This year I want to bring you more relatable home tours, ideas for smaller spaces, and ideas that suit a wide range of budgets. Today I want to share some really practical and creative ideas for Montessori wardrobes. All of these ideas are low to no cost, many require the use of materials that are second hand or that are repurposed!
This is a wonderful example! The wardrobe is height adjustable. The parents have some clothes up high for them to reach and will lower the branches when their child is old enough to dress themselves.
"This is how I built the wardrobe! First we went to the forest to get two branches with a length of 2 meters. Then we glazed the branches so that they couldn't break easily. With cheap jute ropes the branches were fixed and hung to the ceiling with screw hooks." - @montessori_nature.
This is really practical and so easy to set up. There are four boxes on the floor, easy for the child to reach. There is a box each for socks, pants, short sleeve, and long sleeve tops. You could cover the boxes with plan paper or paint them to be more aesthetically pleasing. Baskets could also be used.
This is a really sweet wardrobe. Alli from @little_brains_big_ideas used a bookcase and a shower tension rod from Target to create this wardrobe for her three-year-old.
This wardrobe is made from a $3 bookshelf from Goodwill and it looks SO good!
"I spray painted a $3 bookshelf I found at Goodwill and attached hardware. It's also anchored to the wall. The baskets are old and from the Target dollar spot but anything would do. The baskets contain: shorts, pajamas and diapers, and socks. The basket on the side is for dirty clothing and the chair is for him to use while getting pants on." - @no_method_montessori
This looks like a height-adjustable clothing rack with drawers for folded up clothes. @adventureswtihellamarie also switched to a smaller laundry basket so it was easier for the young child to carry.
This wardrobe is made from a shelving unit (perhaps Ikea Ivar?) with a branch going through the top to act as a rod. Baskets on the lower shelf provide a dedicated space for folded clothes. I love the sweet mirror on the shelf (perhaps Ikea Ikornnes?).
A simple rod attached to the wall under a shelf provides space here for a few sets of clothes. Remember young children can feel overwhelmed if there is too much choice. Many children will benefit from only having two or so choices of clothing/tops/pants.
Depending on what shelving you use this could be an option that works for you. Also, see the mirror on the floor for the child to use.
@montessoriandus uses a built-in wardrobe. The child accessible clothes are on the left side, limiting the choices as to not overwhelm the child. Other clothes are stored on the right side with more clothes in storage in boxes up the top. The low bar is adjustable and was from a local hardware store. The hanging storage compartments are from Ikea.
This is a fun idea. This hanging wardrobe is made from PVC piping!
This is a good example of a Trofast Ikea hack. This has both folded and hanging clothing. The labels for the drawers are super nice and clear.
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