22 Different Types of Stackable Storage Ideas

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There are different types of stackable storage bins just lying around your house waiting for you to put them to good use and be part of your home decor.

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A pile of stackable storage boxes.

Stackable storage containers are a boon when it comes to space-saving and organization. It’s easy to find one and they don’t make a dent to your budget. They can fit any room in the house and can even be used to decorate your space. Think about cute bins in matching colors.

They also come in all types, shapes and sizes. We’ve listed down the different types of stackable storage containers that would be great for decluttering and decorating your home.

Type

Bin

Stackable orange storage bin

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Stackable storage bins are great for use not only in your home and your garage, but also in your commercial business if you have items for sale that you want to display or need to make sure that your employees have easy access to parts in the workshop. These bins are great for keeping your tools and parts organized in your garage and will help any homeowner quickly find the part that they are looking for, no matter if they are working on a car or a carpentry project. Inside the home, these bins are perfect for small toys or even larger pieces of paper. Because they are solid and do not have any holes cut into them for air flow or design, children don’t have to worry about losing even small pieces of building blocks. This makes these bins a great storage option in the bedroom or playroom. Adults love them because they’re perfect for quickly sorting bills or other information, and since they come in so many different colors and designs it’s easy to find one that will fit with the décor of the room.

Basket

Stackable storage basket

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Stacking baskets have one major benefit over using stacking bins, and that is that they are designed with open holes in the back and the walls. While this makes them very difficult to use if you want to store small parts or pieces, such as screws or marbles, it does expand their use in other ways. The air holes allow for airflow around the items that you have stored inside, which means that stacking baskets can be used to store fruits and vegetables without worrying that they will begin to rot right away, which is what happens with no air flow. Stacking your baskets in the kitchen or in the pantry is a great way to enjoy extra space in these often-cramped areas, and these baskets are ideal because they keep your ingredients close to hand at all times. They’re also great for storing various snacks that children can have access to, as it makes it easy for kids to see what they are allowed to have. While you can store most anything in these baskets, it’s smart to take advantage of the fact that they offer superior air flow and store items that need that. From food to damp garden gloves, you don’t have to worry about rot or musty smells.

Tote

Stackable storage tote

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Totes are a different type of stacking storage. While many lock into each other, making them difficult to take apart but lending them a lot of security from getting accidentally knocked over, totes without locking features are great for stacking but are easily removed from the pile so that you won’t miss the fact that they don’t lock together. While other stacking storage is perfect when you want things on display at all times, it’s best to use totes when you want attractive storage and your items stored up and out of the way. These storage totes often come in attractive colors so that if they are on display, such as in a classroom or a bedroom, they will not detract from the overall appearance of the space. They come with lids that keep items from falling out and are very easy to lift and to move thanks to the handles cut into the sides of the tote. Colors that are neutral are perfect for the home or office and are generally the perfect size to accommodate hanging files. This makes it easy to keep all of your important information in one place. Larger plastic totes are great for storing items such as holiday decorations or extra kitchen appliances in the basement, attic, or garage.

Cube

Stackable storage cube

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Storage cubes are great if you want to make sure that you have room to store your items but still want to be able to easily access them, as they have an open side that allows you not only to display items, but to remove them as needed. When in the market for stacking storage cubes, you want to make sure not only that you like the aesthetics of them, as they are generally very visible in the room where they are used, but also that they are large enough to accommodate the items you have stored. This is more important with cubes than it is with other types of stacking storage, as the items you have stored will be on display and you do not want them to appear crammed or forced into the space. Look for stacking storage cubes that click into each other so you do not have to worry about the whole tower of storage ending up on the floor if it is knocked slightly. While you will not want to stack too high for fear of a safety hazard, these cubes can be a great way to take advantage of vertical space in the room.

Shoe Rack

Stackable shoe rackSource: Wayfair

Anyone who has a lot of shoes knows how difficult it can be to find a place to store them all, which is why shoe racks that stack and take up vertical space are a great idea. Instead of having all of your shoes strewn over the floor of your closet, when you opt for stackable shoe racks you can keep them up and out of the way for cleaning and other tasks. This has a number of benefits. As well as making it very easy to choose what shoes you want to wear, you no longer have to worry about your shoes being damaged while they are on the floor. Keeping them up in the air and separated from each other also gives them a chance to air out, which can improve the overall smell of your bedroom or storage area. While most people only think of using stackable shoe racks in the bedroom, they are great for an entryway, laundry room, or in the garage. This is especially important if you live in a very wet area or work outside and need a way to keep your muddy shoes from tracking all over the home.

