Cube storage divider diy

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Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 01/07/2020 - 13:09



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Build your own 6 cube organizer bookcase designed to fit standard fabric cubes!  The cubby design helps with organization and keeping items separated.  We love the legs - so it's more like a real piece of furniture.  Solid wood construction is easy to paint or stain. Free step by step plans from

DIY 6 Cube Organizer Plans

Built and photographed by Hillary from The Friendly Home


6 cube organizer dimensions shown in diagram

Dimensions are shown above


Step 1

DIY 6 Cube Organizer Plans

Mark out all of your joints as shown in the diagram on the cut pieces. Predrill and countersink all screws, using 2” screws and glue. Adjust for square.

NOTE: You can also use 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and a Kreg Jig for construction.

Step 2

DIY 6 Cube Organizer Plans

Attach the bottom shelf divider pieces to the bottom shelf with 2" screws.

Then attach bottom shelf to sides (with glue where the vertical cubby dividers line up).

A 1x2 will be added to further strengthen this joint.

Step 3

DIY 6 Cube Organizer Plans

Attach legs to the sides, flush on all sides, with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4

DIY 6 Cube Organizer Plans

Measure and cut the horizontal trim to fit on the front and backs of the bookshelf. Repeat for back.

Step 5

DIY 6 Cube Organizer Plans

Attach back with 3/4" brad nails and glue.

Preparation Instructions

Sand the project with medium grit sandpaper.


Cube storage is so popular because it’s efficient and modern. Used in every room it can hold everything from books to kid’s toys. Though simple, storage cubes come in a variety of materials and designs offering various options for your interior. Modular cubes allow for more flexibility when it comes to growing storage demands. And clear display boxes provided with a practical yet beautiful way to show off your precious collectibles.

Cube Nightstands

Cube nighstand 25 Creative Ways to Use Cube Storage in Decor

Storage cubes are versatile, so you can use them in place of many other furnishings like nightstands. Cubes are better than those regular nightstands because they don’t look as bulky. You can display accessories or books all the while hiding extra blankets and sheets inside the storage baskets.

A DIY by The Every Girl uses Ikea’s Kallax shelf as a glamorous nightstand. And it fits seamlessly into the white modern bedroom thanks to its smooth and streamlined design.

Teen girl bedroom 25 Creative Ways to Use Cube Storage in Decor

House of Rose used the cubby shelving from Target to create a nightstand for this adorable teen girl’s bedroom. Outfitted with two grey bins and wire baskets the nightstand provides with display and hidden storage options.

Anything can go on top of a cubby from a night lamp to reading glasses. Here Mandy of House of Rose used decorative letters to spell the appropriate Dream and Pretty Little Things.

Cubes for Kid’s Storage

Nursery cube storage

This nursery by Sissy and Marley makes use of the cubby shelving for storing all the little things a newborn may require. Striped bins offer a neater, cleaner way to organize storage as well as provide a contrasting pattern to the star spangled wallpaper.

Bins and storage boxes can always be replaced with ornamental accessory bowls, display boxes and objects, which will give your storage a more decorated look.

Cube storage in kid's room

Leclair Decor also makes a case for cube storage in a kid’s room. It looks neat and highly organized and seems like it has a huge storage capacity.

Bright plastic bins act as accents and correspond with the room’s color scheme. They can also be signed for easier organization and access to the toys, books, or drawing supplies.

IKEA Kallax Shelving

Big cube storage doesn’t have to be limited to the kid’s room only. The Graceful Welding used a 5×5 Kallax shelf from IKEA to organize an office closet. As you can see it’s a pretty cool way to also display family photos and trinkets.

Besides the weaved storage baskets they used kraft paper magazine holders and accessory dishes to keep the closet well-organized.

Cube Storage Home Bar

Stephanie Scholl's Raleigh, NC Apartment

Organizing a home bar is a challenging task. You need quite a bit of space and custom furnishings. Or do you?

