We Just Found a Dupe of IKEA’s Popular Alex Drawer Chest — and It’s $50 Cheaper!

updated Jun 6, 2024
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I don’t know about you, but I’m always in need of extra storage. Maybe I have a shopping problem (or a hoarding problem), but my closets seem to get busier and busier no matter how much I throw out. Because of that, I’m always on the lookout for smart, space-saving, and reasonably priced storage solutions. I’ve had my eye on the IKEA ALEX drawers for a while since they’re all over my TikTok FYP, but when I came across Michaels’ Simply Tide Modular Mobile Chest, I thought, “Well, it’s similar and cheaper than the ALEX drawers — but $50 cheaper!”

So, what’s the difference between Michaels’ Simply Tide Mobile Chest and IKEA’s Alex Drawer Unit?

Not much, except that the ALEX drawers, which retail for $100, are probably slightly better quality and can hold a heftier amount. The ALEX drawers also come in more color options, while these only come in white. Overall, if you’re looking for storage for lightweight items like makeup or arts and crafts supplies, Michaels’ drawers at a discounted price are worth it (and cost less than the ALEX Drawers), especially if you plan on buying a few and stacking them. There’s so much you can do!

What is the Simply Tide Modular Mobile Chest?

At first glance, this Simply Tide Chest might appear like nothing more than a bunch of drawers on wheels, but the possibilities are endless. In terms of looks and mobility, it’s very similar to the IKEA ALEX drawer unit. It can be stacked and customized with other Simply Tide accessories (just like the ALEX drawer). Turn it into a desk, a larger chest, a tabletop with drawers, and more.

Measuring 16 x 16 x 26 inches, it comes with five pull-out drawers and caster wheels (two that lock). Assembly is required, but it’s pretty straightforward. Grab one, two, or even three to create a tabletop with tons of storage, use it as a nightstand, or tuck it under your vanity for makeup. The sky’s the limit!

Credit: Michaels

What Michaels’ Reviewers Are Saying

Average Rating: 4/5

“These chests are SUPER EASY to assemble despite the million pieces … they are incredibly sturdy and are FANTASTIC … I purchased two of them and would buy them again! Get them on sale … Full price is TOO expensive for what they are! I glued all screws and pieces together with all included hardware! I also added heavy-duty casters instead of cheap plastic wheels for easier rolling!” — Leah

“I love this cart so much, I bought four of them! I even use one with a half cube on top as my nightstand next to my bed. All the Simply Tidy modular pieces are so easy to put together, too! Five star for sure!” — Theresa

“This is the perfect stacked drawer system. Easy to assemble and looks great in an office, craft room, etc … This is my third purchase of this item.” — Just Jayne

This mobile chest is your go-to solution for keeping arts and crafts, office supplies, makeup, and more easily within reach. Thanks to smooth-rolling wheels, you can effortlessly move it from room to room and even slide it under your desk for extra storage. The possibilities are endless, and at $50 this deal is unbeatable. 

Buy: Simply Tide Modular Mobile Chest, $49.99 (originally $119.99)