Is your playroom getting over-run with boys dress up clothes, accessories, hats, and the like? Perhaps it’s time to invest in a boys dress up trunk. Trunks are great for quick clean-ups, aren’t they? Just dump, toss, and stuff everything in, close the lid, and voila! Done. So easy that your little guy has no excuse to NOT be able to help dump everything in it, right? 😉
What kinds of dress up trunks are there out there that are “just” for boys though? This page is dedicated to showing you 3 different yet popular boys dress up trunk styles. I’ll talk a bit about each, and show you some different highly-reviewed ones in each category.
Big and Solid
The most important feature for a good dress up trunk, I think, is that it is BIG. Why? Because big chests simply can hold a LOT of stuff. Dress up gear tends to accumulate as your kids age. They add dress up hats for kids, swords, belts, capes, superhero costumes, boots, animal costumes, role-play gear… and very quickly a small box is filled to overflowing, and your play room is never quite completely clean.
Big dress up trunks are usually also SOLID. Solid enough for your little monkey to climb on. I think most kids are alike in that when they see something with a lid, they want to stand on it, jump off it, and generally, play on top of it… am I right? 😉
So, where can you get a good, solid trunk for your boy’s dress up gear? Well, it depends on your price, or what style you’re ideally looking for. Check out your local thrift stores, Craigslist, garage sales… you might find a solid wood piece that you can re-stain or paint as you desire. Or, check out furniture stores if your budget will allow it.
Here are 2 very different yet popular Big & Solid boys dress up trunks that are both available on Amazon.com.
First is the KidKraft Austin Toy Box, in Blueberry (7 other colors available). It has a 4.2/5 star rating from 537 reviewers, which means that it is a well-built, well received item.
Cost: prices vary from between $60-90 depending on color, with shipping free.
This would be great addition to a bedroom or playroom, as it doubles as a bench for additional seating and would keep things nicely organized. It is large (30x18x19″), made from heavy-duty pressed wood, and has safety hinges on the lid to protect young fingers from being pinched.
The next one I want to feature is the Rhino Armor Dorm Trunk – size 35″ x 17″ x 17″, with wheels. It sells for $244.95, with free shipping from Amazon.com.
A Dorm Trunk is another Big and Solid boys dress up trunk. It’s often also called a footlocker or a storage trunk. There are many different sizes, colors, and styles available, they can come with locks or wheels, and can be made from metal, wood, or vinyl (or a combination of the three). The various features of each will determine the prices.
The Rhino Armor Dorm Trunk has nearly perfect reviews – the only “negative” review says it’s not great for travel as luggage as it’s really heavy duty. Which means great as a dress up storage solution and safe for wild play time, right? Rhino’s description says it can even be jumped on. Um… did they KNOW it’s what kids do or something? 🙂
Going with a dorm trunk is also rather practical, by the way… this style can grow with your boy, as it’s not childish or babyish. It’ll last your boy way beyond toddler-hood and boy-hood… it’ll be a chest that he can store stuff in for years to come, can use for going to camp, or to college even.
Click the link to check out several different examples of these heavy duty chests at Amazon.com: Dorm Trunks and Footlockers
Uniquely Styled Collapsible Toy Storage Box
The next type of boys dress up trunk we’ll take a look at here are collapsible toy storage boxes. Big “CON” here is that they often aren’t all that big… nor are they as sturdy as the wooden chests or dorm trunks, but they certainly have their appeal. And a big PRO is that they are significantly cheaper than something “heavy duty”.
Here are a few of my favorites.
One of the PROS about collapsible toy boxes that will appeal to many parents is that you can easily find a theme or character that your boy really loves. There are SO many different ones available! (My own little boy wouldn’t be so crazy about tractors, tigers, or Super-Hero yet, but man… he’s be SO excited to have a PAW Patrol or a Firetruck toy box!) I’d bet the little guy you’re thinking of has a few favorite themes, be they animals, vehicles, or TV cartoon characters. These kinds of toy boxes will definitely bring a smile to his face when he enters the playroom!
Dress Up Trunk with Accessories and/or Costumes Included
I’ve learned that often when people are searching for “Dress Up Trunk” on Google what they are actually looking for are trunks that come with dress up items INSIDE. Like, a nice box with a few outfits inside, or a set of hats or masks or the like. So, now we’ll look at these types of boys dress up trunks.
If you are looking to expand your little guy’s dress up collection quickly, especially if he doesn’t have much and you’re wanting to encourage creative play, this type of purchase is a smart one.
There are brands that are known for quality kids costumes and accessories – Melissa & Doug is one of them. Their kids dress up clothes, like their general toy line, are fantastic! Quality items, ones that will last even with heavy usage. And yes, they do have a few dress up trunks with a collection of items for sale.
Melissa & Doug Top This! Role Play Hats comes with a solid cardboard decorated storage trunk. Not huge, but any toy that comes with its own box for clean up is great. 😉 Selling for under $25 on Amazon.com with free shipping… not a bad deal at just over $4 per hat! And with an average review of 4.7/5 stars from the over 75 reviewers, you’ll know your little guy will be happy with them – and so will you.
So many boys right now are fascinated with the Avengers – the most powerful Super-Hero team ever! They would simply love receiving this collection of 3 hero costumes from Marvel’s Avengers Assemble: The Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America.
Each dress up kit includes 3 masks and 3 full body jumpsuits, and fits sizes 4-6X, and begins at just over $50 for the whole kit, including the cool looking trunk. Check it out here!
And there we have it! A look at some different types of boys dress up trunk and some appealing options! For more on this subject, read Dress Up Storage Ideas. Or, check out my review of the Guidecraft Dress Up Storage Center – it’s available not just in pink. 😉
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