This Raleigh apartment features an Ikea shelving unit turned into a home bar. Filled with glasses, plates, and bottles the cubby makes for a nice entertainment corner.

Cube storage bar

It’s a great way to fit a home bar or coffee station into a small apartment. Treat it as a console and place it along the wall where it will not obstruct any pathways.

A few candleholders, vases, or planters should be enough to add a bit of flair to it and a mirror or an artwork should complete the arrangement.

Cube Storage For Every Room

Cube storage divider

As if to prove that the cube shelving can be used for virtually anything Marta of Sweet Harmonie has created a room divider out of one. Sweet little thing separates living and dining areas from the rest of the room creating a more intimate atmosphere.

Here the shelves aren’t used to the fullest, but this is what gives them such an airy look. Besides, the bottom shelves with storage drawers seem to be enough to store some books or utensils.

Mixxit Storage Cube Furniture

A small cubby also makes for a great TV cabinet. Fill it with bins for a more organized look or leave the shelves open; it’s incredibly functional.

Modular cubbies can provide even more storage space and, moreover, arranged in many interesting ways to create an entire entertainment center.

Verner Panton Wire Shelving Montana Cube-Shelf

As an alternative you could use some wire storage cubes if you’re after a more utilitarian look. If not, though, here is a wire shelving by Verner Panton that looks as exquisite as wire can get.

First created in 1955 the wire shelving design still looks modern. Staying true to the original design specifications it can be stacked and rearranged in a variety of ways to fit with your interior and needs.

Cool cube storage idea

Not all storage cubes are plain white. Some designs are eye-catchy and even come with their own flair. These rather retro-looking perforated cubes are full of detail.

Some feature wooden legs and can be used separately. Others can be stacked as in case with the modular cubes. And their colors offer great dynamic and flexibility when it comes to decor.

Office Cube Storage

Fairphone's Amsterdam Office shelves

Customized cube storage is never boring either. Melinda Delst Interior Design and Studio Modderman worked together on Fairphone’s head office design and came up with a cube shelf idea for the kitchen.

Framed in steel these wooden cubes are housing tableware, some products as well as small decorative plants. What a neat alternative to the tired kitchen cabinets!

Modern office storage

Where do you need efficient storage the most? Why, a home office, of course! Cubby shelving takes up little space, but offers a splendid way of organizing your reading material, office documentation, and even crafting supplies.

In this modern office the checkered cubby shelving creates an interesting dynamic. Its glossy doors are disguising half of the library amplifying natural light from the window. And the open shelves show only the of your choosing.

Home office storage

Cube storage in a crafting room, what can be better? Stowing all the little crafting supplies in storage baskets keeps the room neat and clutter-free.

Cubbies are great at dividing supplies by categories or need, which helps immensely with space-management and organization.

Home Library Cube Storage

IKEA hack shelving

It’s not hard to see why Ikea’s Kallax shelving is so popular. Look at how these stacked units create an impressive library/display in an entrepreneur couple’s San Francisco home.

The floor-to-ceiling shelving was safely fixed to both the ceiling and floors and each unit was bolted together. Achieved on a budget the result looks luxurious and expensive.

Readyourbookcase by Saporiti

Read Your Bookcase is one of those designs that stirred up the net back when it just came out. And you probably can see why. Spelling its very name the bookcase comes with 16 cubic shelves that allow for flexible book storage.

Even when it’s filled up to the brim you can spell out each and every word. No more plain book arrangements there.

Lago Sistema Net by Mobil House

Lago Sistema Net is another way to create a home library. These modular cubes come in a succession of lines with the occasional openings that make for an airy look.

Use it as a room divider or create a reading nook by arranging the cubes in a semi-circle. Possibilities are endless in terms of both size and arrangements.

Cube Shelves

DIY cube shelves

Cube shelves are equally useful and versatile. These can be used in virtually any room from kitchen to hallway. These easy DIY cubbies were made for the bathroom.

Their L-shape ensures a neat intriguing look and decorative display objects help jazz up the entire room.

