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.

A 9 Bin Storage Rack sold by Target, shown full of Little Miss' toysFor 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 – 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:

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.


3 Responses to “Review: 9 Bin Storage Rack by Target”

  1. Abbycat says:

    I scored the wood rack with pastel bins at KMart for $40 on sale. It’s great for all the little stuff. The bins are a bit thin, but it should serve us well.

    I may go to Target for the platic rack too. It looks so sturdy–is it?

    October 13th, 2005 at 6:05 am

  2. AJ says:

    My first impression was that the plastic sidewalls were flimsy, but once the dowels were in place the whole structure seemed solid.

    I’d heard a couple complaints about the wood racks. One was that a dowel easily broke and another that the dowels bowed with time. Every wood shelf I’ve owned I’ve seen bow a little with time.

    Plastic won’t snap like wood; and bowing will only be revealed with time… but the plastic dowels are oval shaped with the longish side pointed vertically, so that will help. I prefer durable products, but I’m not sure any toddler shelf will outlast its first toddler unless it’s made of metal. Mass market American goods are simply not durable, not built to last.

    October 13th, 2005 at 7:40 am

  3. JMo says:

    So what sort of storage container/s did you use for Phase 2 – larger toys? And how did it work out?

    Curious – are you still using the Target 9-bin shelfing unit?

    We have a 15-month old and are just entering the storage war – our first battle is set for Dec 25. Would love to hear an update/recommendation now that you have 2 years hindsight.

    December 8th, 2007 at 8:27 pm