No matter the size, doesn’t it always seem like there isn’t enough space in our house?
If you’re anything like us, you keep accumulating but don’t do a whole lot of discarding.
We’ve found that cube storage shelves can provide a very practical (and stylish) solution to your storage problem.
With cube storage shelves, or cube organizer units as they are sometimes called, you can relax knowing that you have a place, not only to store household items, but to display cherished photographs, keepsakes, or even tchotchkes.
The best cube storage shelves range anywhere from 2 cubes to 15 storage cubes.
Whether you want mesh bins, closed back cubes, or open storage bins, you’ll find something to fit your home.
However, with so many options available online, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To make things easier, we’ve done the product research, asked our readers, and reviewed the 10 best cube storage shelves.
UPDATE: We’ve updated our list of our favorite cube storage units for 2020, placing more emphasis on cubes that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, and adding additional HomeGenerosity reader reviews.
10 BEST CUBE STORAGE SHELVES REVIEWS
Table of Contents
- 10 BEST CUBE STORAGE SHELVES REVIEWS
- ClosetMaid 8996 Cubeicals Cube Organizer
- SONGMICS 3-Tier DIY Storage Cube Organizer Plastic Closet Shelf 6-Cube
- Better Homes & Gardens Line 4 Cube Organizer
- SONGMICS 3-Tier DIY Storage Cube Organizer Closet 9-Cube
- Modern Better Homes and Gardens 8-Cube Organizer
- Better Homes and Gardens Square 4-Cube Organizer
- Better Homes and Gardens 9 Cube Organizer Storage
- Whitmor 6070-1723 4 Storage Cubes
- ClosetMaid 8983 Stackable 15-Cube Organizer
- TomCare Cube Storage 9 Cube Closet Organizer
- BUYER’S GUIDE FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT CUBE STORAGE SHELVES
- IDEAS FOR USING CUBES IN YOUR HOME
- ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE WITH CUBE STORAGE SHELVES
ClosetMaid 8996 Cubeicals Cube Organizer
A classic design, the ClosetMaid 8996 Cubeicals Cube Organizer is a best seller for a reason.
It is offered in seven colors:
- Dark Cherry
- Natural Gray
And comes in 8 cube variations, ranging from 2 cubes to 12 cubes.
Our favorite is the 3-2-1 configuration which creates a staircase shape; which allows a creative mind like yours to find unique ways to feature the 3-2-1 cube in your home.
The ClosetMaid 8996 is also unique in that its cubes alternate between closed and open-backed.
It’s a particularly attractive option if you intend to use your cube shelves for decorative purposes. After all, a little extra flair never hurt.
And don’t worry, reviewers have found the ClosetMaid Cubes to be very easy to put together.
HomeGenerosity Editor Review
“My wife and I needed to fill up empty space in a spare bedroom. We bought the Cubeicals 6 cube organizer for its simple but unique design. It is just the right size and is a perfect location for an alarm clock and some vacation mementos. Also, I (more than my wife) appreciated how easy it was to assemble.”
SONGMICS 3-Tier DIY Storage Cube Organizer Plastic Closet Shelf 6-Cube
Looking for versatility in your cube organizer? Or have an oddly shaped space that you’d like to put cube shelves in?
The versatility of the SONGMICS 3-Tier DIY Storage Cube Organizer is a great option for someone who wants a unique cube organizer.
Made of high quality durable material, the SONGMICS comes with 6 individual cubes for you to put together as you see fit.
Need vertical cube shelves? You got it. Want the staircase shape shown in the picture on the left? You could do that too.
Assembly is easy. These DIY cubes come in black or white and fit in your closet, entryway, kids’ room, or really anywhere in your house.
Better Homes & Gardens Line 4 Cube Organizer
Struggling with what to put in a narrow space? Check out the Better Homes & Gardens Line 4 Cube Organizer. It provides 4 vertical cubes, perfect for display or storage.
This solid wood cube storage unit measures in at 17.17W x 15.35D x 57.83H in.
Fill in an awkward empty living room corner with this vertical cube unit. Throw a few framed pictures and candles on it and you’re set.
You can’t go wrong with these cubes as reviewers across the board have found them to be a high quality home storage item.
