15 Organization Ideas to Make Your Playroom Adult-Friendly
Because playrooms and adults can peacefully coexist.
The kids are back in school, but the playroom floor is still littered with toys? It might be time to try some new organization tactics. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas for keeping the most kid-friendly room in your home adult-friendly, too.
Kitchen Containers for Small Toys
Keep small toys and playdough corralled in clear kitchen containers. Attach fun labels for a cutesy touch.
Garden Stool for Balls
Flip a colorful garden stool upside down for a stylish place to store the ever-growing collection of balls in your playroom.
Dish Rack for Coloring Books
Keep coloring books in one spot with a wire dish rack.
Condiment Caddy for Blocks
Store and display colorful blocks in a condiment caddy.
Functional Storage in Transitional Playroom
Numbered bins and concealed storage make for a functional corner in this transitional playroom. A ladder helps young users reach items on the upper shelves.
If you don’t want clear storage bins but tend to be forgetful, opt for numbered storage bins. Create a system to keep yourself organized and make toy cleanup a breeze.
Courtesy of Jamielyn Nye and HomeGoods
Large baskets are a great way to store (and hide) stuffed animals and toys alike.
Dress-Up Clothes Rack
Do you have a dress-up diva on your hands? Create a small hanging rack just for dress-up clothes. Not only is it functional, but it’s pretty adorable, too!
Wood Storage Bins
Contemporary Playroom With Mod White Chairs and Wooden Storage Bins
Modern white chairs bring some smooth curves to the edges and corners in this playroom. A white table provides a workspace and can conceal storage beneath. Wooden storage bins bring a beautiful, rich color to the room and allow for easy pick up. A neutral graphic rug meshes with the wood, white and neutral wall color.
Cherie Cordellos Photography
Sleek wood storage bins slide under this modern play table, but they would work well lined against a wall, too.
Clean, Modern Playroom Offers Colorful Bench Seating
A white bench with colorful cushions wraps around the windowed wall in this spacious playroom. The cheery cushions pair with a dyed rug to bring bright, kid-friendly color to the clean, modern space.
Take advantage of windows in your space with window seats, which can serve double duty as seating and hidden storage (score!).
Basement Playroom Wall-to-Wall Lego Storage With Desk
This spacious basement playroom features built-in shelving with pullout containers fit for organizing small pieces. The wall-to-wall storage unit includes a built-in desk, providing the perfect spot for piecing together complicated Lego designs.
John G. Wilbanks Photography
If your playroom has been overtaken with tiny toys, an organization system like this one might be just what you need — and your little Lego lover’s dream come true.
Ladder for Toy Storage
Combine form and function by storing toys on a ladder that coordinates with your design scheme. A leaning ladder serves the same purpose as a shelf but adds an element of interest to your room.
Floating bookshelves are the perfect option if you’re short on space in your playroom. These three white shelves create an instant reading nook without occupying any floor space.
At your art station, opt for a desk with maximum storage space.
Probably the most common type of playroom organization system, cubbies represent functionality at its finest. But this playroom shows that they can be totally trendy, too — clean lines and happy colors, FTW!
Built-Ins + Bins
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If you’re working with built-ins, take full advantage of every square inch by filling empty shelves with storage bins. Make sure you buy bins that coordinate with the look of your cabinets. Here, rustic bins blend beautifully with the weathered wood cabinetry.
No need for a trip to the kennel. Constructed by Washington, D.C.-based Four Brothers Carpentry, this built-in dog kennel and spa is located in a spacious mudroom that includes the family’s laundry facilities. Two comfy cages hold large dogs. A bottom drawer reveals a hide-a-way bed for a tiny pooch.
Display books, knickknacks and other small items on this wired wheel from Restoration Hardware’s RH baby & child. Mount three horizontally or vertically for a dramatic, yet functional storage solution.
Laundry Room/Pet Center
Laundry rooms make good spaces for pet centers. The floors are easy to clean, a water source is nearby and most mudrooms or laundry areas are located near an exit. Tour this swanky pet area from HGTV Smart Home 2014.
Pet Feeding Station
Transform old crates, boxes, stools or other wooden materials into a feeding station for Fido. Use a jigsaw to cut holes the size of your pet’s bowls. Get step-by-step instructions for building this pet feeding station.
Free up garage space for your car and create a catchall closet in the house. Use any hall closet, empty pantry or old computer armoire to mount wall shelves and hang hooks. Store pet food and accessories, cleaning supplies and a large container to “catch all.” Then, shut the door on clutter.
Lowe's provides an easy-to-follow pattern for this DIY book tree. Customize to fit any child’s bedroom or playroom. Place small books and soft toys on limbs. Hang night cloths on pegs. Get step-by-step instructions for building this DIY bookshelf tree from Lowe's.
Window Seat Pet Bed
A cozy window seat with a pet bed below allows your furry friend to curl up near you as you take a break. It also keeps your pet’s sleeping quarters out of house traffic. Get step-by-step instructions for building this window seat pet bed.
Here's a simple multi-pocket solution for kids who like to take smartphone, computer tablet, book or favorite play toy to bed. Hung on the side of the bed, it provides a safe place for small electronics.