Toy storage ideas for organising your kids toys

38 Awesome Toy Storage Ideas

Try as you might, keeping toys organised can be a tough job. Kids love their toys in easy reach and are often quick to make a mess so soon after we tidy. It can be the most frustrating thing in the world as a parent, attempting to get control of the toy clutter! Finding easy toy storage ideas that also look great can be the challenge too, as there is nothing worse than an overflowing toy box that won’t even shut!

There are so many cool toy storage ideas that may make the organisation a little easier for all of us.

Toy storage ideas for organising your kids toys

Getting Toys Under Control

The battle against toys has been a long one for us, and one that prompted a few changes around the house!

Personally, my lounge room floor would often end up being toy storage. No matter how many times I picked them up. It’s no longer my job though.

By teaching my kids the responsibility of picking their own toys up is getting them quicker at the pack away tasks these days, especially when we have plenty of easy to access toy storage solutions for them. Minimising the number of toys in our home has also helped!

The other thing that has helped reduce out toy load is by giving gifts that aren’t toys for our kids for special occasions. You can find more than 100 ideas for non-toy gifts.

Although what most prompted me to put this collection of kids room inspiration together was a need for soft toy storage ideas when my girls were younger.


To help inspire you to get your kids toys neat and tidy, I have done some of the hard work for you. These unique toy storage ideas can be incorporated into your own home, either in your children’s bedrooms, playrooms or lounge storage solutions.

These kids storage ideas are mostly easy to set up and look great too, as a functional yet fun way to keep the toys under control!


Playroom with Ikea expedit shelves

I really love this idea, as it looks great and is so easy. In fact, we have a similar set up in our playroom these days, although with tubs in each cube. This is easy to reach for younger kids and the baskets hide away the unsightly mess.

Scroll down to number 29 to see the IKEA Kallax shelves used as a dollhouse, each cube a different room so this could be incorporated into the top shelves. Source

These baskets are similar to the ones used:


STuffed toy hanging swing

This is so freaking cute! Anyone who knows me knows I am a little anti-stuffed toy since becoming a mum. They are cute and all but seriously, how many does one kid need. My daughter got so many from birth through her first year and they just take up so much room.

About once a year I do a soft toy cull, however, we still have a pretty significant collection! Some are too cute to part with so this is one of my favourite teddy bear storage ideas.  Tutorial


DIY ikea kallax bench seat toy storage

This is another super cool IKEA hack, using shelving and adding bench seat cushions on top so the storage tubs are in easy access for kids, the mess is hidden away and you get some comfy chairs to sit on too.

This would work in other areas of the home too, like lounge storage ideas for extra places to hide the fun stuff.

Read next: 30+ Ikea Kallax Inspiration, Ideas & Hacks For Every Room


Dress up wardrobe for playroom

Do you have a little actor or actress in the making? How about a dress up rack to keep all those costumes neat and orderly? This is really cute and a great way to keep dress up outfits organised and easily accessible. Check out number 35 for another costume hanging idea.

We currently store our kid’s costumes in one of the tubs in our Kallax shelving which is getting a bit full. Source


peek a boo toy bag

Bag up different types of toys and still know what is in them with this peek a boo bag storage idea. I love this as a DIY toy storage solution that you can make at home if you are skilled with a sewing machine too.


Toy car shelf storage

This has to be one of the best car storage ideas to keep those cars in one place. This not only gets them organised and off the floor but also looks really cool as a decoration piece in a kids room or playroom.

It would not be difficult to make similar DIY toy car storage ideas like this either. Source

Here’s an alternative you can buy online:


stuffed toy hammock

If you are looking for other ideas for storing teddy bears and stuffed toys, this is super cute! Plus gets them up off the floor and out of the way as a really simple teddy organiser. It’s a great way to display them as a bedroom feature too. Source

Here is a stuffed toy hammock you can purchase online:


Bookshelf storage hack on dresser

Books can take up quite a lot of room if you have an avid reader in your life. It’s great to promote the young ones to foster a love of reading so keeping them in easy reach is a perfect option for this.

We have an inflatable chair in the corner of our my eldest daughter’s room which is her reading nook. A beanbag would be even better!



Another simple idea for keeping those matchbox cars organised. You could even hang it in the wardrobe with the clothes for one of the most easy toy storage ideas possible!


Drawer coffee table hack

Want toy storage ideas that can be camouflaged in your living room… this coffee table is a super awesome idea! This would make a great upcycling project with the right piece of pre-loved furniture too! Or simply get one ready to go! We have a coffee table with a shelf and drawer where we hide colouring books and pencils for the kids. Source


The best toy storage ideas for your home

Want another stylish way to display and control those stuffed animals before they get out of control. How about a zoo display?

