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Best toy storage solutions, according to parents

Take your lounge, bedroom or playroom from building block bedlam to tasteful and tidy with these toy storage solutions, as recommended by parents on the Mumsnet forums. 

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated May 1, 2022

Best toy storage

Whether your kids are into trains, play food, plastic figures or teddies, they can make an awful lot of mess at home. That’s why having great toy storage will save both space and sanity at the end of a busy day. 

Storage solutions that can contain all your kids’ toys, keep them organised and won't offend your eyes are worth their weight in gold while your children are small. 

Whether you’re looking to maximise a small space, invest in storage that’ll last for years to come, or you just cannot bear to tread on another piece of Lego, we’ve got the boxes, baskets and units for you. 

Here are the best toy storage solutions to buy in 2022.

1. Best overall toy storage: Ikea Kallax Units

Ikea Kallax units

Price: £29 | Buy now from Ikea

"Ikea Kallax is what I and most of my friends go for. They come in different configurations and then different boxes, doors or drawers go in the squares. They don't look too childish if it's a shared space (not garish primary colours) and you can shut the doors on them at night so you're not constantly staring at Peppa Pig" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Mrs Hathaway

"Seconding the Ikea Kallax. I have a 2 x 2 for the living room, in neutral colours so all toys can be hidden away. We do the same in terms of themes - one box is Paw Patrol, another is Toy Story, etc. In the kids' room I have a 2 x 4 - I use some shelves for books and the rest for their other toys, crafts, tracks etc. Best storage ever!" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Monoblock67

Endlessly versatile, there’s a Kallax to fit every room - and every toy collection. Each of the 33 x 33cm squares can be used as is, or transformed into a drawer or cupboard. Mumsnetters love the simple design that’ll blend into any room and units can be repurposed when your kids’ interests change. Mounted on the wall or freestanding on the floor, they’re easy for kids to access and, if you’re lucky, tidy up at the end of the day. 

Key specs

  • Material: Particleboard
  • Size: Various

2. Best budget toy storage: Wham Plastic Storage Boxes (Pack of 5)

Wham plastic storage boxes

Price: £51 (pack of five) | Buy now from Amazon

"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" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Raggydoll

"It works really well for us because you can easily see what's what. Sets of toys are kept inside material bags that are tied up at the handles. Usually we get them from the pound shop. They take up less space than more boxes" - endorsed by Mumsnet user, spad

For no-nonsense toy storage on a budget, these simple plastic boxes from Wham are ideal. With loads of different sizes available, a stash of these will keep toys organised and they can easily be stacked and stashed away when not in use so they're perfect if you rotate your kids’ toys. As they’re see-through, you can see exactly what’s inside, making rummaging for a favourite HappyLand figure or Thomas train that much easier. Mumsnetters are divided on lids - some say they don’t get used, while others like them for keeping toys dust-free.  

Key specs

  • Material: Plastic
  • Size: Various 

3. Best toy storage baskets: Cotswold Company Seagrass Baskets

Cotswold Company seagrass basket

Price: £14 | Buy now from Cotswold Company

"I have a unit with 6 large seagrass baskets in from the Cotswold Company. It is great, holds loads and both Ds' know which drawer has what in it" - recommended by Mumsnet user, TheMadHouse

If you’re looking for aesthetically pleasing toy storage that’ll seamlessly slot into your existing furniture, the Cotswold Company has you covered. The seagrass baskets are sturdy, well-made and look great, even when filled with Peppa Pig paraphernalia. 

Key specs

  • Material: Seagrass
  • Size: 37 x 28 x 15cm

4. Best stackable toy storage: GLTC Rackham Storage Set

GLTC storage set

Price: £144 | Buy now from GLTC

"The Rackham - we have set 3 which is the book tray plus bookshelf underneath, but you can get various different combinations which stack together. The book tray is really good for letting them look through and choose books, it holds a lot, and if you get set 3 you can put extra books in the underneath bookshelf part so it’s easy to rotate those with the ones in the tray" - recommended by Mumsnet user, minipie

The Great Little Trading Company - GLTC to Mumsnetters - does a brilliant line in stackable toy storage. We love the Rackham range, which combines shelves, boxes and storage trays that fit together and is a perfect height for little ones to access. The discreet handles makes it easy to rearrange, and they make great bathroom storage when they’re no longer needed for toys. 

