Looking for safe toy box, suggestions?? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 10 Old 12-28-2010, 11:56 AM - Thread Starter
 
carlaboz99's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

If you have any suggestions on what kind of toy box/storage solution, please let me know!  I'm constantly downsizing the amount of toys we have, but I still need a good storage solution that is safe but looks good. Pics, links, names, etc., are appreciated. 

 

 :)  smile.gif  Thanks!

carlaboz99 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 10 Old 12-28-2010, 12:10 PM
 
mkksmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 1,562
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

 

IMO, it depends on the age of the kids and what you are storing. Toddler toys can sometimes go in on big toy box, but once they are 2 or 3, it helps to sort things. This way, when they go to play Little People, they don't have to dig to find them and take EVERYTHING out, get distracted and forget that they were going to play. I like systems like this:

http://www.target.com/02-033-RiverRidge-Kids-Storage-Cubby/dp/B002FK8LIG/ref=sc_qi_detaillink

 

 

 


Mom to: Honey (6/04) and Bunny (9/09)
mkksmom is offline  
#3 of 10 Old 12-28-2010, 12:23 PM
 
wimama2b's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 97
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I really love Ikea for toy storage.

 

We have two shorter Ikea Trofast systems and an Ikea Expedit system that we use for book and toy storage.  They are both awesome.  The Trofast is nice because the bins can be taken out individually and they make clean up easy.  I plan on reorganizing my DS toys this weekend, and I am going to take pictures  and tape them on each bin so DS and his friends will know what is in each bin.  We have a 2x4 cubbie Expedit that we have with the long side horizontal.  The top is great for story bulky Playmobil toys, like my DS pirate ship and ghost pirate ship.  We also store toys in a basement rec room closet, and I plan to use Container store men's shoe bins  and boot boxes to organize most of the things in there.

 

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S09848447

 

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10103088


Amy - WOHM to DS 4/06 bikenew.gif and expecting baby bean in September 2011baby.gif
wimama2b is offline  
#4 of 10 Old 12-28-2010, 02:25 PM
 
BCFD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: California
Posts: 1,706
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I have to agree with the PP's who suggest Ikea.  We have 3 expedit's around the house.  Here are some old pics:

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/californiasaige/3310943448/in/set-72157614451742778/

 

Here are more recent pics (I have donated over half the stuff in the previous pics! LOL!):

 

http://flic.kr/p/95pRip

 

http://flic.kr/p/95sUm7

 

http://flic.kr/p/95pRgB


An incredibly thankful SAH Mommy to 3 fiendishly enchanting girls 11/04,10/05, & 12/06. 
 
BCFD is offline  
#5 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 01:03 PM
 
boogiemonster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Lovely Canada
Posts: 1,225
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We have the actual wooden toy box from Ikea, and it's great (although we don't keep toys in it, ahem).  It has hinges that don't allow it to slam, no matter how hard you push on it, and it has a space between the lid and the top rim of the box so little fingers can't get caught in there.

 

It is deep, though.  My older girl got stuck in there once on her second birthday, reaching for a toy down deep.  "I reach, r-e-a-c-h...I fall in the toybox!"


boogiemonster | the hairy scotsman | anna the elf | lucy the sprite | wee faerie faye, born 01/02/11

boogiemonster is offline  
#6 of 10 Old 12-29-2010, 03:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
carlaboz99's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Wow! Thanks, Ladies! Great ideas *AND* great inspiration!!  :)

carlaboz99 is offline  
#7 of 10 Old 12-30-2010, 10:16 PM
 
lunarlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

 

We have a toy box/bench from Nilo that we love. It isn't huge, but perfect for little hands to operate and very sturdy. We don't have Ikea here, so I have to make do with other options. smile.gif

CD'ing, homebirthing, milk making school teacher. Supporting my family on my income and trying to get out of debt in 2013!
lunarlady is offline  
#8 of 10 Old 12-31-2010, 08:05 PM
 
MEcatlady17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: in the woods
Posts: 385
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by wimama2b View Post

I really love Ikea for toy storage.

