Best kids toy storage: 9 stylish picks for an organised kids room

We've picked out 9 stylish kids toy storage options to offer a place for their books, lego, soft toys, school bag and dressing up clothes...

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Looking for some stylish kids toy storage? We know it can be hard to keep a kids bedroom, playroom or nursery tidy, so we've pulled together nine stylish kids toy storage options to offer a place for their books, lego, soft toys, school bag and dressing up clothes.

Even when you've found the ideal toy storage ideas, it can still be hard to find that perfect item to suit their space. The nine picks below all help keep clutter at bay, while looking stylish and beautiful at the same time.

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The best kids toy storage for kids bedrooms and nurseries

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the white company storage elephant books toy storage kids room decor

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the white company storage elephant books toy storage kids room decor

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1. Rattan Elephant Bookshelf

The best kids toy storage for soft toys

Specifications
Type: Floor-standing bookshelf
Size: H76 x W127 x D20cm
Material: Rattan fitrit & Iron
Reasons to buy
+Stylish, looks gorgeous in either nurseries or kids bedrooms+Big - can pack a lot in+Great for displaying favourite books and toys
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

The Rattan Elephant Bookshelf from The White Company is a statement piece of open shelving for displaying books, toys and soft toys. The elephant is beautifully woven from white-washed rattan and looks gorgeous in a kids bedroom or nursery. It's great for jungle or animal-themed rooms, and is the ideal height for little ones to pick out their favourite books and cuddly toys, once fixed to the wall.

What we like

The elephant shaped bookcase is large, beautiful, and feels very sturdy and solid despite the light, rattan look. It can be a bit wobbly standing on its own, which is why it comes with hooks on the back and is meant to be floor standing but wall-mounted for support. The shelves are sturdy enough for books and heavy wooden toys, but due to the irregular shaped shelves and varying heights, we found that it's more ideal for soft toy storage as you can pack a lot in. Whatever you end up using it for, it makes a gorgeous and stylish feature out of treasured toys and objects.

What we don't like

There's nothing we don't love about this storage: it's large, packs lots in, and makes a super stylish feature to boot. The only catch is that with great quality and design comes a price – and it's not cheap.

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toy storage bench

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toy storage bench

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2. The Cam Cam Harlequin Bench

The best kids toy storage bench

Specifications
Type: Storage bench
Size: W70 x D30 x H58cm
Material: 100% FSC certified MDF
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful kids seating with built in storage+Ideal for things like Lego, toy cars and trains.+Also works well as kids shoe storage in hallways+Available in 3 colours
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

The Cam Cam Harlequin Bench in Petrol is a multi-purpose and stylish piece of furniture that acts as both a stylish bedroom bench for sitting, and a generous storage box for storing away toys and clutter. It's a beautiful miniature bench that's perfect for kids bedrooms. But aside from just being stylish and pretty to look at, it's practical too, and it can squeeze in a good amount of storage too.

What we like

It's ideal for storing away toys quickly and easily, and will keep those toys in a place that's easy to access. Use it in bedrooms for toy cars, trains, blocks and other toys – or use it in the hallway as handy kids shoe storage.

We love the blue colour, but it's available in other colours too.

What we don't like

There's nothing we don't love about this kids toy storage as it's both stylish and super practical. The only thing to note is that it's on the pricey side – but not when you consider it also functions as stylish seating.

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aeroplane bookshelf

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aeroplane bookshelf

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3. The Great Little Trading Company's Bi-Plane Shelf

The best decorative kids shelf

Specifications
Type: Wall shelf
Size: 26H (inc wheels) x 75W x 14D (cm)
Material: MDF & Pine
Reasons to buy
+Playful design and shape+Great quality material+Red gives a fun pop of colour to a bedroom scheme+Great for displaying a handful of treasured items
Reasons to avoid
-Quite small for storage, more of a decorative accent

The Bi-Plane Shelf from The Great Little Trading Company is, in our eyes, pretty iconic. It's one of those eye-catching designs that adds such a playful and colourful accent to a kids bedroom and is particularly popular in boy's bedrooms.

