Toy take-over? It’s a real thing. If you’re struggling to see the floor, or they can’t get into bed for softies, then it might be time to consider some creative stowaway solutions. To help you claim back your space (and possibly your sanity) we’ve sorted our storage collection, so you can pick things that will work best for you, whatever size home you have…
With space at home often at a premium, you don’t want bulky storage swallowing it up. Versatile crates like these by Aykasa are great for keeping kids’ toys orderly without taking up much room. Safe to stack and foldable too, they come in different sizes to accommodate what you want to put in them and various colours to complement your decor. For families with avid readers, display their books with the compact, wooden bookshelf by Tender Leaf Toys. Holding books face out, it allows little ones to pick out stories easily, while keeping them neat as well. Rotate the stories regularly or use one shelf for displaying their artwork for a gallery effect.
Combined with little ones ingenuity, kids’ storage solutions can be more than just a practical product, integrating them into play before using them to keep toys tidy afterwards. Olli Ella's Luggy is spot on for storing toys from their soft toys to their play food, but just like a ‘proper’ shopping trolley made mini, little movers will enjoy carting it around during role play too. For mini imaginators, the colourful house box by Djeco doubles up as a ready made doll’s house. Use it to store whatever you like from blankets to toy cars or animals, but tip them out and it’s an ideal spot for small world role playing.
A durable canvas bag is a great choice for keeping toys of different sizes off the floor; so easy to throw and go, so even the smallest family members can be encouraged to tidy up. The stylish Ferm Living designs look great, you can keep them on display in their bedrooms; hanging from a hook on the back of the door, styling in reading nooks or pop them neatly into cupboards for minimalist interiors. They also double up as a laundry bag. Similar in style, the Play & Go bags have the same drawstring closure but open them up fully and they transform into a play mat. They are the ideal choice for storing building brick or wooden block collections. For outdoorsy kids, they even have a waterproof version, so they can take their kit with them to the park or beach and transport them back safely even if they're wet or muddy.
Wooden toys boxes aren't new to the market, but brands are reconsidering their design to fit into modern spaces. Kid's Concepts neutral chest features a simple star cut-out with a slow-close lid, so you don't need to worry about tiny fingers getting trapped. Use it for toys, but it can be used as a bench too, ideal for rooms that need versatile options. If you want something colourful and contemporary, the stylish Bobie Box by Arthur and Friends is the perfect storage solution. Ideal for little spaces, you can stack more than one box together, slide it under other furniture, or use it with the matching Carlito Chair