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Transforming And Elevating The Storage Cube

Storage Cubes

Have you noticed that storage cubes are EVERYWHERE lately? You can find them at IKEA, Target, Walmart, and you might even have one or two in your own house. There’s a reason we love them – they’re so versatile! It’s one piece of furniture that can serve a million purposes, whether it’s next to the desk in your office, or a bookshelf, or even a side table.

And the fun doesn’t stop there! I’ve been discovering more and more clever ways to transform storage cubes into custom furniture to fit your needs.

Storage Cubes

Britta writes…..

I’ve had this 2×2 storage cube from IKEA for a couple of years now, and it has always served as both a stand for our record player, and a place to store our record collection. However, we recently got a new, slightly bigger record player, and we were no longer able to fit both the player and our audio receiver on top, like we had been.

A few days ago I had a sudden flash of inspiration – what if I took one of the dividers out of the top row of the storage cube? Then we could put the record player on top, the receiver in the new expanded area, and then our records in the bottom cubes. I also thought I’d spruce it up a bit with some paint, and install some legs!

Transforming and Elevating Storage Cubes

I started by unscrewing the top of the storage cube, and pulling out the divider that I didn’t want anymore. However, there were a few dowels at the connection point that I realized were holding the bottom divider in place as well. So rather than pull those out and risk the whole thing falling apart, I cut them instead. I used a rubber mallet to sink the dowels in as far as they would go, then I used a knife to cut the dowels so they were level with the surface of the shelf. I sanded them a little to make sure they were smooth and as inconspicuous as possible, then I put the top back on and screwed it down.

Next came the paint. I chose a quart of BEHR Marquee paint in a light gray color called Tin Foil. After putting on a quick coat of my favorite Zinnser primer (the same one I raved about in my post about updating laminate furniture), I used a roller brush to apply the paint to my storage cube. Just for the record, the BEHR Marquee paint covered the primer so well, I didn’t even need a second coat, just a couple of touch ups here and there!

Transforming and Elevating Storage Cubes

I knew I wanted the legs to be a different, bright color, so I also purchased a small, 8 ounce sample of the BEHR Marquee paint in a bright green called Rockwall Vine. I love that most home improvement stores now offer small paint samples, because they’re perfect for smaller projects like this! The only drawback of samples is they generally only come in one finish, so if you are looking for a glossier look, you’ll probably have to commit to at least a quart of paint.

The most surprising part of this process, for me, was how easy it was to install the legs onto my storage cube! I bought four 6-inch furniture legs at Home Depot, as well as four sets of the plates they attach to. All I had to do was position the plates on the 4 corners of the bottom of my storage cube, use my power drill to screw the plates down, then screw the legs I had painted into each of the plates. The whole process took me maybe ten minutes!

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I am so happy with how my storage cube transformation turned out. It has totally brightened up that corner of our living room, and it looks so much more put together now that the audio receiver fits into it comfortable, rather than being perched precariously on one of the speakers. My only regret is that I didn’t do it a long time ago! :-)

Britta’s project is only the tip of the iceberg.

There are so many great project ideas out there for transforming storage cubes! Here are a few of my favorites, which will hopefully inspire you and your own creations!

Storage Cubes


This one isn’t so much a transformation as it is just a clever way to use a storage cube. I never would have thought to use one as a night stand, but I am loving how it looks in this room. There’s room to store jewelry, books, slippers, and all the other things that tend to pile up near the bed.

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Laundry Room Storage

Kim from Six2Eleven used a storage cube to create more storage in her laundry room, as well as a tabletop surface for folding clothes. So smart!

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Moveable Craft Table

Family Handyman used three 2×2 storage cubes to create an incredible rolling craft table. Not only does it have a big work surface, but you can also keep your crafting supplies right where you need them!

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Easy Dollhouse

Storage cubes aren’t just for adults! Land of Nod shared a genius idea for using a simple storage cube as a dollhouse for your little ones. Simply back each cube with a different fabric or paper, and the cubes are ready to be filled with all the dollhouse essentials.

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Changing Table

John at Young House Love shared how he spruced up a storage cube bookshelf by wrapping it in stained wood, which I think looks gorgeous! They use it as a changing table in their nursery, perfect for storing diapers, wipes, and more.

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Mid-Century Modern Sideboard

If you have a specific style in mind, storage cubes can help out there, too. IKEA Hackers shared a great transformation, turning a plain storage cube shelf into a beautiful and functional sideboard, with tons of mid-century modern style.

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Play Store

So You Think You Can Craft creates the perfect little play area in her basement. A fabric canopy made out of PVC pipe built over storage cubes, provide lots of shelving for this adorable play store. Endless hours of imaginative fun!

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Add legs to standard storage cube (you could even add some wine glass hooks) and you have a DIY Bar. Great way to display pretty stemware by The Every Girl.

