Best Toy Boxes and Chests – Let’s Keep it Tidy!

Are you trying to decide which are the best toy boxes and chests for keeping your home neat and tidy? I opted for the Delta Children Deluxe Multi Bin Toy Box because it gives you 9 storage bins of different sizes to store toys in an organized fashion. But I didn’t stop at that one. My review looks at 8 different options for you to pick from.

One of the biggest challenges a parent faces with children is the mountain of toys they have scattered around the house. If you battle to keep the toys all in one place, you may want to consider getting a toy box or chest.

Not only do I talk about the different options available but I also highlight the key features you need to be aware of when buying one. And, if you’ve got a boy or girl, should you be gender-specific in your pick? PLUS, I discuss the benefits of having a toy box.

Read on to discover all you need to know about this simple but very useful piece of furniture every family should have in their home.

My Top Picks

Best Overall – Delta Children Deluxe Multi Bin Toy Box

This toy storage product will look good in any child’s bedroom or playroom, whether they’re a girl or a boy. It simply makes it easy to keep the mess under control!

Who It’s For

For families with more than one kid and heaps of toys.

Why You Should Buy It

If your child has a heap of toys that need to be stored neatly, then this multiple storage organizer is the right one for you. It’s made up of 9 storage bins set into a strong wooden frame on three shelves. The bins are constructed with fabric keeping them lightweight. Everything about this design says it’s sturdy and durable.

Each bin comes in a bright color ranging in a variety of colors. The bins are removable which is convenient if you want to take a box of toys to another room. There are 4 regular sized bins, 3 double sized bins and 2 extra large bins.

The product is tested according to strict standards and all the materials are 100% non-toxic, keeping your child safe while they’re playing.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 36 x 12 x 24″
  • Item weight: 21 lbs.
  • Material: Wood (frame) / Heavy-duty fabric (boxes)

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Holds a lot of toys
  • Lightweight/won’t hurt child if it falls over

Cons

  • Frame only has backing on the middle shelf

Best Value – Woffit Toy Storage Organizer Chest for Kids

This large-sized organizer chest not only looks good but it’ll keep your kids’ toys, books and even clothes neatly in one place.

Who It’s For

This will look good in any gender-neutral room.

Why You Should Buy It

This collapsible toy box is constructed with durable and strong 600D polyester fabric. The sides are made with thick 3mm boards which are sturdy enough to hold the shape when toys are stored in it.

The flip-lid is easy to lift and lightweight so you don’t need to worry about pinched fingers when your child is playing with their toys in the box. Soft handles on the side make it easy to carry and move into another room if your child is playing elsewhere.

When you no longer need it, it’s easy to fold and store. The simple but timeless design of this box means it’ll look good in any room in your home.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 30 x 15 x 16″
  • Item weight: 8.13 lbs.
  • Materials: 600D polyester

Pros

  • Big and spacious
  • Well-priced
  • Withstands spillage of liquids

Cons

  • Rough handling may cause it to buckle

Best for Durability – Little Tikes Primary Colors Toy Chest

This solid toy chest will keep all your little tike’s toys in one place. And, it will look good in any playroom too.

Who It’s For

For children who have both large and small toys needing to be put away neatly.

Why You Should Buy It

This toy chest is constructed with solid plastic in bright red and blue colors. It has a detachable lid which is great if the box starts to overflow. You can remove the lid and keep stacking the toys! Plus, you won’t need to worry about it falling on your child’s head while they’re digging around for their toys.

The main container is six cubic feet, designed to hold larger toys. Two removable bins below the container can keep all the smaller toys neatly in one place. The toy chest is of a comfortable size for your child to use without struggling to get any of the toys inside.

It’s recommended for children from 24 months to 10 years old so you’ve got a toy box that’ll last you a long time!

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 23.35 x 38.38 x 22″
  • Item weight: 20 lbs.
  • Material: Plastic

Pros

  • Holds a lot of toys comfortably
  • No assembly required
  • No sharp edges to hurt your child

Cons

  • Removable bins not on a track for easy sliding out
  • Expensive

Best for Both Boys and Girls – 3 Sprouts Kids Toy Box Storage Trunk

This toy box with its beautiful picture of a whale painted on it will look good in both your daughter’s or son’s room. Other pictures include a happy elephant, funky tiger and a wooly sheep.

Who It’s For

For parents looking for lightweight storage boxes to keep in their childrens’ bedrooms or playroom.

Why You Should Buy It

Not only does this toy box look cute but it’s compact and lightweight. It has a lid on it which can be easily lifted and closed by your child. It has a lip and a pull-tab which is conveniently designed for little hands to operate.

The construction is made up of polyester fabric lined with sturdy cardboard inserts to keep the box-shape. It’s easy to use and will keep your child’s room free of mess when all the toys are stored in this trunk.

It’s lightweight which means you can move it into another room if you want to and you won’t need to worry about your child hurting themselves.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 14.5″
  • Item weight: 5.06 lbs.
  • Materials: 100% polyester

Pros

  • Cute and functional
  • Holds a reasonable amount of toys
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Cardboard inserts don’t hold the shape well when overfull

Best Classic Style – KidKraft Austin Toy Box

This classic style toy box can double up as a seat as well. It comes in a variety of colors and will look elegant in any child’s room.

Who It’s For

For parents looking for a toy box with a lid for neat storage of toys.

Why You Should Buy It

I love the construction and design of this box. It’s simple, stylish and made with MDF melamine wood. It’s a rectangular shape. The lid is easy to lift by your child and includes a safety hinge to keep it up while your child searches for their favorite toy.

A cutout notch under the lid makes it easy for your child to slip their fingers in and open the lid. Cutout handles on the sides also makes it easy for you to move the box around. It’s big and deep enough to hold a bunch of toys.

The fact it doubles up as a bench means your child can sit on it and read their favorite book in comfort when you purchase the cushion for it.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 30.55 x 18.27 x 19.6″
  • Item weight: 33.9 lbs.
  • Materials: MDF melamine wood

Pros

  • Assembles easily with instructions included
  • Kid friendly and safe
  • White-head screws which look neat

Cons

  • Needs two people to assemble
  • Scratches easily

Best for Girls – Wildkin Fairy Wishes Toy Box Bench

A timeless design for a toy box which can also be used as a bench. Girls will love the quaint fairy patterns on the box.

Who It’s For

For children who love fairies and parents who love tidiness.

Why You Should Buy It

This toy box will hold a stack of toys easily while also converting into a bench when the lid is placed down. The design is classical and elegant and will look beautiful in any playroom or child’s bedroom.

The lid has a slow-closing metal hinge which means your child will not have pinched fingers. The sturdiness of this box is made possible with the durable MDF and wood blend used to make it and it can hold weights up to 100 lbs comfortably.

Cutouts on the sides of the box makes it possible to carry around. The box can be wiped down with water and soap for easy cleaning. It’s recommended for children from 3 to 10 years old.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 32 x 15.5 x 26.5″
  • Item weight: 28.4 lbs.
  • Materials: MDF and wood blend

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Very cute for girls
  • Safe and child-friendly

Cons

  • Can chip easily during assembling

Best for Stacking – Lego Friend Storage Brick

Your kid will think they’re living in Lego Land with these nifty Lego storage boxes. You can stack them up and store all toys neatly.

Who It’s For

This is great for kids who adore Lego.

Why You Should Buy It

These storage brick-shaped boxes come in a number of sizes ranging from 1,2,4 or 8 knobs. They can hold a range of toys (and other items) and can be stacked when closed. Your kid will love tidy up time with these fun, building boxes.

They come in a range of colors and will look cool in any room (even your office). The lids come off easily with cutout notches on the bottom of each lid.

If you don’t want to stack them you can slide them under the bed. As with all Lego products, these boxes are made with high-quality and durable plastic.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 9.84 x 9.84 x 7.28″ (4-knob box)
  • Item weight: 2.14 lbs
  • Materials: Durable plastic

Pros

  • Cool “theme” style storage boxes
  • Perfect for keeping all Lego pieces in one place
  • Funky bright colors

Cons

  • Storage compartment is small

Best Budget – Delta Children Multi-Bin Toy Box

Your kids will love the bright and colorful characters of the Paw Patrol team displayed on this multi-bin toy organizer.

Who It’s For

This is ideal for children aged from 3 to 6 years old.

Why You Should Buy It

Here’s another toy box organizer designed by Delta Children. It’s made up of 6 fabric boxes set into a well-constructed and sturdy wooden frame. There are 3 regular sized boxes, 2 medium sized boxes and 1 extra large box set into three shelves.

It’s bright and cheerful with all your kids’ favourite characters displayed. Chase or Marshall anyone?

The design and materials meet and exceed the safety standards of CPSC with 100% toxic-free materials.

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 24.61 x 11.81 x 26.57″
  • Item weight: 12.32 lbs.
  • Materials: Engineered wood (frame) / heavy-duty canvas (boxes)

Pros

  • Easy for young children to use
  • Easy to assemble
  • Sturdy and lightweight

Cons

  • Some parents may find the boxes smaller than expected

What Features Make an Excellent Toy Box or Chest

There are some key features you should look out for when deciding on the best toy box or chest for your child’s toys.

Safety

This is essential if you want to have peace of mind your child is safe while using the toy box. One of the key safety features to check out is the lid. How many times do you recall getting your fingers pinched when the lid of your toy box fell onto your fingers? Way back when toy boxes were made with heavy wood and this included the lid. So, it was very easy for the lid to slam shut without having enough time to remove your fingers (or your head!).

Nowadays, you’ll find toy boxes either have detachable lids or lids that have slow-closing metal hinges. This means the lid won’t slam shut but rather closes slowly, giving your child ample time to move away from the box. Some toy boxes even have safety hinges that stop the lid closing once it’s up.

Another safety feature is the type of material used to construct the box. All products are required to undergo stringent testing to meet safety standards. This includes the type of material and whether it’s toxin-free or not. Look out for toy boxes and chests that have been certified and assure you the materials are 100% toxin-free.

Always make sure the box is sturdy and there are no loose parts that could injure your child. Look out for chipping or splintering if you decide to choose a wooden box. The toy boxes should have rounded corners and adequate ventilation.

Storage Size

You want to know the size of the box so that you know whether it will take all your child’s toys comfortably, whether they’re large or small. Different sized containers are useful such as the Delta Children Deluxe Multi Bin Toy Box and the Delta Children Multi-Bin Toy Box. You can store various sized toys comfortably in these boxes.

The Little Tikes Primary Colors Toy Chest has a large compartment for big toys and two removable bins for the smaller pieces such as Lego and farm animals. The Woffit Toy Storage Organizer Chest for Kids is not called a giant toy box for no reason – measuring at 30 x 15 x 16 inches you won’t have a problem storing all your kids’ toys in this one.

Storage is also important when you’re living in a small home. Make sure your toy box is not too large if you have a small nursery.

Convenience and Portability

How easy is it to use the toy box? This is an important question to ask especially if your child is using it. You want to know they can easily lift the lid without calling on you to help them. The Woffit Toy Storage Organizer Chest for Kids has a flip lid that’s lightweight and simple to lift up. Older children will be able to lift the lids of the KidKraft Austin Toy Box, 3 Sprouts Kids Toy Box Storage Trunk and Little Tikes Primary Colors Toy Chest comfortably.

The dual purpose of the Wildkin Fairy Wishes Toy Box Bench and KidKraft Austin Toy Box mean you can convert it into a bench when you need a seat.

Sometimes, your child may want to play in another room so being able to move the toy box with ease is useful. While all the products reviewed allowed for portability with carry handles the more lightweight options are better for mobility. These include the Woffit Toy Storage Organizer Chest for Kids weighing in at 8.15 lbs and the Lego Friend Storage Brick weighing 2.14 lbs each.

Durability

You want to get a toy box that will last you a long time. Make sure the build construction of the product is durable and of high quality. The Little Tikes Primary Colors Toy Chest is made with solid plastic while the Wildkin Fairy Wishes Toy Box Bench and KidKraft Austin Toy Box are made with MDF and wood blend.

The Delta Children Deluxe Multi Bin Toy Box and the Delta Children Multi-Bin Toy Box have solid wooden frames while the boxes are made with strong fabric. The Woffit Toy Storage Organizer Chest for Kids and 3 Sprouts Kids Toy Box Storage Trunk have thick, strong inserts to hold the fabric sides up.

