This week’s post is from Jaime Costiglio of That’s My Letter. For busy parents Labor Day signifies the beginning of the school season. While many kids dread going back parents are often ready to return to a regular schedule. So after a long active summer it’s time to pack up the toys and bring out the books. Jaime has created a super stylish toy storage solution that might even entice your kids to put away their summer toys and get organized for the school year.
Outdoor play is great for everyone, especially for kids to get out all that extra energy. And if your kids are anything like mine they have a few outdoor toys which end up scattered all over the yard. I finally took control of the messy yard and built an outdoor toy storage bin.
Corralling all the balls, bats and miscellaneous is a cinch with this giant outdoor toy storage bin. It’s worth noting we don’t have a garage or a shed so once items are out for the season we need a proper place to store them with easy access.
With hardware cloth sides the kids can see all the toys but yet they are still contained instead of strewn about the backyard.
The best part about this project is the hardware. I used one Simpson Strong-Tie workbench and shelving kit to build the outdoor toy storage bin. Everything is included in the kit:
- 8 Rigid Tie RTC2Z connectors
- 1 Box of Simpson Strong-Tie #8 x 1 1/4″ Wafer-Head screws
- 20 #6 x 1 1/4″ flat-head screws
- 4 #6 x 2 1/2″ flat-head screws (you will need a few more 2 1/2” screws)
I choose to leave the bin open for easy access but you could definitely add a lid and of course be sure to tailor the size to your needs. This outdoor toy storage bin is large at 63”l x 42”w x 30”h, check your space requirements before building and adjust as necessary.
- 6 – 2x4x8 PT studs
- 3 – 5/4 x 10 deck boards
- 7 – 2x2x4 PT balusters
- 3 – 1x4x8 PT boards
- 1 – Simpson Strong-Tie WBSK workbench & shelving hardware kit
- 2 1/2” exterior pocket hole screws
- 2 1/2” exterior wood screws
- 4 – rolls 2’x5’ – 1/2” hardware cloth
- 1/2” staples
- miter saw
- measuring tape
- 4 – 2×4 PT @ 30” (legs)
- 4 – 2×4 PT @ 60” (long sides)
- 4 – 2×4 PT @ 35” (short sides)
- 3 – 2×2 @ 36” (floor supports short sides)
- 2 – 2×2 @ 48” (floor support long sides) + 2 – 2×2 @ 11”
- 6 – 5/4 deck boards @ 59 7/8” (floor)
- 2 – 1×4 @ 39” (interior trim short side)
- 2 – 1×4 @ 58” (interior trim long side)
- 4 – 2×2 @ 20 3/4” (interior trim corners)
Step 1: Make the short ends. Attach legs to sides using a Simpson Strong-Tie RTC2Z Rigid Tie® Connector and wafer head screw. Make 2.
Step 2: Create the frame by attaching long sides to short ends.
Step 3: Attach the floor support pieces to the frame using 2 1/2” exterior wood screws. On the long sides you will need to butt the boards because balusters are only 48” long and this bin is about 59” long. Attach one 48” piece and one 11” piece to the frame.
Step 4: Attach the hardware cloth to the frame using a stapler and 1/2” staples. Begin at one edge, staple down in the corner and all along the top and bottom stapling into the frame.
Step 5: Attach floor boards to floor supports using 2” exterior wood screws. Keep spacing about 1” between boards.
Step 6: Attach interior trim short side to frame using 2” exterior wood screws.
Step 7: Attach interior trim long sides to frame using 2” exterior wood screws.
Step 8: Attach interior corner trim to legs using 2 1/2” exterior wood screws. Sand well.
Fill it up and enjoy and tidy backyard plus your kids will know exactly where to find all their outdoor toys.