The Best Place to Buy KALLAX Storage Cubes Isn’t IKEA

updated Dec 19, 2023
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IKEA’s KALLAX line is a home storage staple, relied upon for organizing everything from kids’ toys and craft supplies to paperwork, socks, and unmentionables. The Swedish retailer obviously offers a range of compatible storage bins — 30-plus baskets, boxes, and organizers, to be exact — but these 14 alternatives will take you beyond the walls of IKEA. Spoiler alert: The bins designed for kids might be the most covetable.

Before you get shopping, it’s important to keep in mind that the openings of the KALLAX shelving units are 13″ wide x 13″ high (and 15 3/8″ deep). Some of our chosen boxes fit those dimensions exactly, while the rest give you a little wiggle room in one or more directions. Whether you’re looking for canvas, felt, wood, or rattan, we rounded up 14 chic options perfect for outfitting your cubbies.

Have a storage cube source we missed? Let us know your favorite places to pick up KALLAX storage in the comments below!

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For an affordable set of storage bins that perfectly fit the KALLAX, try this cube organizer. It comes in a set of six and neutrals like black, beige, and gray or opt for something more colorful like red. Not only are the bins collapsible (great for storing away!), but they also have a sewn-in handle.

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Love the charm of a rustic look? This classic wood crate is part decor accent, part storage bin. While perfect for year-round use, we love the farmhouse vibes this crate evokes, as well as the unfinished hue which also allows for a personalized staining.

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Love the shape of a milk crate but looking for something to match your coastal decor? QVC's Ornavo wicker baskets meet both criteria with ease. Made from paper rope, these bins are not only easy on the eyes, but they're also the definition of functional thanks to integrated handles and a sturdy metal frame.

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For a glam look, Neat Method's brass wire storage bin is a must. Available in four colors, it comes equipped with a removable acacia wood insert to keep smaller bits and bobs from sneaking out of the bottom, along with foam pads on the feet to protect your KALLAX's surface.

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Five Below

This classic canvas bin from Five Below has a quiet sophistication that will make your IKEA shelving look timeless (and function at its best). The durable exterior can be easily wiped clean (great if you're storing craft supplies!) and this under $6 bin (really!) will fit snuggly into the squares without much wiggle room.

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The Container Store

Handmade from delicate water hyacinth fronds and complete with integrated handles, these cubes from the Container Store add the perfect touch of texture to your space. To really take your organizational efforts up a notch, pick up a set of the matching clip label holders so you can easily discern what is in each bin. You'll be channeling The Home Edit in no time.

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Parents love the Kallax for stylish storage for kids, and we can guarantee your little ones will love these cheery patterned cubes from H&M. Bright, colorful, and fun, they're perfect for mixing and matching for a fun design you'll both love. Bonus: the soft sides are a bit more forgiving, so your kiddos can pack them full of weirdly sized toys or books without running out of room.

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In the market for customized inserts? These wooden storage bins come tailored-made for the Kallax and are available in 14 gorgeous hues ranging from juicy orange to relaxing blue. The best part? They're lined with felt at the bottom so you won't have to worry about any unfortunate furniture scratches.

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Anyone with cats knows they love to curl up in tight spaces. You may have even found your cat lounging once or twice in your Kallax. Make the space extra cozy for them with this handcrafted felt cube. It's the perfect place for a cat nap — or just a spot to stash their toys.

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Add a nautical touch to your Kallax with this collapsible set from Bidtakay. Made with a durable cotton jute canvas, linen lining, and a thick rope handle, you'll love the special touch it brings to your space. The best part? It comes in nine versatile colors.

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There's a lot to love about this four-pack storage bin set from Decomomo. Made with a thick, easy-to-clean EVA fabric, the comfort-grip leather handle of these cubes adds charm while also boosting functionality — especially for the littlest of hands.

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While many opt for a neutral option, we love the idea of a fun patterned bin, like this Max Houser pick. Featuring a blue floral appter, it also comes in a set of four and has a built-in label slot.

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Fabric cubes are one of the most popular choices when it comes to decking out the Kallax. Available in 19 colors and patterns, this affordable, basic bin from Target immediately dresses up the piece while providing the perfect amount of storage for any need.

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West Elm

West Elm's Folden Lane baskets help you keep everything from small bits and bobs to extra linens organized. While an investment, the thoughtful construction is worth it — the exterior consists of vegan leather and the lining is microfiber. The storage bins can be purchased individually or as a set of three or six. Though they come in a variety of sizes, the medium cube at 12.5 inches on all sides works the best with a KALLAX unit. Also, the bins include a pair of dividers to organize the interior space.