6 Toy Storage Shelves and Organizers That’ll Keep Toys Out in the Open and Easily Accessible

published Jul 26, 2022
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Loveevery Montessori playshelf in kids room
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Our family of five lives in a 750-square-foot apartment in New York City, so we’ve had to think strategically about how to maximize space for living and for play. To do this we rely on a toy rotation system: we keep a few toys out at a time and put the rest away, swapping in and out as needed. This system lets us choose which combinations of toys to set out together and mix and match sets in new ways, and that helps create new play experiences for our girls. And bonus: it also helps to keep toys feeling fresh and new. Our girls are always excited to rediscover toys every time we set something out in their playroom!

A big part of what makes a toy rotation system successful is making sure the toys you keep out are visible and easily accessible. Toy storage bins, baskets, and bags are great, but when you want toys front and center, an open toy storage setup is key. Here are six toy storage organizers and shelves that keep toys organized and readily on display:

Toy Storage Shelves and Organizers

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This 2-in-1 Montessori-inspired playshelf is genius. The front of the piece allows you to display toys on the low, open shelves, while the back of the piece has hidden built-in storage for out-of-rotation toys. The height and depth of the shelves make it ideal for young kids who are learning to sit and crawl, but that hidden storage is definitely the standout feature. It takes the thinking work out of how to set up a toy rotation system!

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Pottery Barn Kids
was $608.00

This customaizable storage system from Pottery Barn Kids includes a two-cubby drawer base (in either a single drawer base or a double drawer base) as well as your choice of a storage unit to stack on top of the bases (either a four-cubby unit, bookcase cubby, book rack or cabinet). You can choose which storage units to stack, and how high to stack them. It's a smart way to make use of vertical storage space.

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Cubby favorite brand Oeuf (which shows up in our guides to The Best Bunk Beds and The Best Big Kid Beds) has great toy storage options, too, including this three-tier toy storage shelf. It features bins that can be positioned flat or tilted to allow kids to independently see and access items they want to play with. The bins also have removable dividers, so you can store items of different sizes.

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IKEA's three-level pine TROFAST toy storage unit is a classic for a reason. The storage bins (available in three sizes) rest on wooden tracks which allows kids to independently pull the storage bins in and out, or remove them from the storage piece when playing. The contents of the bins are visually hidden within the shelves, but that's easily solved by adding labels! The top of the shelves can be used to set out larger toys or display books.

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This budget-friendly toy organizer has nine storage bins for categorizing and organizing small sets of toys. The bins are easy to remove, replace, and reposition along the three tiered organizer shelves, with a top shelf that could store books or larger toys.

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Guidecraft's large storage unit is an excellent way to organize a wide variety of toys, arts, and crafts. It has two low shelves divided into 10 cubbies with fabric storage bins, which you can label. The upper shelves are divided into three tall vertical compartments and eight short compartments, and are ideal for storing papers, coloring books, and art supplies.

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