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Stuffed Animal Storage Ideas

Just about every kid loves stuffies and just about every parent gets to the point where we wonder how in the world I store all of these stuffed animals. Stuffed animal storage is a tricky one and with the exception of constantly purging stuffed animals, it can be hard to keep them from taking over a space.

Stuffed Animal Storage Ideas

My two girls have gotten really into Squishmallows in the last couple of years and as their collection continues to grow I’ve been on the hunt for good stuffed animal storage ideas to keep these plushy friends from overtaking their rooms.

It seems like the problem with stuffed animals is that they get out of control before you realize it’s a problem. Thinking ahead about how you’re going to organize your child’s stuffed animals from the beginning is really helpful. Let’s take a look at some really great ideas for organizing stuffed animals.

What to do with all the stuffed toys

Add a few favorite stuffies to your child’s bed

One to three stuffies on the bed is great as they can still easily get into bed at night without having to toss dozens of stuffed toys onto the floor. Consider putting your kid’s favorites or the ones they like to sleep with on the bed and opt for additional storage elsewhere.

Get rid of the stuffed toys your kids no longer love

My kids get stuffed toys regularly throughout the year. With the exception of their collection of Squishmallows, they are loved for a short time, and then they are ready to part with them. We frequently go through the stuffed animals and stuffed toys to purge the ones that are no longer getting much love anymore. Consider giving them away to friends, dropping them off at a donation center, shelter, or even pet shelter.

Create a One in One out Rule

It’s a good idea to have a one in and one out rule with toys specifically stuffies. If my children want a new stuffy, we remind them of the one in and one out rule so we’re not overwhelmed by stuffed toys. That simply means that to get a new stuffed animal, we have to give one away. This helps them to think twice about their purchase or their ask for something new. This works for all toys, not just stuffed animals!

Corral Other Stuffed Animals and Toys

Getting to the meat of this post – there are plenty of products and DIY projects that will adequately store stuffed animals. Let’s dive into some of them!

Pink unicorn bean bag chair with stuffed animals coming out of the zippered section - great idea for stuffed animal storage
Stuffed Animal Bean Bag Chair

Store Stuffed Toys in a Bean Bag Chair

This product is new to me and just so genius. It’s basically a bean bag chair but it’s empty so you use your stuffed animals as the stuffing. We love a multipurpose product and this one is pretty brilliant. If you like to sew, here’s a DIY version that seems pretty simple to whip up.

White background, white stuffed animal storage hammock with colorful tassels with stuffed toys sitting on the hammock.
Tasseled stuffed toy hammock

Stuffed Animal Hammock

These corner wall hammocks for stuffed toys are as old as I can remember. I definitely had a net-style one as a little kid. This version with tassels is elevated and pretty cute for any kid’s room. We got something similar for my oldest daughter’s room so she can stash some of her Squishmallows up high. These are great because they utilize some of the space overhead instead of the ground space in a room.

White background, white wire bin with light wood removable tabletop with white wire handles for stuffed animal storage
Wire Basket with a table top as stuffed animal storage

Storage Bins, Ottomans, and Tables as Stuffed Animal Storage Ideas

Years ago I made a side table from a wire basket similar to this. It’s brilliant to have a removable top to stash some pillows or in our case some stuffed animals. This would make a great bedside table on an accent table next to a chair. Stuffed toys will be securely stashed away while still having a functional table in the room.

Tall, slim wire basket for stuffed animal storage

Here’s another great basket that will work for stuffy storage. A tall, slim wire basket is great for stuffed animal storage. It can neatly be tucked into a corner of a room and all the stuffies can be tossed in there when done playing. My only suggestion for something like this is to make sure the stuffed toys aren’t overflowing out of the bin, otherwise, the purpose is defeated. If you have many stuffed animals to stow away, consider getting a couple of baskets and storing one (or both) in a closet.

Over the door basket storage

Over-the-door basket storage for stuffed animals is a great way to utilize otherwise wasted space. I love an over-the-door organizer. They are so useful for many things. If you have real little ones these are great for collecting small stuffed animals and they can adorably peek over the edge of the baskets. As the kids get bigger so do the stuffed animals and something like this might not be as effective. This is definitely an option worth looking into to keep those stuffed animals tucked away.

DIY wood stuffed animal zoo made with wood and rope with stuffed animals inside
DIY Stuffed Animal Zoo Storage Idea

How cute is this little DIY stuffed animal zoo? This is a pretty creative way to store stuffed animals. I like it because you can really tailor this to the size and scale that you need. Also, it makes it really easy for the kiddos to put their toys away.

slim gold wire shelf with white background. crochet basket with towel instead on the bottom shelf, books on one shelf.
Tall, Slim Metal Shelf for Stuffed Animal Storage

I really love the look and style of this shelving unit. I think it would be so great in a kid’s space. While it may not hold a bunch of stuffies, it definitely would hold a few and display them adorably. You can get several shelves and place them together for even more storage space. This is a perfect option for a playroom or an older child’s room that wants to display some other decor items.

Yellow mesh columns with openings for stuffed animal storage
Hanging Mesh Storage Columns for Stuffed Animals

These hanging mesh columns are a pretty clever stuffed animal storage idea. I think little ones will have a lot of fun creating little “houses” for their stuffies with the different sections of the mesh columns. They come in a bunch of colors if yellow isn’t for you.

Wrapping up the discussion on stuffed animal storage ideas

As parents, it’s really hard to keep a handle on the stuffed toy situation. It’s a good idea to institute a one in one out rule so that you keep the stuffed toys at a minimum, to begin with. Once your kids have their favorites, you can consider how best to organize them. I personally love the bins/basket with a tabletop as it’s multi-functional as well as the hammocks and shelves that keep things off the ground leaving more space for play! I would love to hear your ideas for organizing stuffed animals as well. Let me know in the comments below!

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