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Basic Toy Boxes – Do you Need Just The Basic?

As a Mom to a child who seems to have the hardest time keeping the toys put away, I would say a resounding Yes.

Sure, you can always choose the more decorative, the kind with the bench, or even the kind that give you shelves and bins… but in all reality, the basic toy box will get the toys off the floor and neatly out of sight.

That is the ultimate goal after all.

Unfortunately, most kids don’t really enjoy clean up time.  Having a toy box in itself can make clean up time a little more fun.

How many kids wouldn’t love to play a form of basketball with the stuffed toys? Tossing them from across the room trying to score and landing another plush into the box is a great way to make clean up more like another game rather than the chore it really is.

If you’re going to be tossing toys, the basic toy box may not be a good idea for more fragile toys, but the larger and more sturdy ones will fit in nicely and allow you to maintain some sort of order and organization in the parts of your home that your son plays with his toys.

There are so many toy boxes to choose from that may be more decorative, but if you are more budget conscious, or just have a more simple taste in your decorating choices, there is a basic toy box for your son and his toys.

What Makes a Basic Toy Box ‘Basic’?  Little Colorado Solid Wood Basic Toy Box, Unfinished

Just the simplicity of design, lack of fancy features like seats, cushions and decorative styling, is what makes it so versatile.  It can have a flat top similar to the bench style toy box, or a barrel top chest look.  It has one job and it does it well.

The simple toy box is a great choice if you want a style that can be used in a variety of room settings, because it is so nondescript, it can blend into any rooms decor.  They also will make for a great storage chest once the kids outgrow the toys and need storage for sports gear or even bedding and linens in a guest room.

You can even find some basic toy box designs like this one by Little Colorado that are unfinished so you can paint or stain it to match your son’s room decor.  Some more crafty parents have used routers to engrave their child’s name on the face or the top of the basic toy box design.

How Big Is A Basic Toy Box?

Most toy boxes are between 30 and 40 inches in length, 15 to 20 inches in depth, and 18 to 21 inches in height.  There is not a ‘standard’ size for toy boxes, so you may find some that do not fit into the general dimensions we have found in our research.

You want to find one that will be big enough to hold your son’s toys without them overflowing out of it, but it also has to be small enough to move for cleaning, and getting that small Lego or other tiny toys that missed the box and fell down behind it.  It also has to fit in the space you have designated for it.  Shopping around is the best way to find the right sized toy box for your family.

One thing I learned the hard way, if your child is still in the toddler stage, and likes to climb – make sure the toy box is heavy enough to not be moved or secure it to the wall in a place that is not next to taller furniture.  Let’s just say it works as a sort of ‘step’ for those who are determined to climb bookcases and tall dressers.  I had one who really liked superheroes that could scale buildings and fly. The toy box was his ‘launch pad’.