Modular Cube System

Stackable modular cube system

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Unlike single stackable cubes that may snap together in a vertical line, if you need a lot of storage in your room or home then you will be much better off with a modular system. These systems come with a number of storage cubes in square or rectangular shapes that will all fit together to form a stacked storage area against the wall. They will take up both vertical and floor space in your room, but because they are all designed to fit together, they look great and not bulky or out of place. When looking for a modular stackable system you will want to consider how you are going to store your items. While some people prefer the bare look of items such as books, toys, or media stored directly in the cube, if you want to hide some items or prefer a more cohesive look then you will want to consider investing in totes or buckets that will fit inside the cubes. This will allow you to store anything inside without worrying about the appearance and will keep smaller items from tumbling out and all over the floor.

Crate

Stackable storage crate

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Actual wooden crates can be used as stackable storage and lend a lot of visual interest to the space. Instead of brightly colored plastic or materials that won’t stand up to a lot of use, when you opt for older crates you not only get sturdy items that will protect anything you store in them but also a lot of flair in the piece. In the right home and with the right décor, aged and worn wooden crates will appear very interesting and won’t be out of place. You will want to make sure that you know where the crates come from, as you don’t want to have to deal with any chemicals on them or any bugs that they might bring in. Additionally, very old wooden crates may have rough edges, so it’s important to stand them smooth so that any family members aren’t at risk of splinters when they are using the crates. While they can be stacked, it’s a good idea to anchor them into the wall for additional safety, since they don’t lock together, so that you don’t have to worry about a child pulling down the whole storage unit.

Shoe Storage Box

Stackable shoe storage box

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Ideal for anyone who has a large collection of shoes or a few very nice pairs that they want to protect, shoe storage boxes allow you to easily store your pairs of shoes without worrying about them being damaged in a jumbled pile. These boxes stack neatly on top of each other and are great in the back of the closet as they make it very easy to see what pairs you have and when choosing your outfit for the day. When you are putting your shoes away in storage boxes you will want to make sure that they are not at all damp or wet, as these boxes have front lids that snap into place to keep dust and pets from getting to the shoes. While this is a great way to make sure that your shoes are protected, if they are wet when they are put into storage then they may quickly begin to smell. There are small ventilation holes that help with circulating air, but if your storage box is in the middle of a stack or surrounded on all sides then you will not see a huge benefit from these air holes.

Storage Shelf

Stackable storage shelf

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Quickly optimize the storage in your pantry or your kitchen with wire stackable shelves. These are made for a lot of air circulation, so you don’t have to worry about your damp dishes causing a problem in the cupboard, making these a great way to add shelving to a large open space in a cupboard. Because they are very minimalist, you can use them on the counter as they will not really detract from the overall décor of the room. When looking for wire storage shelves, you want to make sure that they are sturdy enough to stand up to holding heavy items without bending out of shape.

Egg Carton

Stackable egg carton

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As anyone who has chickens knows, it’s important to be able to store the eggs in the refrigerator before use or before they are sold. While some people love the look of a bowl of fresh eggs in the refrigerator, this is not the best way to store eggs. When storing eggs you have to make sure that you are optimizing space or you will quickly run out of room for the rest of your food. This is why you have to use stackable egg cartons. These sturdy storage options aren’t useful for anything else in the home except holding beads or other small items for craft projects, but in the refrigerator they are the absolute best way to keep your eggs safe and from getting cracked or damaged. They also make it easy to rotate the eggs so that you are eating the older ones first before they go bad.

Tray

Stackable tray

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Perfect for storing flatter items such as letters or jewelry, storage trays can easily be labeled and stacked on a shelf. The labels make it incredibly easy to find the items that you are looking for, and since they can be stacked you don’t have to worry about them taking up a lot of excess space. When you opt for pretty trays then you can store them out in the open, on a desk or bookcase, without worrying about their appearance. For more privacy or security of the items that you have stored, slip them into a cupboard or closet where they will still be easily accessible but out of sight.

Trunk

Stackable storage trunk

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Trunks are a great way to maximize storage in a garage or in a closet and with their locking lids and casters, it’s easy to rest assured that the items you store inside will be protected as well as easy to access. Trunks are especially great if you’re sharing a space with a number of children, as the trunks can be filled and then stacked against the wall, out of the way. When you opt for trunks in different colors then the children will be able to easily tell which one is theirs and you won’t have to deal with a lot of arguing. Wheels on the trunks make it very easy for children to pull them around behind themselves during clean-up time and to push them back to where they get stored. Because the tops are textured and have space for the wheels to sit, they will easily stack on top of each other without any risk of them sliding or rolling off, which is necessary if you are going to be using them around children.

