be organized at every stage. This makes all of life simpler, from getting ready for school in the morning to getting to bed at night. And the better they get at maintaining their own space, the happier you’ll be!

If you’re faced with ineffective kids’ closets or any other organization/storage challenges, a Tailored Living designer can help you get it under control. We’re the experts with closets, garages, home offices, entryways, pantries, laundry rooms and more. Call 866-712-3404 today to schedule a free, in-home consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to scroll through our photo gallery for inspiration and to find a professional designer near you.