I need a storage shelf/unit with cubbyholes and matching storage tubs.
June 12, 2008 9:56 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a storage solution that is essentially a wall of cubbyholes with matching plastic storage tubs/bins that fit snugly and slide in said holes and sit flush with the front of the unit.

I think that pretty much describes it. I drew a little picture if you're not understanding. I apologize in advance for not being much of an artist, but here is the illustration.

I don't really have a preference on color or material, but the boxes/tubs/bins need to be a decent size. I know we could probably build something like this on our own, but we'd like a professionally-built, nice-looking solution if we could. If it matters, this is for an IT storage/work area, and of course we would like to keep it as inexpensive as possible. Also, if you have other storage options that you would like to suggest, feel free.
posted by joshrholloway to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This request is pretty much tailor made for IKEA.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:03 AM on June 12, 2008

How big do you want the bins? I made a storage unit in my basement that consisted of those 15x15x22 (or whatever) Rubbermaid bins, and a heavy-duty 24" deep shelving unit. Not flush, pretty industrial-looking, but not incredibly ugly, either.
posted by notsnot at 10:04 AM on June 12, 2008

How about this and some of these?
posted by Abbril at 10:06 AM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]

Ikea Expedit shelf plus milkcrates works, though I'm not sure you could call it professionally-built or nice-looking.
posted by box at 10:06 AM on June 12, 2008

Oops, jacquilynen typed faster than me
posted by Abbril at 10:06 AM on June 12, 2008

We've installed some Closet Maid storage in two of our bedrooms and our garage, and their stuff is great. There are several cubbyhole configurations. Each unit sold for $49.00 when we bought them last year at Target, and a unit is usually stack on top of another unit to make one wall piece. We also have some California Closet storage and I would recommend that as well, although their website is beyond annoying. Target now sells a brand called John Louis instead of Closet Maid, they seem similar. Also scroll down that Target page to see a few cubbies you could stack and attach to the wall.

Also, watch these two mini-movies at Ikea - there are several storage solutions similar to what you describe, although most are shelves and not cubbies.
posted by iconomy at 10:15 AM on June 12, 2008

Seconding Ikea, which will have the best looking ones, the cheapest ones, and the most flexible ones. If you don't mind primary colors, in fact, the ones made for kids' rooms are amazing.

Since you say IT area, that could give you a pretty Google look. ;)

They also have grown-up boring gray/black versions at a higher price.
posted by rokusan at 10:19 AM on June 12, 2008

Yeah, Ikea kids' storage.
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:10 AM on June 12, 2008

I have exactly the configuration that Abbril linked and it works great for me. Its relatively stable and solid looking but its obvious its Ikea (like all of their stuff....). I wouldnt roughhouse it or anything because it doesnt seem to be made of stone but I store hundreds of records in it and various bric a brac in the containers and it does fine.
posted by zennoshinjou at 11:27 AM on June 12, 2008

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