Classroom Shelving & Preschool Storage Buying Guide

Finding just the right kid-friendly storage unit will ensure that you make the best use of your classroom space. Here are some things to consider that will help you decide:


Cabinets - Cabinets have doors that help maintain privacy and a level of security. Use them to store files and other sensitive materials. Some cabinets mount on the wall, keeping them out of little ones' reach.

Coat Racks - Coat racks provide a convenient place to store jackets, coats and hats while keeping them out of the way. Metal hooks last for years and wood construction looks great.

Shelving - Shelving provides an accessible, convenient way to store books, toys, learning aids and other classroom materials. Choose wood shelving for a long-lasting, attractive storage solution.

Folding Storage Units - Folding storage units work like shelves, but fold in the center. This helps conserve space while securing important items. Some feature locks for added security.

Paper Storage - Store construction paper, posters, maps and more in paper storage. Shallow cubbies and shelves are the perfect size for sheets of paper large or small.

Storage Units, Caddies, Racks & more - We carry a wide array of storage including wooden storage units, bin cubbies, storage racks, utility carts and more. Much of this miscellaneous storage features great-looking, durable wood construction.


Hardwood - Solid hardwood is durable and looks great. You'll find classroom storage with hardwood construction available in a number of attractive finishes.

Melamine - Melamine is a form of high-pressure laminate used together with particleboard to produce durable yet inexpensive furniture. Melamine resists stains, cleans easily and has some resistance to heat and pressure.

Plastic - Plastic comes in many forms including polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, and more. Plastic is durable while remaining lightweight. Many of the bins sold with our storage feature plastic construction.

Plywood - Plywood or particleboard uses chunks of hardwood and adhesive to form a strong, flexible building material. Many of the storage units sold here feature plywood construction. Most plywood also features a laminate coating to increase durability and prevent stains. Many laminates have finishes that look like natural hardwood.

Recycled Wood Fiber - Similar to plywood, recycled wood fiber adheres chunks of recycled wood and paper to other pieces, forming a strong building material. Laminates are used to make this material more durable and to provide a smooth, attractive surface.


Backing – Single-sided storage units sometimes offer different backing options. Pegboard or plywood backing is usually standard. Dry erase, flannel or chalkboard backing is available for an additional charge, and all allow you to use the back side as an easel.

Casters - If you frequently rearrange classrooms or move storage units around your school, choose one with casters. It's difficult to find large storage units on wheels since they may be too heavy, but smaller units are lightweight and easy to push around.

Shop our selection of preschool storage. If you have questions, feel free to call 1-800-260-2776. A member of our friendly sales team is happy to help you find what you need or take your order by phone.

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