Baby strollers have become must-have baby gear for many moms and dads today. But baby strollers can be tricky to store. To help you out, I have compiled a nice little list of 22 best ways to store a stroller.
There are many spaces inside and outside your home where you can keep your kiddo’s strollers when they’re not in use.
22 Places to Store a Baby Stroller When Not in Use
There’s at least 22 ways of storing a cleaned baby stroller when you’re not using it. Go through the stroller storage ideas below and see how many you can put to work to solve your pram or pushchair storage problems.
1. Use Your Building’s Storage Room
What do you do with your stroller if you live in a 450 sq. ft. apartment? If there’s a stroller storage room in your building, definitely wheel your stroller there. But shared storage may not be a viable solution if things have been known to disappear from time to time.
Also, if the stroller storage room isn’t on the same floor as your apartment, you won’t be able to use your stroller in the elevator or in the halls.
And if you’re an insanely busy parent, you won’t like the idea of getting out of the elevator and navigating through countless doors to access the shared storage.
What if the storage room of your building isn’t closed 80% of the time? You’ll have to store your tot’s stroller somewhere inside your apartment. If it’s small enough and folds up compactly, simply put it behind the front door.
2. Leave the Stroller Out On the Balcony
Many moms stand their stroller on the balcony, whether it’s small and foldable or massive and space-eating. But there’s one small problem with this stroller storage idea. You’ll have to wheel the stroller across the living room to the balcony.
But if you live in an area that rains loads in the spring and your stroller’s wheels get extremely muddy, that can be problematic. For everyone else, keeping the stroller out on the balcony should be a viable idea.
3. Store Your Stroller in the Garage
A garage is a great place to store bikes, lawnmowers, and garden tools, and there’s no reason you can’t use your garage as stroller storage.
To prevent corrosion of the metal components of the stroller (particularly those wheels) it’s recommended to keep your stroller in a cool, dry location. And not all garages are cool, dry places.
So, if your garage lacks proper heating, that can be a big problem. Because mold and mildew might grow on your tot’s stroller, and that can’t be a good thing.
If you store your stroller in the garage, be sure it’s sparkling clean and that there are no food crumbs in there. Mice love food crumbs, you know. And these little creatures love pooping on nice-looking objects like baby strollers!
But, how do you store a stroller in a garage?
The best way to store a stroller in the garage is to…
Screw Some “Ladder Hooks” into the Studs
I bet you’ve seen those large “ladder hooks” when strolling around Home Depot. They’re pretty inexpensive. I think my husband got them for $2 or somewhere near that.
I like being around my man when he’s in the garage cleaning his car. And I think he’s always in there admiring his car or whatever guys do in the garage every weekend. But I digress.
So, here’s what we did with the large hooks my husband bought from Home Depot. We screwed them nice and firm into the studs. We use the hooks to hold our bikes. But we also started using them as stroller storage.
And we’ve not seen any trace of mice droppings on our strollers. With your strollers high off the ground, mice are unlikely to reach them. Spiders, too, have a hard time accessing the strollers.
4. Turn a Wall into Stroller Storage
Using a good stroller wall hook, you can turn any wall into good stroller storage. That might be a basement wall, a garage wall, or anywhere else around the house. Using a wall hook like in the picture below, you can hang your s
5. Keep That Stroller in Your Coat Closet
You can keep your stroller in your coat closet if you have a large enough closet. Of course, you’re not going to roll your massive jogging stroller into the closet.
This limited space is for lightweight strollers that fold down to a pretty small size. If you have a foldable stroller that compacts to a reasonably small size, you can keep it in the closet. Be sure to clean the stroller thoroughly after putting it in there, though.
One thing I like about this idea is that you can easily access the contraption when heading out with your tot. Also, it’s unlikely that there’s too much moisture in the closet to rust the metal parts of your stroller.
6. Hang Your Baby’s Stroller from Ceiling Hooks
The design of the stroller frame will determine how it hangs on ceiling hooks. You can use a screw-in hook to hang a stroller from the ceiling.
Screw-in hooks require you to drill two holes in the ceiling. You need a hole at either end of your desired hanging point. That sounds like too much work already, right? But dangling it from the ceiling isn’t the only way to store a stroller.
You want to position these two holes slightly further apart than necessary. Because holes spaced further apart will give translate into increased support when hanging the stroller from both points.
7. Keep the Baby Stroller In Your Garden Shed
If you don’t any available room inside of your home, you can store your strollers outside. And your garden shed is one suitable place. Your kid-movers will stay out of sight and out of the way.
But if you live in a place that’s extremely wet and rainy, the garden shed may not be an ideal place for your baby movers. It’s possible that moisture/water will end up on your strollers. And damp spots are always a conducive environment for mold growth.
