It’s Hip To Be Square: The Best Cubbies and Cubes for Home Storage

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— Winston Churchill

If you’re finally ready to neaten things up around the house, we’re here to suggest that you embrace all things square in the process. And by squares, we mean cubes and cubbies. These boxy storage units fit neatly against walls and into corners—and they stack nicely too, which means you can corral more clothing and art supplies while maximizing your space.

Storage cubes are easy to use because they often fit together, they can shape up a closet or garage, they slide under beds, and they fit inside cabinets, notes Kymberlyn Lacy, of International Flair Designs. Lacy uses her cubbies to hold linens, laundry supplies, soaps, tissues and paper towels.

“Cubes have the added benefit of leaving items accessible but also hidden deeply enough that people can’t see what’s stored inside,” adds Marty Basher, a home design and organization expert with Modular Closets.

If you love squares, you’re not alone. Here are 10 cubbies and cubes for all your home storage needs.

Wall Cubby

It’s so adorable you’ll have a hard time deciding what to put inside. Hang this cute set of cubbies in your entryway to corral keys and mail, or put it in the kitchen—each box is the perfect size to hold coffee mugs or spice jars.

Bench Cubby

A combination of cubes as well as a bench means that not only do you have storage for all kinds of footwear, but you have a place to tug on your boots. It’s a handsome piece of furniture that will fill a space in a foyer, kids’ room, or garage.

Bookcase Cubes

You’ll have to build this set of cubes, but for the price, and with the choice of three wood veneers, it’s a pretty great bargain. Since it’s only 13 inches deep, this slim pick can work in small spaces like an entryway or mudroom.

Wine Cube

Wine racks are fine, but they sometimes feel less than sturdy. The fix: a solid wooden box that won’t ever tip over. Get one—and then get another to stack on top.

Wire Cube

A bathroom with limited drawer space benefits greatly from cube storage, says Basher or try it in your pantry or home office.

This sturdy wire option reveals four spots for canned goods and cereal boxes, or for work supplies, like your printer, paper, and files. The wooden topper makes this an ideal piece for a foyer (just add a dish for keys and loose change).

Nightstand Cubby

“Build your own end or bedside table out of storage cubes, and you’ll have a neat space for a lamp and alarm clock, plus you can decorate the inside with frames or favorite books,” suggests Basher.

Alternatively, consider this rustic find, just right for a journal and tissues.

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. This kit comes with an iron frame, small steel bars, and all the fabric you need to build 12 cubbies—fast and tool-free.

Stacking Cubes

This adorable neon number is perfect for a girl’s bedroom.

“The recycle board is eco-friendly and nontoxic, and it doesn’t require any tools to assemble,” notes Basher.

The best part is that you can decide on your own design (try an L-shape or a pyramid) and mix and match with other colors. For example, one cube can stand in for a bedside table, and several others can become storage for clothing or a spot for books.

Cubbies with Hooks

Cubbies inside the front door are fine, but when you add a few hooks beneath them, you get double the storage space. Corral the dog’s leash, as well as gloves and hats, and then hang jackets and scarves below. You’ll be out of the door in no time.

Toy Cubes

If you’ve got cubbies or a set of shelves already, try these collapsible canvas containers to hold stuffed animals, board games, or the 10 million Legos littering the living room.

Line them up in your kid’s closet or tuck them into a bookcase for pretty rainbow storage and pops of color in the playroom. “When my kids were younger, I kept cubes with their names on them in the mudroom, with everything they needed organized before we had to leave the house,” says Lacy.