If teddy bears and stuffed dogs are overtaking your child's bedroom, stuffed animal storage options can help you manage the zoo.
Stuffed Animal Storage Ideas
These varied storage products are available for purchase or to use as inspiration in building your own unique toy storage system.
Pet Nets and Hammocks
Pet nets and hammocks are a popular choice for stuffed animal storage because they keep stuffed animals visible while also keeping them off the floor. They come in a variety of colors to match any room, or you can pick one in your child's favorite color. These triangular nets are installed in the corner of a room, and can then hold a number of stuffed toys, depending on size. Storage products that carry the name "hammock" tend to be more flexible and made of a more loosely woven net.
The Zoo is a unique storage piece designed after the bins that hold large plastic balls in toy stores. It is a rectangular wooden frame with flexible bars along the sides. When the stuffed animals are placed inside, they look like they're behind the bars of a cage at the zoo. The flexible bars keep stuffed animals inside but are easy enough to move that kids aren't kept from their favorite playthings.
Chain Gang Toy Organizers
The Chain Gang and similar products consist of a plastic chain with clips spaced along its length. You hang the chain in the location of your choice and clip stuffed animals to it. This keeps them off the floor and bed while still remaining easily accessible. You can also see individual stuffed animals more clearly than when they are placed in a net or bin and piled on top of each other.
Stuffed Animal Tree
Like the stuffed animal chains, tree designs offer vertical storage for all of your child's favorite animal companions. The tree features a pole covered in elastic bands, with stabilizing legs as a base. You slip the stuffed animals through the loops. They stay in place and out of the way, but are still easy to remove when it's time to play.
Other Storage Ideas
- Canvas or plastic shoe holders can store and display smaller stuffed animals, such as Webkinz and Beanie Babies. The individual shoe pouches allow your fuzzy friends to slip inside, while the option to hang it behind the bedroom door or inside a closet keeps them out of the way.
- When you truly want to keep excess stuffed animals out of sight, plastic storage bins and totes can contain the collection.
- Display stuffed animals on shelves for an easy way to keep them more organized.
- If you're a stuffed animal collector, you may want to store some of your most prized acquisitions in plastic cubes to protect them from dust and damage.
Where to Buy
With the exception of products sold at their own proprietary website, like The Zoo, you can find ways to store your stuffed animals at nearly any toy store. At brick-and-mortar stores, look for products near stuffed animal displays. You can also find storage solutions at retailers dedicated to home products and storage, including Bed, Bath & Beyond and The Container Store. Some products will be designed for toy storage while others can be repurposed in fun ways to hold your child's stuffed animal collection.
With the many products available, you're sure to find something that will fit your storage needs, your décor, and the space available. However, when stuffed animal storage becomes too much of a hassle, consider donating some of your old friends to charity.