Are you organizing your kids’ play area or room? Read below for a DIY Easy Toy Car Storage Display Idea!
I saw this DIY Easy Toy Car Storage Display Idea on Pinterest when A was a little baby. I tucked it away in my mom brain to use later. Now here we are, two more baby boys later, I’ve finally gotten it up in our kids’ play room.
I love how it turned out. If we had more wall space in the room, I’d get a few more bars. But, for now, we’ve opted to have this small area under the floating shelves. It can be used as display or storage and the boys love rearranging their cars for play time, too.
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Supplies Needed for DIY Easy Toy Car Storage Display Idea
- Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar
- Super Glue
- Heavy Duty Magnet Squares
- Toy Cars
- Drill, Screws (Included with Knife Bar above)
I bought two of the stainless steel magnetic knife bars from Amazon. There’s a variety of different knife bars and I added a few colors below, if you’re going for a different look.
We placed ours under the wood floating shelves, so I opted for the stainless steel over the bamboo or wood ones. But, I think they all look great!
The reviews on the ones we bought are amazing(over 3,400+ reviews). And I have to agree! They’re thick, heavy duty, and the magnet is REALLY strong. It’s strong enough that it actually holds the bigger toy cars in the play room.
If you’re like me and tend to open things without reading the instructions, then these notes and tips are for you.
Tips and Tricks for Installing DIY Easy Toy Car Storage Display
When you first open the knife bar, it comes with a plastic wrapping, DO NOT try to pull it out/off without reading the instructions first.
In my excitement to see if the bar would work well with the magnets, I peeled half the plastic off without realizing that it is there for a purpose. The plastic is what you use to pull off the entire metal backing (the thinner piece) that gets installed on the wall. The heavier, thicker piece is ALL magnet, so be careful to keep the two pieces apart until the backing is screwed into the wall. THEN, you can place the top piece against it.
I played around with it a few times and cut my finger trying to get it placed correctly, before David had a chance to install the bars. DERP, doesn’t work like that!
Here is the proper way to handle the bars:
Directions for DIY Easy Toy Car Storage Display Idea
It took less than 20 minutes or so, for David to measure the distance and drill two holes in the wall for each bar. We decided to make one elongated section. But, I think the ladder look is super cute with this toy car storage display idea.
Magnets + Toy Cars
Unless you have an older set of hot wheels or toy cars, you will need to add a magnet to the bottom of the cars. Most of the newer toy cars made in the last decade+ have a plastic bottom (versus a metal one on the older ones), so they won’t stick unless you add a magnet.
It was easy enough to get our cars all set up for the toy car display. While David set up the knife bars, I superglued the square magnets onto the bottom of the toy cars.
These are the magnets that held up the bigger cars on the metal bar. At first, I bought the first magnet strips that popped up on in my Amazon search, only to realize that they were paper thin and not intended to hold up heavier items.
These magnets worked out well for the cars. I paid $10.99 for a 24 pack of magnet squares. They’re just a bit bigger than nickel, smaller than a quarter. These magnets are also thicker, so make sure you pay attention to the size of the magnets you use for this project.
Do you have any fun toy storage or display ideas? Share with me below!
DIY Easy Toy Car Storage Display Idea