The Better Homes & Gardens Wood Cube Organizer is available in 3 finishes: Gray. Rustic Gray, and Solid Black
What’s even better? Free shipping.
HomeGenerosity Reader Review
“I recently bought the BH&G 4 cube shelves. I don’t use it for storage, but instead put books in 3 of the cubes and a candle in the other. I really wanted a bookcase but didn’t have the room in my living room and this is perfect.”
SONGMICS 3-Tier DIY Storage Cube Organizer Closet 9-Cube
Another cube storage option by SONGMICS: the SONGMICS 3-Tier DIY Storage Closet.
This cube storage unit is unique in that it includes cube doors.
It works great if you have kid’s toys, excess clothes, or crafts that you want to keep out of sight. In fact, it’s probably our favorite cube organizer for storing toys.
Each cube is rated to withstand 10 lbs as the plastic material used to make these cubes is quite durable.
While it may not be the most stylish unit, this SONGMICS Cube is versatile and great for storing odds and ends.
Our only complaint with this organizer is that it doesn’t fit many decor schemes, and as a result, is better suited for craft rooms, closets, or other areas that guests will not visit.
Modern Better Homes and Gardens 8-Cube Organizer
Options, options, options. The Modern Better Homes and Gardens 8-Cube Organizer is long on flexibility.
Its open-backed 8 cubes are offered in 8 colors with the option of purchasing a set of 2.
You can lay it on its side and use it as a TV stand as shown in the picture, or turn it upright for a great cube bookcase.
The cubes are made up of MDF and particle board and have been found by reviewers to be strong and reliable.
The entire cube unit weighs 80 lbs. and measures in at 15.4 x 30.9 x 57.8 inches.
Real HomeGenerosity Reader Review
“Great for apartments. Needed storage but also a place to put the TV. These cubes did both. The 8 cube organizer was perfect for what I needed. Was happy with the quality for what I paid.”
Better Homes and Gardens Square 4-Cube Organizer
If you are working with a smaller space, the Better Homes and Gardens Bookshelf Square Storage Cube is one of the best small cube shelves we’ve found.
Though these cubes come in over ten different colors and are offered in a two cube set up to a twelve cube set, we prefer the weathered look.
While perfect for apartments, or smaller spaces, don’t be fooled; the four cube set is still large enough (and looks good enough) to be used as a TV stand for a 50 inch TV – at a quarter of the price of a “real” TV stand.
HomeGenerosity Idea: Use this cube storage for vinyl records. They fit perfectly and the top shelf is a great place to keep your record player.
Better Homes and Gardens 9 Cube Organizer Storage
The best cube organizers are not only versatile but sturdy. Better Homes and Gardens nailed it with this 9 cube organizer.
Reviewers consistently praise this cube storage unit for its quality and sturdiness.
Each cube measures 13″ x 13″ – a great size to fit almost anything without being too large.
The only downside to this cube organizer is that its only offered in white.
Real HomeGenerosity Reader Review
“What you should know about this cube organizer is that it is very sturdy. I’ve bought 2 other cubes before this and I was afraid to put anything heavy on them. Not the case with this. These cubes are a legit piece of furniture.”
Whitmor 6070-1723 4 Storage Cubes
If you’re looking for something more utilitarian, check out the Whitmor 4 Storage Cubes unit.
This wire 4 cube organizer comes in three colors: black, multi-color, or white.
We like that this 4 cube storage unit is sold as individual cubes that can connect however you see fit.
The wiring is rust resistant steel and the connectors are durable plastic.
Each individual cube measures 14.5″ x 14.5″, and no tools are required for assembly.
What we like best?
The price point. While not the most stylish of cubes, this unit is versatile and gets the job done for a great price.
HomeGenerosity Idea: Use these cubes your kids’ bedroom, playroom, dorm room, or even in the garage for their basketballs and other sports equipment.
ClosetMaid 8983 Stackable 15-Cube Organizer
If you are looking for the ability to store a lot of small items than you have to check out the ClosetMaid Stackable 15 Cube Organizer.
Its primary purpose is as a cube organizer for shoes. However, you can also use this unit for gloves, hats, books, DVDs, or mail.
There are 15 storage compartments, each measuring 4.75″ tall and 6″ wide.
