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Best Stuffed Animal Storage Solutions

By michellehorton |

There are tons of toy storage solutions — from bookcases to toy boxes — but what do you do with the mounding collection of stuffed animals? There have to be smarter, more stylish options than an unattainable ceiling net.

And there are.

Here are our 6 favorite stuffed animal storage solutions:

Jacinda Curtis (who writes for our Baby’s First Year Blog) posted her stuffed animal storage solution over at Prudent Baby, and we dig it. She uses a Crate & Barrel wire hamper ($20) so that her kids can pull out their favorite loveies from the sides without dumping the entire thing. Find more ideas from Jacinda and our own Jaime over at Prudent Baby.

We featured this nursery’s genius Ikea Hack project here, but we saw a close-up of their toy storage solution over at Little Lovely:

You can find a similar galvanized tub on Amazon for $33.

For you DIY moms out there, HGTV posted an interesting make-your-own stuffed animal storage pouch in the shape of your child’s favorite animal:

Find directions on how to make this stuffed animal pouch over at

We saw another smart handmade storage idea over at Ohdeedoh for kids who can’t stuff their precious babies in a bag:

Nancy at Dabbled and her handy husband bought an Ikea Kritter bed, but her 3 year old didn’t need a full-size mattress yet. So they simply used a crib-size mattress and built that smart stuffed animal compartment at the end of the bed. Love it!

For those with an ungodly number of stuffed animals…

Boon makes stuffed animal storage seats in three different sizes and styles, which your kids can stuff full and then lounge out on. Of course some imaginative children might be horrified that their best friends are smooshed against a mesh panel, but most won’t mind another cool piece of kid furniture to hang out on. (Find these Boon Animal Bags on Amazon for $44.95 – $73.33.)

But if you prefer more classic oversized bins, our favorite storage bins are at 3 Sprouts:

These 3 Sprouts canvas storage bins ($39.99) are some of the most durable, adorable storage solutions out there. Your kids will have to rummage through it, of course, but at least you can throw in whatever toys are lying around.

Do you have a stuffed animal storage solution? Let us know!

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Michelle Horton is the founder of Early Mama, an award-winning site that proves young motherhood doesn’t have to define or limit us. When not writing, she’s typically pretending to be a superhero in her 4-year-old son’s imaginative play. Read bio and latest posts → Read Michelle's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “Best Stuffed Animal Storage Solutions

  1. mbaker says:

    We found our boon animal bag for less at One Step Ahead.

  2. Mitzi Robles says:

    Great ideas…But who needs that many toys.

  3. Nancy says:

    I got a body-pillow pillowcase on clearance at Target and they all go in there. It works great. It is flannel w/ a zipper so they stay in but are easy to get out. It doesn’t look bad if it is left out and she can cuddle w/ all her friends at night.

  4. Pam says:

    I found this link for “the zoo” storage when looking for a stuffed animal storage solution. It seems like it would be a great solution for a very large collection.

  5. Pangolin says:

    Not as elegant as some of these solutions, but simple and cheap are the pop-up bins that Ikea has. There are children’s ones in fun colors with animal lids, or their larger plain silver laundry hamper.

  6. michellehorton says:

    @Mitzi: I agree. Half of our stuffed animal collection is stashed away, and we rotate every now and then. But now that my son is 2 he’s getting quite attached to too many of those stuffed toys!

    @Nancy: Great idea! Thanks!

    @Pam: I did see The Zoo in my search as well, thanks for providing the link. I was torn because I just can’t imagine tolerating enough stuffed animals to fit in that Zoo!

    @Pangolin: We love our Ikea – I agree they have some of the best cheap storage solutions. We featured them in our toy storage feature:

  7. Janna says:

    We use an over the door shoe organizer to store our daughter’s stuffed animals. Ones that are more for look than play go at the top. All the favorites are easily accessible on the bottom.

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