No Style Compromise: Grown Up Toy Storage

published Jan 8, 2014
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My children don’t have a playroom. Heck, there’s barely enough space for them to play in their bedroom. So our living room has become the hub of play and activity. I store many of their larger toys and games in closed cabinets, but still wanted a container to hold some small toys to be easily accessible for my almost-one-year-old daughter. My criteria was simple: not too big, not too small, without sharp or hard edges and that would look nice out in our living room where we spend most of our time.

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Here are some good options, most pretty budget-friendly. Again, these won’t hold a mountain of toys or very large toys, but are ideal for an infant’s toys:

1. Woven Felt Baskets (West Elm, $49/lg, $59/xlg)
2. Round Belly Baskets (Serena & Lily, $48 /set of 2)
3. MAFFENS Seagrass Bucket (IKEA, $18.99)
4. Jute Basket (H&M Home, $24.95)
5. Metallic Woven Basket (West Elm, $39)
6. Large Coiled Rope Basket (Target, $24.99)
7. Cotton Linen Polyestel Soft Box (Muji, $21.50)
8. Load Bearing Round Storage Bin (Land of Nod, $29)
9. Jute Basket with Handles (Target, $24.99)
10. Storage Basket (H&M Home, $12.95)
11. Color Block Woven Baskets (Target, $24.99-29.99)
12. Nate Berkus Woven Cotton Round Storage Bin (Target, $29.99)
13. Pink Dots Woven Hamper (Land of Nod, $89)

I ended up buying a round woven bin from The Land of Nod (which they recently stopped selling so it is not listed above) in a neutral cream color. I keep it under the coffee table at night and pull it out during the day. Not only is it doing our living room a service now, it is mature enough looking to be put to use in other parts of the home once my kids are older.

Do you have something similar in your living room?