What we like

We love the playful shape and design of this wall shelf, and the quality of the wood. We also love the pop of bright red – this makes it work really well in blue bedrooms and in neutral bedroom schemes as the red is a lovely accent colour.

It's a great way for displaying  a handful of treasured trinkets / keepsakes, like tiny books, little wooden animals, or perhaps 

What we don't like

We love the shelf design, but in reality it's more of a wall decoration than a wall shelf as you can't store very much on them.

Anything else

Wall fixings are not provided; it's safer and more practical if you buy the fixings required for the particular type of walls in your home.

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childrens bookcase

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4. The Great Little Trading Company's Greenaway Bookcase

The best storage for any sized childrens' books

Specifications
Type: Wall mounted bookcase
Size: 118H x 80W x 12D (cm)
Material: MDF
Reasons to buy
+Large wall-mounted bookcase with lots of storage space for books+Tidies books off the floor while keeping them easy to view+Shelves are deep – can fit a fair few in front of each other+Shelves are relatively tall, so can fit larger paperback books too
Reasons to avoid
-Requires assembly

The Greenaway Bookcase from Great Little Trading Company is a large wall-mounted bookcase that can house a sizeable book collection. It tidies books off the floor but also keeps them easy to view, so it's easy for children to find their favourites. The shelves are deep enough for several books and the lowest shelf is just the right size for younger children's picture books.

What we like

We love that the undeep shelves are intended to display books with the cover facing outwards, making it easier for kids to see all the books in order to pick and choose.

The shelves are taller than other childrens' bookcases, so they can be used for small cardboard toddler books as well as tall and colourful paperbacks for children.

What we don't like

It arrives as flat-pack furniture, so self assembly is required here. However, the instructions are fairly straight forward and it's not complicated to fit together.

Anything else

Wall fixings not provided; it’s safer and more practical if you buy the fixings required for the particular type of walls in your home.

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toy storage ideas which can stack on top of each other

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toy storage ideas which can stack on top of each other

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5. Vox Tuli Bookcase & Toy Storage

The best kids toy storage for playrooms

Specifications
Type: Toy storage
Size: W90cm x D41.5cm x H86.5cm
Material: MDF
Reasons to buy
+Comes with 4 compartments for organising and separating toys+Also comes with labels +Sturdy and low height make it perfect even for pre-walkers to access toys+Available in 2 colours; green or white
Reasons to avoid
-On the expensive side-Self-assembly required-Long lead time

The Vox Tuli Bookcase & Toy Storage system organises kids toys into different boxes / categories, grouping them together and keeping them off the floor. There are three smaller compartments plus a large one at the bottom, so you can separate toys, games and books, keeping all toy cars, toy trains, Lego pieces etc grouped together. Designed at a lower height, your little one can easily reach and access the contents, and with labels included, draw pictograms to help with packing away. 

What we like

We love how this kids toy storage keeps toys organised while still having them on view, making it easier for kids to take toys out and to pack them away again afterwards. It would be perfect for a kids playroom.

It's very solid – great for having a rummage and taking the toys out. It's also the right size for pre-walkers to grab onto and pull themselves up to reach toys.

What we don't like

The toy storage is relatively expensive, a little bit fiddly to put together, and it can take a while to arrive – it's made to order so you'll need to allow 4-7 weeks before dispatch.

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best kids storage dutch gable house wardrobe

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best kids storage dutch gable house wardrobe

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6. Amsterdam Stair Gable Wardrobe

The best cupboard for concealed storage – also great for dressing up

Specifications
Type: Storage cupboard / wardrobe
Size: H198cm x D55cm x W55cm
Material: MDF
Reasons to buy
+Eye-catching statement design+Wide range of colours to choose from+Comes with 4 shelves and optional clothes rail, versatile design means it can work as a wardrobe or book / toy storage+Mix & match them to create a 'street' of houses, for a wall of fun kids storage+Once no longer in kids room, the cupboards still look beautiful in other areas of the home
Reasons to avoid
-Extremely expensive-Self assembly required

The Amsterdam houses wardrobes from This Is Dutch are beautifully made, feature an eye-catching shape like an oversized Dutch dollshouse, and come in a wide range of different colours.

