When you’ve got stuff, it can seem like there’s no end to it, especially if you’re trying to keep things organized yet pretty. Maybe you’re a crafter with lots of yarn or Cricut supplies, or you’re a parent trying not to drown in a sea of Legos and stuffed animals. Either way, let’s be honest, big plastic storage bins in the middle of your living room is not a good look.
This is where cube storage steps in. Large or small, this geometric shelving is known for its versatile and symmetrical grid-like build of side-by-side and top-to-bottom cube cutouts. Each cube functions as a cubby for certain items, like crafts or books, while others can display photos or be filled with baskets or bins. Cube storage is not only useful, it’s a great look for any room of your home.
If cube storage sounds like something that will bring order to your chaos, here are 12 options to shop that we can’t get enough of.
1. Classic cube storage
This 2-by-3 cube bookcase is a more durable version of the cubes you likely bought for your kids’ playroom or your own dorm room. This bookcase can store far more than books and can be arranged vertically or horizontally, as well as combined with other cube units.
You can also place baskets or bins in some or all of the cubes to add pattern or dimension—not to mention additional storage—to the bookcase. This unit from Wayfair comes in four shades: white, weathered gray, dark chestnut, and black walnut.
2. Cube storage meets a mid-century modern vibe
This long bookshelf has eight large cubes—2 up by 4 down—and four slender metal legs that reviewers love, saying they “change the entire look” and make the shelf that much sturdier.
It’s a great option for displaying toys, books, movies, or storing gaming systems and a TV.
Each cube shelf can hold up to 30 pounds, and you can select from four neutral shades that will compliment any color scheme: espresso, rustic gray, vintage walnut, and white.
3. A system great for garages
Wire storage systems can be great for many purposes, but they work especially well for dirtier items, like those you may find in a storage shed or garage. You can store out-of-season boots and apparel, tools, sports equipment, and items that you don’t use weekly in this storage unit.
The best feature is that you can see all your items, so even if you fill each cube, you can still access your belongings right when you need them.
4. Industrial style by the bed or couch
Tiny but mighty, this two-cube shelf is fit for positioning beside a couch in a den or by your bedside. Made of industrial mesh in gunmetal or gold, this lightweight and compact piece adds a bit of style and pattern to any room, while also being durable and easy to look through to see what you have. The two open shelves are great for items you reach for regularly. You can use this rack as a side table, nightstand, pantry shelf, towel shelf, and more.
5. Just the right size for the nursery
While this 6-cube bookcase is made for a nursery or kid’s room, you don’t have to limit it to just that. If you do use the shelves in a children’s room, you can fit baskets in each cubby to hide less pleasant messes, like piles of Lego or stacks of onesies. It’s easy to convert to a bookshelf, toy shelf, or clothing storage, but the cube spaces also offer individual display locations perfect for photos, pottery, or fresh flowers.
6. Storage cubes you can move and fold
I swear by foldable storage cubes. You can store sweaters and scarves in a closet, food in a shared pantry, tools in the trunk of a car, gifts when traveling home for the holidays, and for random items like cords and chargers that don’t otherwise have a home.
They collapse into a flat square, making them nice and easy to store when not in use, and the only downside is that you can’t stack them well. But, they sure make a closet look more organized lined up side by side.
7. A step up to better storage
Instead of being shaped like a standard square or rectangular piece of furniture, this cube storage shelf looks like a set of stairs, starting with two cubbies, then three, then four. It features five open cubbies, two drawers, and three closed-door cabinets, making it ideal for media rooms, craft areas, or for those who have a variety of storage needs.
This storage unit is on the larger side and sticks out from the wall, but offers plenty of space to keep less aesthetic items out of sight.
8. Single and ready to mingle
If you’re a vinyl record collector, you’ll know that most record storage systems are built using cubes, because its shape makes displaying extensive collections of square records easy and accessible. This single cube shelf can store a budding vinyl collection and house a record player on top, or it can serve a totally different purpose: a nightstand, a side table in a living area, a place to store shoes and keys in the entryway. I could also see it working as a cozy hideaway for a furry friend!
9. Short and stout storage
You can use this solid wood 3-cube storage unit as a TV console or a bench—the possibilities are endless. You can also buy multiple units to stack to create a larger unit and you can add sliding doors for some enclosed storage.
This shelf pairs clean lines with warm wood. Each shelf can house up to 40 pounds of toys, books, and other junk.
10. Cubes you can see through
While the material and durability of the cube storage structure matters a lot, so does that of the cube itself. These clear PVC boxes make for transparent storage—great for pantries where you want to see what you have in order to take inventory and pack the right lunch. The bottom of each cube is reinforced and handles are part of the design, so you can pull these off the shelf to get what you need with ease.
11. Rattan says style matters
Rattan furniture has been having a moment. This simple, single rattan cube has an elevated style that makes it look like a chic decision and not just a storage solution. Use one as a transition bin where an item that doesn’t have a home once it is in use—like a blanket—finds a temporary place to call home before being washed or put away for real.
Use this bin for linens, board games, or recycling to keep style at the forefront of your aesthetic.
12. Cube storage that gives power to negative space
This tall, thin, minimal white shelving blends into the background of a room, allowing your objects to make a statement. You can change its purpose with each season: sometimes display chunky sweaters and textbooks and other times pots of plants and polaroids.
Not to mention, it makes an epic display for your five favorite pairs of shoes—if you can afford the space.
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