Modular Corner Cube Wall Shelf

Modular cube shelves are an even better idea. These can fill up an awkward corner going all the way up in alternating patterns. Made from stackable differently sized cubes the system can be rearranged on a whim.

It can be used as floor shelving or a wall unit. Available in six different colors the shelf looks like it’d make a great addition to the kid’s or teen’s room.

Cube Storage for Kitchen & Bath

Kitchen storage


Cubby wall shelving seems like a perfect fit for a kitchen. Glasses go into one cube, a serving dish into another and so every tableware item has its own special place.

Besides you can show off your china and crystal flatware on those open shelves. And if you would like to hide a thing or two a bin or a basket is always an option.

Kitchen cube storage

Open shelving is a tricky design solution. On one hand you get to display utensils, but on the other it may get messy very quickly and there is no way to hide it until you have time to clean and organize the contents again.

Before choosing cube storage for kitchen be sure you can keep the order on the shelves at all times.

Bathroom cube storage

A cubby in a bathroom is a space-saver. It’s also easy to organize all those little things in a cube storage. Here is a great DIY shelving that separates first aid kit from the towels and toilet paper.

The idea of the project was also to give the guests an idea what’s lies in each bin and where they can find what they need.

Display Storage Boxes

Acrylic display boxes

Display storage boxes are more decorative than functional, but they can often be both. For instance, these wall-mounted acrylic display boxes are used to organize kid’s things and toys in a sophisticated way.

Such boxes can also store a figurine collection or some art objects. It’s a great way to create wall art all the while storing sensitive things that you wouldn’t want to toss in a drawer.

Kartell plastic cubes

Kartell’s textured plastic cubes are attractive and colorful. And since they are equally functional and decorative they can hold anything from shoes to antique collectibles.

Different colors are also helpful if you want to add an accent to the interior. Many a time storage cubes aren’t meant for making a statement in decor, but these were designed to attract attention.

Glass wall shelves

Pappus Square Wall Display are the glass wall shelves you can also use as decor elements for your desk, nightstand, or side table. Use them to display your favorite plants or store jewelry and accessories. This is a great way to get rid of clutter and make every little thing work for your decor.

Probably the most important thing about cubby shelving is that it’s very affordable. The shelf itself will probably run you less than $100 and storage bins and drawers won’t mount up to even $50. Cease this decor opportunity to organize your space and create all those things you’ve always wanted like a home bar or a library.

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Transforming And Elevating The Storage Cube

Storage Cubes

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.

Storage Cubes

Britta writes…..

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!

Transforming and Elevating Storage Cubes

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!

Transforming and Elevating Storage Cubes

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!

Storage Cubes

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!

Storage Cubes


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.

Storage Cubes

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!

Storage Cubes

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

Easy Dollhouse

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.

Storage Cubes

Changing Table

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.

Storage Cubes

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.

Storage Cubes

Play Store

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!

Storage Cubes


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

Playroom Storage

Storage cubes topped with a custom cushion makes for beautiful playroom storage found on Etsy.

How do you use storage cubes in your home?

Storage Cubes

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How to Make Horizontal Ikea Shelf Dividers

Get Crazy Organizing Your KALLAX for $3 Per Unit

Shelves, shelves, shelves. 

When you’re knee-deep in kids/pets/household crap, who doesn’t need extra shelves? Shelves, dividers, bins…these things are my friends. 

Instead of working to afford expensive furniture, IKEA is all about making your furniture work for you.

A few weeks ago I shared with you my secret slot system for installing Vertical Kallax Shelf Dividers. Soon thereafter, I realized I needed some horizontal ones, too. 

A cursory search for Kallax shelf cubbies revealed an Etsy listing priced at $51. I thought I could do better than that. I spent $16 on one sheet of plywood with enough left over to make at least 4 or 5 more units. 

End Cost: $3.20 per shelf divider unit.

Love Ikea Hacks? Make these divider units for about $3 a piece and get all of your materials organized! #ikeahacks #ikea

Here's what you need to get started. 


