If you don’t have a proper toy storage system in place, look forward to a chaotic house or playroom.
But chaos isn’t the only problem.
Scattered toys can also be harmful!
It may sound a bit cliche at this point, but accidentally stepping on a LEGO brick is nobody’s idea of fun.
The agony is just as bad as stubbing your little toe on the furniture.
If your child’s playroom has been looking more like a disaster zone than a playroom recently, you may need ideas on how to control it.
Well, look no further.
These seven genius toy storage ideas will transform your playroom from disaster to delightful, faster than you can say, “Hey, pick those toys up, kiddos!”
Check them out to keep the mess out of sight but in charming and convenient ways.
1. Bed Drawers
Bed drawers are a pretty basic concept.
They’re drawers that go underneath your child’s bed, thus providing storage space that’s both space-efficient and convenient.
There are two basic types of bed drawers.
There are the types that you buy and slide under your existing bed.
And there are the types that are right in the bed frame itself.
Obviously, the choice is yours.
But these options can give you a surprising amount of space within which to store toys, clothes, and other items.
2. Hanging Hampers
If stuffed animals are starting to overrun your child’s playroom and turn it into a wild stuffy habitat, you may need to get creative in how you store them.
See, stuffed animals don’t always fare as well when stored with other toys.
They can quickly wear and damage over time, especially when stored with other abrasive toys like blocks and toy trucks.
So if you need some extra stuffed-toy storage space, consider getting some hanging hampers that you can hook to the inside of your child’s closet door.
You can easily find these types of hampers because they’re popular for use with clothing. But due to their design, they work well for stuffed animals as well.
The only caveat here is that you probably won’t like this option as much for heavier, sturdier toys. Most hanging hampers comprise materials that don’t fare well for storing abrasives and solid items with edges.
They can tear, rip, and otherwise wear out pretty quickly under such circumstances.
3. Stackable Bins
Ah, stackable bins.
The veritable heroes of the storage space kingdom!
Utilize these fantastic storage space wonders to add some pretty serious storage capacity to any room.
There are indeed so many options for bins in this category that the sky is the limit.
Shop around for the bins you need, set them up, stack them up, and start storing stuff.
It will likely amaze you how even a few of these types of bins can put a significant dent in your toy-room mess.
4. Wall-Mounted Shelves
Shelves can be an excellent storage option that can also add some aesthetic charm to the room.
But you also want to be a little bit careful with this one.
If a toddler (or two) inhabits the room, shelves can be dangerous if mounted low enough to climb. Toddlers can also pull stuff down off the shelves or even knock them down!
(Toddlers are challenging on most things, as it turns out!)
When you can mount them safely, securely, and out of reach, wall-mounted shelves can bring some added storage functionality to your space.
Use this as a place for collectibles, books, stuffed animals, beanie babies, model planes — whatever you’d like to store and display at the same time.
5. Toy Hammock
Toy hammocks are basically cloth storage platforms that you hang in the corner of a room or the closet. Some people even hang them over the bed and store stuffed animals in them.
The limitation to most cloth hammocks is that they can only handle a certain amount of weight.
For this reason, they tend to work better for stuffed toys and toys that don’t weigh as much.
Toy trucks, blocks, and other heavy toy items won’t find a home in this particular storage area (unless your toy hammock is a work of titan-level strength, bolted to the wall and built of a material akin to Spiderman’s webbing).
But it’s a fantastic idea, it looks cool, and it can significantly increase your toy room storage capacity.
Just make sure that your kids don’t climb up into it! (We’re pretty sure that’s an OSHA violation or something!)
6. Storage Compartments
A quick search for ‘toy organizers’ on Wayfair will yield many results for toy storage compartments.
And most of them are superb.
This is probably the most diverse and efficient toy storage option you could buy for a toy room.
It offers plenty of storage space while also making toys more accessible than they would be in actual stackable storage bins.
Remember: design choice will be the critical decision here.
Opt for something that fits in well with the decor, and that also meets your child’s age-related mobility restrictions.
In other words, make sure to buy something that your child will access to whatever level you desire them to access it.
7. Bungee Crate Organizer
This is an option that kids love. But it’s also accessible and serves to give the playroom a little extra pizzazz.
These bungee crate organizers are minor versions of the ones you see at toy stores to store bouncy balls, large stuffed animals, and pillows.
They really only work with more oversized items. But if your kids have a bunch of yard toys (basketballs, baseball mitts, etc.), stuffed animals, or similar toy types, this is a fantastic storage option.
These seven utterly genius toy storage ideas will take your space from cluttered to awesome in no time.
Now you must shop and set up your new toy storage system!
Don’t worry. Organizing a toy room is a lot of work. But with some determination and a little bit of parental elbow grease, you’ll do a fantastic job.
In other words — you got this!
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Chelsea Museum District to help them with their online marketing.