simple toy organizer..looking for dimensions, angles...

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Forum topic by Pabs posted 11-28-2011 03:59 PM 2427 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2011 03:59 PM

hey all

quick little project. I am building a bin toy organizer
something like the picture below.

dead simple build but was just wondering on the angles used…
my build will have three bars , two at the bottom and 1 in front. my baskets won’t fit the same as the ones in the picture…that’s why I need to figure out the angle that the basket should sit at

trying to find plans online but no luck.. I could go to the store and measure but I figured I would ask here to see if others had done this and knew what the best angle for the bin is


-- Pabs

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 06:11 PM

Not sure I understand, but by looking at the plugs for the supports in the pic, it appears they are on the same level. Meaning no angle was used in the pic. The bin bottom rests on top of the back support and then the top lip of the bin catches the front support. Not sure if that helps, probably not, but it will get the post back to the top of the page. Good luck.

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 07:40 PM

that shelf only has two bars because of the types of bins they are using (bins with a lip at the top).
I will be using baskets so I need to add one more bar under the basket for support.
basically there will be 2 bars under the basket and one in front to prevent from falling out.
the angle I need to figure out is for the two bars under the basket.
looking at those bins it almost looks like they are tilted at close to 45 degrees.

-- Pabs

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 07:55 PM

I really don’t think the angle would be critical to the build. I think if you tilt your baskets forward to where they look good, but will still hold things in them, and measure with a protractor, you will have your answer.
I would think the most important thing is that they tip forward enough to be easily accessible, but not so much that you limit the storage space of the basket itself.

I agree with you that the pictured rack looks to be angled @ a 45 though.

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#4 posted 11-28-2011 11:31 PM

I would make the baskets rest at a 30 degree angle or so. At 45 degrees, toys might topple out if stacked too close to the top. As a father of a 15 month old, I can tell you that the toys will accumulate faster than you can provide storage for

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#5 posted 11-28-2011 11:53 PM

my advise is to buy as many of the baskets as you can find, and make this longer/taller then you think you will need it. Toys accumulate very quickly and there is never enough storage. If you want to buy more to upsize (or replace broken ones) will you be able to find the same size basket? Also consider having a couple of sizes of baskets, it really does help with organizing.
If you aren’t set on baskets, consider covered plastic storage bins, they come in a few useful sizes. If the lid is on the stuff won’t fall out if tipped at too much of an angle. They are less likely to change sizes if you need to buy more next year.

As for the angle, this is what I would do. Get a basket and load it with the most tippy of toys (balls, hot wheels, or trio-blocks in my house) then tip to a variety of angles, find something suitable. Also, I would do a mock-up of the layers to make sure I could get a basket out of one of the lower shelves with the baskets on the top. If they are too close together that might be difficult.

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#6 posted 11-29-2011 06:24 AM

We have a shelf very much like you have pictured. If I were to do it again I would just have plain shelves with not tilt. The tilt just uses up more space reduces the amount you can store in the baskets and actually looks quite messy once it is all full of the gazillion toys kids seem to quickly accumulate. A nice horizontal shelf makes it easy to fill the container to the brim, looks as nice as the side of the container no matter how disorganized (or empty) the containers are and you can probably get an additional row of containers in just a shade more space than used by the slanted containers. Yeah they look great in the magazine or catalogues but I don’t think that in practice they consistently look that good…IMHO.

I could measure the angles if you want (I’m not near a protractor right now LOL!) when I get to my tools to get my protractor.

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#7 posted 11-29-2011 03:33 PM

well.. I went to town on it last night ..angled less than 45
Mark… I agree that no tilt makes for more room and less clutter… but this will go in their playroom and I want to put things in there that they can just grab out without always having to remove the basket. I plan to build them another storage unit (with no tilt) for thing like legos, trains, etc…
I will base it on this storage unit

as for my “current” project… the angle I ended up with was a bit less than 40… 45 was too steep… I could of even made a little less aggressive.
the reason for the angle is also to fit a longer basket in the width of the storage unit… if I eased up on the angle then the basket would stick out the other end

I’ll post some pics and details later if anyone else out there is interested in this..


-- Pabs

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