My husband and I whilst moving into and renovating our house ended up with lots of those collapsible crates for storage, and my toddler daughter's toys ended up in two of those in the lounge. Once we'd finished decorating it looked so messy so I wanted a toy box which would last, was made of wood but had an easy to open lid and looked like a toy box without being a bright pink princess sort of thing.
I was delighted when I saw the Pintoy Wooden Natural Toy Chest, it's a lovely toy box and ideal for our needs. I paid £80 for it with free delivery from Amazon, which for a solid wood piece of furniture which hopefully will last, I thought was fair, as MDF toy boxes in Argos were priced around £40.
The toy box arrived in five pieces of solid natural wood, ready varnished, flat pack and ready to be assembled with a lighter wood base. The front and back panels are idential in style (though the pre drilled holes differ so you do need to follow the instructions) in that they have two inset squares of painted wood in green and yellow - a frog and a bear face on each. The two sides have different animals, a red fox and a blue cat. It's absolutely charming, it looks childlike but also fits in with the light oak furniture I have in my house.
It took me about an hour to put together ('helped' by said toddler who insisted on picking up and moving most of the components) and the instructions were extremely easy to follow. You do need a bit of elbow grease to get the screws in nice and tight, they are allen key head screws and it does come with an allen key though you need a regular posi head screwdriver to put the hinge on for the lid. The lid hinge is vital as it is a lift and click type and a soft close so no trapped fingers.
The finish on the entire toy box I cannot fault. A lovely smooth varnish over it, all the edges are rounded and chamfered so they are totally smooth and all the pre drilled holes are in the right place and very very easy to use when putting together.
Once the toy box was put together I thinned out the toys a bit (some were too young for my daughter) and filled it up, it looked so neat and tidy and to my joy my daughter absolutely loved it (especially the cat panel on the side, she's mad on cats). The great thing about it is that I can close it, and put two or three toys on top. I rotate these toys so rather than just pulling every toy out of the crate as she used to do she will sit and play with certain toys and learn new things, she seems to play much calmer now the toys are sorted out and in a neat place (I just need her to learn to put toys in it when she has been rifling through it - sometimes when she is bored I lift the lid up and encourage her to dig something out).
I have a separate bookcase for her which helps as I don't think the toy box is suitable for books, but it's ideal in general for toddler toys and I only wish I had bought it sooner. In fact a few weeks ago I had some friends and their toddlers come around and their first comment was 'where's the mess'!? - that's because when all the toys are put away in the toy box the room looks clean and one toy can be played with properly at a time.
I cannot recommend the Pintoy Wooden Natural Toy Chest enough, it's well made, it looks so cute but it also fits in with my (grown up!) home decor, and it's ideal for girls or boys. It might be a touch more expensive than your high street or IKEA type toy boxes but it's absolutely worth every single penny. I am going to give this five out of five and if you're considering buying it take it from me, you won't regret it, it's lovely.
This purchase was more for myself than my daughter if I have to be honest and falls into the same category that the dolls house she will get when she is older as it is something that I wanted as a child but never had. Now you might think a toy box is not something a child would hanker after but it was because my best friend had a large wooden one in her house and it was always full of cool stuff so it was pure jealousy that motivated me and when I saw this toy box on Amazon I just had to buy it even though it was a rather pricey £69.99. There were plain wood ones however I went for the ready painted one which had images of happy looking farm animals on the wood panels. It is similar in a way to the one in the picture above however the images are different.
This toy box is made from sustainable rubber wood and the craftsmenship on it is excellent. It measures 64 x 37.5 x 40 cm and is nice and deep so it holds a decent amount of toys. The art work on the panels is really child friendly with different coloured panels both outside and inside with farmyard animals such as sheep, horses and pigs on each one, the animals all have smiley faces and can help when teaching children about animals names. It comes as a flat pack and is very easy to assemble and the fittings are all good quality. It does help to have two pairs of hands available to assemble it to ensure nothing gets damaged. The hinge on the lid is easy to fit and this ensures that the lid stays open when you are rummaging around inside. The lid closes softly and slowly to reduce the risk of trapped fingers.
At the moment my daughter is a bit too small to really cope with it on her own but she is learning the importance of putting things away when she has finished with them although as with most children this is a bit of an ongoing battle. What I also like about this toy chest is the fact that when closed there is a gap between the lid and the front panel and this means that hands are a lot less likely to get trapped across most of the front of the lid, this makes it a lot safer than other lids which sit flush to the front especially as given that it is made of wood it has a bit of weight to it.
