Toy storage is a pain point for most of us parents. Whether it's LEGOs all over the floor, an army of stuffed animals invading your child's bedroom, or endless bins, containers and bags overflowing, keeping toys organized is hard work. That's why we're sharing our five favorite toy storage containers which not only look great in your house -- but, they're affordable!
We've been through so many different types of toy storage over the years. It took some trial and error, but our family has definitely found a cube storage unit and baskets to be the most effective combination for play and organization. We love the IKEA KALLAX shelf units as they are just the right size. Choosing the best baskets to put in our shelf unit was quite the challenge, as there are so many on the market. Here are our top recommendations.
Let's start with the baskets that we ended up buying for our KALLAX unit. We instantly fell in love with the clean design and soft fabric of these baskets. We love the bright, yet neutral cream color in contrast to our grey unit, along with the added depth provided by the rope texture. The handles are sturdy and can easily be held by kids.
The biggest appeal of these baskets for us was the flexibility in size. They offer full depth and half depth options which is ideal. We hate it when our kids are having to dig down to find tiny toys at the bottom of big baskets. With the half depth ones, we can store smaller toys which the kids can easily see and access.
2. Navy & Ivory Rugby Stripe Storage Bin with Rope Handles from The Container Store, $16.99
Available in several different color combinations, this basket is ideal for storing toys whilst not compromising on decor standards. Sophisticated and stylish, the basket is sturdy and can easily store toys, books, blankets and all those other random child-related items that us parents seem to accumulate in our living space. I really liked the plastic stays included as they help to keep the shape of the basket regardless of what is inside it.
3. Unicorn Storage Cube by 3 Sprouts, available on Wayfair, $21.99 each
These are definitely at the top end of our budget but if you are looking for the cute-factor then 3 Sprouts has that covered. They have loads of different animal designs, paired with a neutral and durable fabric. These are sure to please your kids, whilst also maintaining a relatively adult-friendly look to the room.
4. Fabric Cube Storage Bin by Pillowfort at Target, $9.99 each
These storage bins come in some really cute prints and are very good value for money. I love how strong their shape is, it really helps to avoid those all-too-common entire storage bin spillages by littles! Plus it makes taking the bins to different rooms for on-the-go type play a lot easier.
5. BLADDRA Storage Box by IKEA, $9.99 each
We actually also have some of these with our KALLAX unit in the living room. The reason we opted for these is simply because they are subtle, sturdy and neutral enough to match most types of decor. You can read more in our blog, How to Subtly Store Toys in the Living Room. As it is in our living room, we didn't want bright patterns, so these were ideal. The handles are strong, and the fabric has a great texture to it.
Have you found a storage basket that you absolutely love? We'd love to hear your thoughts on our recommendations!
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Creative QT® co-owner, Adam Hinkle, lovingly refers toPixel Bricks™ as 'LEGO™ glitter' because they do seem to have a way of finding their way all over the floor if not properly stored. The good news is, however, we have loads of simple and affordable ways to store them all in this one blog.