I am a self confessed hourder, my husband is a hourder too although he is not quite ready to admit it, therefore storage has always been high on my agenda. Until we welcomed children into our home I had no idea how important storage is, I thought I was on top of it given my history but I was not prepared for the onslaught of 'stuff' that comes with a child!
I am a huge believer that you can have both style and substance in your home so when I set about designing the bedroom for the little people in my life I factored in storage. I wanted the room to still feel spacious and when we fill a room with storage even the largest of spaces can very quickly become cramped. By mounting the IVAR units on the wall I employed an age old design trick. By being able to see the floor gives the illusion of space.
As much as I am an advocate of investing in furniture that will last and vintage pieces IKEA serves a great many purposes. The truth of designing a room for a child is that you know all of your hard work and planning will have to be re worked at some point to meet their needs as they grown and change. In this instance the inexpensive and easily hacked wonders of an IKEA flat pack is a godsend.
You can easily create cool looks with their unfinished wood ranges. With the addition of frog tape, (who in the world does not love frog tape), I was able to add some very simple graphic elements. Once I had finished painting the shapes I thought it needed more so I popped some free hand sharpie dots on all of the white bits.