84 Practical Toy Storage Ideas that Actually Work Big Time

By Niv Orlian Feb 26, 20

Part 2

Hanging Storage Bins

Love this! By repurposing a large empty jar of cornstarch, this mom turned it into a Lego head. Now there is a fun and friendly place to keep all of those tiny blocks. Visit source...

Toy Box with Casters

This DIY toy box tutorial will show you how to make a movable, rolling toy storage bin with a soft bench top. This will go great in any kid's room, and can easily be moved around. Visit source...

A Collector’s Shelf

Cardboard wall-mounted toy shelves for the little collector in your life. Those not comfortable working with PVC piping can achieve the same result by working with sturdy cardboard tubing.


Check out the results on this blog. Visit source...

Puzzle Organization

Puzzles can get lost and disorganized very quickly. This blogger shows you a great way to jump on it early, by using plastic containers for each individual puzzle.


Simply cut out the picture on the lid and attach it to the front of each container. Visit source...

Crap Buckets

Gotta love the name of this project: “crap buckets.” In other words, brightly colored and clearly labeled buckets arranged along the stairs where parents can place all the things their kids leave around, and kids can then pick up their bucket and put everything where it belongs. Visit source...

Metal Hanging Fruit Basket

As part of an overall bathroom renovation, these parents came up with the idea to use a hanging wire fruit basket as a clever form of bath toy storage.


The water can easily drain out, and the toys have a chance to dry between play times. Visit source...

Source: 8footsix.com

Wall Clipboards

Not necessarily toy storage, but still a necessary storage solution when you have kids around: papers.


This mom attached several clipboards to a wall in her home, and each one can be used to display important school information, calendars, etc. Much better than trying to stick them all to the fridge. Visit source...

Smart Storage for Small Toys

Small toy storage can be particularly challenging. This blog will show you a clever use of mesh bags to keep everything organized. I like this because you can still see what's inside the bags while keeping everything contained. Visit source...

Arts and Crafts Supplies Organizer

Art supplies! If you're not careful, they can take over your entire house. This blogger had the great idea to use an over-door shoe storage hanger as a way to keep all those markers, paints, colored pencils, and everything else in its own place. Visit source...

Creative Toy Storage Ideas

This family is working with a shared space. There is no playroom per se, it's more like a corner of the living room.


So, to keep everything organized, they had to get creative. You can see all the cool tips and tricks here. Visit source...

Hidden Storage and Train Table

A coffee table that converts into a train table, Lego table, playspace, etc. This is another great solution for families that need to blend playspace with living space.


No need for a separate room, just so long as you have a place to put the toys. Visit source...

Hanging Rack for Play Clothes

Storage for dress up clothes! This blog will walk you through how to build your own hanging rack for play clothes, with a wide base for storing all those little odds and ends. Visit source...

Source: ana-white.com

Wood Crate Toy Storage

Learn how to construct a shelf using readily available wooden crates. By attaching them altogether, you get extra space for books, stuffed animals, action figures, or anything else cluttering up the floor in your children's bedrooms. Visit source...

Bath Toy Organization

A tension rod, colorful plastic baskets, and a few clever clips are all you need to create this DIY bath toy storage solution. This is a very cute idea for addressing the bath toy storage conundrum. Visit source...

Clear Toy Storage Bags

Sometimes, bags really are the easiest and most convenient way to store toys. This mom came up with a way to make clear bags with drawstring closures so that kids and parents can still see what's on the inside.


Sewing directions on the blog. Visit source...

Portable Kids Bookshelf

No DIY required. This lightweight, portable shelf is available from Amazon and can be shipped right to your door. We don't always have the time or technical know-how to build things from scratch.


This is a great alternative. Visit source...

Source: amazon.com

KidSpace Toy Organizer

Here's another ready-made solution. This rolling toy bin is large enough to accommodate some of those extra fluffy stuffed animals, but super easy to maneuver thanks to the casters on the bottom. Visit source...

Source: wayfair.com

Westcote Blue Toy Box

his is really beautiful – it looks like an heirloom piece. This ready-made toybox is available through this website and makes a quick, easy, and very attractive toy storage solution. Visit source...

Fabric Storage Cube

Those fabric storage cubes are so handy for so many things, but you can be somewhat limited in colors and patterns. Unless of course you make your own. Here's a tutorial on how to do exactly that. Visit source...

