Even if you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated playroom, kids’ toys are just not manageable. You may have figured out how to go minimal with toys, crafts, and books, but they still seem to multiply when you’re not looking. And the toy storage bins and toy chests either don’t get used or else they make it difficult to find things (these two phenomena are related). In addition to a big, fat mess, you’re left with toes stubbed from Legos, stickers stuck to your ass, and just a generally unsafe walking experience. But there are actually some magical toy storage units and toy organizers that make it easy to keep things orderly and accessible.
Of course, the unit that works best for you will depend on what types of toys your kid gravitates towards. If they like balls and big trucks, or larger dolls, then a storage unit with larger, deeper compartments, or a toy chest, may be the way to go. But if your kid favors arts and crafts, or smaller toys with lots of parts, you’ll want something with compartments and removable bins (preferably ones that provide some visibility into what’s inside). These are the best toy storage solutions we found, based on the toys you have (literally) lying around your house.
If the inner designer in you wants complete autonomy over what your storage looks like, then this build-your-own set from Pottery Barn is the way to go. Pick and choose which pieces fit your kid's needs and assemble them together to create an entire wall of storage that can elegantly showcase, and hide away, all the books, toys, and knick-knacks taking up space in your house.
ECR4Kids makes furniture for schools, so its toy storage cabinets are solid as anything and designed for practicality. This compact unit is perfect for crafty kids, Lego obsessives, or small-car racers. It can store (and most importantly, organize) everything in its 15 bins (not included) and stores artwork, sticker books, puzzles and board games in its 17 slots. It's not as beautiful as your midcentury furniture, but it is solid wood and more of a looker than most.
You can just use shoeboxes for the ECR4Kids birch storage cabinet if you like, but these clear bins allow kids to see everything they need and easily put everything away when they're done. Like the cabinet, they're on the more expensive side, but they'll last so long that they'll more than pay for themselves.
This bookcase is a chic way for your kid to show off their favorite toys, like their beloved stuffed animals or most recent Lego construction without getting in the way of other furniture. Plus, it stands at barely 3 feet tall, allowing easy access for kids to get their toys without having to ask for help.
Out of sight is truly out of mind with this simple white cabinet. Four sliding cabinets can store miscellaneous toys you'd rather not have lying around the house, while two roomier shelves offer more space for larger toys.
This all-in-one shelving unit, which measures roughly 2½ feet wide by 2½ feet high, has an array of colorful bins (sold in either primary colors or pastels). It also comes with mounting hardware so it can be secured to a wall and prevent tipping. No, it's not the most attractive option, but the angle and portability of the bins mean that kids can find what they need easily — and don't need to dump out 100 things looking for it.
In addition to being a cozy nook for your kids to relax and read, this chaise lounge doubles as a storage unit with built-in shelving underneath the seat, making it the craftiest way possible to hide your kid's least aesthetically-pleasing toys in hindsight.
This classic chest, which comes in a variety of colors to fit any aesthetic, provides plenty of room for quickly getting rid of clutter. Plus, it doubles as a bench (you can add cushions) and has safety hinges to keep the lid open and prevent smashed fingers.
If you're faux-neat — the type that stuffs the mess in the closet and hides the disarray under the bed — this chest, which just looks like beautiful furniture, is for you. You can throw any toys lying around the house into the depths of this sleek storage unit without thinking twice. Who needs organization when it's behind closed doors?
This utilitarian storage organizer isn't the prettiest but it gets the job done. With 16 storage bins in differing sizes, it's the perfect addition to any larger playroom and will ensure that there's a place for everything and that (maybe) everything will be put in its place.
This may be the only storage unit that your kid will have fun with while cleaning up. Its smaller size is perfect for storing smaller items, like dolls, art supplies, and yes, Legos.
The white wooden exterior makes this storage unit an easy piece to fit into any room in the house, while also staying fun with its eight colorful storage bins. From balls to building blocks to books, this sturdy organizer is a practical way to keep toys off the floor.
Who knew storage could be so chic? This catch-all bookcase somehow would look great in any room in the house, while also providing ample space to store all the toys you're tired of tripping over. The top shelf is perfect for books or games, while four bins below can hold small toys and art supplies. A rolling bin underneath can hide any other miscellaneous items.
This handy and good-value table, which measures just under 2 feet high, is a staple at preschools and daycares. The removable tabletop is reversible: One side has an illustrated scene that's great for trains and cars, and the other has a building surface for Legos (200 'Lego-compatible blocks' come with the table, too) . And the roomy storage area inside is perfect for storing Legos, cars, or other small toys, and can even be cleared out and used for sensory play.
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