Sometimes the storage for toys can take up just as much space as the toys themselves. We can often find ourselves buying endless amounts of IKEA storage boxes and shelving just to keep everything tidy, but it hardly ever works. The trick to keeping toys at bay could be in how creative you get with your storage solutions.
Trying your hand at some DIY storage can have many benefits for both you and your home. With a myriad of tutorials and ideas strewn across the internet, there are plenty of ways you can create unique storage that not only houses your mountain of toys but also blends with the rest of your home. Self-storage experts Storebox, have put together a few tips and tricks on how getting creative with storage can benefit you.
Fitting your storage to your home
Buying ready made storage, or flat pack furniture is great if you’re looking for something that’s quick and easy, but it’s not always the right solution for your home. Ready made furniture can often be bulky and difficult to re-purpose, making it difficult to fit easily into your home and cater to your needs.
Creating custom storage can help you find solutions that perfectly fit your situation. If you need storage specifically for soft toys, for example, shelving or storage boxes may not cut it. Instead, using an old shelving unit and some bungee cables, you can create the perfect stuffed animal zoo, that’s easily accessible and keeps toys locked away until playtime.
Marrying practicality with design
Pre-made furniture may tick the design box, but it may not always get it right when it comes to practicality. Toy storage needs to be both easy to use for adults and children alike, but also seamlessly blend with its surroundings.
There are many ways to take a piece of storage and use your DIY skills to create something a little more practical. For example, a simple box storage unit can be turned on its side and redesigned into a bench with storage. Simply add some padding and some cushions to the top and place your storage boxes within the cubbies underneath.
Getting creative with storage
Getting your kids involved can get them excited about their own toy storage. Get them to give you a hand with the building, painting or designing of the storage. Giving them something they can create and be proud of, could help to get them more motivated for tidying up after playtime.
To help you and your kids to get started in creative storage, Storebox has put together a handy infographic. Find out how you can use normal, everyday pieces of household furniture, items and even garden accessories, to create the perfect toy storage for your home.