HomeGenerosity Tip: Larger shoes may not fit in the compartments. Most reviewers with male shoes over 11.5 have not recommended this unit.
These cubes are available in three colors: dark cherry, espresso, and white.
TomCare Cube Storage 9 Cube Closet Organizer
We saved one of the best for last. The TomCare 9 Cube Organizer is an extremely popular cube storage option.
The TomCare comes with 9 cubes that you can arrange in whatever shape you’d like – perfect for stacking in your closet.
Each cube measures in at 11.8″ x 11.8″ x 11.8″ and can fit a storage bin 11.5″ or smaller.
The black cubes are made of thickened PP plastic while the frames are steel – holding up to 15 lbs in each cube.
Reviews of these cubes have consistently found assembly and disassembly to be a breeze.
TomCare provides a 45 day money back guarantee and a 12 month warranty.
Real HomeGenerosity Reader Review
“These cubes come with a little hammer that is supposed to be for helping put them together. It was completely useless. I simply snapped them together and pushed a little to make sure they were in. I wouldn’t use these as a bookshelf but they do a great job of holding my craft supplies.”
BUYER’S GUIDE FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT CUBE STORAGE SHELVES
Cube storage shelves come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.
While they aren’t the most technical of home purchases, it’s always a good idea to know what to look out for when buying.
Remember these four considerations:
How do you plan on using your cubes?
Storage? Display? Something in between?
If storage and keeping items out of sight is your primary goal, check out the SONGMICS 3-Tier DIY Storage Closet. It’s essentially a mobile cubed closet – perfect for storing clothes and other items out of the way.
On the other hand, if you plan on using your cube organizer for display, that means that it will be featured prominently in your home and you’ll want something that looks good. That leads us to our next point – material.
If you’re going to be using your cube shelves for display purposes, you’re going to want something that looks like a quality piece of furniture.
Real wood cube storage furniture look fantastic and is highly durable. However, real wood unites do come with a higher price tag.
MDF and particle board, such as in the Modern Better Homes and Gardens 8-Cube Organizer, makes for a more affordable substitute that still retains the look of wood.
If your cubes will be out of sight, or in a less conspicuous area, PP plastic and wire cubes are a great option. They don’t look as elegant, but are extremely durable.
Most of the cube storage shelves that you can buy online will require some assembly.
Fortunately, all of the cubes that we’ve reviewed require minimal assembly; not requiring any tools other than a supplied Allen wrench.
Obviously, the total size of the cube unit is important.
Make sure though to check the size of the cube openings.
You don’t want to buy a cube storage unit and then realize that your items don’t fit.
Most cubes are similar in size, but check the exact measurements before you hit the buy button.
IDEAS FOR USING CUBES IN YOUR HOME
Cube storage units aren’t like other pieces of furniture; they serve multiple purposes and can be used in as many ways as your imagination can come up with.
Here are our best ideas for using your cube organizer:
- Wall storage
- Mudroom shelves
- Clothes organizer
- Entertainment center
- Food storage
- Collectibles display
- Photograph display
- Cat house
- Towel storage
- Toy organizer
- Room divider
- Shoe organizer
- Closet organizer
- Hat storage
- Mail organizer
- Home bar
- Laundry room storage
Small Kitchen Cupboard
It may not be their intended use, but a four cube organizer does a nice job of acting as additional food storage.
When we were short on kitchen storage space, we placed the microwave on top of a four cube unit and filled the cubbies with cereal boxes and fruit.
It got the job done, and now that we have a bit more storage space, the same cubes are being put to use as a nightstand.
If you have a teacher in your life, you know that they are always on the lookout for classroom furniture and storage.
Cube storage shelves make the perfect classroom storage solution.
Use storage shelves with large cubes for student belongings and shelves with small cubes for homework assignments and papers to be sent to parents.
ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE WITH CUBE STORAGE SHELVES
Cube storage shelves are your home’s Swiss army knife. They can be used to store clothes and shoes, but can just as easily be used to display a TV or your favorite photographs and tschotskes.
Reviewers also love how their storage cubes can be moved from room to room based on what’s needed. With so many options available online you are sure to find the color and style to match your home’s decor.
If you have any questions on cube storage shelves or organizer units, or would like us to include your cube storage shelf review, feel free to get in touch with us on our contact page.
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