DIY Hidden Toy Storage

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Cars, trains, planes, balls, puzzles, blocks...they are everywhere in my house. This DIY hidden toy storage is a great solution to store the toys...and HIDE THE MESS. Yes, I said hide and it's wonderful. I've had a lot of house guests recently. Cleaning up the boys toys didn't quite seem good enough. I wanted to hide them and display only the cutest stuff, like books and stuffed animals.
To make this furniture easy to spin, I use furniture sliders on our carpet, but casters will work best on a hard surface.

Time: 8 HoursCost: $25Difficulty: Medium
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Cuts made and square is ready to go.
I used 3/4" thick wood for this build. I built this to be about the same size as a nightstand or side table. The storage is about 20" deep. 16" on the toy side and 4" on the book side.


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Use glue and brad nails or pocket holes to build the frame and shelf. If you're unfamiliar with pocket holes, you can see more info on my site.


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Use furring strips to attach the v-groove board between the toy side and the book side. Set it back about 4 inches for the back side (book storage).

After caulking and painting, I attached 4 furniture gliders to the bottom to make it easy to spin on carpet. You can use little casters on hardwood floors. Or even install a Lazy Susan on the bottom. But beware of tipping hazards around little kids. I was afraid a Lazy Susan would make them want to spin this and probably end up with it falling over.

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Now, this is the toy side.


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And this is the book side. I spin it to show the book side whenever I want to hide the messy toys for a while, but would also work great for hiding anything from messy craft or hobby supplies to blankets and magazines.
A fun little video I made to show this piece in action. :)

Suggested materials for this project:

  • 3/4" wood
  • Wood Glue
Stephanie Abbott

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