Best Bins and Boxes For Open Storage

Best Bins and Boxes For Open Storage

Laure Joliet
Apr 5, 2010

In a small apartment you're lucky to get one tiny closet (and if you've got any kind of linen closet, congratulations). Sure, you can purge all non essentials but that will only get you so far. For everything else, let pretty looking (and uniform!) boxes and bins help organize your things right out in the open.

This tip was inspired by Chez Larsson who urged us all to buy storage in bulk and all in the same color and style. This kind of visual repetition keeps the chaos factor at bay so that your beautiful things/artwork/collection of vases can stand out instead of having everything in the room fight for attention.

These are some of our favorite storage boxes and bins that look great stored out in the open and help corral would-be clutter:

Kassett Storage. One of our go-to's, this storage line from Ikea is the right price and generic enough to fade into the background. The trick is to stick to one color, even if you need to vary the shapes.

Bristol Storage Box. From the Container Store, this fabric lined box is a favorite of Sunset Magazine and adds a little luxe texture to a small space. On the pricier side, a set of three of these could be great in a small bathroom or in an entryway.

Recycled Wooden Boxes can be found cheaply at thrift stores and flea markets and with a stencil and spray paint can be labeled with a number or a tag to help you keep track of what has gone where.

DIY Cereal Box Bins. Upcycle your old cereal boxes into storage and save some cash. Cut apart old notecards, calendars and wrapping paper to design the outside or just use some regular butcher paper to keep it simple.

Feathergrain bins. These too are from the container store and we love that they're light while staying sturdy. The wood grain gives them some character without the pattern becoming overwhelming.

Reclaimed Teak Boxes. From Cost Plus (and on sale for under $8) are great for wrangling smaller objects by the bedside or in the entryway.

Rationnell Box. From Ikea, this long box is perfect for tucking on the floor underneath some shelves or using to wrangle shoes and bags in an entryway. Since it's raw wood it's easy to paint to match your existing storage.

Vintage Suitcases. Find them on ebay, the salvation army or a flea market. These finds can definitely do double duty and are a great storage solution complete with handle and lock.

Canvas Collapsible Boxes. From West Elm and on sale, these collapsible boxes can be brought out when you have more to store, and stored flat when you don't need them. We like the rich hues and texture.

What are your favorite storage bins and boxes?

(Images: Benita Larsson, Ikea, Container Store, Three Potato Four, Urban Nest, The Container Store, Cost Plus, Ikea, Ready Set Go, West Elm)

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