If you’re finally ready to tidy things up around the house, we’re here to suggest you embrace all things squarely in the process.
And by squares we mean cubes and cubes.
These square storage units fit neatly against walls and in corners – and they stack well too, meaning you can store more clothes and art supplies while maximizing your space.
Storage cubes are easy to use as they often nest together, they can shape a closet or garage, they slip under beds, and they fit inside cabinets, notes Kymberlyn Lacy, from International Flair Designs. Lacy uses her lockers to store sheets, laundry items, soaps, handkerchiefs and paper towels.
“Cubes have the added benefit of leaving the items accessible but also hidden enough so that people cannot see what is stored inside,” adds Marty Basher, an expert in home design and organization with Modular Closets.
If you like squares, you are not alone. Here are 10 lockers and cubes for all your home storage needs.
It’s so adorable, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to put inside. Hang this cute set of lockers in your hallway to store keys and mail, or place it in the kitchen – each box is the perfect size to hold coffee mugs or spice jars.
It’s available in a natural wood finish or in the gray shade shown ($ 159, Pottery Barn).
A combination of cubes and a bench means that not only do you have storage space for all kinds of shoes, but you also have a place to put on your boots. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture that will fill a space in a home, nursery or garage ($ 135, target).
You’ll need to build this set of cubes, but for the price, and with the choice of three wood veneers, it’s a pretty good deal ($ 230, Target). Since it’s only 13 inches deep, this slim pick can work in small spaces like a hallway or dressing room.
Wine racks are fine, but they sometimes feel less than sturdy. The solution: a sturdy wooden box that will never tip over. Get one, then get another to stack ($ 102, Wayfair).
A bathroom with limited drawer space greatly benefits from cubed storage, says Basher ($ 261, Wayfair). Or try it in your pantry or home office.
This sturdy wire option reveals four locations for cans and cereal boxes, or for work supplies, like your printer, paper, and files. The wooden mattress topper makes it an ideal piece for a fireplace (just add a dish for keys and change).
“Build your own end table or bedside table from storage cubes, and you’ll have a tidy space for a lamp and an alarm clock, and you can decorate the interior with favorite picture frames or books,” suggests Basher.
Otherwise, consider this rustic find, perfect for a journal and handkerchiefs ($ 50, Wayfair).
12 cube organizer
Basher loves the versatility of this set – it’s available in a variety of colors and sizes – and he points out that you can place it in a closet, bedroom, playroom, living room, or office ($ 70, Amazon ). This kit comes with an iron frame, small steel bars, and all the fabric you need to build 12 lockers quickly and without tools.
This adorable neon number is perfect for a girl’s room.
“The recycling panel is environmentally friendly and non-toxic, and it requires no tools to assemble it,” notes Basher.
The best part is you can decide on your own design (try an L shape or pyramid) and mix and match with other colors ($ 20 each, Target). For example, one cube can serve as a bedside table and several others can become a storage space for clothes or a place for books.
Cubes with hooks
Cubes inside the front door are fine, but when you add a few hooks underneath you get double the storage space ($ 91, Amazon). Lock up the dog’s leash, along with gloves and hats, then hang jackets and scarves underneath. You’ll be out of the gate in no time.
If you already have lockers or a set of shelves, try these collapsible canvas containers to hold stuffed animals, board games, or the 10 million Legos littering the living room ($ 22 overall, Amazon) .
Line them up in your child’s closet or store them in a bookcase for cute rainbow storage and pops of color in the playroom.
“When my kids were younger, I kept cubes with their names on them in the locker room, with everything they needed organized before we had to leave the house,” says Lacy.