Source: hometalk.com

Realistic Playroom Organization

I love this! This family is taking a realistic, whole room approach to organization. They don't expect you to be a genius with sewing, carpentry, or anything else.


These are just good solid tips for how to get organized. Visit source...

Green X-Large Lego Storage Drawer

Got a Lego fan in your life? They'll absolutely love this giant green Lego brick storage drawer. Of course, you're welcome to store anything in it, but I tend to think it's perfect for Legos. Visit source...

Unicorn Shaped Wicker Storage

Pottery Barn always comes up with the most creative stuff! This beautiful wicker basket is shaped like a unicorn, and has a perfectly neutral color theme. It will really work well in any room. Visit source...

DIY Peek-A-Boo Toy Storage Bags

A sewing tutorial for how to create fabric bags with clear plastic panels so you can easily see what's inside.


Pair these with a few colorful wall hooks, and boom! Everything's up off the floor! Visit source...

DIY Wooden Toy Crate

Step-by-step instructions for how to make a DIY wooden toy crate. You can make this look as rustic or as refined as you want. A good beginning carpentry project, as there aren't too many tricky details here. Visit source...

Reading Nook with Storage Bins

This is amazing! A seldom used closet has been turned into a reading nook, complete with comfy bench and plenty of books storage. There is even space for toy storage bins along the bottom. Visit source...

Multitier Wooden Storage Shelf

Here's a good weekend project to help get a bedroom organized. This blog will take you through this DIY how-to guide on building your own multitier wooden storage shelf.


Plenty of room for books, toys, and everything else. Visit source...

Fabric Storage Bucket

These freestanding round toy storage buckets can be easily sewn at home. I do love these storage solutions with the clear plastic panels, so kids (and you) can easily see what's inside. Great for quick easy organization. Visit source...

Source: mellysews.com

Under Bed Storage Box

This DIY guide will show you how to create an under bed storage box with a hinged top. A bit of carpentry know-how is required, but even if you are a novice, I think this guide does a very good job of taking you through step-by-step. Visit source...

Easy, Affordable Uniform Storage

Follow along with this family as they completely redo their child's room. They are addressing every aspect of a room renovation, including toy storage. Some really clever ideas here. Visit source...

Suitcase Kids Toy Storage Idea

Too cute! Older style (read: flat) suitcases are painted up and converted into under bed toy storage. Super easy project, and very easy for kids to access. Plus, it adds a ton of personality to the room. Visit source...

Stylish DIY Toy Storage Ideas

For those who need to store toys in the living room, or anywhere else they will be on prominent display, this blog has you covered with a selection of modern and stylish toy storage solutions. Visit source...

Source: hometalk.com

Playroom Benches with Storage

This family had two challenges to address: playroom seating, and extra storage. Their solution was to build a long corner bench with individual storage compartments underneath. Best of both worlds! Visit source...

DIY Toy Chest That Doubles As A Toy

I love it when toy storage can double as a toy itself. This DIY guide will instruct you on how to build a toybox that also serves as a city skyline backdrop for superhero missions, busy cars, or metropolitan tea parties. Visit source...

Flip Down Wall Art Desk

Floor space is at a premium in many homes, so I absolutely love this idea of a flip down desk, complete with space for art supply storage. It provides a nice neat workspace, without crowding the room. Visit source...

Source: ana-white.com

DIY LEGO Storage

If your child is into Legos at all, I'm willing to bet you have thousands and thousands of them in the house. This family address the problem with a really cool use of hanging buckets and a specialized play table. Visit source...

Hoopla

If you're good with a sewing machine, this project might be a godsend. By combining a sturdy hoop with a sewn fabric bag, you've now created a clever toy storage solution which can hang right on the back of a door. Visit source...

The Matchbox Organizer

This hanging car display has plenty of room for your little ones favorite vehicles, and can easily be hung over the back of the door, or on a wall. Just a little bit of sewing required to make this super adorable addition. Visit source...

Magnetic Toy Storage with Pizza Pans

So many toys are magnetic, and it can be challenging finding a safe place for them to be stored.


This mom came up with the genius idea of simply attaching a few metal pizza pans to the wall, and letting her kids stick the magnets all over them. Amazingly easy! Visit source...

I am always so impressed by the clever and creative ways people are able to bring both order and fun to their kids' playrooms.


Hopefully, somewhere in and among these dozens of excellent ideas, you found something that will work for your home.


If something on this list inspired you, please be sure to tell me about it in the comments. I can't wait to hear about your next project.

Written by Niv Orlian