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15 unique storage containers that we can't get enough of

·6 min read
Find storage solutions that are right for you.
Find storage solutions that are right for you.

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Storage is important no matter where you live and how many square feet you have—especially now that we’re spending more time at home. We all want to use our space to live more fully and have our belongings organized, but within reach.

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Unfortunately, storage solutions aren’t always glamorous or pretty to display—think big plastic bins—so they often end up pushed under the bed or hidden away in a closet or your basement. However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

For those who want to make organization functional yet fun, we’ve rounded up 15 storage containers you won’t mind showing off.

1. A sleek and clean-lined shelf

Go for something sleek.
Go for something sleek.

From CB2, this wall-mounted designer storage container with powder-coated steel walls has clean lines and is both a shelf and a cupboard. It’s great for entryways, small bedrooms, or adding on the odd kitchen wall.

Reviewers call the shelf “sleek and beautiful” and say the shelf “can help alleviate storage issues” in other areas like closets and drawers.

Get the Hide N’ Seek Storage Shelf at CB2 for $129

2. A modern locker

These modern lockers are perfect for small spaces.
These modern lockers are perfect for small spaces.

I adore these cylindrical storage lockers. They are cute and bright and yet so practical. Made in Italy from bioplastics, this unit is both durable and versatile. Each one can add three times the storage space you’d think with the sliding door and shelves.

I’d consider these perfect for small spaces—like dorms and studio apartments—as well as a fun addition to a kid’s room or office.

Get the Kartell Componibili BIO Storage Unit at West Elm for $295

3. A timeless classic for the bedroom

This storage bench adds a timeless touch to a bedroom.
This storage bench adds a timeless touch to a bedroom.

This soft-toned velvet storage bench is both cozy and functional and can be placed against the foot of a bed or a wall. Doubling its usefulness, it provides both storage and seating in five colors ranging from blush to emerald green.

Get the Velvet Tufted Half-moon Storage Bench at Amazon for $172.32

4. Canisters that look like the rising sun

Store your dried goods in style.
Store your dried goods in style.

This set of three glass canisters is minimal, practical for your pantry or countertop, and incredibly original. The jars are large enough to hold rice, noodles, and even cookies, but what’s really cool is how the top of each canister narrows and instead of a lid you use a cork sphere to seal it.

Get the Lilyfish Glass Canisters, set of 3, at Amazon for $32.95

5. A pastel rolling storage cart

Roll out what you need
Roll out what you need

I’ve seen this metal storage cart all over the place, serving so many various functions: as a linen cart in bathrooms, as a bar cart in first apartments, as a supply cart in salons. It really can do it all and is super affordable. Plus, I love a good pop of color, and these come in teal, sage, mint, blush, black, gray, and white.

Get the 3-tier Rolling Cart at The Container Store for $34.99

6. A multi-purpose stand for your entryway

Grab-and-go storage.
Grab-and-go storage.

Though this item is marketed as a shoe rack, it can do so much more than hold half-a-dozen favorite pairs of shoes. You can use the bamboo shelves to store books or plants, or you can add a basket for catchall items like keys and phone chargers.

The shelf space on the left is great for larger items that are stored upright, like umbrellas or yoga mats, as well as canes, art portfolios, and taller backpacks.

Get the Bamboo Entryway Shoe Rack at Wayfair for $60.69

7. Colorful boxes for small effects

Add a pop of color.
Add a pop of color.

These artful, translucent storage containers are small, but they add a bright pop to any room. They are best used in the dressing room to hold earrings or rings, or in the office to hold paper clips or tacks. It’s a youthful and modern way to keep small stuff in order.

Get the Momabox No. 2 3-piece Box Set at Nordstrom for $8

8. A wooden trunk with a roomy interior

This traditional chest can serve as a coffee table.
This traditional chest can serve as a coffee table.

This espresso-stained pine coffee table is an excellent storage solution for throw pillows and thick blankets alike. It holds a near-perfect 4.8-star rating on HSN, with multiple reviewers praising its ease of assembly and overall sturdiness. It’s constructed with black metal hardware and features spring-loaded hinges for smooth opening and closing every time.

Get the Espresso Pyramid Trunk Cocktail Table at HSN for $237.99

9. More than just a seat

This velvety ottoman offers seating and storage.
This velvety ottoman offers seating and storage.

I haven’t seen many ottomans, especially ones with storage, that sit upon legs instead of down on the floor. It can be nice to have the elevation for easier access to what you’re hiding inside, as well as using the top as a side table or even a seat in some cases.

The gold legs are thin and strong, so the plush, velvety ottoman doesn’t take up much floor space or make the room feel cluttered. And, as a seat, the ottoman can hold up to 300 pounds.

Get the Wolfeboro Velvet Round Storage Ottoman at Wayfair for $54.99

10. Dramatic baskets

These baskets are handwoven in Colombia.
These baskets are handwoven in Colombia.

These gorgeous handwoven baskets from Colombia offer a touch of drama to any room with their natural and black pattern and sculptural shape. Use them in two different sizes to store extra rolls of toilet paper, blankets, even LEGOs.

Get the Handwoven Mona Baskets at The Citizenry starting at $245

11. Shiny and tubular storage

Who knew hampers could be modernized?
Who knew hampers could be modernized?

This simple, cylindrical bin is almost 2 feet tall and can be used to store many things around your home. It’s also got a flat lid, which fits snugly allowing you to use it as a small tabletop or storage area of its own.

Because of the durable lacquer material and wooden lid, you can use this in a muddy transition area, or even outdoors (though I’d try to keep it in a dry place).

Get the Jasper Wood Lidded Storage Bin at West Elm for $105

12. A storage cube set that’s versatile

Wrap up all your essentials.
Wrap up all your essentials.

I’ve written about my undying love for Baggu, and I use the brand’s storage cubes several times a week—seriously!

I like the smaller cube for packing an extra outfit to change into after teaching a cycle class or spending the night at my boyfriend’s house. The larger cube is perfect for packing in a suitcase or hiking bag to stay organized. I also use mine to store out-of-season hats and gloves.

Get the Baggu Storage Cube Set from Baggu for $30

13. Playroom-worthy storage cubes

Add some playfulness to your kid's storage.
Add some playfulness to your kid's storage.

Storage cubes are the Swiss Army knife of the home—they serve so many purposes and can collapse flat to take up only a fraction of closet space when not in use.

These cute cubes with animated animals are perfect for a nursery, children’s room, or playroom. They can hold baby wipes and diapers, laundry, books, and, of course, toys. The animal graphics add to the whimsy instead of being something you want to hide in the closet.

Get the Storage Cubes, set of 4, at Amazon for $19.99

14. Natural-looking storage

Store plenty of blankets in this woven basket.
Store plenty of blankets in this woven basket.

The natural look is trendy right now, and this top-rated, circular woven seagrass storage ottoman can help instill that vibe in your living or sitting room. Its flat lid makes it a great place for placing a cup of tea while you watch TV, but it also comes right off hiding a large area for storage of books, blankets, toys, and more.

Get the Alina Storage Ottoman at Urban Outfitters for $49

15. A rounded-edge sideboard

Add this sideboard to your living room or dining room.
Add this sideboard to your living room or dining room.

This beautiful sideboard is eclectic and modern, with a white finish and rounded edges. It’s a great addition to a formal dining room, in living spaces, or even an office.

Reviewers say the sideboard takes a few hours to assemble at home, but then it’s “sharp looking, drawers close smoothly, and the side shelving is adjustable.”

Get the East Urban Home Justine 3-drawer Sideboard at Wayfair for $389.99

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