While the TROFAST is designed for toy storage, it isn’t shabby as storage in the living room or any other room for that matter. Get the right coloured bins to match your living room decor.
Alternatively, use a spray paint for plastic to get the colour you want. Changing to subtler, muted shades will drastically reduce the “for kids” vibe.
Or you can opt for the TROFAST shelves if bins still remind you too much of toy storage. Stain to enhance the wood grain. Not the step unit pictured below, but you get the idea. Makes a useful entryway unit, doesn’t it?
#4 Recycling station
I find the TROFAST bins perfect for storing recyclables.
#5 Rabbit hutch
Any small pets at home? Here is the TROFAST repurposed as a rabbit enclosure.
Now, if you have more than one TROFAST step unit, there are lots more you can do.
#6 Workbench for workshop or craft room
Push the short ends of the TROFAST units together and lay a kitchen countertop or desktop (eg. the LINNMON table top) on the units. And just like that you have a long 6.5 feet workbench. See it at work in a workshop.
The same concept also works brilliantly in the craft room. Like Pam’s beautifully organized craft station. Space the units apart if you need an even longer work top. (Be careful of the sag, though.)
This is almost Tetris like. The top 2 units are screwed together across the middle and have a long metal binding plate across the top to hold it up.
It may be sturdier to have all 4 units fastened to a plywood backing covering the entire structure. See details here.
Well, I hope the ideas above fired up a few thoughts for your TROFAST unit.
Let us know what you end up with.
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