i usually love ikea, but those lekman drawers are ugly.
February 4, 2008 6:53 AM   Subscribe

Help me find storage drawers for my Ikea bookshelf!

I have this Expedit bookshelf from Ikea. I set it up horizontally, and would like to get four containers for the bottom row. I don't like the plastic Lekman drawers that Ikea carries. Ideally, I'd get something like these green fabric cubes from Target, but they are one-inch too big. Where can I find 13" x 13" (or smaller) cubes/boxes/drawers/containers, in a non-clear material (bright colors desired, but optional), without spending more than $50?
posted by kidsleepy to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Check out ikeahacks.blogspot.com. These kinds of questions is what that site is for!

Recently, a hack featured on the site involved somebody taking the Lekman box and covering the front with old record album sleeves, giving them a whole new look. You could certainly do this with fabric, i would think. (Maybe cut foam core to size, cover with fabric, and then attach to the front of the lekman box?)
posted by Kololo at 6:57 AM on February 4, 2008

Kololo probably meant ikeahacker.blogspot.com.
posted by qvtqht at 7:11 AM on February 4, 2008

Milk crates are the right size.
posted by box at 7:24 AM on February 4, 2008

Have you tried The Container Store?
posted by HauteMama at 9:00 AM on February 4, 2008

Funny thing is that Ikea sells a different piece that has two wooden drawers that fits into the exact (as far as I could tell) space that the Expedit uses. It could just be a slide-in module, but it seems they're keeping it exclusive to the piece that I saw it in. Unfortunately I saw it in the store and can't find it on their website, but consider this to be proof that you don't have to use translucent plastic to get the functionality you deserve, but let's hope you don't have to buy four $150 units to get it. :)
posted by rhizome at 10:46 AM on February 4, 2008

Best answer: I have a row of the large kassett boxes on my expedit shelf. They fit perfectly inside, there are a few color options, and they look much nicer than the plastic bins.
posted by logic vs love at 11:26 AM on February 4, 2008 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I have tried the Container Store, and couldn't find anything with the correect dimensions. 13" x 13" is a bit of a unique dimesion it seems. Also, I get lost when Googling, because I never know exactly what term to search for: containers? boxes? drawers? cubes? crates? etc.

I can't be the first person to want non-Lekman drawers in their bookshelf, and am hoping someone else already solved this probelm for me. Kololo's record album trick looks pretty cool, and logic vs love's kasset boxes might also work.
posted by kidsleepy at 12:23 PM on February 4, 2008

I have the BRANĂ„S baskets (size 13x14x13") in my Expedit. They're the same size as the Lekman boxes and much better looking.
posted by MiaWallace at 2:15 PM on February 4, 2008

I also have the Kassett boxes in my Expedit shelves. They are sturdy.
posted by candyland at 3:28 PM on February 4, 2008

here you go. just use shelf paper on the fronts if you want a different color.
posted by rhizome at 3:44 PM on February 4, 2008

I just bought 2 baskets from Bed Bath & beyond this weekend that fit your description.
posted by Four Flavors at 3:54 PM on February 4, 2008

qvtqht, that's exactly what i meant! Thanks!
posted by Kololo at 8:47 AM on February 6, 2008

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