If you have kids in your life, you know toy organization is the biggest hurdle to having an organized home! Toys come in literally every shape, size and material. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was one toy organizer that took care of everything? Presenting the ultimate DIY Toy organizer.
In my quest for finding an organization solution for the ubiquitous toys, I came across Jamie’s Stuffed animal zoo and Shanty sisters’ Ikea Trofast knock off. I decided to combine the two ideas and add a few more touches of my own to create this toy organizer which holds most of the type of toys I can think of… at least for now. It is the perfect toy organizer for small spaces too. I am about to tell the kids that they get to keep only toys that fit in this organizer and everything else gets donated… Ha! Lets see how that goes…
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Materials needed to build the DIY Toy Organizer –
- 2 — 1” x 12” x 8’ boards
- 3 — 1” x 3” x 8’ boards
- 1 — 1” x 2” x 8’ boards
- 1 — 2”x 2” x 4’ board
Tools/supplies needed –
- Kreg Jig
- Circular Saw
- Miter Saw
- 1 1/4” finish nails.
- 1 1/4” pocket hole screws
- 1 1/4” wood screws
- Hammer or brad nailer
- Wood Glue
Cut list –
- 1” x 12” — 2 @ 30 3/4” (Sides)
- 1” x 12” — 1 @ 28 1/4” (middle divider)
- 1” x 12” — 1 @ 30 1/4” (bottom shelf)
- 1” x 12” — 1 @ 31 (Top)
- 1” x 3” — 4 @ 44 1/2” (long trim)
- 1” x 3” — 4 @ 11 1/2” (short trim)
- 1” x 12” — 1 @ 6” (Book support)
- 1” x 12” — 2 @ 12” (shelves)
- 1” x 2” — 6 @ 11 1/2” (shelves)
- 2” x 2” — 2 @ 33” (side supports)
How to make the DIY Toy organizer –
Here are the step by step pictures on how to build the easy toy organizer –
*Use wood glue along with nails or pocket hole screws in each steps.
Step 1 – Start by attaching the rails on the middle divider and one of the sides. Make sure to measure the distances between the rails accurately as shown in the plans.
Step 2 – On the other side piece, attach the center and bottom shelves.
Step 3 – Attach the middle divider and the other side piece.
Step 4 – Attach the top using pocket hole screws through the outside of the sides and the middle divider.
Step 5 – Attach all the trim. Use pocket hole screws on the side trim pieces to attach them to the long trim pieces. Note – one of the side trim pieces is larger which acts as a book support. Also, use countersunk screws to screw in the long trim pieces to the dividers in the front and back. See plans for more details. The last step is to attach the 2 x 2 supports on one side of the structure using countersunk screws. This makes the stuffed toy area.
Step 6 – Fill all visible holes, caulk, sand and paint or stain. I used 2 coats of primer followed by a couple coats of paint. Paint is Polar White by Valspar. I love to use my Homeright paint sprayer and also set up my Large Spray shelter inside the garage since it was raining outside. It took me 45 minutes for primer and 45 minutes for paint! That paint sprayer is the best!!
Step 7 – Attach 2 eye hooks on each side of the inside of the stuffed toy area. Pre-drill a pilot hole and screw in the eye hooks. The ones on top are vertical and the ones on bottom are horizontal.
Step 8 – Tie the bungie cord to one on the bottom eye screws and thread them through each of the eye screws ending at one of the bottom screw eyes. This is what the bungee cord looked like when I was done.
Just add the Trofast bins and we are done!! It is ready to be loaded up!
It has a place for stuffed toys –
Bins for the small and big toys and shelves to hold boxes of board games –There is even a spot for books on top plus you can keep some bigger toys there too!
How do you organize toys? I feel like I am in an eternal quest to organize all things kids. I made a portable lego table to keep the little legos off the floor.
I also made an easy desk organizer for my little girl to keep her homework from getting lost.
Plus this bedside table with book storage which has definitely made my life so much easier with mess of bedtime books!