Toy storage for small homes: Shoe benches

Last year, I showed you how we store Seth’s toys in an Ottoman in the lounge and today I’ll be sharing what we’ve done to keep his toys tidy in his bedroom.

As I’ve mentioned before, the house we currently live in, is super small. Very practical, but tiny. Making the most out of each nook and cranny has been a challenge.

The toys in his room were kept in cute stack-able storage boxes but having to unstack and unpack, only to repack and restack them, multiple times a day, was doing my head in. I needed something simpler.

At first, I thought the 3-Tier Toy Shelf would work well, but after seeing the actual size of it in YouTube videos, I decided against it. It’s just too big for his room. Seth would probably try to pull the top boxes off that he can’t reach yet so I was worried that it may fall on him too. If we had more space and he was a bit older, then yeah.

After browsing on Songmic’s website, looking at all the things that they have, I saw this shoe bench. It was perfect! I wanted something that he could actually use himself, not just something that hides his toys. I had this idea that I would put all his board books and the current rotation of toys in the bench’s shelves – and then he’d be able to crawl / waddle over to it and choose the toys he wants to play with. They toys that aren’t in the current rotation will stay in the stack-able boxes until they are needed.

Songmics shoe bench

Songmics shoe bench

You guys – it worked exactly as I thought it would! (That doesn’t happen often for me hahaha.) Seth LOVES the bench. He makes a beeline for it in the mornings and the chaos begins. The deliberation process is so violent. He picks up a toy and flings it backwards until he’s found the one that he wants, and I just try and dodge them as best as I can. This leaves his room in a big mess, but I don’t mind. He must play and enjoy it. At the end of the day it takes me less than five minutes to put all his toys back in their place again.

It’s working really, really well for us at the moment. I also like that you can see the toys. They’re not untidy in the shelf and it makes his room look so colourful. (I’m not into a million shades of white and grey.)

Songmics shoe bench

Songmics shoe bench

Songmics shoe bench

It’s really important to me that the furniture items we have at the moment, are very practical and functional. The top of the bench has a padded cushion which is attached with Velcro. It has a zip too so that you can take it off if you ever need to wash it. I like to sit on the bench and read him bedtime stories while he slowly drifts off to sleep in his bed.

When Seth out grows the need for this bench, it will live in the entrance hall and be used as it was intended – for shoes. I may change the material of the cushion depending on what will work best with the décor downstairs.

The bench is very sturdy, so I have no doubt that it will last us a long time. I was skeptical when we were assembling it though. You have to start the assembly from the middle shelves, outward, so it was a bit of a wobbly juggling act to get all the pieces in place. Once the sides were on though, it was sturdy, and with the back panel hammered in, it’s proper solid. The backboard is also thicker than others we’ve received with different flat-pack furniture and this really helps the bench become sturdier. I don’t feel like it’s going to break if I sit on it – there’s no play at all.

The veneer is a plasticy one, which is a godsend. It doesn’t chip when Seth bashes his toys on it and I don’t have to worry about water spilling on it, or slimy hands… or food. It’s toddler proof. The oak colour also matches all the other furniture in his room well, so it doesn’t look out of place.

Songmics shoe bench

The bench is 104 x 30 x 48cm. The six inner shelves cannot be adjusted, but the outer two can (you can even take it out completely), so there’s space for boots if you need it.
There are currently two colours available: wood and white.

The bench is available via Amazon for £52.
Shop this bench.




Giveaway

Songmics are really awesome and are letting me give one of these benches away to one lucky reader. To stand a chance of winning one, in the colour of your choice, simply follow the instructions in the widget below.

Please leave comments that are 8 words or more if you can. It’s really appreciated.

Win a shoe bench worth £52

Terms and Conditions

Open to UK residents only.
No purchase required.
The competition runs from Friday, 19 January 2018 to Thursday, 22 February 2018.
One winner will be announced on Friday, 23 February 2018.
The winner will receive one wooden shoe bench from Songmics, as pictured.
The prize is not transferable for cash.
Prize is sponsored by Songmics.

Good luck!

I have not been paid to write this post or run this giveaway but the ottoman has been sent to me upon request.

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  • Margaret Clarkson

    January 23, 2018 at 6:29 am
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    I would choose the wood colour and would use it for my daughters books and collectables

  • Alica

    January 22, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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    I think I would choose the wood and I would have it for shoes in the hallway! Thanks for the chance x

  • Alica

    January 22, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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    I think I would choose the wood and I would have it for shoes in the hallway! Thanks for the chance x

  • Solange

    January 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm
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    I would choose wood and I would use it for books and toys.

  • Solange

    January 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm
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    I would choose wood and I would use it for books and toys.

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