9 Kids Playroom Storage Ideas That Do The Cleaning For You
The lovely playroom. And by “lovely,” we mean “premiere Lego-strewn eyesore of the home.” Good news, mamas: Thoughtful playroom decor can promote naptime, encourage creativity, teach the value of tidiness and generally make life both easier and prettier for you and your brood. Here, nine brilliant, kiddo-optimized playroom storage ideas.
1. Choose A Craft Table With Built In Storage
To keep art supplies easy to access. (Bonus points for an attractive, easy-wipe tabletop surface.) We love the Ikea Lack coffee table since the height is just right for little ones and, at only $25, you won't mind crayon marks.
2. Stow Toys In Pretty Baskets
And slide 'em into open face bookshelves to clear up floor space. (So easy, so much prettier than plastic.) Check out McGee & Co, the home decor shop by the powerhouse design duo behind Studio McGee, for sophisticated basket options that your friends will never guess are storing Fingerlings and LEGOs.
3. Remember That Kiddie Kitchens = Mega Storage
Psst, this unconventional (and adorable) storage solution hides allllll the toys. And lucky for you, the play kitchens of today aren't the rainbow-colored plastic eyesores of the past. In fact, they're fit with "brass" accents, mid-century modern cabinets and sleek-looking appliances that would make any adult chef jealous.
7. Tuck Numbered Crates Into Built-In Cubbies
1 for stuffed animals. 2 for wooden blocks. (And three cheers for hyper-organization.) Opt for unfinished crates so you can customize them to your space. Plus, it doubles as a weekend craft activity for you and your kiddo.
8. Pitch A Tent In A Corner
Yes, teepees are cute. But they’re also a great place to hide a mess in a pinch. When your kids want to go inside, they'll be shuffling these toys around the playroom anyways.
9. Group Toys By Size (In Ascending Order)
Our inner aesthete is really delighted by this spacial symmetry. (And our inner worrywart is delighted these bookshelves mount to the wall.)
Additional reporting by Pamela Masin