The Best Storage Solution For Your Child’s Bedroom

If your kids are anything like mine they will have gained way more toys in their short lifetimes than what you may have acquired in your own childhood. Our seven year old son has received more Lego sets in the last three years in comparison to the full tens years I had collecting that brick toy. In fact, I am fairly sure that his collection surpassed mine just over a year into getting into Lego. I might have had something to do with that.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s Lego or something else such as Star Wars figures, Barbie or Monster High dolls, children are often proud of their collections and want to have them on display rather than hidden away inside a toy box. And then there’s the countless books that they’ll receive as gifts or purchase from their school’s book club. They need to go somewhere too.

Traditional bookcases are okay, but standing at somewhere between 180cm or 6ft up to 210cm or 7ft, when you’re a 3ft-something child, those top shelves are way our of reach and will be for a long time. So what’s the solution?

For me, the best storage solution to arrive on the furniture scene in the last decade are those shelving units referred to as Cube Storage Systems.

Perfect for a child's bedroom - Photo: Super Amart
Perfect for a child’s bedroom – Photo credit: Super Amart

The Cube Storage Systems can be found in small 2 x 1 and 2 x 2 units, up to the largest ones I’ve seen, the 6 x 6 cube shelving. They are available in cubic combinations in between as well as non-square units such as the 2 x 4 units which can be used vertically (standing up) or horizontally (laying down). The most popular size is the 4 x 4 units which I have used to base my comparison list on below.

Whether you are purchasing it from the world leading manufacturer and retailer IKEA or their local competitors such as Fantastic Furniture, Super Amart, or Poco, upmarket furniture outlets, big box hardware stores, online furniture retailers, office furniture suppliers or department stores, the Cube Storage Systems are often sold flat-packed ready to assemble DIY style at home. This makes them, just like other flat-packed furniture more cost effective to buy.

Although most retailers have the 4×4 white units as their flagship style and colour in their catalogues and overview page of this item of furniture on their websites, in addition to the various sizes I mentioned earlier, there are many finishes and colours available to suit the look and decor of your home.

I expect you are thinking that all of these units would be the same, right? Wrong. When I was looking for these units for my own kids I looked at many of the units that were available on the market. With prices for the 4×4 white units ranging from $119 up to $189 when I was looking, there was something that didn’t seem right, especially when those stores notorious for selling furniture on the cheaper end of the scale having units in the higher end of this market and vice versa, I had to do some further research before buying.

I ended up buying our boys their unit from one of the big box hardware outlets as their construction was very sturdy and put together well. At the time that I bought them IKEA had one of the most popular units on the market which they called EXPEDIT and not long after that when I first started planning this post the Internet went crazy with fans of that range from IKEA taking to social media expressing their disappointment with the Scandinavian furniture giant for replacing it with a similar shelf called the KALLAX. News outlets such as the Huffington Post even wrote articles about it.

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The other thing to look out for is accessories that go with these units. Some of the them have drawers, doors, inserts, baskets, dividers, castors (wheels), legs, and, well, many and varied other accessories to turn these storage units into the best thing since the other best thing since sliced bread. Not all of them have these accessories so they aren’t as flexible as those that do. And if laminate is not you thing there are a few furniture retailers who sell stained and polished timber units, most of which are not flat-packed and are more expensive so they might not be the sort of thing you want to put in your child’s room.

A reader suggested I add a disclaimer about fixing these to a wall or bolting them down. This goes for all furniture whether it's in the child's room or not. Infograph courtesy of US Consumer Product Safety Commission's Neighbourhood Safety Network.
A reader suggested I add a disclaimer about fixing these to a wall or bolting them down. This goes for all furniture whether it’s in the child’s room or not. Infographic courtesy of US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Neighbourhood Safety Network.

And with that, I guess it’s time to offer up the list to compare the units available in Australia. All prices quoted were correct at time of publication and are based on the white 4×4 units. Delivery not included. Link to the websites for all suppliers are given under the pictures supplied.

1. Kallax from IKEA

Width: 147 cm x Depth: 39 cm x Height: 147 cm

Price: $159.00

https://i1.wp.com/www.ikea.com/au/en/images/products/kallax-shelving-unit-white__0365614_PE549075_S4.JPG
Link: Kallax range by IKEA

2. Ovela 16 Cube Shelving Unit from Kogan

Width: 147.0cm x Depth: 39.0cm x Height: 146.6cm

Price: $150.00

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Link: Ovela range by Kogan

 

3. Cube Storage Unit by Milan Direct

Width: 146.0cm x Depth: 39.0cm x Height: 146.0cm

Price: On sale $189.00, normally $199.00

Cube Storage Unit by Milan Direct
Link: Cube Storage Unit by Milan Direct

 

4. Horsens 16 Cube Bookshelf from Officeworks

Width: 14.36cm x Depth: 39.0cm x Height: 14.36cm

Price: $159.00

Link: https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/horsens-16-cube-bookshelf-white-ot16cubewe
Link: Horsens range from Officeworks

5. Clever Cube Storage Unit from Bunnings

Width: 146.0cm x Depth: 39.0cm x Height: 146.0cm

Price: $119.00

Clever cube from Bunnings
Link: Clever Cube from Bunnings

6. Riley Cube from Super Amart

Width: 149.0cm x Depth: 39.0cm x Height: 149.0cm

Price: $149.95

Link: Riley Cube from Super Amart

7. Miley Cube from Super Amart

Width: 145.9cm x Depth: 39.0cm x Height: 145.9cm

Price: $149.95

Link: Miley Cube from Super Amart
Link: Miley Cube from Super Amart

8. Matrix Cube Shelf from Fantastic Furniture

Width: 144.0cm x Depth: 39.0cm x Height: 144.0cm

Price: $165.00

Link:
Link: Matrix from Fantastic Furniture

9. Infiniti Cube Shelf from Fantastic Furniture

Width: 160.0cm x Depth: 35.0cm x Height: 160.0cm

Price: $299.00

Link: Infiniti from Fantastic Furniture
Link: Infiniti from Fantastic Furniture

10. Boon Cube White from The Shelving Shop

Width: 145.2cm x Depth: (not given) x Height: 145.2cm

Price: $550.00

Link: Boon from The Shelving Shop
Link: Boon from The Shelving Shop

Despite what you might think, this is not a sponsored post although I wish I did have all of these companies sending me money to promote their products. This is just one of those posts that I promised I would write to give advice to parents who want their life as a parent to be easier. And if you think that your friends and family can benefit from reading this, don’t forget to share this on Facebook and Twitter.

2 thoughts on “The Best Storage Solution For Your Child’s Bedroom

  1. Do you know where to buy inserts to fit most of these shelves, apart from Ikea and Bunnings? Anywhere online? Thanks!

    1. That’s a good question. We have the Bunnings cubes and I was in IKEA on Saturday and went to buy their cubes but I’m not sure if they fit. I’ve never checked what the internal measurements are of each.

      But if I find a seller online, I’ll let you know.

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