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Toy Storage solution for Living Room

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mairimac Wed 12-Sep-07 20:45:25

I've been searching for a solution for storing toys in the Living Room. I would like something that would fit in with lounge decor and not a child's bedroom type thing. Does anyone have any solutions. I don't think the big chests are a good idea as the toys at the bottom are hard to get out. Drawers maybe but can't be something small as you'd need 100's of them. HELP!

pirategirl Wed 12-Sep-07 20:47:45

i had/have two large floppy seagrass type things that went under my pine coffe table, and now they r shoved in a low bench i have for the tv. they fit great.

ja9 Wed 12-Sep-07 20:52:03

in our den we have two ikea units expedit, one alongways and one up the way. these are filled with clear brownish plastic boxes. i love that they are neat but at the same time you can see toys through them.

mairimac Wed 12-Sep-07 20:52:24

where did you get the seagrass baskets from pirategirl?

ja9 Wed 12-Sep-07 20:53:01

these are the boxes

mairimac Wed 12-Sep-07 20:53:32

ja9, are the boxes in the ikea unit large enough to fit toys like puzzles etc inside? Cause I saw that on ikea website but thought drawers/boxes may be too small for toys?

dyzzidi Wed 12-Sep-07 20:53:47

I bought the pine toybox from Ikea for all DD's crap she is 20 months and has loads. If its just us i let it stay open with easy access but if i have guests i close it put a couple of cushions on it and it looks 'grown up'

TheMadHouse Wed 12-Sep-07 20:55:26

I have a unit with 6 large seagrass baskets in from the cotswold company

It is great, holds loads and both Ds' know whcih drawer has whot in it

pirategirl Wed 12-Sep-07 20:56:45

gosh i bought them about 4 yrs ago now, jute, yes thats what they are, they were in oneof those baby catalogues. iIhave a feeling it was one of those ones with all the clever bits and bobs in and extortionatly priced furniture!!!

they have a gingham lining, um i wish i could remember, the catalogue it was only wee.

i will have a search online

pirategirl Wed 12-Sep-07 20:58:13

these are the exact ones, i was mistaken about the lining, thats in the toy box upstairs.

storage boxes

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mairimac Wed 12-Sep-07 21:00:00

themadhouse, I love that chest really nice, how big are the baskets? Do they fit puzzles etc inside?

mairimac Wed 12-Sep-07 21:01:19

I like some of the storage units from Mini Marvellous but not the plastic boxes, does anyone know where one can get seagrass boxes to fit?

ja9 Wed 12-Sep-07 21:02:51

yes boxes are decent size... don't have measurements but i would guess, front of box is 30cm by 30cm and depth is about 35 cm. We have puzzles and games and cars and cuddly toys in just now. the square duplo base board doesn't fit in but that's the only thing we have slid in at the side of the unit iirc.

we considered baskets but they didn't fit the spaces so neatly and so didn't make maximum use of each space iyswim.

Nemo2007 Wed 12-Sep-07 21:02:51

We have a big wicker chest that holds tons of toys but isnt too huge.

TheMadHouse Wed 12-Sep-07 21:03:12

43cm wide, by 33 deep and 22 high. It is great we have one for cars, one for colouring etc, one for musical instruments, one for tractor tom, one for baby toys and one for puzzles. Makes tidying a breeze for the little ones, although DH said it is the most expensive toy box in the world

singyswife Wed 12-Sep-07 21:06:30

My friend is a childminder and she has these argos units, dont kn ow how to do links but item number is 6108937

mairimac Wed 12-Sep-07 21:13:46

TheMadHouse - yes I've liked that farmhouse chest for a few weeks now, but the price puts me off, considering it's for toys.

Toothyboy Wed 12-Sep-07 21:15:28

We've got one of these

filthymindedbolshevixen Wed 12-Sep-07 21:18:27

I've always fancied something like


TheMadHouse Wed 12-Sep-07 21:18:44

My reasoning was that it does not look like toy storage and we can use it for other stuff when they are out of the toys downstairs stage. Ie CD's, Newspapers, books.

So we will get years of use out of it, also it is well made and should last for ages.

we are building a convervatory and moving it and the toys in to it and it will still fir in.

I think i am trying to say it is an investment peice smile

Raggydoll Wed 12-Sep-07 21:23:07

all our toys are kept in clear lidded boxes. the majority kept in the bedroom and 2 or 3 in the living room - this way the dc's can have new/different toys downstairs every few days.

sputnik Wed 12-Sep-07 21:25:03

We have these

Raggydoll Wed 12-Sep-07 21:25:03

the gltc one is great and would look more grown up if you chose just the neutral coloured boxes.

TheMadHouse Wed 12-Sep-07 21:29:42

we looked at the GLTC one, but I worried about the fabric getting dirty and once you add up the baskets it is expensive too

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