 

We have two shorter Ikea Trofast systems and an Ikea Expedit system that we use for book and toy storage.  They are both awesome.  The Trofast is nice because the bins can be taken out individually and they make clean up easy.  I plan on reorganizing my DS toys this weekend, and I am going to take pictures  and tape them on each bin so DS and his friends will know what is in each bin.  We have a 2x4 cubbie Expedit that we have with the long side horizontal.  The top is great for story bulky Playmobil toys, like my DS pirate ship and ghost pirate ship.  We also store toys in a basement rec room closet, and I plan to use Container store men's shoe bins  and boot boxes to organize most of the things in there.

 

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S09848447

 

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10103088

 I was going to post links for the same systems.  I love my Expedit shelf with baskets I bought at a discount store.  I am buying the Trofast system this weekend for DD's toys now that she is moving into the 'toys with pieces' stage after Christmas and with her birthday coming.  I have a little wooden toy box from JCpenney.com but I hate it.  It is supposed to stay open when opened, but it slams shut and the hinge piece does not work correctly.  Also, her toys are all buried in there so it doesn't allow her to get something specific she might be interested in. 

 

A simple idea that you may even have is to utilize a small book shelf or the bottom couple of shelves and put bins or baskets on it for toys with parts.  For older children with small toys with small pieces you can get the clear plastic bins with lids so your children can see what it in them without having to dump containers out.
 


Mama to a beautiful baby girl born 01/21/2010
MEcatlady17 is offline  
#9 of 10 Old 01-01-2011, 10:13 AM
 
wimama2b's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 97
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by MEcatlady17 View Post


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by wimama2b View Post

I really love Ikea for toy storage.

 

We have two shorter Ikea Trofast systems and an Ikea Expedit system that we use for book and toy storage.  They are both awesome.  The Trofast is nice because the bins can be taken out individually and they make clean up easy.  I plan on reorganizing my DS toys this weekend, and I am going to take pictures  and tape them on each bin so DS and his friends will know what is in each bin.  We have a 2x4 cubbie Expedit that we have with the long side horizontal.  The top is great for story bulky Playmobil toys, like my DS pirate ship and ghost pirate ship.  We also store toys in a basement rec room closet, and I plan to use Container store men's shoe bins  and boot boxes to organize most of the things in there.

 

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S09848447

 

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10103088

 I was going to post links for the same systems.  I love my Expedit shelf with baskets I bought at a discount store.  I am buying the Trofast system this weekend for DD's toys now that she is moving into the 'toys with pieces' stage after Christmas and with her birthday coming.  I have a little wooden toy box from JCpenney.com but I hate it.  It is supposed to stay open when opened, but it slams shut and the hinge piece does not work correctly.  Also, her toys are all buried in there so it doesn't allow her to get something specific she might be interested in. 

 

A simple idea that you may even have is to utilize a small book shelf or the bottom couple of shelves and put bins or baskets on it for toys with parts.  For older children with small toys with small pieces you can get the clear plastic bins with lids so your children can see what it in them without having to dump containers out.
 



You will love it.  I resisted buying them for a while.  I am more traditional in my taste in furniture, but I really love them now that I have them.  The Trofast is so practical.  In our two small ones we started out with 4 small green bins and 4 medium red bins in them.  I just bought two of the larges blue bins for this weekends big toy reorganization. And, now we will be using 2 green bins, 2 red bins, and 2 blue bins.  I love that I can change the sizes of the bins as needed as his toys change. 


Amy - WOHM to DS 4/06 bikenew.gif and expecting baby bean in September 2011baby.gif
wimama2b is offline  
#10 of 10 Old 01-04-2011, 10:40 AM
 
dayiscoming2006's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,783
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

What I use for now...

http://www.amazon.com/Sassy-Soft-Sided-Organizer-Blue/dp/B001H9NXEI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1294162751&sr=8-5

 

It's pretty good as long as you don't have a ton of toys. I had to get this because I was on a budget. If I could get anything, then I'd probably spend a little more and do something different. I like the ideas given in this thread so far.


Happily married Christian SAHM of 2 boys, DD1 uc.jpg, and DD2 July 2013 homebirth.jpg 

 homeschool.gif   novaxnocirc.gif cd.gif   winner.jpg                                       

 

dayiscoming2006 is offline  
Reply

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off