How to Store Stuffed Animals. Whether you are looking for a decorative or a practical solution, it is simple to store stuffed animals. You can keep your collection or your child's in perfect order.
Store Stuffed Animals
Determine whether you want to display your collection or simply store it out of the way. Your decision will guide the kind of storage system you develop.
Use shelves attached to the walls or free-standing shelves to display your most prized stuffed animals. Remember that if they are not played with frequently, they may accumulate dust. Consider buying a shelving system with see-through doors to protect your collection from dust.
Buy an easy to open toy box to store your child's stuffed animals. It's important to consider safety when selecting furniture for a child's room, so be sure that features such as height and weight are taken into consideration.
Use a ventilated or mesh laundry bag as a practical solution for getting stuffed animals up off of the floor in your child's room. You can hang the bag on a hook in the closet or on your child's bedroom or playroom door.
Stuff small bean bag stuffed animals in the pockets of a shoe hanger for easy and visible storage. This method also helps protect the toys from dust.
Pack away unused stuffed animals in plastic bins with secure lids for easy storage in the attic or garage. If you purchase bins of the same size and shape, multiple bins may be stacked more efficiently and take up less space.
String a clothes line from one end of the room to the other and hang stuffed animals by their ears with clothes pins. This can be both decorative and practical, keeping prized animals in view but off the floor.
Wrap antique stuffed animals in acid-free tissue paper and store them in archival or acid-free boxes when not on display. Be careful not to over-stuff the boxes as this can mat down stuffed animal fur.
Antique or collectible stuffed animals require special attention when storing. The resources at the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute can help you find the solution that is right for your collection (see Resources below).