The wardrobes would make a stunning design feature in any kids bedroom, but would work well in a playroom too as the wardrobe also works well for dressing up clothes and accessories. The clothes rail comes as optional, and the wardrobe comes with four shelves, meaning that the design can also be used for books or toys instead (when you don't install the clothes rail).

What we like

Just look at them! What's not to love? We've never seen a wardrobe quite so beautiful.

What we don't like

Beauty comes at a cost. Priced at £1,195 per single wardrobe, they are extremely expensive.

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best storage wall shelf with clothes rail

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best storage wall shelf with clothes rail

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7. Tomorrow's Clothes Rail with Hooks

The best wall shelf for accessories

Specifications
Type: Wall shelf with rail and hooks
Size: H 11.8 x W 74.5 x D 19.7 cm
Material: MDF & beech
Reasons to buy
+Intended for organising and hanging up clothes and bags for the following day+Encourages the habit of preparation and planning ahead+Keeps school bag, gym kit, jacket and school clothes in a logical place
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing

The Tomorrow's Clothes Rail with Hooks from Great Little Trading Company is a great shelf to hang by the bedroom door for hanging up coats, bags and accessories. You can use the shelf for any purpose – displaying framed photos, favourite books, or useful items for on the go. There's also a rail that's perfect for hanging up a small selection for clothes – ideal for hanging school clothes for the following morning. Use the hooks for hanging up school bags, gym bags, hats / scarves and accessories.

What we like

This clever little rail with two handy pegs is the perfect product for encouraging little ones to become more independent. They can sort out their clothes and bags the night before and hang them up to save rummaging time in the morning; it's a nice way to develop a habit of preparation and planning ahead.

What we don't like

A small amount of self assembly is required, but instructions are very easy and clear.

Anything else?

Wall fixings not provided; it's safer and more practical if you buy the fixings required for the particular type of walls in your home

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botanical print linen pockets with string to tie onto cot bed storage

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botanical print linen pockets with string to tie onto cot bed storage

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8. Garbo & Friends Bed Pocket

The best night time storage

Specifications
Type: Bed pocket
Size: 40 x 17 cm
Material: 100% Cotton
Reasons to buy
+Helpful and practical solution for night-time storage for babies+Bed pocket ideal for keeping things like dummies, a spare nappy, wet wipes or even a bottle close to hand for night time wake-ups+Stylish design, available in variety of nature-inspired prints and patterns+Machine washable
Reasons to avoid
-Not intended for larger items / larger teddies / multiple nappies / big bottles etc

You might not have considered bed storage – but having this little bed pocket attached to your little one's cot bed is actually a very helpful and practical way to keep dummies / pacifiers and other little essentials handy for the night.

What we like

We love the various prints and patterns from Garbo & Friends. The bed pockets are easy to tie on to a cot bed with string, and are ideal for storing things like dummies, a spare nappy, wet wipes / a muslin cloth or even a small bottle. Also handy for things like a thermometer and Calpol when baby is unwell. It prevents fumbling around the room in the dark, when baby is crying!

What we don't like

It's great for small items, but not for larger ones.

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best kids storage nursery decor wall shelf in the shape of a moon

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best kids storage nursery decor wall shelf in the shape of a moon

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9. Pottery Barn Kids Moon Shaped Shelf

The best shelf for nurseries

Specifications
Type: Wall shelf
Size: MDF
Material: H61 x W51 x D15.3 cm
Reasons to buy
+Pretty, whimsical and playful design+Shallow shelves for display objects like a framed picture, soft toy or small books
Reasons to avoid
-Does not offer much storage-Expensive

This moon shaped wall shelf might not store much, but it makes a very pretty wall decoration for a nursery room. Use it to display a framed ink footprint / handprint or framed photograph, a pile of mini Beatrix Potter books or some cute soft toys.

What we like

We love the whimsical, adorable shape.

What we don't like

It's a decorative shelf rather than practical from a storage perspective, making this relatively expensive.

Lotte Brouwer
Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.