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!
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.
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.
Recycled Bin LEGO Storage
Turn plastic food bin into unique containers for your LEGOs. All you need is a little bit of paint!
Shoe Organizer Toy Storage
Leanne is brilliant – she used a shoe organizer to capture small toys and items.
Playroom Update with Storage Benches
Abby made these toy storage benches to line the playroom – not only do they provide storage, but also seating!
Lego Wall Storage with Buckets
Krissy used this pail system to organize legos – but you could use it for a variety of things.
Sewn and Stenciled Canvas Bins
Sew these easy canvas bins and add designs of your choice using a freezer paper stencil.
Magnetic Rack Toy Car Storage
Use a magnetic kitchen rack from IKEA (like one used to hold knives) for cars and other metal items.
Kid Kitchen with Spice Racks
Ashley organized her daughter’s play kitchen using spice racks and kitchen organizers.
Card Storage from Plastic Containers
Use travel soap containers for small items such as cards and crayons.
Peek-A-Boo Storage Bags
Sew these storage bags with clear vinyl panels so that you can see what’s inside.
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.
Wood Swing Hanging DIY Toy Storage
Create hanging toy storage that is budget friendly and can be assembled in an hour or two.
Superhero Mason Jars
Angie took regular mason jars and made them 100% more fun with plastic characters and spray paint.
Storage Bins on Wheels
Carolina made over these storage bins and added wheels – with the added benefit of cushion seats.
Chalkboard Crates for Toy Storage
Add wheels and chalkboard paint to wood crates for some easy-to-identify (and mobile) storage.
Vintage Chifferobe Turned Toy Storage
Kristen rescued this vintage piece and completely made it over for toy storage.
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: