The best toy box

Oct. 22, 2019

If you're looking for the perfect spot to store your child's toys, consider adding a toy box to your home. It helps keep everything in one place while being fully accessible to your little one.

Toy boxes are giant catch-all trunks that make cleanup easy. After playtime, you and your child can round up toys and dump them inside. For a little more organization, there are toy boxes with compartments to separate toys and books. Best of all, some toy boxes are designed to blend with the rest of your home's décor; they match playrooms with a pop of color or embrace neutral colors to match other rooms.

New toy box to hold all your child's favorite playthings and books. Our top pick is the Toy Box, which has a classy furniture feel and child-safety features.

Toy box styles

Chest: This traditional style of toy box is comprised of a box with a lid that hinges open. Generally, they're made of wood, though they now sometimes utilize plastic and other synthetic materials. Some toy chests can double as seating and occasionally come with dedicated pillows.

Removable lid: These styles are reminiscent of plastic storage bins, as their lids easily snap on. Unlike chests, the lid completely separates from the box. Certain lid styles also feature additional snap-closure systems, which secure the lid and require more effort to open.

Collapsible: Collapsible boxes pop up and break down to be easily tucked away when they're no longer needed. They're not as durable as other styles since they use cardboard, fabric, or thin plastic sheets to form their frame. However, their versatility makes them incredibly convenient. They feature lids that hinge open and are closed by either a zipper or Velcro.

Bin: The difference between bins and other toy-box styles is the lack of a lid. Toys are easy to access, but since they're not enclosed, they're more susceptible to attracting dust. Bins come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, including wicker baskets and fabric totes.

Features

The majority of toy box features are geared toward child safety. Following are a few examples:

Safety hinges: These come in a variety of forms and protect hands and heads from injuries. They either prevent the lid from slamming shut or don't allow the lid to close if anything obstructs its path.

Ventilation holes: Ventilation holes (also in the form of handle slots) provide airflow throughout the box. This prevents children from suffocating if they become trapped inside.

Finger cutouts: These strategically-placed gaps between the lid and the box prevent crush injuries to hands in the event the lid closes unexpectedly. They're located at the corners and sides of toy boxes.

Organization

Most toy boxes have a single large compartment. If you're looking for a higher level of organization, consider an organizer style, which features compartments or drawers to house toys and books of different sizes. They're better for older children who have learned how to separate their toys are successful at post-playtime cleanup.

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