There are two carry handles cut into the side panels for when you need to move the toy box either for cleaning or to rearrange furniture in the room, these are smooth and easy to grip, indeed there are no rough edges on this toy box as the build quality is top notch, then again for the price you would expact no less.
This was not a cheap purchase and it is a bit of an indulgence but the varnish finish helps to protect the looks of the toy box and it is a substantial well made item that looks great and provides a safe attractive means of storage.
Anyone who has young children will know what a nightmare it can be at times with their toys. Nowadays they all seem to have more and more toys to play with or know what to do with. These are then strewn across the floor no matter how often you try to tidy up. It's just the way it is. We searched for a while for a toy chest we could use to store most of the toys for our children and also something that would fit well in their bedroom. In the end we settled for this Four Friends wooden toy chest. It wasn't that cheap at £78.99 but we have had it now for a while now and it's still going strong. My first impressions are that it looks pretty sturdy as can imagine it would last a fair bit longer.
The chest itself is made from solid wood and measures 64cm x 40cm x 37.5cm. On the sides of the chest are pictures of a bear, frog etc in different colours. These are particularly appealing to kids and might even make them want to put their toys in there if you're lucky!
The chest comes flat packed but thankfully it is very easy to assemble which is what you want. There's really not much too it which should be the case as it's only a chest you are putting together. The lid is fitted with hinges which makes it simple to lift the lid. Also this prevents the lid shutting down on little fingers and stopping any accidents. If you want to move the box then you can lift it and relocate it even it's full of toys as there are handles you can carry it with. However it's not that light as it's made of solid wood.
I really like it as it's high quality and doesn't look like it will fall apart at a moments notice. I really hope this will last and it does look like it might do for a good few years. So when you think about the cost, it's not bad value really when you consider the use you will get out of it.
I brought this Pintoy Wooden Natural Toy Chest out of an Amazon voucher after reading SusanLesley's review, for some reason we was using an old washing basket for my 2 year old sisters toys and even though it held everything good it looked a proper mess in the living room. It's weird actually because my mum usually buys wicked toy boxes and the one we had before the washing basket was a gorgeous lined wicker basket so I don't know what happened to that.
The chest is lovely and bright, it comes flat packed but is dead easy to put together..... I actually did it myself because my mum and dad were at work when it arrived and the box come out wicked even though my dad had to go round it tightening the screws up when he got home! In all I reckon it look me about 45 mins to put it together but the instructions were dead easy to follow and anyway it was obvious what pieces go where so all you really need the instructions for are to make sure you're using the right screws and bolts in the right places.
When it's together the chest looks wicked. Mine has actually got a different design to the one in the photo Dooyoo have got up, the bright coloured panels have been replaced with farmyard faces like a sheep and cow. The colours are a lot more like you'd see on a farm as well and the box deffo doesn't look as bright as the Four Friends one, that doesn't matter though because the animal faces are soooooo cute and cheerful that you don't need a bright blue or red background to make them stand out.
The toy chest is made of rubberwood and the measurements are 64cm long, 40cm high and 37cm wide. That's perfect I think because the chest isn't majorly bulky but it will still hold a lot of toys to help keep your house tidy. We keep ours in an alcove that is the perfect size for the chest but even if you haven't got an alcove it's not going to stick out into your room too much like some of the over sized toy boxes you can get.
The hinges are clever because they're made so that the lid won't bang down onto a childs fingers, there's also a gap where the lid closes onto the box and that's another safety feature that works good. My sister has got sooooo many toys that we don't get the lid closed all that often but it stays up good anyway because of the hinges not being right at the back of the box so you can kind of rest the lid back at a better angle.
There is a carrying handle on each side of the toy chest to make it easy to carry it around. That's useful when the box is empty but I reckon you'd put your back out trying to lift it up when it's full of as many toys as my sister has got!
I deffo recommend this toy chest. It looks wicked and will keep all your childs toys tidy..... it's even easy to put up and that's a bit of a miracle because most things like this are a proper pain in the arse!
Anyone with young children will know how much stuff they end up accumulating. So a toy chest or some other sturdy form of storage is indispensable, and this lovely, colourful toy chest has been essential in helping us keeping baby clutter at bay!
I bought this toy chest from John Lewis for £60. It was very easy to assemble - the only slightly tricky bit was the special hinge that stops the chest slamming shut (making it safer for little fingers). It is a pine-coloured wood with a slight but subtle sheen. The chest is brightened up and made nursery-friendly by the four colourful panels with animals on each side (two on the front and one on each side). The panels are blue, yellow, green and red and have a black outline of an animal face (cat, bear, frog and mouse) on them. The good thing about these panels is that they are very simple and not multicoloured - they add a touch of fun without being too full-on.
