When our friends walk through our front door, most of them say something akin to, "It looks like a daycare threw up in here!" And I can't argue with them, it kind of does. I'm not a fan of piles, but with the addition of Lulu came all the unexpected baby paraphernalia (thanks to our generous family and friends)! I definitely wasn't prepared for how much stuff we were going to have out in the open, in constant use and on rotation. And believe me, I am quick to recycle things she's outgrown.
My temporary storage solution consists of using three large SXSW canvas bags to hold books, wood toys, and all other baby stuff. The bags are now overflowing and the in-your-face primary colors and odd shapes are driving me bonkers. Even after I do the "clean up" song with Lulu and most everything's put away, the bags still look and feel messy.
In my quest for the perfect, cool toy chest, I quickly discovered there wasn't a lot that matched our home's aesthetic (part urban, part mid-century modern, part high and low)! Following are my top three toy box finds listed from highest to lowest price.
Argington Fuji Toy Box - $350*
Details: This green design includes slow-closing safety hinges that stop the lid from slamming on tiny fingers. It comes fully assembled and is sold with both runners and lockable casters. Made from solid birch ply, it's available in birch, ebony and white.
H 15.5" x W 15.5" x L 40"
Interior compartment measures H 14" x W 12" x L 27"
Cubby measures H 14" x W 9" x L 9"
Aside from the intelligent design, we chose the Fuji Toy Box for Argington's sound environmental practices. We also love that the toy box doubles as a comfy bench with the addition of a pillow!
*For a limited time, receive a free cushion at Zac and Zoe with your Fuji Toy Box purchase!
Tolix Tortue Toy Box - $345
Details: Designed by Normal Studio (Cordoleani and Fontana), this painted toy box on wheels is available in an extremely generous color palette from the Tolix/RAL color chart.
H 400 × W 600 × D 400 mm
Ikea STUVA Storage Bench - $99 - $109
Details: Designed by Ebba Strandmark, the storage bench comes with casters and can be combined with other parts of the STUVA system. Available in birch, blue, pink, green, and white.
H 19 5/8" x W 35 3/8" x D 19 5/8"