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Playroom Storage

Storage cubes topped with a custom cushion makes for beautiful playroom storage found on Etsy.

How do you use storage cubes in your home?

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Stack your cubbies for even more storage!

In case you haven’t noticed I have a teeny tiny obsession with cubby storage.  I just love everything about it.  I love the perfectly aligned squares with the fabric bins that come in so many different colors and offer such a wonderfully uncluttered appearance.  I love that everything gets hidden away but can be clearly labeled if needed so you know what’s inside.

Hmmm, which one of those bins is not like the other? 🙂

What I’ve not ever considered before though (and I have no idea why considering they are sold as a stackable item), is one other stunning possibility.  Going vertical with them like my girlfriend did with hers here below by stacking one on  top of the other.

Now that’s brilliant!

This idea is perfect for older kids or teens especially in a small space since it practically doubles your storage without taking up any additional space.  Hola!  (please don’t forget to secure to the wall if you have younger children)

I also love that you can now purchase doors (sold separately) for the fronts of your cubbies if you prefer to mix it up a bit.  So many possibilities!

The cubby organizers are sold at most large department stores including Walmart, Target, Home Hardware, Canadian Tire and even Amazon.

Are you a cubby storage fan as well? I want to know about it!  And if you’ve ever blogged about your beautiful cubbies, please by all means leave the link for me in the comments because I’m coming on over to drool…a lot!

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    DIY Cube Organizer Shelf- IKEA Kallax Knock Off

    I love the Kallax line at IKEA.  Seriously love it.  My whole craft room is full of the cube organizers.  I just love the look of them but also how functional they are.  They can hold a ton of stuff and they look good too.  Really they are so great.  We are redoing our loft area and we needed a piece of furniture that was short enough that would fit under the TV’s (there are going to be more than one once we get it all done) but functional enough that it would hold all of our gaming consoles and controllers and electronics.  I immediately knew that I wanted to some kind of cube organizer but when I was looking into buying one, I could only find ones that were 4 cubes long and I wanted at least 6 cubes.  I thought about buying two 3 cube shelves and building a top for it to make it look like one big piece but I figured if I was going to be building a top, I might as well build the whole thing.  I’m so glad that we decided to make it because then we could make it exactly how we wanted and make it fit our space perfectly.  We ended up with 7 cubes in it and I love how it looks in my loft area.

    This is how we made it:

    We headed to home depot and picked up the wood.  We ended up going with the melamine boardthat was 15 3/4 inches wide and 97″ long.  In order to get the 7 cubes in it, we had to have 97″ and since the fabric cube organizers are 15″ deep, we needed it to be at least 15 inches.  So really, this board was perfect for what we were making.  We bought 4 of these boards, two for the top and then two for the shelves.

    Using our table saw, we cut the boards.  For the cube pieces, we cut the boards to be 15 3/4″ x 15 3/4″.  We cut 8 of them.  The top and bottom pieces of the shelves, we didn’t cut at all.

    Once all the inside pieces were cut, we started assembling the cube organizer.  Using a 1/2″ hole drill bit, we drilled a hole into the bottom piece of the shelf.  Then we aligned the side piece up and drilled a little hole through the two pieces using a drill bit.  Then using a 2 inch screw, we screwed the pieces together.

    In order to fit the fabric cube organizer, the sections have to be 13″ apart (the containers are 12.75″).  We marked the 13″ from the side board and worked our way to the center.  We would drill the hole and screw the piece together on one side and then flip the whole thing over and screw in the other side before moving to the next piece.

    Here are all of the pieces screwed in.  The 97″ board fit 7 cubes perfectly.  Each cube is 13″ and there are 7 of them so 13″ x 7 = 91″.  Then the board are 3/4″ inches thick and there are 8 of them, so 3/4″ x 8 = 6″.  Add those two together, 91″ + 6″ = 97″.  Now it works out perfectly, but because there isn’t much room for error, the sections that we built the shelf in the middle of it, we actually made them 12.75″, just in case there were some problems in the middle.  Since they didn’t have the containers in them, they didn’t have to be 13″ wide.

    Next we put on the other piece of the shelf and screwed it in.  We started from the outsides, got sides screwed in and then screwed in the middle pieces.

    Here it is all put together :).

    We wanted to added a little bit more flare, so we added a 1/3 piece of trim to the top.  We just nailed it onto the top piece.  ***This is just for looks, if you don’t want to add the trim, you don’t have to.  Instead of cutting the pieces 15 3/4″ x 15 3/4″, you would cut them 13 1/2″ x 15 3/4″.  The shelf would 13 1/2″ high instead of 15 3/4″ high.***

    Two of the cubes we made shelves for consoles.  We just drilled holes and added shelf pegs.  These pieces were cut to fit the cube, so they are 12 3/4″ x 15 3/4″.

