House in Blomfield roadContemporary Home Office & Library, London
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Bag itUsing matching raffia baskets to store toys instantly gives a more grown-up feel to a space than canvas or plastic boxes would, so a set-up like this would be ideal in a living room or kitchen-diner that needs to look good for adults as well as children. Choosing baskets with handles is another neat trick, as they can get heavy when full of toy booty, and the handles make them much easier to lift on and off a shelf.
Or you could be more subtle by following this room’s example. The storage looks very sophisticated, but it’s also practical. The baskets can be filled up with toys and can also be transported easily to the room where your children want to decamp and play.How to reduce the toy mountain in your home
A study area specifically designed for the kids is hidden away off the side of the extension. Baskets tucked into custom-designed cubby-holes keep clutter at bay and there’s plenty of desk space to do homework. Ray lounge chair by Hay, Twentytwentyone. Bespoke desk and cubby-hole storage, Alex Findlater.
Big up baskets I love the idea of using large woven bags rather than boxes, especially where, as here, each bag sits in an individual compartment. The look is softer and less structured than boxes and would be ideal for storing shoes, scarves, bags, or pretty much anything that fits in a shopping tote.If you were going to do this, I’d advise buying the bags first to ensure they are the right size for your needs. Then create the shelving to fit the bags, as it would be easier than the other way round. You could add some boxes higher up if necessary for things that require a sturdier surround.
Bring home a basketA true addict understands that their inherent usefulness ensures you can never have too many baskets. Soft styles such as these jute numbers pack flat for travel and can be bought for a lot less abroad, even with a less-than-favourable exchange rate.