Published on September 29th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Toy storage cabinet

Usually Pax wardrobes are matched with Komplement interior fittings. Andy discovered that the Trofast is pretty snug too. 

Andy writes, “I wanted to share how we have used some Ikea furniture as toy storage. It’s not really a hack as we haven’t changed anything but it’s more of a way of using a piece of furniture differently.

We wanted some way of storing our kids toys so that they were neat, easily accessible and easy to sort out. I had always liked the look of the Trofast storage range but the size of the units is pretty small. So I decided to use a Pax wardrobe and line it with the plastic buckets instead. I wanted to put 10 buckets in it but due to the placement of door hinges I could only fit eight of them. I don’t have lids on the buckets so that I can fit more in. I made some labels on my computer for the outside of the buckets.”

More toy storage photos here.

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16 Responses to Toy storage cabinet

  1. Carrie Rode says:

    What kind of buckets were used in this hack? What size?

  2. Carrie says:

    Which buckets were used with this hack?

  3. plaques says:

    No matter what organization solutions you decide on, make sure that your child understands that this is where the toys should be kept at all times.

  4. RickinSC says:

    This is a very good start. An improvement would be clearer baskets so the child can see better what is in each container before getting it down.

    I’ve tried out an EXPEDIT and put clear acrylic doors on it so the child can see exactly what is inside before pulling the toys out and spreading them all over. A photo is available here along with my other toy cabinet designs.

  5. Cassie says:

    Oh geez.. My daughter will surely love this.. I have purchased one kind of storage cabinet, wherein it looks like small doors.. It’s made up of wood and something that may not be safe for little children.. Thanks a lot for sharing this.. Also, I can also purchase something like this – I may even use it as cd dvd storage cabinets lol..

  6. Susan says:

    Yesterday, I was going through some modern designs on storage cabinets and I found amazing collection.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is a 19″ Pax wardrobe frame with Pax Nexus birch door. The interior is fitted with Komplement boxes and guide rails, both designed for the Pax wardrobe series. There is no Trofast shown in this hack.
    Sincerely, An Ikea co-worker

  8. Bas says:

    If I’m correct, those rails don’t come separately. There’s a set in every drawer that you buy.

  9. Patricia says:

    Wait – the rails…are those Komplement? I don’t see them on the Ikea site.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Andy, we were drowning in toy clutter before we copied your ‘hack’. We LOVE this brilliant toy storage solution!

    Only frustration we encountered after using it for a bit was that the little toys would inevitably end up all jumbled up within the buckets to the point that the kids didn’t even want to play with the stuff because it took to long to search and dig for things.

    So the one improvement we made was to sort the toys within the bins using see-thru mesh bags with zippers ( Working fantastic. Can fit a lot in the buckets yet still find things easily.

    It’s soooo nice to end the day with a clutter-free floor! And to close it all off behind a door and not have to look at it is simply awesome. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Bas says:

    I have used a sharp Stanley knife to cut out some of the corners of the drawerrails that the boxes slide on. Only cut out the little corners where they interfere with the hinges.

    Obviously the boxes/drawers are then hanging from a screw less on each rail, but unless you stuff heavy items in them, they should be alright.

    This way you can mount them all the way up in the corners and get more of these boxes/drawers in one wardrobe.

  12. I’ve done a similar thing with our Ikea furniture. But in addition to the worded labels, we have pictures too so those who don’t read yet can still get the toys in the right bin :) I just use clear packing tape to stick it on the front (Barbies, action figures, dolls, Littlest Pet Shop, etc.).

  13. Anonymous says:

    Cool- are these Trofast or Komplement buckets? Where do you get the slides?

  14. Cheers with Parents & their naughty kids !!

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