Features

Flip Lids

Stackable flip lids

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Keep your items close at hand but protected from dust or falling out when you opt for storage that comes with flip lids. These lids generally flip up and then lock back down so that you can open the storage, reach inside, and then shut it securely. These are great for corralling small items, such as screws and bolts, in the workshop, but can also be used inside the home. Perfect for baking or keeping candies separate but available, you can easily stack these storage bins a few high before you have to worry about them getting knocked or falling over.

Lids

Stackable storage lid

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While some stackable storage has open sides so that you can reach in and get what you want, for longer-term storage you will want something with a lid. This allows you to shut the container, ensuring that the items you have stored inside won’t be damaged while they are in storage.

Angled

Stackable angled bin

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Angled bins make it very easy to get your hand inside and to select the item that you want to remove. While some storage does not come with an angled opening and simply is missing a wall, this is not ideal if you are at all worried about the items you have stored accidentally falling out. Anything that rolls or is unable to sit securely in storage should be placed in a storage option that has an angled opening. This will prevent items from falling out and causing a mess in your home while still allowing you to easily reach inside and get what you need.

Wheeled

Stackable wheeled storage

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While it’s very understandable to be concerned about using stackable storage that has wheels, when the lid has been formed correctly to fit with the wheels of the storage on top, there aren’t any worries about the storage rolling or slipping off. Wheels on your storage are a great idea, especially if you have children and want to get them involved in the cleaning process. Wheels also make it very easy to move your storage around your room, which can be important in a small space if you need to make room for other activities from time to time.

Handle

Stackable storage with handle

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While it’s easy to think that once you have your stackable storage in place that you will never again need to move your items, chances are good that at some point you will. You can plan ahead for this and ensure that this is as easy as possible by choosing storage options that have handles. This makes it easy to move full storage without having to empty it out first and will greatly speed up how quickly you can move your storage to a new location.

Material

Wood

Stackable wooden storage

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Wood storage is great if you want to have it on display and don’t want to worry about how your stackable storage is going to affect the overall décor or appearance of your room. One of the main benefits of wood storage is that if your style changes over time you can easily paint or stain the wood a different color. While this does take a little prep work and labor, this is unlike plastic or other storage options that can’t easily be changed. This little bit of freedom regarding the appearance of your storage appeals to a lot of people. In addition, since wood is a natural material, it won’t look very out of place in your home. The wood grain, when visible, adds a lot of interest to the piece and the room.

Plastic

Stackable plastic storage

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Plastic storage is a great option anytime you need something sturdy that won’t easily break. This means that it’s ideal for holding items in a playroom or garage as it will be able to stand up to children using the storage without being damaged. Molded plastic will easily fit onto the piece below it, meaning that you don’t have any problems with the items stacking the way that they should. Plastic is also very lightweight and this makes it very easy to stack your storage when you are getting it set up. If you are going to be storing anything that is wet or damp then you will want to opt for plastic, as this will keep mildew or mold from growing in the storage unit itself.

Steel

Stackable steel storage

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Steel is very sturdy and attractive and will add interest to the storage that you choose. Of course, since steel is more expensive, you will be paying more outright for your storage, but can rest easy that the steel will last years without breakage or damage. Unlike plastic, and even wood, if steel storage falls or is dented it is unlikely to break completely. While it may dent, many people feel like dents and dings only add to the charm of their storage. You do have to be careful with steel, as it will begin to rust after it has been damaged, so keep it away from damp or wet areas and avoid storing wet shoes it in.

Cardboard

Stackable cardboard storageSource: Houzz

While cardboard storage isn’t going to be as sturdy as steel or even wood, it is a great choice if you need to store items such as files or other paperwork. Generally cardboard is only used for making storage boxes designed for businesses or home entrepreneurs to store their information, but these lidded boxes are great for most any use. As long as the item you store isn’t too heavy, you can easily use them for toys or other items. They have sturdy lids that can easily hold the weight of other boxes, making them easy to stack.

Cloth

Stackable storage made out of cloth

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Perfect for keeping delicate items from being damaged, cloth won’t stand up to hard everyday use, but will do a great job protecting your smaller items. Consider cloth stacking storage for your jewelry or perfume, or even for storing small keepsakes or antiques.





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