May 15, 2013

Ikea Window Bench Storage Containers

These are our window benches made from Ikea Expedit shelves. See my tutorial here: Ikea No-Sew Window Bench Tutorial.

Almost as important as the fabric you choose for the cushion are the storage containers you choose to go inside the openings. These openings are about 13'x13'x15' so pretty large. It's hard to find that size of storage bin/container for cheaper than $15. And we had 10 spaces to fill! So we were definitely looking for something much more affordable.


These storage containers are actually made to fit this exact shelf from Ikea. I didn't initially see them in the store when I was there, but found them online and had them shipped to my house. They are Ikea's Drona Box. They fit perfectly. And the best part? They are only $4.99 each! It was impossible to find another storage container close to that price. They come in several colors, but we went with white. I've even seen other people get these containers then spray paint numbers/letters/etc. onto them. The possibilities are endless. 

For our 2nd window bench that is in our living room, I wanted storage containers that looked a little nicer. Don't get me wrong, the Ikea boxes look great and will hold up for a long time, but I saw another container that I instantly wanted. It's Target's Theshold Storage Bin. They also come in 3 colors, we went with the Natural color. Only down side is that they cost $12.99 each. I have a Target Red Card so I got an additional 5% off. You can wait until they go on sale if you'd like to chance getting the color/amount you want.



Did I mention that they hold A TON of stuff? It's an easy and convenient place to store toys, blankets, books, etc.




For more pictures of our nursery, check out my Nursery Reveal Here!





12 comments:

  1. Where did you get the bench seat itself?

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  2. At Ikea, there's a link in my other post here: http://mommyvignettes.blogspot.com/2013/05/nursery-reveal-source-list.html

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  4. I really like this type of interesting articles. keep it up.

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  5. Security is always an important consideration and must always be very good at any storage facility. We've never had a single problem with ours. Access is easy and the place is immaculate.

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  6. Did you make or buy the cushion? Very cute!

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  7. You are amazing! I love this. Thanks!

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  8. Hi I was wondering if anybody knew where I could buy the storage unit? I have looked everywhere and cannot find one like this! �� thanks!!

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  9. How's it holding up? Is it comfy? I'm thinking of making one, but concerned that sitting on it, people will want to put their feet in the cubbies -

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  11. It definitely looks great as a hack - you may just want to watch the weight of the person sitting.

    The EXPEDIT just was not designed for this purpose - note that the EXPEDIT is thicker on the side that was supposed to be vertically upright.

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  12. I'm very excited to try this window bench! The storage bins from Target are no longer available. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

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