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IKEA Toy Storage Hacks
IKEA Hacks for Toy Storage & Organization
Remember when your house was clean and toys didn’t exist to cover your floors and clutter your living room?
Of course, that was before you had the sweet sound of little feet and laughter all over your home too. So long story short, it’s probably a good trade-off. 😉
But what if there was a way to organize toys in your home and make it actually look good? Even without a designated “playroom”?
I stumbled upon a few of these IKEA toy storage hacks the other day and let me tell you, I was SO impressed and excited to choose one of these IKEA DIY organization hacks for our home.
Here’s the best IKEA Toy Storage Hacks to store all your kids’ toys:
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IKEA vs. Amazon Products
Quick tip: Since the majority of these projects require IKEA furniture, you’ll need to figure out how to actually get IKEA furniture to your home.
If you don’t live near an IKEA store, you can absolutely choose to have these pieces shipped – but to be honest… sometimes the cost of shipping from IKEA can be well, A LOT.
Whenever possible, I’ve tried to find you the same (or a similar!) IKEA product on Amazon. (just look for the check mark ✔️ in each section!) with the potential for free 2-day shipping (Thanks, Amazon Prime!)
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1. Storage Bookcase (Rustic Style)
Toys, bins, books – fill this classic rustic bookcase up! This simple IKEA toy storage hack gives any room a sleek and classic appearance (and makes cleaning up an easy task for your child to help with! Check out the full tutorial from Young House Love here!
✔️ Click here for a similar bookcase (free shipping with Prime!)
2. Closet Space for Toys
While organized clothes are great, the closet can be a fabulous place to hid your kids’ toys and give you some great additional storage! Erinn at Strawberry Swing and Other Things put a few key IKEA pieces together to create this gorgeous multifunctional closet.
✔️ Click here for the Frugal Version of this IKEA setup!
3. Toy Table Storage
This IKEA toy storage hack is a must-see. Let your kids make crafts, play playdoh, or build a city (or train!) on the table. When it’s time to put the toys away, your toddler can help slide the buckets out and fill them with toys. Then, slide them back and every thing looks good as new! Check it out here from the Crazy Craft Lady.
✔️ Save on shipping! Click here to find the Ikea Trofast Frame on Amazon!
4. Floating Wall Bookshelf – Cloud Style
Make your playroom complete with these adorable big clouds mounted on the wall to give you a great spot for book storage. All of a sudden your toddler or children’s books are a part of the room’s design and not sprawled across the room! Check out the tutorial on Petit and Small by DecoPeques!
5. Simple & Sweet Bookshelf
Books are a BIG deal in your kids’ lives. So another bookshelf design by City Mom is absolutely welcomed. This super easy DIY IKEA toy storage hack is also incredibly affordable! As a bonus? Citymom.nl gives some great ideas for fun colors and designs that you can check out here!
✔️ Amazon – Ikea Bekvam Spice Rack, Birch, Set of 4
6. Window Seat Toy Storage
Whether you’re looking for toy storage in your child’s bedroom or the family room – a cozy bench seat is always a good idea. From reading stories or making memories on the bench to hiding all those toys away in the cleverly hidden drawers – this is one of the best MUST SEE IKEA toy storage hacks. Check out this perfect window seat by Viviane Panagos at ish & chi.
7. Organized Jars – for All the “Littles”
Markers, colored pencils, dinosaurs, cars, polly pockets, bows… the list of “little” toys that always seem to get lost are nothing short of perfect for this incredible IKEA toy storage hack. Make ordinary jars extraordinary by dressing them up and filling them with all the small toys. Organizing your child’s toys can actually make their toys into part of the bedroom or play room’s decor!
Check out the easiest how-to tutorial here at Tell, Love, & Party!
✔️ Or buy some already cute ones here!
8. Genius Under the Bed Storage
Instead of shoving everything under your child’s bed, let one of the best IKEA toy storage hacks utilize your space better. You’ll feel so much more organized by filling up the space under your child’s bed with crates and bins that hold plenty of toys. Check out Corey’s detailed tutorial here!
✔️ Click here for the IKEA Trofast Frame on Amazon
9. Dress Up Rack
Make your kids’ dress up station totally adorable by simply hanging everything up nicely on a sleek IKEA rod. Small Fry Blog has all the details here to see exactly how it’s done!
✔️ Click here to find the rod on Amazon!
