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36 Stylish & Modern Kid's Toy Storage Ideas

***updated 12/4/2023***

Kids have A LOT OF TOYS, and before you know it, they're taking over the house. To keep things from looking like a hot mess, you need a dedicated place to put them all. And don't you want to enjoy looking at whatever you decide to stash all those toys in? Yes. Yes, you do. Luckily, there are lots of really good options for stylish and modern kid's toy storage out there, and I've rounded up the best solutions. But first, let's check out some kid spaces with easy-on-the-eye toy storage solutions.

moody and cozy kid's room with built-in toy storage
Sophisticated & moody kid's space.

This kid's bedroom, designed by Sharon Montrose & Reath Design, will forever be one of my favorites. The whole room has a really relaxed and cozy vibe. Can't you just see yourself dozing on those pillows while your kids rip everything out of those bins?! I really appreciate how the built-in bins are painted the same beautiful green as the rest of the space. Also, they're the perfect height for little kids to access everything on their own and one day could be turned into bench seating with a comfy cushion or pillows on top.

whimsical black and white playroom with modern closed toy storage
source: Eileen von Berckefeldt

This playroom is a perfect example of a space that is fun and whimsical without looking like a kindergarten classroom. The black and white elements bring a little bit of boldness to this otherwise neutral color palette. The white storage unit is great for storing toys and can be repurposed for any number of things when it's no longer needed for kid stuff. The leather pulls are beautiful, and the doors and drawer fronts keep the room looking tidy.

clean modern wooden toy storage furniture
source: Estudio Karina Kreth

Alright, so clearly, this is a highly staged photo because no kid has this few toys. But, it is a great example of beautiful toy storage that looks like furniture

curated and collected play room with stacked wooden crates for toy storage
source: Christelle Ritter

I'm really into the layered and curated feel of this playnook. It feels the most real and lived-in of all the spaces we've looked at. The stacked wood crates filled with toys and books look organic and sculptural.

Now that you're good and inspired to make your kid's spaces look timeless and organized, let's take a look at all the goodies I found. First up are bookshelves. We're all familiar with the ubiquitous Ikea cube shelf, but let's look beyond that and check out some alternatives that are so good you'll want them for yourself and not your kids.

Roundup of stylish bookcases and shelves for kids

So many great options, right? My favorites would have to be #1, #5, #7, and #9. I love #1 for the unexpected shape and simple, no-fuss look, #5 for the Scandinavian vibe and combination of open and closed storage, #7 has the coolest snake-like shape. The Burlwood on #9 is just beautiful. Seriously, go take a closer look. It's a really special piece. The majority of these pieces don't scream, "Hi! I'm made for a kid!" so you can use them anywhere in your home when they outgrow the need to be stuffed to the brim with toys. Now, let's check out some baskets and bins to put on those shelves (or use on their own).

Roundup of stylish bins and baskets for kid's toys

Gahhhh! I'm OBSESSED with the animal-shaped baskets!!! I had so many of them saved for this post, I could have made a whole other post just about them. I'm still trying to come up with reasons why I need to buy them all. Obviously, they are, hands down, my favorites. I also love the pops of bright color on #2, #15, and #17. It takes them from plain old baskets to extra special. Stacking bins are really useful, and #3, #6, #7, and #9 all check that box. I really could have used #1 on all those nights I spent digging through bins trying to find that one toy that my kids couldn't fall asleep without. A clear bin would've made that A LOT easier.

I like having lidded baskets around for when toys inevitably end up in the living room (and every other room in the house). At the end of the day, you can just throw them in there, cover them with the lid, and they're completely hidden and out of sight. Check out all the great options I found below.

Roundup of lidded baskets for kids's toys

My favorite is #5 because baskets that look like circus tents are just the cutest. Not only do they make cute storage, but I bet they would spark some serious imaginative play on their own. Storage that doubles as a toy? Sold! I'm also loving #1, #2, #6, #7, and #9 for their fun, whimsical shapes. There are so many woven baskets out there that they all start to look the same. But a woven ice-cream cone basket? That's something you don't see every day. The acrylic trunk (#8) is just the coolest and would make a really special coffee table once it's not needed for toys.

So which of these non-ugly toy storage options are your favorites?

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Hi there!

I'm Jess Harrell, interior designer and founder of The Styled Domicile. I've got a thing for eating ice-cream straight out of the pint (Netflix and Chill or The Tonight Dough, please), embarrassing my kids (trust me, they love it), and making homes and the people that live in them happier. I'm all about celebrating what makes you different and throwing ordinary out the window.

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