Making Your Ikea Kallax Divider Units

Start building your Kallax Divider by making your side panels. They will always be 13-1/8
  1. Start by cutting your side panels. From your sheet of plywood, rip down two pieces to exactly 13-1/8" by 15-1/16". Cut it to those dimensions exactly. Trust me on this. I've got it down to a science! 😀
  2. Determine how many slots you want. For me, I wanted 5 slots, so I needed to cut 4 shelves. The number of slots determines the gap between each shelf. With my system you can modify your slot system based on how many slots you want. 

3. The 1/4" grooves for each shelf are created by glueing down strips of additional plywood. Mine needed to be 2-3/8" wide and 15-1/16" long (aka the depth of your Kallax cube). 

4. Here's how to calculate the spacing in your slot system: 

[height of cube] - [(width of your Dividers) x (number of dividers +1)] 

total number of slots

[13-1/8"] - [(1/4 x 5)] / 5
105/8 - 10/8 = 95/8
95/8 x 1/5 = 95/40 or 2-3/8

In other words, the wood strips of your slot system need to be cut to 2-3/8" wide

 I hope I didn't make that too confusing! The reason I multiply the width of your dividers (1/4") by 5 dividers and not 4 is because that extra 1/4" ensures a little bit of breathing room for your unit to slide in and out of the KALLAX cube. 

If the fractions are confusing in and of themselves see my quick tutorial on working with fractions and getting accurate measurements every time. 

5. Using the same sheet of plywood, rip down your spacing strips to the measurement you determined in step 4. Mine were 15-1/16" long by 2-3/8" wide. 

6. Lay out your strips so that they're evenly spaced on the panels you cut in step #1. 

Design system for a Kallax shelving unit. How to space your slots evenly. #KallaxHack #Ikeahack #kallax

7. Secure your strips to your panels using wood glue and the smallest nails you can find (I used teeny tiny picture frame nails). Clamp and let dry overnight. 

8. The next morning, jump out of bed and test your slot panels while you're still in your underwear. Because who has time to dress with all of this excitement?

determine how to make Kallax cubby shelf dividers following this step-by-step tutorial! #ikeahack #kallaxunit

9. Now it's time to cut your shelves! You can notch them slightly in front with a jigsaw, to make papers easier to grab. I skipped this step since I'm storing papers that I rarely need. But here's an example of how that would look. 

You will cut your shelves from the same plywood to 15-1/16" deep by 12-5/8". 

10. Slide them in and make sure everything fits. 

11. Give everything 1-2 coats of white paint. I went with a semi-gloss finish. 

12. Replace your unit once everything is painted. Since the measurements are so perfectly fitted to your cubby, I recommend that you DON'T nail your divider system to your Kallax so that you can move it around as needed. 

Looking to organize your life in the new year? Check out this step-by-step tutorial for installing a custom, removable slot system for your Ikea Kallax. #kallaxhacks #kallax #ikeahack

Below is a preview of my entire Built-in Kallax Filing System. I love love hiding ugly cords, documents, and miscellaneous office junk in my deep cubbies!  

**Alternate Production Method: If you have a router, you could route 1/4" shelf grooves out of 1/2" plywood panels instead of applying the long wood strips. I haven't tested this method, but I'm pretty sure it would work and actually be much faster than waiting for the strips to dry.

You'd never know how messy the rest of my house looks! 

Somehow I inherited a house with next to nothing for closet shelving, no entryway storage, and a very small pantry...I guess this means you're going to be seeing a lot of shelf building in the new year! 

Update: I recently posted the tutorial for making your own Built-in Kallax System - this post is a component of the larger design plan. 

If you'd like to see how the entire His and Hers Office Renovation turned out, you can get the full tour here!



ready to get organized in the new year? Divide up your Kallax cubbies with this easy removable slot system. #ikeakallax #ikeahack #kallaxcubby

Divider cube diy storage

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