Functional, spacious and delightfully symmetrical, cube storage is a practical and rather aesthetically pleasing way of keeping your room tidy while showcasing selected objects.
However, choosing some cube storage that doesn't really match your needs or the rest of the room would take you back to square one. Let's avoid that!
What Are the Different Types of Cube Storage?
Recently grown in popularity thanks to its versatile design, cube storage comes in many different types. To find the right one for you, consider what you're going to store in it and in what room.
They fit particularly well in living rooms or studies as they allow you to showcase all the stored items, combining functionality and conscious design choices;
They're ideal to store objects that you browse before grabbing one, such as records or books;
Keeping your items away from your and your guests' eyes, they guarantee a less cluttered feel;
They're handy for storing items with irregular shapes that, unlike books or DVDs, wouldn't look tidy when piled up;
Plastic or basket-style drawers are a safe choice for storing toys in your kids' bedroom: they prevent the main surface from getting damaged when the toys are chucked back without too much care;
They'll protect your items from moisture in the bathroom;
Just like drawers, they keep your objects hidden and tidy;
Conveying a more permanent feel, they'll make the entire cabinet look just like other everyday pieces of furniture;
Alternation of open cubes and drawers or cupboards
Ensuring a unique look and a balanced result, this type of cube storage gives you the best of both worlds;
Thanks to its versatility, it can work well in different rooms, including bedrooms, where you're more likely to have a mixture of items that you'd like to showcase and others that you'd rather store behind a cupboard or inside a drawer;
In this case, drawers are particularly flexible: you can rearrange them as often as you wish, adding them to previously empty cubes, and vice versa;
What Size Cube Storage Do You Need?
It depends on two factors:
What are you going to store? Think of the amount and shape of these items. Don't forget to measure their depth, or else objects like records might stick out!
Where will you place it? Measure that specific space and make the most of your room's layout: thin, tall units are best suited for smaller rooms with higher ceilings, whereas in larger areas you can experiment with horizontal designs and fewer rows.
What Is the Best Material for Cube Storage?
Some materials work better with certain décors, but there are other practical things to consider:
Traditional wood is usually your best choice: it's versatile, durable, and comes in lots of finishes that will easily complement your room's palette;
When storing particularly heavy items, metal could be a better option;
Plastic can look a bit cheap, but it's practical and easy to clean, which works well in bathrooms;
Glass is a conscious decorative choice that allows you to see all the stored items immediately, while mirrored surfaces can make your room seem bigger; however, they can both constitute a hazard for little kids.
How to Select Cube Storage for Different Décors?
Before choosing your cube storage, identify the existing palette and décor style of your room:
Exposed wood can fit rustic, French-country, traditional and, when darker, mid-Century modern décors;
Black, monochrome (especially when matching the accent color of the room's palette!), glass or mirrored elements work excellently in modern rooms;
For a minimalist effect, choose wooden or light monochrome storage that alternates open cubes and drawers or cabinets, so as to avoid clutter while showcasing selected items;
Stick to exposed wood, white or a natural palette for a Scandinavian feel;
Open iron designs or an alternation of wood and metal are perfect for industrial décors;
White, pastel and discolored wood with basket drawers will complement any shabby chic room;
Open designs and irregular shapes will allow you to showcase your quirkiest items and convey bohemian vibes.
Choose among open cubes, drawers, cupboards or a mixture of two
Consider the number, size and shape of the items that you're planning on storing, and measure your cupboard's designating space
Wood is the best material, but metal, glass and mirrors can work better with certain décors.