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Looking for the best toy storage ideas but afraid your house could end up looking like a preschool? This post is all about functional and attractive toy storage ideas that will complement any decor.
Yes, you can have both. I did the legwork for you and these are my top 7 best toy storage ideas that will keep your home organized and looking great at the same time.
In the blink if an eye, our humble home has amassed a bulky heap of toys, books, art supplies, stuffed animals…you get it.
I’m grateful the kids have many fun things for learning, play, and discovery. However, I’ve racked my brain on how to keep it all organized and accessible – all while complementing my home’s decor.
Most toy storage solutions are functional, but they are also very colorful and bright. While I like colorful decor, I am not in favor of my home looking like a preschool.
So, I went on a quest to find some pieces that are not only functional, but that could work into any home interior style.
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve kept the kids’ toys in empty diaper boxes for quite some time.
At first, I was glad to re-purpose the diaper boxes, but my living room began to look like the diaper aisle at Target.
Furthermore, some great toys got lost at bottom of the large boxes (and if you know Toy Story… sad for the toy, right?).
So after hours scouring the Internet for functional and attractive toy storage ideas, here’s a list of what I use at home.
You might find these options useful in your home, too.
Top 7 Best Toy Storage Ideas that Actually Look Good:
1. Toy storage organizer bins on rack.
This toy storage organizer with bins is wonderfully tidy and absolutely necessary in your home. Your kids can quickly find their favorite toys because the bins are shallow and toys can be sorted into categories.
The bins make for faster clean up, as well.
For example, if your child wants to work on an art project, all they would have to do is grab the designated “art supplies” bin and create their masterpiece.
Then, when it’s time to clean up, they could simply put everything back in the bin and back onto the rack.
Easy clean-up is always a huge bonus!
I got this storage organizer in the natural/white color choice and I just love it.
One of my home decorating goals this year is to create a Montessori-style learning area with Scandinavian style. The natural wood and white bins really fit the minimal Scandinavian look I’m going for.
It comes in other lovely neutral colors – like grey, espresso, and white. I know you’ll definitely find one to go perfectly with your style.
Take it a step further and get uber organized with a label maker. Add a label to each bin so that you and your kids can sort toys easily.
2. Shelf unit for large toy storage.
Some toys won’t fit inside small storage bins and that’s okay.
Larger toys or toy sets should be displayed on a shelf.
This way, your children’s toys will be readily available for them to play with.
I found this lovely wooden house-shaped bookcase to be absolutely adorable and functional for storing toys that won’t fit into small bins.
The house shape is an interesting twist on the plain old boxy bookshelf plus it can double as a dollhouse!
It’s the perfect height for kids, as well.
No wonder this piece of furniture gets 5 stars from user reviews- I’m in love with it, too!
3. Montessori-style low cubby shelves.
The Montessori Method encourages accessibility for children, including infants. That’s precisely the reason why you’ll find low shelves in Montessori classrooms.
Low cubby storage shelves invite even our youngest, crawling tots over to discover the materials and toys you present to them.
Low shelves can be used by infants to hold on to for support while learning how to walk, as well.
They come in different sizes and dimensions, but they all have that one thing in common – low height for easy access to babies.
4. Best book rack for kids.
This kids book display rack neatly displays your kids’ books with each book cover facing forward.
Your kids can easily read the title and see the cover illustrations, adding to book-appeal and that’s a plus for engaging young readers.
I opted for this book display rack in the natural/white color because the natural wood and white bins go perfectly with the Scandinavian aesthetic I am looking for.
I have to mention that these are actually smaller in person, so if your kids have loads of books like mine do, I recommend getting at least 2.
5. Modern woven storage baskets.
Woven baskets are on-trend right now in the interior design world.
They can be used for storage, to sort laundry, and sometimes even as an outer covering for planters. Add a new use for woven baskets: toy storage!
Why not use the latest trend in home decor to organize your children’s toys? Woven storage baskets are soft and flexible.
This is important because you won’t have to worry about infants and toddlers getting hurt if they fall on top of them or bump into them.
You can use woven storage baskets to organize toys and place them on a shelf unit you may already have in your home.
You can also place them on the floor of your child’s play area so they have easy access and can visualize the toys inside.
6. Re-purpose your Moses basket as a toy storage basket.
You may already have a Moses basket that you used as your baby’s first bed.
If you do, then you know how quickly your baby grew out of it. You probably got 2 or 3 months use out of it, at most.
But don’t look at that Moses basket as a waste of money and don’t donate it just yet!
Re-purpose your Moses basket into a toy storage basket.
I love purchasing items that have dual, sometimes multiple, uses. That’s one way to take your dollar further.
A Moses basket will look so lovely in any home interior.
It’s also highly accessible for young children because you can place it on the floor and is shallow enough to see everything inside.
Plus, the large handle allow you to move the basket easily for vacuuming or sweeping underneath.
7. Over-the-door shoe organizers to organize small toys and art supplies.
Yes that’s right! An over-the-door shoe organizer. Only it’s not for their shoes – it’s for your older kids’ small toys, trinkets, and art supplies!
I thought about this one a lot, because my toddler has toys that aren’t appropriate for her baby twin siblings.
If you face a similar dilemma, give those small toys their own shoe pocket “condo”.
This is a wonderful way to organize small toys and art supplies.
Then, you can hang the entire thing over a door in a room the younger children don’t normally access.
Your older children will have access to their small toys and can play with them safely away from their younger siblings.
So what’s the takeaway? YES! It’s actually possible to organize your kids’ toys with functional, lovely storage pieces that will make your home look amazing.
These ideas have helped me achieve a neater home while keeping it stylish.
I am so glad I could bring these ideas to you. If you have other storage ideas or organizing tips, send me an email using my contact form and tell me about them. I’d love to try out your ideas.
This post was all about toy storage ideas that are functional and attractive.