However, it all depends on how well-built the garden shed really is. If it’s built like a small real house out in the garden, it should shut the elements out.
8. Store Your Kiddo’s Stroller Under the Stairway
Creative moms and dads put the tricky triangle in their homes into all sorts of uses. From making it a bar, a pet’s house, or a cozy home office to a built-in bookcase, a tiny kid’s playroom, or a pet’s shelter, you can do loads with the space under the stairs.
What else can you do with that nook under the stairs? You can keep that big jogging stroller that won’t fit in any other space under the stairs. And you’ll love how accessible the stroller will be when you’re heading out to some destination with your little lovely baby.
9. Kee the Stroller in the Bike Storage Rack
Some parents find their bike rack a convenient option for storing a stroller/strollers as they have easy access to the stroller when needed.
There is typically enough clearance in most bike storage racks to hang a stroller. This is especially helpful when you need to easily access the stroller and cart a smaller child around the house. Or head out to the zoo or wherever.
You can hang a stroller in the bike storage rack with an auto-lock carabiner.
10. Use an All-weather Outdoor Stroller Tent
With a tent like the one below, you can keep your stroller outside if space is a problem inside your house. Bike owners use this sort of tent all the time, and you should be able to stash a stroller in it.
Be sure to choose an outdoor tent that won’t leak or get blown away by the wind. A good outdoor stroller tent can cost anywhere north of $100, though. And there’s no guarantee someone won’t sneak in and steal the stroller.
11. Save Space by Hanging Stroller By the Door
You can easily hang your stroller by the door, any door. Simply get a door hook and hang your baby’s wheeled carrier there. This could be your living room’s door, basement door, garage door, carport door, pretty much any door.
I like this stroller storage trick because it saves much-needed floor space while keeping the thing in a convenient location. You get to grab it on your way out without it being too much of a hassle.
There’s a downside to this idea, though. You’ll end up with scratches on your door over time. And if you hang strollers with dirty wheels on the door, it’ll get filthy dirty quickly.
12. Keep the Stroller in the Nursery
Clean your baby strollers and store them in the baby nursery. Clean strollers won’t spread germs inside your kiddo’s room. Plus, the stroller will always be ready for use when you need to step out for a quick stroll in the neighborhood.
It’ll probably take a little while before you need a full-sized bed for your little loved one. That means there’ll always be enough room for a cozy crib and a sanitized stroller to stand side by side.
13. Hide the Stroller in the Basement
Even if your stroller folds nice and compact, most strollers are an eyesore. In addition, this useful baby gear may get in the way of other things around the home especially if don’t have much space.
Being able to park a stroller out of sight when you don’t need would be nice. So, if you can’t or don’t want to keep the stroller anywhere else in the house, consider keeping it in the basement.
Most basements are spacious and there’s always room for stuff you no longer use. Or for things you want out of the way such as strollers.
But if your basement is too humid, find a way to bring the humidity down to a metal-safe number. Because exposing the stroller’s metal frame to too much moisture can cause rusting.
And rusty stroller frames don’t inspire too much confidence in caring parents. So, if you can’t control the humidity in the basement, you may want to keep your strollers elsewhere.
One disadvantage of storing a stroller in the basement is that carrying it in and out of the basement can be a pain. I’d not keep a heavy full-size stroller in the basement if I use it frequently.
But if you’re looking for a way to hide the stroller temporarily when friends come to visit with you, then that shouldn’t be too much work.
14. Put It in Your H0me’s Storage Area
Along with storing it in the basement, many parents put strollers in a dedicated storage space at home. If your regular home storage has enough room, definitely put your stroller there after cleaning it.
You can also keep the stroller in rented storage outside of the house. But no one ever rents space to store a stroller.
But are you always traveling somewhere outside of your daily commute on the weekend with your baby? If yes, then storing the stroller in external storage may be a good idea.
15. Tuck the Store in a Corner in Your Living Room
A good place to store your clean and disinfected baby stroller is in the living room away from prying eyes and out of the way.
Just fold the stroller nice and solid and tuck it in some corner where it won’t draw attention all the time.
Do not leave your tot’s stroller outside unattended. Because unattended valuable objects such as beautiful bikes and sturdy strollers sometimes disappear. Never to be seen ever again!
16. Choose a Compact Stroller That Folds Small
If you’ve not yet bought a stroller, consider choosing a compact option that folds considerably small. That’s a really good idea if you’re space-starved because you live a minimalistic lifestyle. But being compact shouldn’t be the only thing you should consider when buying.
