How to Build a Toy Storage Shelf for Your Kids

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  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-50
What You'll Need
Unfinished wooden cubes
Paint (optional)
Decorative containers (optional)

Get rid of the clutter of toys in your home by building a toy storage shelf to keep them tidy and organized. This will also allow the kids to access them easily. There's no miracle cure to stop kids from being messy, but at least if you have plenty of storage space, it will be quick to tidy up. Adapt this information to fit your own requirements, budget, and space and you'll wonder why you waited so long to invest in toy storage.

Step 1 - De-clutter

Take this opportunity to clear out your kid's toy collection. Set aside any toys that they've grown out of and donate them to a charity store or have a garage sale. Dispose of any broken items responsibly if they can't be fixed. When you have finished, you will have a clearer idea of how much space you need to accommodate the homemade shelving. Remember to allow extra space for future additions.

Step 2 - Purchase Shelving

An easy way to build customized storage is to use prefabricated, unfinished wooden cubes. They provide a solid structure and save you a lot of work. These can be bought in a variety of stores and are relatively inexpensive. They can also be finished and decorated to fit in with any bedroom. Remember that it's going to be located in a kid's room so it will probably take a few knocks and scrapes. A design that is easy to touch up is highly beneficial.

Step 3 - Prepare Storage

Whether you will paint the cubes or just apply a protective varnish, it is easier to do so before assembling them. Sand the surface lightly then apply two coats of paint. Make sure the first layer is totally dry before you apply the second coat. If you are using white paint, you may want to apply a layer of primer first.

Involving the children in the decoration can encourage them to be more enthusiastic about using the storage shelf and to keep it in better condition. Adding stickers or glitter can add an extra sparkle of imagination to the design. To protect the finish, you should add two coats of varnish. Allow the first coat to dry then sand lightly and apply the second coat.

Step 4 - Assemble Shelving

Once the individual cubes have been decorated, you can assemble them against the wall. Plan out how you want to arrange the cubes before screwing them together. For safety, you may also want to put screws through the top boxes into the wall to hold the unit in place. This type of shelving unit is excellent if you have children of different ages, as the older ones can store their things out of the reach of the little children.

The design can also be adapted to add doors to some of the cubes if you want to hide some of the toys or clutter from view. There are many different varieties of wicker baskets or plastic containers that you can also use to help organize the toys within the shelving.