Have you noticed that storage cubes are EVERYWHERE lately? You can find them at IKEA, Target, Walmart, and you might even have one or two in your own house. There’s a reason we love them – they’re so versatile! It’s one piece of furniture that can serve a million purposes, whether it’s next to the desk in your office, or a bookshelf, or even a side table.
And the fun doesn’t stop there! I’ve been discovering more and more clever ways to transform storage cubes into custom furniture to fit your needs.
I’ve had this 2×2 storage cube from IKEA for a couple of years now, and it has always served as both a stand for our record player, and a place to store our record collection. However, we recently got a new, slightly bigger record player, and we were no longer able to fit both the player and our audio receiver on top, like we had been.
A few days ago I had a sudden flash of inspiration – what if I took one of the dividers out of the top row of the storage cube? Then we could put the record player on top, the receiver in the new expanded area, and then our records in the bottom cubes. I also thought I’d spruce it up a bit with some paint, and install some legs!
I started by unscrewing the top of the storage cube, and pulling out the divider that I didn’t want anymore. However, there were a few dowels at the connection point that I realized were holding the bottom divider in place as well. So rather than pull those out and risk the whole thing falling apart, I cut them instead. I used a rubber mallet to sink the dowels in as far as they would go, then I used a knife to cut the dowels so they were level with the surface of the shelf. I sanded them a little to make sure they were smooth and as inconspicuous as possible, then I put the top back on and screwed it down.
Next came the paint. I chose a quart of BEHR Marquee paint in a light gray color called Tin Foil. After putting on a quick coat of my favorite Zinnser primer (the same one I raved about in my post about updating laminate furniture), I used a roller brush to apply the paint to my storage cube. Just for the record, the BEHR Marquee paint covered the primer so well, I didn’t even need a second coat, just a couple of touch ups here and there!
I knew I wanted the legs to be a different, bright color, so I also purchased a small, 8 ounce sample of the BEHR Marquee paint in a bright green called Rockwall Vine. I love that most home improvement stores now offer small paint samples, because they’re perfect for smaller projects like this! The only drawback of samples is they generally only come in one finish, so if you are looking for a glossier look, you’ll probably have to commit to at least a quart of paint.
The most surprising part of this process, for me, was how easy it was to install the legs onto my storage cube! I bought four 6-inch furniture legs at Home Depot, as well as four sets of the plates they attach to. All I had to do was position the plates on the 4 corners of the bottom of my storage cube, use my power drill to screw the plates down, then screw the legs I had painted into each of the plates. The whole process took me maybe ten minutes!
I am so happy with how my storage cube transformation turned out. It has totally brightened up that corner of our living room, and it looks so much more put together now that the audio receiver fits into it comfortable, rather than being perched precariously on one of the speakers. My only regret is that I didn’t do it a long time ago! :-)
Britta’s project is only the tip of the iceberg.
There are so many great project ideas out there for transforming storage cubes! Here are a few of my favorites, which will hopefully inspire you and your own creations!
This one isn’t so much a transformation as it is just a clever way to use a storage cube. I never would have thought to use one as a night stand, but I am loving how it looks in this room. There’s room to store jewelry, books, slippers, and all the other things that tend to pile up near the bed.
Laundry Room Storage
Kim from Six2Eleven used a storage cube to create more storage in her laundry room, as well as a tabletop surface for folding clothes. So smart!
Moveable Craft Table
Family Handyman used three 2×2 storage cubes to create an incredible rolling craft table. Not only does it have a big work surface, but you can also keep your crafting supplies right where you need them!
Storage cubes aren’t just for adults! Land of Nod shared a genius idea for using a simple storage cube as a dollhouse for your little ones. Simply back each cube with a different fabric or paper, and the cubes are ready to be filled with all the dollhouse essentials.
John at Young House Love shared how he spruced up a storage cube bookshelf by wrapping it in stained wood, which I think looks gorgeous! They use it as a changing table in their nursery, perfect for storing diapers, wipes, and more.
Mid-Century Modern Sideboard
If you have a specific style in mind, storage cubes can help out there, too. IKEA Hackers shared a great transformation, turning a plain storage cube shelf into a beautiful and functional sideboard, with tons of mid-century modern style.
So You Think You Can Craft creates the perfect little play area in her basement. A fabric canopy made out of PVC pipe built over storage cubes, provide lots of shelving for this adorable play store. Endless hours of imaginative fun!
Add legs to standard storage cube (you could even add some wine glass hooks) and you have a DIY Bar. Great way to display pretty stemware by The Every Girl.
Storage cubes topped with a custom cushion makes for beautiful playroom storage found on Etsy.
How do you use storage cubes in your home?