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These Playroom Storage DIYs Are Budget Friendly

Keeping kids’ toys in order can be a real challenge . . . but with these 16 DIY playroom storage ideas, you’ll have them organized in no time!

16 Budget Friendly Playroom Storage DIYs

I know that keeping kids’ toys in order can be a full-time job. I grew up with four brothers . . . and even though we didn’t have a ton of toys, it was still hard to keep everything together. And, as kids, we could never find anything! I can’t imagine how my parents felt.

Playroom Storage

Since I know that so many of you have playroom storage and toy organization woes, I pulled together a collection of 16 playroom storage ideas that will help you pull it all together.

All of these are budget friendly and most only take a few minutes to make. But first you’re going to need to know where to start!

Toy Room Storage: Getting Started

Before you know what you need to buy or make, you’re going to need to know what you have. Sort everything into four piles: Keep, Donate, Trash, or Put Away. This is also your chance to remove broken toys and clean up the board games. Make sure the games have all the pieces!

Once everything makes it into piles, you’re going to sort the “Keep” pile into categories as well. Put all the games together, Legos, dolls, cards, etc. This will help you visually assess what size storage bins you need for each category.

Where to Shop for Playroom Storage

The best places to shop for playroom storage on a budget are IKEA, Dollar Tree, and the thrift store. IKEA has a lot of bins and baskets that are easily modified to fit your toy room.

Dollar Tree has buckets, plastic containers, plant hangers, over-the-door shoe holders, and other items that have a different original purpose than storing toys . . . but it’s very easy to make them work to fit your needs (and it’s cheap!)

The thrift store is perfect for finding jars, baskets, filing cabinets, and old dressers that you can give a new life with a little bit of paint, Mod Podge, or washi tape. Keep your mind open as you shop the thrift store. If it’s an item that can hold something, how can you modify it to fit your needs?

When all else fails, Amazon, WalMart, and Target are my go-to places for toy storage. You’ll end up paying a bit more money, but sometimes that’s necessary, especially when you’re storing items of an unusual size. Just keep your eyes open for sales!

Are you ready to see some DIY playroom storage ideas? Scroll down and let me know which is your favorite. If you have other brilliant tips for playroom storage, don’t forget to let me know in the comments!

Budget Buckets Toy Storage

Drill holes in dollar store buckets, then attach them together with zip ties for an amazing storage system.

Budget Buckets Toy Storage

Learn more at Apartment Therapy

Recycled Bin LEGO Storage

Recycled Bin LEGO Storage

Turn plastic food bin into unique containers for your LEGOs. All you need is a little bit of paint!

Get the how-to at Obseussed

Shoe Organizer Toy Storage

Shoe Organizer Toy Storage

Leanne is brilliant – she used a shoe organizer to capture small toys and items.

Find out more at Organize & Decorate Everything

Playroom Update with Storage Benches

Playroom Update with Storage Benches

Abby made these toy storage benches to line the playroom – not only do they provide storage, but also seating!

Learn how to do it at Simply Abby

Lego Wall Storage with Buckets

Lego Wall Storage with Buckets

Krissy used this pail system to organize legos – but you could use it for a variety of things.

Learn how to do it at B-Inspired Mama

Sewn and Stenciled Canvas Bins

Sewn and Stenciled Canvas Bins

Sew these easy canvas bins and add designs of your choice using a freezer paper stencil.

Get the step-by-step at Haberdashery Fun

Magnetic Rack Toy Car Storage

Magnetic Rack Toy Car Storage

Use a magnetic kitchen rack from IKEA (like one used to hold knives) for cars and other metal items.

Learn more at Style Files

Kid Kitchen with Spice Racks

Kid Kitchen with Spice Racks

Ashley organized her daughter’s play kitchen using spice racks and kitchen organizers.

Learn more at Lil’ Blue Boo

Card Storage from Plastic Containers

Card Storage from Plastic Containers

Use travel soap containers for small items such as cards and crayons.

Learn more at Shady Tree Diary

Peek-A-Boo Storage Bags

Peek-A-Boo Storage Bags

Sew these storage bags with clear vinyl panels so that you can see what’s inside.

Find the step-by-step at Tiny Sidekick

Stuffed Animal Storage from a Plant Hanger

Stuffed Animal Storage from a Plant Hanger

This upcycled storage idea from Dinah is brilliant! She used an old plant basket and painted it to store stuffed animals.

Get the how-to at DIY Inspired

Wood Swing Hanging DIY Toy Storage

Wood Swing Hanging DIY Toy Storage

Create hanging toy storage that is budget friendly and can be assembled in an hour or two.

Get the how-to at It’s Always Autumn

Superhero Mason Jars

Superhero Mason Jars

Angie took regular mason jars and made them 100% more fun with plastic characters and spray paint.

Find the instructions at The Country Chic Cottage

Storage Bins on Wheels

Storage Bins on Wheels

Carolina made over these storage bins and added wheels – with the added benefit of cushion seats.

See how they were made at This Little Street

Chalkboard Crates for Toy Storage

Chalkboard Crates for Toy Storage

Add wheels and chalkboard paint to wood crates for some easy-to-identify (and mobile) storage.

Learn how to make them at The DIY Dreamer

Vintage Chifferobe Turned Toy Storage

Kristen rescued this vintage piece and completely made it over for toy storage.

Find out how to do it at Thrifter in Disguise

What are your best playroom storage ideas? Let me know in the comments! Are you ready for some additional posts about organizing? Check these out below:

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Kristen | A Thrifter in Disguise

Monday 24th of February 2014

Thanks, Amy! Our chifferobe looks so cute over here at DIY Candy! :)

Marni @ Haberdashery Fun

Thursday 16th of January 2014

Hi - Thanks for the feature on my canvas toy bin!! Love your blog.

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