You know I’m a big fan of Ikea for toy storage, so Ikea, please don’t think I’m cheating on you, but I just discovered Early Childhood Manufacturers’ Direct, and I think I might be in love. (Hmm .. I guess I am cheating on you.) Don’t let their extraordinarily uninspired name turn you off! They make furniture and supplies for classrooms, which means their furniture could do double-duty in your kids’ room or craft room. Check these out:
How perfect would this be for organizing a boy’s room? You could park the oversized cars down below in the cubbies, and stack wooden puzzles in the wide cubbies that are meant to hold paper. Shallow boxes could hold Matchbox cars in the other cubbies, and oversized playsets or maybe a few favorite stuffed animals could go in the largest cubbies. Maple sectional storage unit $326.47
These corner storage units are so unique and perfect for small spaces where every square inch counts. I’m thinking you could squish armloads of stuffed animals in there! $189.97
This star and moon media carousel might be my hands-down favorite storage device for the kiddies. It’s made to store CDs, DVDs and books. Or skip the CDs and put all your baby board books in the top rack. $125.07
They call it the “Store Everything.” Its very name makes me tingle with excitement! Everything? Really? I could see this unit working really well in a craft room, particularly for a scrapbooker or paper crafter. Organize paper by color or type in all of the vertical slots. Then get clear plastic pull-out tubs for all the rest of the craft supplies. Put instruction books or finished papers waiting to dry on the end. $287.44
See why I must see other stores, Ikea? Don’t worry. I’ll still buy all my plastic tubs at your place!