    Once everything was built, we used wood filler to cover up all the holes.

    Once the wood filler was dry, I sanded it down and then wiped the whole shelf down and then painted it.

    And that’s it! I added some storage bins that I got form Walmart (the ones from Ikea would fit too).  The middle cube we put in an insert instead of building one.

    I love it so much!

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    Shelf two cube

    Cube storage is so popular because it’s efficient and modern. Used in every room it can hold everything from books to kid’s toys. Though simple, storage cubes come in a variety of materials and designs offering various options for your interior. Modular cubes allow for more flexibility when it comes to growing storage demands. And clear display boxes provided with a practical yet beautiful way to show off your precious collectibles.

    Cube Nightstands

    Cube nighstand 25 Creative Ways to Use Cube Storage in Decor

    Storage cubes are versatile, so you can use them in place of many other furnishings like nightstands. Cubes are better than those regular nightstands because they don’t look as bulky. You can display accessories or books all the while hiding extra blankets and sheets inside the storage baskets.

    A DIY by The Every Girl uses Ikea’s Kallax shelf as a glamorous nightstand. And it fits seamlessly into the white modern bedroom thanks to its smooth and streamlined design.

    Teen girl bedroom 25 Creative Ways to Use Cube Storage in Decor

    House of Rose used the cubby shelving from Target to create a nightstand for this adorable teen girl’s bedroom. Outfitted with two grey bins and wire baskets the nightstand provides with display and hidden storage options.

    Anything can go on top of a cubby from a night lamp to reading glasses. Here Mandy of House of Rose used decorative letters to spell the appropriate Dream and Pretty Little Things.

    Cubes for Kid’s Storage

    Nursery cube storage

    This nursery by Sissy and Marley makes use of the cubby shelving for storing all the little things a newborn may require. Striped bins offer a neater, cleaner way to organize storage as well as provide a contrasting pattern to the star spangled wallpaper.

    Bins and storage boxes can always be replaced with ornamental accessory bowls, display boxes and objects, which will give your storage a more decorated look.

    Cube storage in kid's room

    Leclair Decor also makes a case for cube storage in a kid’s room. It looks neat and highly organized and seems like it has a huge storage capacity.

    Bright plastic bins act as accents and correspond with the room’s color scheme. They can also be signed for easier organization and access to the toys, books, or drawing supplies.

    IKEA Kallax Shelving

    Big cube storage doesn’t have to be limited to the kid’s room only. The Graceful Welding used a 5×5 Kallax shelf from IKEA to organize an office closet. As you can see it’s a pretty cool way to also display family photos and trinkets.

    Besides the weaved storage baskets they used kraft paper magazine holders and accessory dishes to keep the closet well-organized.

    Cube Storage Home Bar

    Stephanie Scholl's Raleigh, NC Apartment

    Organizing a home bar is a challenging task. You need quite a bit of space and custom furnishings. Or do you?

    This Raleigh apartment features an Ikea shelving unit turned into a home bar. Filled with glasses, plates, and bottles the cubby makes for a nice entertainment corner.

    Cube storage bar

    It’s a great way to fit a home bar or coffee station into a small apartment. Treat it as a console and place it along the wall where it will not obstruct any pathways.

    A few candleholders, vases, or planters should be enough to add a bit of flair to it and a mirror or an artwork should complete the arrangement.

    Cube Storage For Every Room

    Cube storage divider

    As if to prove that the cube shelving can be used for virtually anything Marta of Sweet Harmonie has created a room divider out of one. Sweet little thing separates living and dining areas from the rest of the room creating a more intimate atmosphere.

    Here the shelves aren’t used to the fullest, but this is what gives them such an airy look. Besides, the bottom shelves with storage drawers seem to be enough to store some books or utensils.

    Mixxit Storage Cube Furniture

    A small cubby also makes for a great TV cabinet. Fill it with bins for a more organized look or leave the shelves open; it’s incredibly functional.

    Modular cubbies can provide even more storage space and, moreover, arranged in many interesting ways to create an entire entertainment center.

    Verner Panton Wire Shelving Montana Cube-Shelf

    As an alternative you could use some wire storage cubes if you’re after a more utilitarian look. If not, though, here is a wire shelving by Verner Panton that looks as exquisite as wire can get.

    First created in 1955 the wire shelving design still looks modern. Staying true to the original design specifications it can be stacked and rearranged in a variety of ways to fit with your interior and needs.

    Cool cube storage idea

    Not all storage cubes are plain white. Some designs are eye-catchy and even come with their own flair. These rather retro-looking perforated cubes are full of detail.

    Some feature wooden legs and can be used separately. Others can be stacked as in case with the modular cubes. And their colors offer great dynamic and flexibility when it comes to decor.

