One of the most important things in the household is storage. And no matter how much we add up, it seems like the need doesn’t end. One of the quickest and cheapest are plastic lidded storage bins. And if you’re not creative, you’ll quickly find yourself boxed in by boxes!
Here are ways to creatively use plastic lidded boxes, large bins, and a shelf with storage bins!
If you live in a small space, turn your unsightly large, plastic storage bins into additional seating.
All you need are two large storage bins with lids, a long piece of plywood, some foam batting, and the material you want to cover the seating with. Look here for more info.
Take advantage of the extra space beneath your bed by making under-the-bed storage using nothing more than a plastic storage bin and some caster wheels.
You can attach the wheels to each corner of the bin using a drill and some screws. Find the complete tutorial here.
If you have a young daughter or niece, make her a vanity using two plastic bin drawers, some plywood, and a mirror, along with a few other items.
This beautiful piece of furniture should look great in a girl’s bedroom. Check out It’s Not Always Black and White for instructions on this great project.
Gift Wrapping Storage
If you need an area to store your gift-wrapping supplies, use a set of drawer bins. Either write or attach decals to each drawer signifying what it holds. This allows you to keep your wrapping paper, gift bags, tags, and other items separate.
Overhead Garage Storage
If you have carpentry skills, put them to use by constructing an overhead storage space in your garage using a large piece of plywood and some boards.
Once in place, use large storage bins to store items in this often unused space. Closet organizing bins are perfect to keep tools and other materials.
Backyard DIY Pond
Now, this is quite the plastic bin transformation — plastic bin to a fancy zen-looking water feature. This is a perfect DIY backyard project for garden lovers everywhere. It’s affordable, and aesthetically pleasing with clear instructions provided by The Garden Glove.
You can take small, plain-white plastic bins and turn them into stylish organization totes for your home.
Paint the tote in the color you want, and add some leather strips to the side of the tote. You can find the project at Love, Create, Celebrate.
You can also fill some plastic storage bins with yarn. You can place them in a storage system, such as the Ikea Trofast storage system.
Or, you can also divide your yarn according to color. Just make sure to mark the outside of each container so you know which bin contains which color.
Cover Plastic Lidded Storage Bins in Fabric
To make a storage bin look nicer, cover it in fabric. If you plan on using them in your home, choose a fabric with a design that goes with your decor.
Then apply the fabric using Mod Podge glue. Great fabrics to use include old towels, linen, or fabric you buy from the store.
Bench Seating Storage
If you find yourself with a seating area with room underneath, consider adding a storage bin or two to act as storage. To make the bins blend into the surrounding decor, cover them with a matching fabric, as detailed in this tutorial.
Board Game Organizer
If you are a lover of board games, you might find yourself short on storage solutions.
To combat this, place plastic storage bins on a shelf to store your board games in. You can even store games for your kids lower down while storing the adult board games higher up.
Makeshift Craft Room Storage Idea
If you are like many crafters, you probably find yourself with leftover bits of materials and other items. To store these extra materials, take an old dresser and remove the drawers.
Next, stack smaller plastic storage bins with your supplies. You can even label them to make it easier to find what you need.
Cube storage bins, collapsible storage bins – a wide array of containers can be used creatively to create more space and a more efficient system. Try these plastic lidded storage bins hacks for yourself and see your life get easier and much more organized!