The chest is perhaps smaller than others you may have seen - the dimensions are H37.5, W64 and D40cm. It can be quite tight getting all our bits and pieces in but it just about does the job, and I can see us keeping this for many, many years to come.
This review is a bit of a departure from my usual shower gel, lip saver and travel reviews. Since my niece gave birth to her son and made a great aunt of me I have been looking at gifts and toys - I didn't realise there was so much choice!
One thing that I did find was a lovely toy chest called the Four Friends Toy Chest which is made by John Crane Pintoy and sold by John Lewis amongst others and it is ideal for all the toys that young children seem to accumulate from birth (and before!)
This chest is made from solid rubberwood and measures 64 x 40 x 37.5 cm. There are brightly painted pictures on each of three sides of the chest; on one end there is a red mouse, on the other end there is a blue cat and on the front there is a green frog and a yellow bear. The whole thing is then smartly finished off with varnish.
If you aren't keen on the pictures this chest is also available with farmyard animals round the sides and is called the Farmyard Toy Chest.
When we bought the box it was flat packed but my niece's husband found it easy enough to put together - it is only a bottom, four sides and a top so it isn't going to be rocket science is it? The lid is hinged and incorporates a safety system which prevents it falling shut whilst the toys are being removed by the children or replaced by mom and dad. As one of the comments so rightly points out it has what they call a soft close lid which means there is no danger of it ever catching little fingers - or big ones for that matter!
There are also carrying handles cut into each end so that the box can be lifted and moved, although being solid wood it is fairly heavy so please be careful when you lift it.
As with all John Crane products the toy chest is very well made and robust enough to suffer the excited play of children and importantly there are no rough edges or sharp corners to cause damage to little people. It is also quite strong enough for the children to sit on when the lid is closed too.
We bought the chest for a little boy but the design and colours are such that it would be just as suitable for a little girl and there is also a matching table and chair set available so you could make a nice matching nursery set for the youngster.
As I said earlier we bought this chest from John Lewis and I have to say that it wasn't cheap costing us £53.50 but it is a quality product and I am sure that it will last for many years as Jacob grows older and the toys change.
It might be worth doing a bit of investigation on the Internet if you do want to purchase one of these as John Lewis are not exclusive suppliers of John Crane products and there may be cheaper ones to be had elsewhere although having said that I wouldn't expect to find it a lot cheaper because of the quality of the product.
The full range can be viewed at www.pintoys.com and although there aren't many details on the site the photographs of the products are very good.
In my experience there is a stage at some point after children come into your life, for the sake of argument let's call it the denial stage, where you are convinced you will restrict all toys to one small and tastefully hidden basket in the corner of the living room. Reality, birthdays and over generous grannies seem to lead to the inevitable search for more suitable and cavernous storage, which in our case lead to the purchase of this John Crane Pintoy item from John Lewis.
This is a solid wood item, of 64 x 40 x 37.5 cm. The main panels are made of rubberwood, as you can see from the picture it is brightly painted on 4 sides with a red mouse, green frog, yellow bear and blue cat. The coloured panels are painted and the rest of the chest is finished in varnish. Whether the style appeals will be down to personal taste but the box is, in my opinion, suited to boys and girls. There is a matching table and chair set available should you wish to furnish a child's corner or playroom and these can also be viewed in most John Lewis stores on online at www.pintoys.com.
The box came flat packed, and was relatively easy to assemble although the hinge was quite difficult to screw into place, all fairly straightforward. The hinge is a good feature as it prevents the lid from slamming down on little fingers when your children are preparing to get toys out with the purpose of scattering them all over your house.
Like all John Crane wooden items this is a very durable box, and is of good quality with nice thick wood. It is quite heavy to carry, but does have carry handles on each side if you wish to move it from one room to another.
We have owned our chest for over 4 years now and it has variously stored baby toys, duplo and currently quite an extensive collection of Happyland toys. The chest does hold quite a lot of toys and is a good storage solution, and place for small people to sit mid play. Bar a few dints it has worn well and is to all purposes as good as new.
I would recommend this item which is currently available from John Lewis at £53.50, though you may be able to find it cheaper online, eg at www.littlefishtoys.co.uk.. It won't mean you don't accumulate more toys, but it might help you contain those your children already have!
This is a beutifully made wooden toybox which measures 64 x 40 x 37.5 cm. It includes a safety system which stops the lid falling on those little fingers.