These can be made to order via the website, however there are sure to be plenty of tutorials online on how to make the zoo stuffed animal storage. You could even convert an old bookshelf with a couple of bar-type add ons!  Source

This one is available to purchase online:


craft room and toy storage containers

If you have the room, this wall lined with containers is a great visible way of seeing toys and keeping them sorted into their separate categories. Perfect if you have a touch of OCD going on too ;)


Lego storage ideas

Another one for the OCD at heart… colour sorted lego drawers. Looks good but probably only useful if your kids have a lot of Lego. Source

Check out loads of LEGO play and learning ideas for keeping kids entertained at home.


The best toy storage ideas for your home

These bed hanging pockets are a great way of storing a couple of favourite toys or books close to the bed for easy access.


the best under bed toy storage

Under the bed is a great space to utilise for kids toys storage,if you are able. This is a handy tutorial for cute under bed toy storage ideas. Source


barbie organiser

Need a home for all the Barbie dolls your child is collecting? This is a nice space-saving option of hanging toy storage and Barbie organizer idea. Behind the door and out of sight once it is open and pushed back towards the wall. Source

Here is a Barbie storage hanger you can purchase online:


Lego table DIY

This is a great idea for keeping those Lego in one spot, plus giving the kids a place to actually play with their Lego. Functional and fun.


hidden toy storage ideas

Toy storage ideas that keep the mess out of sight can be great. This is a simple option. A bookshelf with a curtain essentially.


toy storage bean bag

We tried this one and I didn’t love it as far as comfort goes. Some soft toys are not that soft really, with hard noses and eyes. But it keeps them hidden and can double as a chair as well, making it a simple and inexpensive teddy storage solution.

Here is one you can purchase online:


peppa pig bedroom inspiration

We got our daughter a bunk bed with storage in mind. I looked up a lot of different storage ideas for teddy bears when she was younger, but her room is quite small. They take up so much room and while my previous storage idea was okay, there were a few really oversized stuffed toys that didn’t really fit.

While she’s still little and wants to keep them all, they can have their own home on the top bunk. 

Update: Now that she is older, the teddy bear collection has downsized a lot! She now shares her bunks with her little sister so they have only kept a few of their favourite teddy bears and soft toys that tend to share the bed with them. A spare top bunk can be an easy solution as storage ideas for teddy bears.

We got our bed from Ebay for really cheap, brand new. It was flat packed and much cheaper than any of the local stores.


The best toy storage ideas for your home

Clear storage tubs are a great way of being able to see what is in each tub, yet still keeping the clutter organised and orderly. This toy storage organiser is great with how each drawer is labelled too.


garage toy storage ideas

While they are not in the bedroom or playroom, outdoor toys are much better organised too so this is a great outdoor toy storage idea. Outdoor toy storage ideas are trickier as they often tend to be larger than indoor toys, so having a nook in your garage like this is a great option, or if you have a suitable garden shed.



Lego manual storage

This is something a lot of us may overlook as an important toy storage solution, but it would be great to keep all those instruction manuals for building Lego creations handy.


Diy car table with storage

Okay so this one is more fun than storage but it still has some storage involved. How cool is it? I want one.


play mat

This thing is the best. We still have toddler blocks since we aren’t at Lego stage yet, and we keep them in the hobby mat, so they are tied in a bag when not in use but easy to pull out and play. Also super easy to take on holiday when you only want to take a couple of things to entertain the little ones, which is what we did for our recent trip to the coast for the weekend.

It may also be one of the many great ideas for storing teddies, since you can bag them up and keep them out of the way. Get your own wrap and play mat.


Unique toy storage ideas

I love these all in one bed set ups. So great to have not only a bed, a desk but storage too all incorporated into the one space.

You need reasonably high ceilings for most of them though, which is something to be mindful of. A kids storage bed is definitely one of my favourite kids storage ideas because it also turns into a perfect teen study nook as they grow older too.

This is the Stuva loft bed from Ikea and it has a cupboard and cube storage slots for toy storage. The cupboard is great for hidden toy storage. Source


hanging toy baskets for nursery

How great do these look? This is a stylish look to store toys, books and even big kid/teenage knick-knacks to keep them orderly.

While it doesn’t hold a lot of things, this is a seriously cute toy storage option and it would be perfect in a nursery. It would also be another option for favourite teddy storage ideas. Source


lego storage tool box

This has to be one of the best toy storage ideas in terms of upcycling. What a great way to repurpose an unwanted tool box, or just a great storage idea in general for keeping those Lego’s under control and off the floor. We all know the pain of stepping on a Lego piece! Such a cool alternative to toy box ideas.

This LEGO storage tool box would be perfect:


ikea toy storage shelving doll house

I mentioned earlier about the doll house Ikea Kallax. This is a really cool idea using cube toy storage.

The toys are still on display but it keeps the mess vertical instead of horizontal I suppose. Need more soft toy storage ideas? This could work just as well for soft toy storage solutions as well!


