Baby On a Budget- Toy Storage

Between Big Chick and Baby Chick, my house has become overrun with toys. I’ve been on the lookout for some toy storage to attempt to contain the madness as much as possible. A few months ago I fell in love with this from the Pottery Barn catalog:

Pottery Barn Cameron Cubby 3 Cubby and 3 Drawer Base Set

Here is what it looks like in action:

So cute, right?

The problem: it’s way out of my budget. I wish I could just order the toy storage of my dreams without even thinking of the price, but that’s not going to happen in this lifetime. Oh well.

The Pottery Barn catalog got my wheels turning. I was on a mission to find some cute toy storage that didn’t break the bank. I started searching my local big box stores, and here is what I found (I bought two of them):

Guidecraft Kid’s Bookshelf

I have to be honest here and admit that this is not exactly what I bought. My local Target sells a kids bookshelf made by the same company that makes this one, but it looks slightly different. The one I bought is not sold online. Sorry guys. This one is really close though. FYI- this bookshelf comes in different colors like maple and espresso too.

Then I bought four of these (there are two boxes in each pack):

Whitmore Collapsible Cubes- Set of 2

These cubes come in a variety of colors. I love the “suede” fabric that they are covered in. I prefer to use fabric cubes over baskets because for storage because baskets can bonk kids on the head when they pull them off the shelves. These fabric cubes are soft enough to avoid any unnecessary boo boos.

I put the two bookcases together against the wall, filled the cubes with toys, and placed the cubes on the bottom shelves. I filled the top shelves with books. Then, I put a bunch of stuffed animals on top of the bookcases. Here is the end result:

Not bad, right?

Here is another image just to give you the full effect:

Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty dang proud of how it turned out. When everything was said and done, I spent less than $350 on the entire thing. That’s a third of the price of the Pottery Barn storage! Plus, this storage is going to grow with our family. It would be easy to swap the cubes for another color when The Chicks are ready for a “Big Girl’s” room.

This project has really inspired me to find creative and affordable alternatives to big ticket kid and baby gear. I’m going to keep at it and I’ll be sharing all my tips and secrets I discover along the way.

SHOP Pottery Barn Cameron Cubby 3 Cubby and 3 Drawer Base Set

SHOP Guidecraft Kid’s Bookshelf

SHOP Whitmore Collapsible Cubes- Set of 2

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Hi Morgan,

I came across your blog in a desperate search to match my daughter’s bookcases. We also have 2 of the same bookcases you have posted. I did purchase them at Target, but can no longer find them. I see that you have posted “Guidecraft” as the brand. Do you have any idea where these exact shelves are still available?



Another great option is the Expedit series from Ikea. It ranges from a perfect square option with 4 shelves for only $39.99, to a full wall bookcase version with 25 shelves for $199.99 and everything in between.


I love it! Thanks for the cheaper version!


Looks amazing! Good job 🙂