Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
Review: 9 Bin Storage Rack by Target
We launched phase one of a three prong attack on toy clutter this week. Phase one targets small toys. Phase two is bigger toys. Phase three is books.
For small toys I purchased the delightfully named 9 Bin Storage Rack, manufactured by Sterilite, but sold exclusively through Target stores. It easily held our small toys â€“ stacking cups, toy food, shape sorter, toy drum and so forth.
The bins are placed at an angle for easy toy access, but have grooves on the bottom so they can also be horizontally positioned. Angled access is key. Many competing shelving options use baskets, but usually require the baskets to be pulled from a shelf to get at the toys. Forget that.
The dimensions for the red shelf are 30.5 W x 30.8 H x 15 D and the nine blue bins are each 9.1 W x 5.1 H x 13.7 D.
There are no lids on the bins, which is a big plus. Lids would be difficult for Little Miss to manipulate at 16-months-old, and just create clutter when you decide not to use them.
Assembly time was one minute, no tools required. The box labeling graciously afforded me five minutes. As with any children’s furniture, the shelf should be secured to a wall lest it fall on a climbing toddler.
The major thing about this rack is that it’s all plastic. You may protest, but I found it more stylish than many wood racks which are on the market. Plus, it was about half the price at $35 while a wood rack in the same store cost $60. I found the plastic dowels to be relatively sturdy.
The plastic rack is not sold on Target’s web site. Inside the store you’ll find it on the storage aisle, not the children’s furniture aisle that features other racks and shelves. It’s almost like Target wants to hide this product from parents.
Here are a few other shelving options I considered:
- Wood shelf with primary color bins [Target via Amazon]
- Wood shelf with pastel bins [Target via Amazon]
- Plastic shelf with primary color bins [Target via Amazon]
- Over-the-door pocket organizer, multi-colored [organize-everything.com]
Side-note: we have an over-the-door shoe organizer that Little Miss began using by the time she was one-year-old. She puts her shoes away in the lowest pockets.
P.S. Some may recall my earlier intent to nuke toy clutter using an armoire to store toys and baby gear. That mission was scrubbed at zero hour when I realized armoire shelves are designed to hold clothes, not hefty gear. Never use bad intelligence to buy furniture or invade a country.