Organizational Functionality

If you’re big on keeping all your child’s toys organized, then the Delta Children Deluxe Multi Bin Toy Box and the Delta Children Multi-Bin Toy Box with their different compartments will be your best bet.

The Little Tikes Primary Colors Toy Chest has a large compartment for the big toys and smaller bins for smaller toys. The Lego Friend Storage Brick option is great for storing and organizing smaller toys as long as you get the different sizes. The option to stack these boxes also makes organizing your child’s room a little easier.

Toy Boxes and Chests for Gender: Him or Her?

Parents know their children like different colors and different patterns. When it comes to being gender-specific you may be wondering if you should get a toy box that’s better suited to your son or daughter.

Of course, unless your son is dead keen on fairies you may decide a fairy-theme toy box is better for girls. The same goes for colors. You may find your daughter prefers the lighter pinks and purples compared to your son who prefers the bright primary colors such as blue and red.

If you have two children of different genders sharing the toy box, you may want to consider going for a neutral design, color and patterns. You don’t want your daughter having a temper tantrum because she wants fairies instead of Paw Patrols on the toy box!

How Can You and Your Child Benefit From a Toy Box or Chest?

Clutter is known to cause chaos and frustration levels to rise. Too much clutter can have a negative affect on both your mental and physical health and the same applies to your kid’s health. When your home is disorganized, you’re likely to be disorganized.

But, toys lying around can also be a safety hazard. How many times have you stood on a piece of Lego barefoot? Or, tripped over your daughter’s favorite doll only to end up twisting your ankle?

Here are the benefits of having a toy box or chest in your child’s room:

  • Less clutter: With the toys being kept in a toy box, you and your child will feel less stressed and chaotic.
  • Fewer injuries: No more sore feet or twisted ankles or worse if you or your child take a serious fall over some toy left out on the floor or stairs.
  • Better discipline: Your child will learn how to follow rules around tidy-up time and it will be fun too when they put away their toys into their own toy boxes.
  • Structured play: You could tell your child they only take one or two toys out of their box at a time. This teaches them to be selective and remain focused on what toys and games they play without getting distracted with mounds of toys scattered around them on the floor.
  • Improved organizational skills: Your child will learn to organize their toys if you get them a multi-bin toy organizer.
  • Toys last longer: When toys are kept in a toy box or chest they’re less likely to get trampled on and broken. And, you’ll save money on replacing these toys.
  • Space saver: If you’re living in a small home, storage space is vital. Toy boxes are perfect for storing toys without taking up too much space.
  • A calmer child: With less clutter, structured play and more discipline around toys, your child will feel calmer. And, you and I know as parents, a calm child means a calmer parent too!

What may seem like a simple piece of furniture in your child’s room, a toy box or chest has many benefits worth considering.

Watch this interesting video which talks about the benefits of decluttering.

FAQs

Are toy boxes dangerous?

If a toy box has been well-designed with safety lids, adequate ventilation and toxic-free materials then they’re not dangerous. To ensure your toy box is safe make sure it’s been certified to meet all necessary safety standards stipulated by the CPSC.

Can I keep wooden toys in a toy box?

Wooden toys, if they get damp, are prone to mold and mildew. If you’re going to keep them in a toy box make sure the toy box is dry and well-ventilated. If the wooden toys get wet during playtime, make sure they’re dry before placing them into a toy box.

Are there toy boxes with lids that close completely?

Yes, you’ll find many toy boxes that have lids that’ll close completely. It’s better to choose a wooden or plastic toy box if you want a lid that’ll close tightly.

Final Thoughts

Picking from the best toy boxes and chests on the market entails checking out a few features before making your decision. I hope I’ve made this decision-making process a bit easier for you by highlighting everything you need to know about this product. By making sure it’s big enough to store the toys, it is convenient to use and made of durable materials you know you’ll make the right pick.

The Delta Children Deluxe Multi Bin Toy Box ticks all the boxes for me. But how about you? Which one would you pick for your child’s toy storage needs?

Last update on 2021-01-17 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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