10. Toy Car Storage
How can you not love this?! This IKEA toy storage hack for cars is genius. I feel like it looks so cool and sleek – while totally serving a purpose! Organize all your kids’ cars or other magnetic toys with these magnet bars. Check out the orignal story for creating these right here.
✔️ Click here to see the highly rated magnetic bar on Amazon
11. Toy Storage Bench
I might just have to start an IKEA toy storage hacks: bench edition. I LOVE these. So practical and so useful for organizing your kid’s toys and games! Check out the full tutorial at I Heart Organizing.
✔️ Check out this frugal version of the bench by clicking here!
12. Storage Corner/Couch
Let’s talk about practical spaces for a second. This IKEA hack helps you organize your child’s toys (and keep them hidden), while giving your little one a fun place to sit and read or play. Love this idea from Ikea Hackers.
✔️ Pssst click here to get the IKEA Kallax used in this project on Amazon!
13. Lego Storage #1
Have you ever stepped on a lego? It totally sucks. So a cute lego storage system HAS to be a good idea, right? This is a must see IKEA hack that will save you from a few tears. Find the tutorial here at the Decorated Cookie.
✔️ You can find it on Amazon by clicking here! (Warning: it goes out of stock fast!)
14. Lego Storage #2
And just for good measure, we better add a second lego storage solution to our IKEA Toy Storage Hacks list. This one is also totally genius – you can find the tutorial here!
✔️ Click here for the frugal look a-like on Amazon!
15. Bath Toy Storage
I can’t be the only one who struggles to store and organize bath toys. I want them hidden, but accessible – you know? Blue I Style Blog did just that with this genius Ikea toy storage hack! Check out her full tutorial here to organize your baby’s bath toys in no time.
✔️ Check out the rail and similar white plastic containers here on Amazon!
16. Fun Nerf Gun Storage
If you have boys in your house, there’s a good chance you have nerf guns. Side note: I had nerf guns in my house when I had a husband – before I had a son 😉 Finding a great place to store the nerf guns can be challenging, but if you’re looking for a great storage solution She’s Crafty has the answer!
✔️ Click here to check out the rail on Amazon!
17. Beautiful Storage Bins
This just may be the prettiest IKEA toy storage hack yet. It looks gorgeous, yet would be able to hold SO MANY TOYS. Hand Makes Home has all the details on how to recreate this beautiful and fun toy storage solution right here – you don’t want to miss it!
✔️ Click here to find the IKEA Trofast Systems on Amazon
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Organize Your Kids’ Toys With These Hacks Today!
Are you inspired to get your baby, toddler, and big kids’ toys organized now? I love that you no longer need to sacrifice your home’s looks for your children to be able to have a space to play.
If you decide to try any of these DIY toy organization tricks, I’d love to see your best IKEA Toy Storage Hacks in the comments below!
Our bright & cheerful IKEA playroom
Designing kids’ spaces is always so fun! This bright and cheerful, budget-friendly mostly IKEA playroom is one of our favorites spots in the house.
When we moved into our new house a few months ago, I was excited to have a dedicated space for my kiddos that was separate from the rest of our home which has a very open floorpan.
This flex space is intended to be an office or study and is right off of the front door when you walk inside. It’s not a large space, but there is plenty of room to spread out our things and have room to create, imagine, play and learn.
My oldest started homeschool kindergarten this year and my youngest is two, so I needed to design a space that allowed me to work with Gabriella on school work, but had plenty to keep the little one busy as well. Most of what we have in this room came with us from our old house, but we’ve added a few things that work better in this space than our last.
Most of my house is styled in light neutrals with a tendency toward minimalism and I know a lot of homeschoolers prefer to continue that style in children’s spaces as well, but I wanted to infuse some color into this space and make it fun.
I also needed to stick to a budget, which meant a lot of IKEA, Target and discount store shopping. I hope you enjoy this peek into our bright and cheerful IKEA playroom!
How to Plan for your Playroom
When designing a space, I start by thinking about how we intend to use it. I knew that I wanted a desk for me to work on homeschool lesson plans and organize my paperwork, a table large enough for both kids to work on projects, storage for homeschool curriculum and materials, storage for toys, space for toys currently in rotation, a comfy place for reading, a writing/art center to inspire creativity anytime and a nature center to display our ever-changing nature collection and reference books.