We had a Peg Perego stroller, and this thing holds really, really small. Smaller than many strollers I’ve seen. We’d lean this stroller by our back door against a corner there. You couldn’t even notice it was there. And access was instant when we needed to head out.
17. Put Your Tike’s Stroller in a Corner Down the Hallway
Your stroller may be one of the most expensive pieces of baby gear items that you will ever buy for your child. That’s why you don’t want to lose it.
So, if you live in a small apartment, the hallway may be an opportunity to create more room for your strollers. But if your neighbors don’t look like folks you can trust, don’t leave your strollers out in the hallway.
Remember, a stray blow from a ball or toy can cause a permanent crack in the plastic and make it less safe. How do you make sure this doesn’t happen?
After use, fold and place the stroller in a corner along the hallway where it won’t get bumped into by anyone coming through. Almost, use a bike lock to secure the stroller while it’s out in the hallway.
18. Fit Your Cleaned Stroller in Your Car’s Trunk
Maybe keep-your-stroller-in-the-car’s-trunk should have been the first suggestion in this post. Because storing a stroller in the trunk of your car is probably the best and most convenient strategy. Just fold the thing and fit it in there.
I’m talking about the main trunk space here, by the way. If you’re wondering if you could cram a small stroller into the compartment under the trunk, the answer is it’s very hard.
Most lightweight travel strollers won’t fit in that small compartment. But you might be able to fit in a small umbrella stroller in there. How small?
If your umbrella stroller isn’t the fancy kind with cup holders and adjustable handles, that little space might be large enough for it. If your umbrella stroller is about 7 inches deep when folded, it’ll likely fit in there.
But I’m pretty certain you can fit the world’s most compact stroller in the compartment under your car’s trunk. I refer to the famously travel-friendly GB Pockit folding strollers. This extremely compact baby stroller could easily fit in a diaper bag.
As for the main trunk area, you can even store a double stroller in that space. But I doubt you’ll be able to carry anything else in the trunk with a double stroller packed in there. And if you have a jogging stroller, you may want to detach the front wheel to save space.
19. Shelter It In the Carport If That’s What You Have
Are you wondering what the difference is between a carport and a garage? A garage has 4 walls and a roof while a carport has 3 walls and one open side.
In terms of protection from harsh weather, a garage is the better option here. Well, you can park your car or stroller in a carport. But you’ll likely have the sun beating your stroller and car some of the time in the day. In that case, you shouldn’t leave your stroller in there the entire day because UV rays aren’t so kind on plastic components.
However, if your carport faces a direction that blocks the sun throughout the day, you can definitely put your stroller in there.
A friend recently bought a home that didn’t have a garage but had a carport. The carport faces North, and their home’s roof extends out some distance.
That means the sun’s rays never reach the car or baby stroller. Actually, my friend feels the carport never gets as hot as the garage in their old home sometimes did.
You may want to use a bike lock to secure your stroller while it’s in the carport, though.
20. Choose a Stroller With a Bassinet
Your little one won’t be a newborn or infant forever, but they will be for a period of time. If you choose a stroller with a bassinet, that’s a good idea. Especially if you’re facing space constraints in your home or apartment.
A stroller with a bassinet is a great stroller storage idea in the sense that it serves as a stroller during the daytime and converts to a cozy little bed at night.
21. Convert That Empty Space in Your Greenhouse into Stroller Storage
Maybe you live in the suburbs and have a greenhouse because you like growing your own food. But is every inch inside the greenhouse covered with crops? I bet there’s enough space inside to accommodate a stroller or even two.
But there might be a few spiders and other little bugs in there, and you don’t want them hiding in the nooks and crannies of your stroller.
22. Apartment Too Small? Use a Baby Carrier, Instead
Well, this isn’t a way or a place to store a pram. But if your apartment is too small and you can’t see how you’d squeeze a stroller of any size in there, don’t buy a stroller.
Instead, get your kiddo a nice safe baby carrier. A carrier won’t give you storage headaches, and you can get a decent carrier at a great price. And you won’t worry about stroller maintenance and buying replacement stroller parts.
Final Thoughts on Storing Strollers When Not in Use
There are many places in and outside the house where you can store your stroller when you’re not pushing your lovely tike around in it.
You can store your strollers in a well-heated garage, in the basement, under the stairway, or in a corner in the living room.
If the stroller folds small enough, you can lean it by the front or backdoor in a corner. Alternatively, store your stroller in the baby room or use a stroller with a bassinet.
Another idea would be to hang the strollers on a wall, from the ceiling, or wherever else you can. Finally, you can use a garden shed, an outdoor stroller tent, a bike rack, a closet, on the balcony, or out in the hallway.
Did we forget an idea you’ve used to store your strollers? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
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