    Office Cube Storage

    Fairphone's Amsterdam Office shelves

    Customized cube storage is never boring either. Melinda Delst Interior Design and Studio Modderman worked together on Fairphone’s head office design and came up with a cube shelf idea for the kitchen.

    Framed in steel these wooden cubes are housing tableware, some products as well as small decorative plants. What a neat alternative to the tired kitchen cabinets!

    Modern office storage

    Where do you need efficient storage the most? Why, a home office, of course! Cubby shelving takes up little space, but offers a splendid way of organizing your reading material, office documentation, and even crafting supplies.

    In this modern office the checkered cubby shelving creates an interesting dynamic. Its glossy doors are disguising half of the library amplifying natural light from the window. And the open shelves show only the of your choosing.

    Home office storage

    Cube storage in a crafting room, what can be better? Stowing all the little crafting supplies in storage baskets keeps the room neat and clutter-free.

    Cubbies are great at dividing supplies by categories or need, which helps immensely with space-management and organization.

    Home Library Cube Storage

    IKEA hack shelving

    It’s not hard to see why Ikea’s Kallax shelving is so popular. Look at how these stacked units create an impressive library/display in an entrepreneur couple’s San Francisco home.

    The floor-to-ceiling shelving was safely fixed to both the ceiling and floors and each unit was bolted together. Achieved on a budget the result looks luxurious and expensive.

    Readyourbookcase by Saporiti

    Read Your Bookcase is one of those designs that stirred up the net back when it just came out. And you probably can see why. Spelling its very name the bookcase comes with 16 cubic shelves that allow for flexible book storage.

    Even when it’s filled up to the brim you can spell out each and every word. No more plain book arrangements there.

    Lago Sistema Net by Mobil House

    Lago Sistema Net is another way to create a home library. These modular cubes come in a succession of lines with the occasional openings that make for an airy look.

    Use it as a room divider or create a reading nook by arranging the cubes in a semi-circle. Possibilities are endless in terms of both size and arrangements.

    Cube Shelves

    DIY cube shelves

    Cube shelves are equally useful and versatile. These can be used in virtually any room from kitchen to hallway. These easy DIY cubbies were made for the bathroom.

    Their L-shape ensures a neat intriguing look and decorative display objects help jazz up the entire room.

    Modular Corner Cube Wall Shelf

    Modular cube shelves are an even better idea. These can fill up an awkward corner going all the way up in alternating patterns. Made from stackable differently sized cubes the system can be rearranged on a whim.

    It can be used as floor shelving or a wall unit. Available in six different colors the shelf looks like it’d make a great addition to the kid’s or teen’s room.

    Cube Storage for Kitchen & Bath

    Kitchen storage


    Cubby wall shelving seems like a perfect fit for a kitchen. Glasses go into one cube, a serving dish into another and so every tableware item has its own special place.

    Besides you can show off your china and crystal flatware on those open shelves. And if you would like to hide a thing or two a bin or a basket is always an option.

    Kitchen cube storage

    Open shelving is a tricky design solution. On one hand you get to display utensils, but on the other it may get messy very quickly and there is no way to hide it until you have time to clean and organize the contents again.

    Before choosing cube storage for kitchen be sure you can keep the order on the shelves at all times.

    Bathroom cube storage

    A cubby in a bathroom is a space-saver. It’s also easy to organize all those little things in a cube storage. Here is a great DIY shelving that separates first aid kit from the towels and toilet paper.

    The idea of the project was also to give the guests an idea what’s lies in each bin and where they can find what they need.

    Display Storage Boxes

    Acrylic display boxes

    Display storage boxes are more decorative than functional, but they can often be both. For instance, these wall-mounted acrylic display boxes are used to organize kid’s things and toys in a sophisticated way.

    Such boxes can also store a figurine collection or some art objects. It’s a great way to create wall art all the while storing sensitive things that you wouldn’t want to toss in a drawer.

    Kartell plastic cubes

    Kartell’s textured plastic cubes are attractive and colorful. And since they are equally functional and decorative they can hold anything from shoes to antique collectibles.

    Different colors are also helpful if you want to add an accent to the interior. Many a time storage cubes aren’t meant for making a statement in decor, but these were designed to attract attention.

    Glass wall shelves

    Pappus Square Wall Display are the glass wall shelves you can also use as decor elements for your desk, nightstand, or side table. Use them to display your favorite plants or store jewelry and accessories. This is a great way to get rid of clutter and make every little thing work for your decor.

    Probably the most important thing about cubby shelving is that it’s very affordable. The shelf itself will probably run you less than $100 and storage bins and drawers won’t mount up to even $50. Cease this decor opportunity to organize your space and create all those things you’ve always wanted like a home bar or a library.

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