Toy Box / Toy Chest Alternatives

10 Pretty Toy Storage Ideas! (Alternatives to Toy Boxes / Toy Chests)

Dump out toys and laugh hysterically

Happy Saturday!  I thought I’d end off the week with ten pretty toy storage ideas (or alternatives to traditional toy boxes / toy chests) that I’ve been collecting for awhile.

When I came across this art from an Etsy shop, I couldn’t help but chuckle! The poster’s creator must have met our two-year old twin boys!    —>

(All photo credits to Etsy shop, Callaloo Soup. )

Have you ever noticed how toddlers like to round up a million random toys and hoard them in a ‘top secret hiding place’ which just happens to be clearly visible to everybody else?  So cute….well, until you step on a lego, that is!

I’ve tried a bunch of different ways to organize toys in our basement playroom, but none quite as pretty as these!


Toy Box / Toy Chest Alternatives

 1. Dinkie Storage on magnetic strips.

(Looks kinda cool too, yes?)

Toy Storage


2.  Barbie Storage in a Shoe Organizer

I’m a sucker for Barbie – she’s always been my fave!  Lucky for me, Miss G loves Barbie too! Here’s a great way to store them, and to keep them looking pretty!

Decorating with toys



3.  Book Storage in an Antique Wagon

Create a fashionable library cart that can be wheeled from room to room!

Designing around toys


 4.  Dress-Up Storage in an Upcycled Dresser

Remove the drawers and add a little paint decoupage/wallpaper and hooks, and you’ve got a pretty way to store costumes!

Toy Chest Alternative


5.  Book Storage in IKEA Spice Racks

I’ve seen this idea a few times on home decor sites (another similar one is storm gutter book shelves), and its such a simple and pretty way to display kids’ books.  Not to mention, easy access!

Toy Box Alternative


6.  A Wheeled Basket

An easy way to pull the toy basket around from room to room!

toy storage for interior decorators



7. Baskets for Everyone!

This idea applies to a lot more than toys. I love the concept of having a pretty basket on the stairs for each family member – basically, a place where their random things get tossed throughout the day.  Now if only I could convince everybody to take their basket and put everything away?!?

toy baskets for home decor


8. ‘Small Stuff’ Storage

Paint some plastic animals and glue them to jar lids for a fun place to store crafty things or small collectibles…

pretty decorating storage


9. Soda Crate Storage for Lego

Love this idea of using old soda crates, from Holly Mathis Interiors.

Stylish toy storage


10. Wire Garden Planters!


toy box option for interior design

Source: BHG via Centsational Girl


Hope you found some toy storage inspiration!

If you have young kids, you might also enjoy these older posts:

Until next time,


  1. says

    Wow these are great ideas! I like the Barbie storage, dolls always tend to get very scruffy and ugly (especially the tangled hair) when you put them all in a big box.

    • says

      Glad you enjoyed the toy storage round up Sofia! I love that Barbie storage idea too. Sorry I’m a little late in responding. Just wanted to say thanks for coming by! ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty