There are loads of options when it comes to storing and transporting loose toys. the cheapest option is probably one of those large plastic flexi-tubs with handles you can pick up for a few pounds.
But if you want something more decorative and, more importantly, something the kids will actually enjoy making use of, you may have to spend a bit more (but not that much). These are the some of the best-selling options.
Designed to coordinate with the Abbeville and Northcote storage cubes. These extra-large canvas tubs come into their own at clear-up time. Measuring 46 cm in diameter x 44 cm high they are plenty large enough for storing all manner of toys. When collapsed flat they measure just 30 cm².
Made from cotton canvas with a flexible frame which keeps the tubs upright even when they are empty. Available in 4 designs: Grey Sprig, Sorbet Spot, Rainbow Star and Navy Star. £34 each from GLTC
Skip Hop Pop Up Hampers – these cute fabric pop-up storage hampers are ideal for clearing up all their toys ready for the next day, moving toys from room to room, or they could be used as a laundry hamper? When not in use they simply collapse flat and can be stored under a bed or beside a wardrobe. The whimsical designs and bright colours are sure to be a big hit with young children.
Made from soft fabric with textured detailing these hampers measure approx: 32 cm diameter x 40.5 cm high (just under 4 cm deep when collapsed). Priced at £20 each from amazon.co.uk
Skip Hop Zoo Bins – from the same range, these fabric storage cubes come in different animal styles with sticky-out ears and cute faces. Use them just like regular storage bins to store loose toys, books and kids clothing. You could also take advantage of their decorative effect by incorporating them into a zoo or jungle themed room.
Feature easy-grip handles and a collapsible design. Dimensions: 11″ x 11″ x 10.5″ (approx. 28 x 28 x 27 cm). Sizes are approximate and can never be exact due to varying manufacturing standards. If you are buying cubes to fit an existing cube shelf please allow for a small margin of error. Priced at £18 each from amazon.co.uk
Rope Storage Baskets – woven cotton baskets complete with grab handles. Dimensions: 30 cm high × 30 cm diameter at the top and 25 cm diameter at the bottom. Available in natural, ivory or dark grey. £24 each from gltc.co.uk
GLTC Woven Storage Cubes – made from woven polypropylene plastic, these storage tubs are sturdy enough to take everyday knocks and are easy to wipe clean.
They come in a range of colours and are perfect for moving loose toys from one room to another. And, because they are plastic, you can use them outside too. Choose from white/grey, navy blue, pink, all white or turquoise. W30 × D30 × H29 cm. £16.50 from gltc.co.uk
Soft cotton storage hampers with carrying handles featuring a repeat stars or spots pattern in navy blur or soft grey. Ideal for a nursery or for storing toddlers toys. H40 cm × 45 cm diameter. £28 from johnlewis.com
Monochrome Print Toy Storage Bags – these contemporary style hampers are pure cotton and come in a range of geometric designs featuring a monochrome grid, bold crosses or stripes. They have reinforced sides and integral carry handles. H50 cm × 35 cm diameter. £55 from notonthehighstreet.com
Blue Gingham Toy Storage Basket – a soft touch hamper made from quilted blue gingham fabric. H40 cm × 50 cm diameter. £25 from notonthehighstreet.com (plus £12 for optional personalization).
Pink Gingham Toy Storage Basket – alternatively, the same cotton hamper in pink gingham. H40 cm × 50 cm diameter. £25 from notonthehighstreet.com (plus £12 for optional personalization).