Ikea hack for toy storage

The older your child gets, the more important it is to find great ideas for toy storage. It is always important to get rid of toys that your child doesn’t want or play with any longer to keep the toy inventory manageable. It also is important to find a storage solution that is easy for you and your child to use. Enter this idea from Ikea Hacker:

The hack uses the Ikea Pax wardrobe and Trofast storage boxes, which fit perfectly in the slots. This hack stores an incredible about of toys and is simple to create. I’m not sure if my daughter has enough toys to fill a full Pax wardrobe, but I’m sure we will be able to find use for all of the drawers.

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22 Comments for “Ikea hack for toy storage”

  1. posted by Rue on

    Love it! It would also work nicely for crafting supplies, garage storage, etc.

  2. posted by Joelle Nebbe-Mornod aka iphigenie on

    Surely they should not have that many toys (that would be clutter, nobody plays with more than about 50 toys), but these would work well for underwear / socks / writing and drawing stuff etc.

  3. posted by Sarah on

    This is brilliant. I’m creating a play room right now, and I will definitely consider this.

  4. posted by Marcia "HDMac" on

    What a great storage unit! I would love that for my crafts!!

  5. posted by Another Deb on

    The system woud really be helpful on garage sale day. Just take out the top six bins and put them on the driveway.

  6. posted by Megan on

    Perfect! As much as I hate clutter… I have an 18 mo. old boy and I see a lot of Legos in our future…

  7. posted by Baltimoron on

    Those are not Trofast bins; they are the Komplement bins that go with Pax wardrobes. The Komplement bins are 8 inches wider and cost $20 as opposed to $3.

  8. posted by Tabitha (From Single to Married) on

    This is great and affordable too!

  9. posted by Perfektly Mary on

    I loved Deb’s suggestion for keeping organized your give away stuff. I’m constantly freecycling and have had clutter while waiting for the pick ups. This is a great solution!

  10. posted by Tina on

    I have a toy storage problem, not for a child but a siberian husky. The fact that I have a problem tells me that she has too many toys, but I like to spoil her and her toys are clutter I can live with. I currently have one of those plastic drawer carts for her supplies, which organized her leash, some treats, flea treatment, poopie bags etc.

    I recently cleaned out her toy box and got rid of many old and broken toys. I like the idea mentioned above but she’s a dog and she won’t be able to get to her toys if I store it like that (nor do I have the space for it). Currently I have a giant tupperware box and a toy box for dogs that is too small. Both are sitting on the floor. Any suggestions on how to keep it neat? Thanks.

  11. posted by EllisG on

    This is also good for toy rotation. Keep some stuff out of reach, in the higher bins. As bins at the bottom get played with and tired of, move that bin to the top and shift the others down. That will make them seem more fresh, because it’ll stretch out time between playing with toys. Strategies like that can help reduce the need for so many toys to begin with. But they can also help reduce the number of toys: If the thing isn’t exciting even after it’s been out of circulation for 6 bins, move it to the “give to charity bin”. (We keep a 36 gallon bin in the garage labelled “RM” for Rescue Mission, and call for them to pickup donations every 4-5 weeks.)

  12. posted by Sean on

    Not bad, but unless your child is adept at climbing ladders, or is 6 feet tall, you’ll be spending a lot of time getting the toys down for her.

  13. posted by just me on

    OUCH! $200.00 plus $20 per bin? I much prefer something like this http://www.target.com/Cubicles.....038;page=1

    with these

  14. posted by jon on

    Ikea hacker!!??!! Matt, thank you, you are a wonderful person. My house is packed with Ikea. Thanks for pointing me to a really useful place.

  15. posted by FrugalNYC on

    You could essentially take a large bookcase and use labeled boxes to store them. Labeling is the most important part.

  16. posted by Nancy on

    The Trofast system that this mimics is about $100, but comes without a door.We have used it for years, one in each child’s room. You do have to reorganize every couple of years as they outgrow their toys (the legos have always survived the purges).

  17. posted by Marten on

    I had more than 50 toys when I was a kid and I played with every single one. Bugger to you minimalist parents. However, as a parent myself now, if you’re going to use a storage system which puts toys far out of reach of the children who would play with them – you might as well get rid of the toys completely and only keep the ones they can reach. This solution, while looking smart, is not designed with the user in mind. In my book, that’s a complete design failure.

  18. posted by Downshifting - Professional Organizing Solutions on

    What a great idea. I know that many of my residential clients would love to have this in their kids closets or playroom.

  19. posted by Cecelia on

    I purchased a trofast system before my daughter was born. It is right next to my changing table. (It is the one with the three levels) At first I used it to store baby necessities since I had no clue what I would need near my changing table. Now that she is 9 months the top bin stores sleepers and all of the other bins store toys. I also keep my lamp, monitor, diaper caddy, sound machine and a few stuffed animals on the three levels. I love the fact that this storage system “grows with my child” It can be used for so much. Definitely a great investment!

    Oh and the Trofast system comes in many different shapes and sizes so it would be easy to find one that suits your specific needs.

  20. posted by Kristi on

    You should try Toy Tamers by Kids’Klutter Tamers for great toy storage. They are a vinyl see-thru bags that zip closed, have a carrying handle that can unsnap and a toy i.d. holder. They are really easy for the kids to use and transport. They can be tossed into a toy box without the pieces mixing with other toys. They work great.

  21. posted by Vicki on

    Like others, my kids have too many toys, but they do love them all. To keep them interested, and to help them be responsible for cleaning up their playroom, I divided their toys into seven large bins, which are stored out of their reach.
    I divided the toys equally between the bins. A sorting toy in each bin, an equal number of stuffed animals in each, a builder toy in each bin, a craft toy in each, etc.
    At the end of each day, they must pick up their toys and return them to the bin. That’s how they get the next bin. If they don’t pick up – they play with the same toys the next day.
    So far – the system works. They pick up and they don’t get bored with their toys, they are always excited to get their “new” toys the next day.
    Of course, they DO have a few favorites that have down all the time.

  22. posted by Anne on

    As a parent who has gone through my boys’ toyroom at least 3 times in the last 2 years and we STILL have too much …ummmm… stuff that ends up scattered on the floors, I don’t want them to have enough toys to fill these bins.

    That said, I think this would be an excellent solution for toys AND crafts together! I don’t necessarily want them pulling out the markers, melting beads, and clay any time they want, so those could be stored in the high shelves where they have to ask for help getting it down. Or the highest one yet (least often used) could store all the Valentine supplies that are only used once a year.

    Love it!

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