5 Non-Traditional Toy Storage Ideas

Nubie cabinet

Ask many parents and they’ll say storage (or lack of) is the number one bug-bear in their house. Kids have So. Much. Stuff don’t they? Where do you put it all? Even if you do find a great storage solution, toys have a habit of leaking out of wherever they’ve been put and making their way into every corner of a room.

If you’re challenged for space and (like me) don’t have a dedicated playroom for toys then you might be looking for a solution that won’t make your living room look like a child’s bedroom. If you’re currently on the hunt for toy storage that doesn’t look like toy storage then read on…

toy storage solutions

The basket

We’ve made no secret of our love of the basket here at Roost. In fact, we think the good old basket is such a staple in any family home that we included it in our top five homeware buys list for new parents. The basket comes into its own when it comes to toy storage. Not only does a basket look grown-up (it couldn’t be further from a cartoon covered toy box could it?) but it’s also really easy to tidy into. Plus, kids can find their toys without a problem, which is another bonus.

The shelving unit

If a basket isn’t going to come close to solving your toy storage dilemma, and space isn’t too much of an issue, then how about a multi-purpose shelving unit? We love this one pictured at the top of this post from Nubie, at £600. Alternatively, the Oslo Toy Cupboard at Great Little Trading Company has doors to hide the clutter and retails at £275. And for a budget-friendly alternative, of course you can’t beat the IKEA Kallax unit, currently on sale at £39.

Three Drawers- Matt Beige and Wenge

The sideboard

There’s no doubt, a sideboard is an investment piece. Find the right one and you could be living with it for years to come. This one (above) is the Basic Collection Sideboard by Furnish and comes in at £345 – not a high price to pay when you consider it could be the one stop storage solution for all your living room toy needs. Plus, it’ll be used long after your kids outgrow their current toy collection. If vintage is more your thing then check out your local antiques dealers, home clearance sales and don’t forget to trawl through Gumtree and eBay. Check out Victoria’s post on buying vintage homeware for more great tips on sourcing that key piece.


The old apple crate is another brilliant solution for toy storage, if you’re not into a traditional toy box look. Source one on the cheap from your nearest pick-your-own fruit farm, then apply a set of casters to the bottom for ultimate tidying, easy moveability toy control.

Giant paper bags

The giant paper bags at Mon Petit Zoreol could be the solution if it’s inexpensive, monochrome-tastic, Instagram happy toy storage solution you’re after. And the best thing? You can buy one directly from us below (simply add to your cart and check out from here – easy).

Here’s our curated collection of gorgeous toy storage that doesn’t look like toy storage. See? Not a cartoon-covered toy box in sight…

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  • Reply Notmyyearoff February 16, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Brilliant ideas. I love those funky monochrome bags and wondered what to put in them!

    • Reply Molly February 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      They’re great aren’t they?!

  • Reply Sophisticated Homes June 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Great post. Love the tips. Very stylish way to store all those toys. Thanks

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