Looking for the best Montessori style toy shelves? These are super popular shelves for those following the Montessori method! Here are the best shelves you can find on the internet.
We don’t follow Montessori – but I do admire it and try to bring some aspects of this parenting style into our home.
One thing that I love is the look of furniture that is commonly used in a Montessori playroom or classroom.
I was so inspired by it that we decided to use this style of shelf (plus a Montessori forward facing bookshelf) in our loft play area!
This style of book shelf is very popular with those following the Montessori style of child raising and playroom decorating.
We built our own Montessori style toy shelves, but I know that some of you might prefer to purchase one.
So, I decided to round up some of the best toy shelves available for purchase! I hope this helps you decorate your playroom or young child’s space!
Here’s my guide to the best front facing bookshelves!
What is a Montessori style toy shelf?
Montessori toy shelves are low to the ground and made of natural wood. The most important thing is that kids can reach and access their own toys independently.
There shouldn’t be cabinet doors or anything blocking the toys from view.
How should I set up my Montessori playroom shelf?
These toy shelves should be set up with minimal toys, so that kids don’t have to dig but can see each toy.
(This is where we struggle trying to commit to montessori. We have so.many. little toys, and most of them are gifted to us and I don’t feel like I can decline them or take them away from my kids.)
Trays or baskets are allowed in Montessori. I’d look for shelves with spots large enough to fit bins or baskets you like to use for toys. I live by bins for kids toys!
Don’t put anything on the shelves that kids could break or mess up. It should be a “yes” space where everything is a yes!
Montessori Toy Shelves on Amazon
Amazon is an easy place to get a Montessori bookshelf from. They have tons of options and many are supported with Prime quick shipping and free returns!
Things to keep in mind when looking at forward facing bookshelves on Amazon:
- This is the traditional look for a Montessori toy shelf
- Here is a slightly smaller version of the traditional shelf
- This single-level shelf could double as a bench or window seat
- If you like the look and practicality of cube storage, try this shelf
- I love the angles of the side pieces on this shelf
Montessori Toy Shelves from Etsy
If you want a handmade shelf, or prefer to support small businesses, Etsy is a great place to shop!
Be sure to check shipping times – custom orders often take a while!
Also, be sure to check shipping costs – for large items like shelves, shipping can add up!
Here are some of my favorite shelves available on Etsy:
- This shelf is extra long if you have a large space
- I love the open and airy sides on this shelf
- This shelf is super simple but perfect for kids to help themselves
Front Facing Bookshelves from other places
Of course there are many other places that you can get Montessori style shelves from other than Amazon!
When shopping at other stores, be sure to verify if there is an additional shipping cost and what the return policy or cost is.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Super simple cube storage that comes in several wood tones
- I love the mid century lines of this toy shelf
- This cube shelf looks a little fancier with these cute feet
- Major boho vibes from this rounded off shelf!
Prefer to DIY your shelves?
Here is our tutorial + printable woodworking plans to build your own Montessori style toy shelves!
Thanks for reading!