Your child's furry friends can be a real pain to store. Stuffed animals are bulky, oddly shaped, and constantly in use. If you find your home overrun by plush toys, don't just toss them in a corner or on a bed and call it good. Instead, look to these nine smart stuffed animal storage ideas. We found blogger tips for building a stuffed animal zoo, stringing up a hammock, repurposing a planter, and more. Or do like this family did and label bins with a photo of the toys that should be stored so your kid can help out with cleanup.
Unless you have a bench, most foot-of-the-bed space goes to waste. Change that with this fun stuffed animal storage idea from Shades of Blue Interiors. This project uses wood and paracord to create a cute corral that fits snugly against the edge of a bed frame. Plus, the DIY is completely customizable. You can alter the measurements to fit your child's bed, and paint or stain it in his or her favorite color.
Most stuffed animal storage comes with an expiration date. Once your child outgrows his or her toys, there's no point in keeping specific storage for them. That's where this genius idea from Table and Hearth comes in. The hanging storage system works perfectly for stuffed animals, but can also hold clothes, books, and other essentials as your child grows.
This stuffed animal storage idea from Oh. Eight. Oh. Nine. is seriously simple. All you need is a collection of pretty bins or baskets. These hefty storage totes make it a snap to transport toys from bedroom to play area, plus they can hold a lot. For easy access, layer large stuffed toys at the bottom, then stack smaller ones on top.
Your child's furry friends deserve to have a little fun, too. This DIY stuffed animal swing from blogger It's Always Autumn is a sweet addition to any kid's room. Plus, the swing is surprisingly simple to make. All you need is wood, hooks, and some rope. Customize the project by painting the wood in fun colors or using patterned clothesline.
For easy access without going overboard, consider a mix of open and closed storage. This pretty cubby design from The Sweetest Occasion includes both open shelving for display items and baskets for clutter. For this setup, determine a limit with your child of how many stuffed animals she can display at once. Think three or four toys at a time. The rest can be nestled into one of the baskets.
A cozy hanging hammock is the perfect spot for stuffed animals. This DIY storage net from Lemon Squeezy Home effortlessly blends pretty and practical. Make one with a large piece of fabric, bias tape, and nails for hanging. That's it. If desired, you can decorate the edge of the net with trim, like this colorful pom-pom edge.
Editor's Tip: The key to this net is hanging height. If you want to merely display stuffed animals, place it in a tall corner. But if you want your child to be able to grab toys, hang it within reach.
If your child has an ever-growing zoo of stuffed animals, it only makes sense to build a cage. This smart storage idea from Down Redbud Drive is nestled in a corner. Not only does the hack make use of otherwise wasted space, but it can also be customized to fit the number of animals you need to store. A roll of stretch string forms the cage's bars and makes it easy for your kid to move the animals in and out.
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Inspire your little one's love for reading with a cozy reading nook, complete with a basket of her favorite toys. Pretty Little Row House shows us how it's done. Just find a whimsical basket, then fill to the brim with plush animals. Bonus points if the stuffed toys match the character in the book.
You know the saying: One person's trash is another person's treasure. And when blogger Dinah Wulf of DIY Inspired stumbled across an old hanging planter, she decided to repurpose it into a darling display for stuffed animals. All the planter needed was a little TLC, including a fresh coat of paint and some decorative embellishments. Keep your eyes peeled at thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets for a similar piece to repurpose for your own home.