We started off with toys in small baskets that go in the coffee table. This spread to some bigger toys out on the floor that didn't fit in the baskets. This spread to filling the play pen (travel cot) with toys.
It's a TINY living room. So small. We don't use the play pen anymore so that's going to go up the loft and all the stacked full pen's worth of toys need a tidier home.
I want something that takes up less space than the travel cot, and can look a bit "naice", rather than garish (the play pen is a multicoloured 90s hand me down).
Would you recommend the canvas bag types, or just a big chest? Or something else? If possible, I'd like to avoid the need for my toddler to completely empty it every time because they want something at the bottom, always so something spacious I suppose?
A Kallax is your answer. You can then have the big pull out cubes to store big stuff or divide one of the cubes into half for smaller bits. They come in different colours too and don't look like kids storage.
We have a nice wooden side table which has two draws and a cupboard beanth with a shelf going through the middle of the cupboard. We removed the shelf and put some toys in there including a canvas bag which houses all the smaller toys.
Maybe start with a canvas bag, only store items that don't contain loads of little bits that are a PITA to tidy 1000 times a day and see how you get on with it?
Have a look at ikea too for storage solutions and hacks.
Another vote for Kallax from IKEA. We also have some of the Phoenix cube storage units from Argos in my little boys room; we have found them really good & they come in lots of sizes too (just in case you don't have an IKEA nearby).