Since I knew the room would have a lot of color, I wanted the walls to stay neutral so we used the same gray that we used throughout most of the house, Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. The flooring is also used throughout the house and is a high quality laminate that I found at a local discount shop called Shenandoah River.
We only have 8-ft ceilings in this house, so the awesome IKEA light I had at our previous house wasn’t going to work so we went with the standard light we used in the rest of the house, but spray painted it a fun teal color.
The colorful button rug from IKEA defines the center of the room and anchors the kids’ project table. We have an IKEA kid’s table, but it isn’t quite big enough for two kids to spread out and get messy with art projects or science experiments so I opted to use an IKEA coffee table instead.
The kid’s tables are 19 7/8″ tall and the coffee table is 18 7/8″ tall so they are close enough to work. We have the IKEA KRITTER chair, but it looks like they’ve discounted the style. The paint on the chairs isn’t great quality anyway, so I’d recommend using another chair instead.
For storage, we have two IKEA KALLAX shelves that are great for storing a lot of stuff, especially when you add the IKEA DRONA box. After searching for the colors I wanted at multiple IKEAs for literally years, I have determined that the colors rotate and if you want certain colors, you just have to wait for them to be in stock or be willing to pay big bucks on eBay. They generally have 3-4 colors at a time in the store.
The DRONA box is huge and can become a black hole if I’m not careful. I mostly store small items in Ziplock bags in these boxes or larger items. I have one box filled with hand puppets, one with manipulative and sensory box fillers, one with coordinating items for our preschool curriculum, one with coordinating items for our Kindergarten curriculum, one with extra curriculum manuals and supplies, one with our nature exploration items, one with arts and crafts supplies, and one with coloring books and project kits.
We don’t store all of our toys and homeschool supplies in this room. I keep toys in one of my kid’s closet and most of our craft supplies in a small hall closet.
Above the KALLAX shelves, I have an assortment of glass storage jars with some of our manipulatives (like these, these, and these) and craft materials. I shopped around for these jars and found most of them at Big Lots and Ross, but I’m sure you can find them at many discount stores. You can also see one of my favorite parts of the room above the shelves- the Martha Stewart Crafts modern festive paper flowers. These are so fun and add a pop of color and whimsy to the room.
To create a reading nook, I used a hanging net from IKEA and have some books on display using IKEA picture shelves. I put a cozy rug from Target on the floor and some soft IKEA pillows to make it really inviting. I have extra books stored on an inexpensive two-shelf closet organizer.
For my desk area, I have a desk created with the IKEA LINNMON table top, IKEA ALEX drawer unit, IKEA ALEX add-on unit, and two IKEA NIPEN table legs.
The chair is an IKEA HENRIKSDAL chair with the Blomstermala multicolor floral cover (which I think may be discontinued). I have two IKEA LAMPAN table lamps on the desk and an IKEA magnetic board hanging over it. The IKEA LACK wall shelf provides a little extra storage above the desk.
My kids’ artwork is displayed on the back wall in a collection of IKEA FISKBO frames along with a decorative cork board that I stenciled using a tutorial from Design Improvised. Below the cork board, I have an IKEA FINTORP rail with hooks and tin buckets to store loose parts for creative projects.
Below the window and in the back corner, two low shoe organizers house our Betta fish, Kiki, and our houseplant and our nature center.
The 9-compartment display shelf from Target and is the perfect way for my kids to display treasures from nature walks and exploring outside. We hang a seasonal banner with the change of each season and switch out the reference books to coordinate with our studies and interests.
To the left of the window, we have a Melissa & Doug broom and mop set that my kids LOVE and use daily along with the HAPE wooden dollhouse and a big laminated map.
Our writing center has a wooden desk carousel from Michaels (similar here) filled with pens, pencils, colored pencils, markers and other materials and a wooden paper organizer where we store current workbooks, my kindergartener’s writing journal and completed projects. We also have a craft cart filled with different kinds of paper, envelopes and stickers for the kids to use at their leisure.
We try to rotate toys, but some IKEA favorites are always on display like the wooden abacus, cash register, wooden stacking rings and the wooden artist’s figurines that my kids paint over and over again.
Do you have a dedicate space for play or homeschool? I’d love to hear what your space is like as ours is always changing! I tried to list out everything in the room, but if I missed something, feel free to ask in a comment or on our Facebook page!
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