From Compost to Chickens: 18 Ideas for Using the IKEA Trofast at Home

From Compost to Chickens: 18 Ideas for Using the IKEA Trofast at Home

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Carrie McBride
Sep 11, 2015
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IKEA's Trofast system is a storage workhorse and a very popular item for children's spaces. In fact, we found 20 different ways to use the Trofast for kids. With its colorful, plastic bins, it does read a bit juvenile, but don't let this stop you from using it at home. The key is to use it in parts of your home that are dedicated to utility. True, it's not going to win a beauty prize, but it gets a big gold star for function.

As a clothes/accessories catchall in your walk-in closet (or use a small one in a regular size closet)


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As a mudroom bench with storage beneath for hats, scarves, and shoes


Kathy Waskowska via Pinterest
(Image credit: Kathy Waskowska via Pinterest)

Or, used without the bins to create an affordable bench with more attractive storage


See more: IKEA Hackers
(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

As a colorful outdoor container garden using the bins alone


Architect Antonio Scarponi designed a hydroponic gardening system, called Eliooo, for the home using Trofast containers and wrote an instruction book to do it yourself.
(Image credit: Eliooo)

Or, used indoors as a hydroponic garden


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(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

As inexpensive kitchen storage bins sans frame (the bins are $2-5/each)


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As seating for casual dining


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(Image credit: India Ink)

As a "lazy man's worm bin" for composting


See more: Retro Renovation
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In the garage to organize tools and supplies


A family home in Portugal on IKEA Family Live via Saffron & Silk
(Image credit: IKEA Family Live via Silk & Saffron)

As hallway storage with an added top for display


See more: IKEA Hackers
(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

As extra storage under a sofa


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To corral a collection of craft supplies


See more: A quilter's garage on Atwater Village Newbie
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To store a collection of fabric


Source: Liz McGillicuddy on Pinterest
(Image credit: Liz McGillicuddy via Pinterest)

As pantry storage with helpful labels


As a recycling station


See more: To catch kitchen scraps at vtwonen (left) | For sewing supplies at Stop Staring and Start Sewing (right)
(Image credit: Carrie McBride)

As supplemental storage under a table


(Image credit: Nicolle's Originals)

As a cat's litter box (here hidden inside a bathroom vanity)


See more: IKEA Hackers
(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

As a chicken nest


Let us know how you use the Trofast at home!

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