Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Looking for something beautiful in the way of toy storage? These wicker coffres à jouets caught my eye. (And who says these lovely baskets could only be used for toys?)
And I was also taken with these toy baskets - how nice that they can be stacked! (And I love that one side has a face, and the other a tail.) They come in various animals, and there's also a lidded toy chest (which removes the stacking function). Update on August 24, 2011: I'm no longer finding these.
Note: While large toy chests often don't work well - little things get lost at the bottom - they certainly have their place. Just be alert to the safety issues with toy chests and small children.
What about multi-purpose products? Here's a lovely wooden toy bench. The site doesn't identify the manufacturer, so I don't know if this is the banc avec coffre à jouets by Pinolino (which I couldn't find on the Pinolino web site). Update on August 24, 2011: The site I grabbed this picture from no longer sells the bench, but the Pinolino bench is still available.
If you prefer upholstered furniture, Sigikid has child-size armchairs and sofas with toy chests. Update on Feb. 25, 2015: I'm no longer finding these products.
Oeuf calls this lovely product the Toy Store. It's gotten a lot of attention in the blog world; I heard of it from Cool Mom Picks, Better Living Through Design, and Apartment Therapy.
And then there are the wonderful toy storage baskets that look like houses or garages. [via Cool Mom Picks; sold by Nettle Green]
And finally, here's one of the handpainted toy boxes from With Hugs and Kisses. I just wish the pictures were better, especially for this nursery rhyme box.
Tantalizing Toy Boxes and Bins
Tackling the Toys