Choosing the Right Toy Box for Your Child

Kids today have more toys than ever, so the right toy box is essential in order to keep them all in one place. If you don’t have a safe place to keep all of those toys, your house can quickly be overrun by beeping, whirling, rolling toys that turn your house into a chaotic mess. When you’re buying storage solutions for all those toys and games, take the time to find a chest that not only looks great, but gives you ample storage and is safe for anyone using it. There are five things to consider when shopping for a toy chest so that you end up with something you and your child will love.

Where Will You Keep Your Toy Box?

In the past, toy chests were often kept in a child’s bedroom, but more families are keeping them in the family room or recreation room these days. Either spot works well, so consider your options carefully. Do you want your children’s toys readily available in the family room or wherever you tend to congregate most often, or would you prefer most of them to stay in the bedroom?  Once you’ve decided where you’ll put the toy box, look for one that will compliment the décor of that room. If the bedroom furniture is painted in bright colors, look for a chest that will coordinate with it. A lovely cedar chest will look great in a rustic family room and can be used to store linens later.

Invest In Quality

It may be tempting to go to the nearest discount store and buy a cheap toy box, but you’ll regret it. Particle board boxes simply don’t last. Remember, you’ll be putting lots of heavy items in the chest, and kids aren’t always careful about how they handle their toys. They may throw things in without regard for the container. Investing in a furniture quality toy chest will ensure that it stands up to years of abuse without the bottom caving in or the sides buckling.

Consider Personalization

Personalizing your child’s toy box is a wonderful way to give your child a sense of pride and ownership. You can get a personalized toy chest that’s hand painted with a special motif or laser engraved with his or her name and fun images like dinosaurs or woodland creatures. Laser engraving is nice because it won’t peel, fade, or flake off. A personalized toy chest will be cherished for years to come.

Safety Is Crucial

Don’t settle for a poorly made box with a hinge mechanism or lid support that could pinch delicate fingers or cause the lid to fall on an unsuspecting head. Everything from the type of paint to the construction will have an impact on your child’s safety. Look for a toy box or cedar chest that’s made of solid wood, uses lead-free paint, and includes air ventilation to prevent suffocation. The lid support should also prevent the lid from closing unless you physically put the lid down.

Heirloom Quality Will Last

Personalized toy chests or cedar chests can become treasured family heirlooms. If you want a toy box that will become an heirloom, look for versatility and quality. If you do, your child will continue to use it long after they’ve outgrown their toys.

Chris Harmen is a writer for Wood Creations, Inc., an American owned, family operated company specializing in handcrafted toy boxes
with custom laser engraving. Wood Creations, Inc. also offers a variety of
cedar chests, hope chests, and manufactured toy boxes for all ages.

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