Here’s the scoop on how to build this great big kid playroom storage or just storage for pretty much anywhere else you want to cutely stash lots and lots of kid toys:
Note: all of this is in addition to the rest of our playroom storage shown in the playroom reveal, here.
Step One: Get yourself a big storage unit. One with 8 openings is perfect. I got ours from Costco a few years ago – I couldn’t resist its price and the fact that it came with 8 bins (and it was less expensive than the Ikea Expedit). The easier to find choice for your storage may well be the soon-to-be retired Expedit or apparently its newer version with a new name.
Step Two: Add even more storage by putting two cabinets under the brown unit. I used these from Ikea that are 15″ high, 30″ wide, and 24″ deep (adjust the width of the cabinet depending on the size of your top unit). Now is also a good time to add little knobs. I went for these simple ones from Ikea. Next attach your two cabinets together with wood screws. You can also use wood screws to attach the cabinets to the brown unit, but I just opted for construction adhesive and nails from my nail gun.
Step Three: Get some cute bins. Or repurpose ugly ones so they are cute. I went the repurpose route. The 8 fabric bins we had were very, very cream. They really looked not-cute next to my white cabinets and they certainly did not jive with my newly painted basement. So with the paint roller out, I decided to paint them too. I just rolled on a couple of coats of white paint. Then I added some patterned paper to the see-through label areas and then stuck on top oval chalkboard labels made from this very useful roll of contact chalkboard paper (or “Con-Tact” paper for those who want to be all proper about it).
Step Four: Go for a two-toned look by framing out the brown unit to match the white base. I grabbed a sheet of 1/2″ mdf, had it ripped down at Home Depot to the width of my brown unit, and then cut 3 sections to surround the exposed sides perfectly. I then attached the mdf pieces with more construction adhesive and nails from my nail gun. After filling the nail holes, I rolled on some semi-gloss paint and called it a day.
This was a really quick and easy project. The longest part by far was getting through the throngs at Ikea. And now that it is done, it is just so dang useful. The large storage on the bottom is perfect for holding a princess castle and all the princesses in existence, lots of outdoor play equipment, and all sorts of miscellaneous oversized kid stuff. The white ledge that sticks out beyond the brown unit is sometimes used as a little bench but is most often used as a runway for toy airplanes. Seriously, this sucker has been well-used in just the few weeks since I built it.
So anyone else combine a few different pre-made storage options to create bigger and more customized kid storage? Or go for two-toned furniture? Okay, next up I’ll share the DIY kids table from the playroom as well. And I promise, that one’s even easier than this. 🙂