I know five different parents who have tackled a big organization project in their child's room over the last month. I think it might be that the chaos and change of back-to-school season makes people wish for a sense of order. If this is true and you have kids, you may also be on the lookout for good storage and shelving solutions... so, here you go.
This online store supplies childcare centers, classrooms, and Montessori schools. Their shelving is made from solid wood, and it's safe (with sanded, rounded edges) and durable. Pricing ranges from $100 to $1,000.
An IKEA kid's classic (alongside the Expedit), the Trofast collection is made from wood and plastic, with bins that slide out and come in multiple colors. Prices start around $50 for a basic 3-bin system. This storage combination is $88.
Land of Nod
This company is the kid sister of Crate and Barrel and CB2, and it's also based out of Chicago. They have a huge selection of furniture for nurseries and kid's rooms, with a mix of traditional and modern designs in their catalog. This is the 6-Cube Bookcase, $250.
This online shop, based in the Bay Area, is a good source for a range of modern designs, from affordable to expensive. They have a section devoted to kids' storage and shelving — shown left is the aptly named Way Basics Modular Storage Cube, $20.
These stackable shelves are made in the USA from recycled wood with non-toxic, low-VOC finishes. The cut-out shapes make it easier for little hands to open the cabinet doors, but the units aren't cheap. The Stella Stackables start at $315 per unit.
This online store (based out of San Francisco) has a variety of modern furniture for kids' rooms and nurseries (as well as grown-up spaces), and they offer free shipping on orders over $50. This is the Oeuf Classic Toy Store for $498.
They have a bunch of storage systems for kids' rooms, but I like the Itso System, which was designed in collaboration with IDEO. The shelving is stackable, modular, and affordable — starting around $20 per cube.
This online store focuses on modern European design, and they have storage options for adults and kids. The selection can be hit or miss, but they generally have a good basic stock of modern products. This Nantucket Storage Bench is $80. (Select items come with free shipping.)
This online store specializes in shelving, and they mix kids' products with adult storage solutions, like the Componibili Storage Module, $160. Made from ABS plastic with rounded edges, it's a practical, easy-to-clean choice for a child's room.
Fawn & Forest
This online shop specializes in baby and kids' furniture, and they carry most of the major modern brand names, as well as a few lesser known designers. This is the p'Kolinko Kube Drawer, $110. (Free shipping on orders over $50.)
This kids' store (which has multiple locations as well as an online shop) carries a signature line of basic fabric storage bins, as well as some larger shelves and cubbies. This is the Sam Storage Unit, with a built-in shelf and toy bin for $495.
A go-to source for organizational supplies, the Container Store has stores all over the country, as well as an extensive website. Shelving options include Elfa wall-mounted systems, plastic stacking bins, and cubbies, like the Ladoro Shelving. This particular unit is on sale now for $150.
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Photo: Close-up of 6-Cube Bookcase from Land of Nod