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Can anyone tell me where to order one of those shelving units with colored
bins that are sort of like drawers for toy storage? I need something that
holds 6-9 bins of different colors, and would love for the unit itself to
be wood, but can be flexible. I'm
not in the Berkeley area right now, so need either a place to order it or a
big chain store. Thanks! Ann
Lakeshore Learning, a teacher supply center has great storage
bins/cabinets. They are pricey for home use, but very sturdy. They have a
store in Walnut Creek (worth the drive) and you can also order from their
I have seen shelves with colorful removable bins at Target (specifically
the one in Richmond, off I-80 at Fitzgerald Ave, but I think the
merchandise is usually the same at most stores).
Target sells a shelf with colorful plastic storage bins in their kids
bedroom accessories area (I have personally seen it at the Walnut Creek
store). Also, Kids Furniture/Lullaby Lane in San Bruno sells a bookcase
that accomodates clear-with-white-lid containers on 3 shelves (costs around
$150 if I remember correctly--you could call and ask).
we got ours through the sensational beginnings catalog -- it has two rows of
colored bins, plus one shelf for books. i have a friend who got a very
similar one a target -- but it has three rows of the bins, no shelf for
books. much cheaper, too ($50, i think, compared to about $80 for ours).
good luck! Dmeasham
Try Target. They tend to have such things, although you may not be able to
find them unless they happen to be advertised during a particular week.
Check their ads in the Sunday paper.
I bought one at Target a few months ago for about $50. It has a wooden
frame and colored plastic
bins in two sizes.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good furniture unit and a
carries it, to hold a lot of books and toys? I saw a well designed
unit in a
1997 issue of "Child" magazine, featuring three adjustable shelves
small and tall books, two shelves with a total of 10 cubbies for toys
and a shelf top for placing stuffed animals or whatever.
Unfortunately, it was a
total misprint. Childcraft was not the manufacturer as listed, and
the 800 number
printed belonged to some vitamin wholesale. So, I'm kind of stuck in
but would like to hear from other parents what they found useful in
terms of organized
but easy access to books and toys in a small room. Thanks! Heike
I was just a friend's house who had a unit from "Hold Everything." It
large baskets that fit into a larger peice, sort of like drawers.
puzzles in one, blocks in another, etc. It was nice because you
remove one basket, put it down for hte kids to play with the
then just slide the baskets back in place, and everything is self
It was also very attractive (their living room was their play area,
was a very nice peice of furniture that added to the living room).
it did cost a small fortune, but I don't know exactly what that
Everything has both stores, and catalogues. they may also carry
like what you described.
I created my own by purchasing open storage boxes at Target. I
various sizes and have added rectangular plastic baskets to put the
toys in. We have labelled the baskets with pictures so my son knows
basket holds what type of toy. The storage boxes I purchased are
pressboard which were purchased as a quick-fix to storage problems
held up amazingly well. We have moved three times and have only
one breakage. They clean up really well and are amazing strong. My
has two boxes that hold his library and the weight of the books has
been an issue. There are a few drawbacks, one you have to but them
together (put for the reduced price it was worth it) and two they
pretty sharp corners which were an issue when my son was smaller.
Another option is IKEA. They are opening a new store in Emeryville
spring, but you can order a catalog on-line if you can't wait that
They usually have a number of nifty storage ideas. Ann
In response to Heike 9/99. I think the unit she saw is available through www.learnandplay.com
1-800-247-6106. It is Item number 21149 Giant Storage Unit for $ 199.95 and set of 10 primar
y color boxes is item number 21414 for $ 49.95. I have been seeking the exact same thing and
this is what I came up with. Good luck!
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