The best toy storage ideas for your home

This is a creative kids toy organiser hack. This stuffed animal storage ideas is one we used previously and up until purchasing the bunk bed, this was how I stored my daughters smaller stuffed toys.

It works well for a teddy bear storage and minimises the space they take up but no good for the giant teddy bear my parents so kindly got my daughter when she was born… sigh!

Find this soft toy hanger:


diy toy tub shelving

Grab this tutorial for easy to follow instructions to make this IKEA tub storage system. The tubs are inexpensive to purchase so overall, a budget friendly project for toy room storage. Source


toy tubs

Kids are visual and like to see what they have. Sure this means they may want to pull everything out, and it makes the toys easy to see.

However this awesome toy storage ideas give easy access to their toys and make for a quick pack up.


library wall for kids room

If your kids have a stack of books, there are many kids room storage ideas aimed at organising books but this one is really cool.

Make use of little space, keep their books in easy view and they look funky. A great way to encourage young readers too. Source


Behind the door storage ideas for toys

Some toys come in collections or sets and storing them together can be tricky. These behind the door bags are a cool way to grab one set at a time, without having pieces go astray at the bottom of the toy box.

It’s a simple matter of hanging the bag back up at the end and grabbing a different bag.

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Dress ups closet for storing kids costumes

Do you have kids that love to dress up? Costumes can take up a lot of room and you want them somewhere the kids can reach them. Create a mini open closet for their pretend play props. Source


Toy storage ideas for home

Another super cool way to display kids books is in a vintage style cart. They will love being able to take their books for a roll around the house too. You may be able to pick up a vintage wagon like this at a yard sale, or make one of your own!


A place for toys and a seat or footrest as well, a storage ottoman makes a fantastic living room toy storage idea that doubles as a functional piece of furniture too. The best thing about this type of kids storage solutions is that they are functional even after the kids grow up too! Buy online


Bath toy storage ideas

Bath toys can be a hassle to organise. Not only do they end up making a soggy mess all over the place, they can be hard to find a storage system for. If you have a hanging shower curtain rack, this hanging basket is perfect for letting the toys drip dry and out of the way.

The basket used is a hanging fruit basket which you can find online:

So there you have it! 38 totally awesome kids toy storage ideas for your home that not only look good but are completely functional as well!

These handy storage ideas will have you rethinking the way you currently have the toy collection stored and hopefully even get the toy clutter completely under control.

Best of all, most of these toy storage products are actually really inexpensive items purchase or create in your home too!

Make sure you pop on over to my Kids bedroom declutter to grab the free printable to help you get your kids bedroom under control once and for all!

If you need organisation ideas for the rest of your home, check out what you can do with a 3 tier Ikea Raskog cart:

Love these ideas? You will find some of my favourite storage solutions & products.

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12 thoughts on “38 Awesome Toy Storage Ideas”

  1. Toni @ Finding Myself Young

    I love the idea of the expedit shelves as toy storage. I plan on doing this when we move her to her “big girl” room and she has more toys in her room. Thinking I may have to find a way to do it in the lounge too because I can’t deal with the mess now she has so many toys.

    1. I know the feeling. Even though we just moved the big toy box out of the lounge room, into the nursery, toys keep coming back lol they just keep multiplying!

  2. Luisa @ Looking for mama me

    These are very cool! I must employ some in my girls room :) I love the hanging storage baskets for soft toys!

    1. Anything to control those soft toys before they take over the world, one bedroom at a time! lol I just love how stylish some of those functional ideas are too. Double bonus. Thanks for popping over :)

  3. shannon @my2morrows

    Wow. Great round up of ideas. I can’t go past the ikea expedit shelves. Both my kids have them as does our home office. Really love the cushion on top ikea hack though.
    soft toys are such a pain aren’t they! I might try that last idea to try and control our zoo ;)
    Thanks for linking up to the ultimate rabbit hole too! X

    1. Shannon, I’m so with you on the Expedits. The one I have in my office/craft room actually looks semi organised compared to the state of the rest of the room. They just look great and seem to make everything work better. Ikea is the best! Soft toys are the worst! lol They just keep multiplying!

  4. Jess - A Little Part of the World

    I love these ideas. So many cracking ones. We are just starting to get into the Lego here so a folder for all the manuals is first on my list. Jx

    1. Would you believe on the weekend my hubby’s little brother pulled out his old Lego collection from childhood (he turns 21 tomorrow) and it was all packaged up in a neat stackable drawer container, with the bottom drawer full of manuals. Apparently my mother in law was a Lego organising pro from way back! I was impressed.

  5. What a thought! super ideas really! It is clever and space saving ideas. I think mom will get rid of kids messy toys. Thanks for sharing such a nice toy storage ideas.

  6. So clever thought. really helpful ideas organize kids toys. It will keep clean kids play area. Mom can get rid of huge massy toy zone. Thanks for such unique toy storage ideas.

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