Key specs

  • Material: MDF
  • Size: 79 x 66 x 31cm

5. Best toy storage ottoman: Home Harmony Folding Storage Ottoman

Foldable ottoman

Price: £27 | Buy now from Amazon

"We are able to fit all of DS's toys in it right now so in the evenings we dump all of the various toy boxes and bins in the ottoman and close the lid. Ours is sturdy enough to put drinks/plates on, but if it's not you can just get a large tray to put on top (not that we ever eat dinner on our laps watching TV of course)" - recommended by Mumsnet user, MomorMum

"I've got a leather ottoman in the living room (our flat is teeeeeny!) and I just pop the lid back on when she's sleeping and use as a coffee table" - suggested by Mumsnet user, earlynightneeded

If your sitting room doubles as a playroom, you probably don’t want to have to look at toymageddon after putting the kids to bed. A simple ottoman like this one by Home Harmony means you can chuck everything into its cavernous secret compartment, close the lid and put your feet up. Picking a faux-leather style means it’ll be wipe-clean and low maintenance, too. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester
  • Size: 38 x 76 x 38cm

6. Best toy storage for toddlers: Argos Home 4-Tier Kids Basket Storage Unit

Argos toy storage unit

Price: £40 | Buy now from Argos 

"I'm surprised how much it holds and was £40" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, hermoinegrange

Drawers that are slightly tilted helps toddlers see and access all their toys. This large unit from Argos is perfect for a playroom or kid’s bedroom. There are 12 drawers so you and your child can sort toys into categories - or play greengrocers - and they can be easily taken down, carried around the house and put back at the end of the day. 

Key specs

  • Material: MDF
  • Size: 80 x 86 x 30cm

7. Best under-bed toy storage: Really Useful 33-Litre Box

Really Useful box

Price: £14 | Buy now from Amazon

"We have Really Useful boxes, they are really robust, tolerate being stood on etc, and 2 yo ds can open and close them properly without a problem" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, ApuskiDusky

"Mine are Really Useful boxes and they are ace - stay nice and clean and really protect what's in them, and you can get them at depth as low as 12 cm" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Heroine

If you’re looking to maximise space, under-bed storage helps you make the most of your kids’ bedroom. At the end of the day, toys can be chucked into a box like this Really Useful one, and slid under the bed out of sight. Because it's long and shallow, it's also easy for kids to rummage through, plus it's made from tough, kid-proof plastic that’ll withstand playing, spills and even a bit of climbing. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Size: 71 x 44 x 16cm

8. Best Lego storage: Suprcrne Play Mat Storage Bag

Lego drawstring storage

Price: £22 | Buy now from Amazon

"We use the drawstring bag that a pp mentioned. It's great for us because we can take it to my parents, we take it camping, but also when tied you can literally shove it anywhere" - recommended by Mumsnet user, annlee3817

"My preferred method is a drawstring playmat, it keeps it all together, it's easy to rummage around for the piece you need and tidying up afterwards is a doddle" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, NannyR

Lego fans generally fall into two camps: chuck it all in together, or sort it by size, colour and type. If your kids are in the former camp, a drawstring playmat like this one is the answer to your Lego-based prayers. Providing kids keep their bricks within the generous dimensions of the playmat, tidying up is a case of simply pulling the drawstring, which scoops up all the bricks and tucks them away within a tasteful fabric basket. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polyester
  • Size: 1.5m

9. Best bath toy storage: Ubbi Bath Toy Organiser Caddy

Ubbi toy storage

Price: £20 | Buy now from Amazon

"We've got one of these - it's brilliant" - recommended by Mumsnet user, coffeeneeded 

Mumsnetters have been struggling to keep bath toys gunk-free forever, and this storage caddy from Ubbi is our latest weapon in the battle against mould and slime. What’s ingenious about this one is the easy-to-clean tray underneath the basket, which catches drips - keeping the toys dry and mould-free. It’s big enough for a respectable bath toy collection, and you can even put it in the dishwasher. 

Key specs

  • Material: Plastic
  • Size: 19 x 25 x 17cm

10. Best outdoor toy storage: Keter Marvel + Garden Storage Box

Outdoor toy storage

Price: £45 | Buy now from Amazon

This storage box from Keter is just the thing for garden toys. It’s robust, roomy and of course, waterproof. You can chuck all the scooters, balls and skipping ropes in, close the lid and forget about them until next time. What’s more, it’s low to the ground, making it easy to access for kids. It also doubles as a seat - but you’ll need a couple of cushions to make it comfy. 

Key specs

  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Size: 45 x 117 x 57cm

What’s the best way to store toys?

The best toy storage is both easy to access for kids, and discreet enough to be tucked away when playtime’s finished. Removable boxes or baskets make for kid-friendly toy storage, and they’ll also help you teach your kids about tidying up. 

Are boxes or baskets better for toy storage?

It depends on your taste. A fabric or seagrass basket might look great in your living room, but plastic and MDF boxes are sturdier and easier to clean. 

What’s the best storage unit to buy for toys? 

Ikea’s Kallax range is our pick for the best toy storage solution, thanks to its versatility, simple design and great price. 

How we chose our recommendations 

Because we know there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which toy storage solutions discerning Mumsnetters had chosen for their families. 

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which toy storage had won accolades and been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across online and print media, and what customers’ reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we picked the toy storage solutions we thought would make the best buys in several interest categories. 

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