MAKE IT: A Safe Toy box for $13

Don’t be taken by purchasing a new toy box for your child’s toys–they are quite expensive. You can easily refurbish a chest (or basket with a secured lid) that you already have or buy one inexpensively at a garage sale or on Craigslist. By purchasing a safety hinge, this ensures that your little ones fingers don’t get slammed by a heavy lid.

We got this wicker basket as a wedding present and converted it into a toy box 2 years ago. It is still in great working order! It’s overflowing just a little, so I guess that means it is time for a trip to Goodwill!

You can buy a toy box lid support here for $5.59 to $6.59, depending on the weight limit needed. Shipping runs around $6-$7, depending on where you live.

You’ll need to do a few quick measurements to decide which one is right for your toy box. To calculate the inch/pound rating of your lid multiply 1/2 the front to back lid distance (in inches) times the lid weight (in pounds). You’ll also want to purchase the “center” model and install your lid support or lid supports centered along back wall of your toy chest. This will keep the mechanism out of the way of small fingers and hands.

You don’t have to be handy to install it…all you need is a screwdriver!

Your local home-improvement store may have these, therefore saving you a shipping charge. We were unable, however, to find one at our Lowe’s or Home Depot.

Smile…you just saved a bunch of money while keeping the little fingers and hands in your house safe. :)

One Comment

  1. I think I have that EXACT SAME BOX! But mine already has one of those fancy hinges in it?! So excited to repurpose it into something useful – thanks!

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