15 Smart, Versatile Toy Storage Ideas
Toy storage isn’t one size fits all. Try these organizing tips that will tidy up all types and sizes of toys, and will adapt as your child’s storage needs change.
By: Jeannie Matteucci
Consider using a portable caddie to gather and store balls, building blocks or action figures, so you can bring the items right to a playroom table or your backyard. As your kids grow out of their toys, the caddie can be used for holding utensils, garden tools or for a gift basket.
Totes for Toys
A great way to store toys of different sizes and types, this nursery designed by Abaca Interiors features three hanging canvas tote bags – out of the way, on the back of the bedroom door – for stuffed animals, building blocks and Legos. Each bag is labeled, so both kids and parents know where the toys belong when playtime is over.
A modular system that includes both open and closed storage solutions can bring order to a messy play space or child’s bedroom. Low, wide drawers are handy for medium-to-large toys, while a bench with cubbies underneath is perfect for storing stuffed animals or extra pillows.
Bonus Bedroom Storage
If the closet and dresser in your child's room has reached capacity, consider adding a storage bench at the end of the bed. This adaptable piece of furniture gives you a way to hide away medium and larger-sized toys and stuffed animals inside, while also providing a place to change shoes or lay out clothes for the next school day.
Sometimes divide and conquer is the way to go. For this child's bedroom closet, a combination of hanging rods, cubbies, drawers and slide-out baskets helps store both clothes and toys. Use dead space under drawers for pull-out baskets that can provide a home for odd-shaped toys.
Small toy cars can often turn up missing or scattered around your home. In this racing-themed child's bedroom, a basket placed on an open shelf at the bottom of a nightstand gives both parents and kids an easy way to gather and store the cars. This helps avoid lost cars and having the toys be a tripping hazard.
Give yourself options when storing toys. In this colorful and fun contemporary playroom, movable open bins secured to the wall create flexible and user-friendly storage for stuffed animals and picture books. The open floor space below the bins is smartly used for larger items, including toy trucks.
If you have toys and games of different sizes that you want to store together but have limited space, an organizer with drawers and cubes is a good solution. Label large fabric drawers for games and puzzles, and use clear-front cubes and smaller drawers to store tiny toys that have been grouped together by type.
For this city nursery designed by Interior Design Fair, a large armoire with sliding pine doors and open shelves on each side provides flexible toy storage. Wire baskets hold smaller stuffed animals, fabric bins provide a home for larger toys, and woven baskets currently storing cloth diapers and receiving blankets can transition to hold collections of small toys as the child grows.
Stackable or modular bins are great storage tools for toys. Open bins are ideal for stuffed animals, games and even books, and allow you and your child to store and spot favorite toys in an easy way. This bin does double duty as a nightstand, a nice extra bonus.
Up the Wall
Piles of small toys and picture books can overtake a child’s bedroom quickly, so it helps to create a home for these items. Free up floor space by using hanging wall organizers with pockets to sort and store thin and small-sized toys. Group the pieces according to type, so finding a favorite toy becomes an easier process.
Gather Sports Gear
The round shape of balls can make them a challenge to store. For larger-sized balls, a slide-out bin is a smart way to group and hold the balls together. A hanging mesh bag or standing wire bins also work for medium or large balls, while portable baskets and bins are a good choice for smaller baseballs, softballs or tennis balls.
Kid-Centered Media Room
Piles of toys often create clutter in family and media rooms, so control the chaos by using a storage system that addresses both toy and media storage. Go for a unit that combines drawers with open shelves, so you can use baskets for smaller toys and still have room for media equipment. Colorful soft hampers on each side create a home for stuffed animals.
Rack ‘Em Up
Plastic bins and tubs are one solution for storing a collection of fashion dolls, but there are other options. In this closet, a women's slide-out shoe rack has cleverly been used for display storage of a group of fashion dolls. The "arms" secure each figure to the rack, which keeps all the dolls in plain sight and within easy reach.
Versatile solutions like this dresser from Stokke with an optional attachment for changing diapers gives you storage that can grow with your child. When your child is past the diaper stage, the soft-closing drawers can be used for storing different-sized toys. Look for dressers with low-height drawers, so little ones can help put away their toys at cleaning time.