One of the primary tasks in the care and maintenance of stuffed animals involves adequate and correct storage solutions. Sure they may be toys to begin with but that does not exclude them from the usual wear and tear and having the right space to hold them when not in use will ensure that they are kept clean and pristine for years to come.
There are various factors to consider when choosing what storage options to invest in. It will depend on the size of your collection, the dimensions of each item, their sensitivity to various elements and whether or not they are for play or mere display. This makes it crucial to first assess and get to know one’s stuffed animals to begin with.
Additionally, one has to consider the space to be worked on. Where others can easily add in a cabinet or two, these pieces of furniture may be too bulky for smaller spaces. In such instances, floating shelves, the use of vertical storage to maximize per square inch of wall and corner shelving are great options.
For people who have tons of stuffed animals and kids who play with them in the house, toy chests, boxes and baskets are a neat way to hold all those toys in. Moreover, they prove to be easy to use even for children. All you’d have to do is toss them in and we’re done. For a smaller stash, they can be conveniently placed atop dressers, beds or sofas with no fuss. Just make sure that they don’t end up living on the floor or you’ll have to toss them into the washer for a bath more often than you intend to.
In the event that you’ve got rare and collectible stuffed animals, it is best to keep them away from easy reach of both children and pets. They can be more sensitive and let’s not forget that they’re quite expensive too. We can’t afford for them to get damaged. They may even be stored in glass door cabinets or book cases for added protection from the usual dust and dirt.
Storage solutions should also be adequately placed. Make sure to avoid installing them in areas that are prone to moisture, packed with humidity and are exposed to direct and constant heat. This is because the moisture can encourage the growth of yeasts and molds causing the stuffed animals to rot while heat can easily fade out colors and damage certain parts and accessories.