Best Modular Storage Systems in 2020



KOUSI Shelving 20 Cube Storage Black Book Organizer Metal Bookcase Metal Bookcase Cube Book Shelves Grid Unit Cubby Wall Storage Review:


Assembly is easy but make sure you keep the little wooden mallet that comes with these because you'll need it. Everything needs to be locked down tight so these shelves don't sway back and forth and become disconnected.

You can assemble this in the upright position but I highly recommend having an area large enough to lay them down so you can really push on them and lock them in place. There are no screws, only little round, plastic connectors so the stability of the unit is completely dependent on how tightly you can get those to lock together.

These are not suitable for really heavy stuff but I put mainly clothes on mine in the closet. They're sort of garage chic if there is such a thing. Nothing I'd want in my living room, but great for a closet.

My only problem is with how sturdy these are. They do tend to sway a bit when you put stuff on them which will eventually loosen the connectors, so keep the mallet.

I think these are great for the value. Make sure you put the BACK wire panel on each unit. I built the entire thing and then wondered why I had so many additional panels...



KOUSI Metal Wire Storage Grid Storage Metal Cubes Wire Cube Large Cubbies Metal Organizer Cube Modular Metal, Supports up to 44 lbs, 25 Cube Black Review:


I am convinced that about four factories make all the wire sections, and another four factories make the hookemers (technical term!), and the managers of all the factories hate each other and refuse to share actual measurements. Some wires are thicker, some thinner, some hookemers are shallower, some deeper. None of them hold strongly enough to move the unit from where you assembled it, to where you will use it. Thus, the cable ties. Join a layer, attach each shelf and side piece to the others with cable ties. Do the next layer, and cable tie. Once you are done, a unit of sixteen cubes (4 x 4), can be picked by one weakling (me) and moved all over the place without sections coming loose.



TomCare Cube Storage 9-Cube Closet Organizer Shelves Plastic Storage Cube Organizer DIY Closet Organizer Storage Cabinet Modular Book Shelf Shelving for Bedroom Living Room Office, Black Review:


First of all, I was not able to use these for my intended purpose because they are smaller than any other snap together cube system I have used, that is my fault for not paying attention to the dimensions, not the fault of the product t itself. Just make sure these are the proper size for what you are looking for. (Photos 5 &6 show the size differences with a standard wire cube)

If you have ever used a snap together cube system, you know how easily these assemble or disassemble. If you have never done it, the instructions are fairly clear. It was supposed to come with a hammer of some sort, though mine did not, but it's really unnecessary anyway. I find that after I snap everything together a gentle push directly down against the joint toward the floor makes everything snap quite securely into place.

I really like that this unit has the elevated connectors (Photo 2) so that the unit sits off the floor instead of directly on it. The material all the connectors are made of does seem a bit thin (Photo 3), so the durability may not be as good as others I've owned (Photo 8 shows a comparison to other connectors), but no problems yet.

I really like that these are enclosed and aren't just open like most units of this nature, which was my reason for choosing this model. The material is not as firm as I expected (it is kind of like a strong vinyl fabric rather than a hard plastic like I anticipated) so if you put heavier items in the cube it dips down (you can sort of see this in photo 4) which makes me hesitant to put anything really heavy in it or load it up like I have with the wire versions. This alone is why I reduced my rating to a 4 star instead of a 5 star. I have used some of the pieces to create more of a "bucket" shape (Photo7) and they seem a bit more sturdy in that configuration.
All in all, this seems to be a good product for the price point especially since it is a 9 Cube. As long as it is the right size for you and you aren't looking to store very heavy items I would recommend it.



SONGMICS Cube Storage Organizer, 16-Cube Book Shelf, DIY Plastic Closet Cabinet, Modular Bookcase, Storage Shelving for Bedroom, Living Room, Office, 48.4 L x 12.2 W x 48.4 H Inches Black ULPC44BK Review:


So far I like this product. The assembly instructions were quite easy, although, at times it seems I could have used an extra hand to hold the pieces together at intersections but aside from that I had no trouble putting it together, and because there are so many pieces, it did take a while. If you want to change the shape of it from a square to something else you might need a couple extra panels to do so. It did come with extra clips. I’m not sure how durable this product is, it seems like you have to be careful as far as moving it or bump again to it. I haven’t put much in it yet so I don’t know how it holds up to weight when it’s filled with items. I took a couple of front view pictures, a sideview picture so you can tell how see-through it is, and a picture of where it intersects so you could see how it’s put together. Oh, and the best part about this piece of furniture is you can change the look of it just by changing your bin colors! AND They sell them at The Dollar Tree!!!



SONGMICS Cube Storage Organizer, Storage Shelves, White ULPC115S Review:


As stated, it was easy assembly and unlike the other reviews, I ended up with two extra connectors after assembling as shown. Regarding size, it fits most standard foldable cube storage units. I like the fact that I can disassemble easily and that it does seem like it will be easy to clean.

Only caveat is that when I first purchased it I thought it was hard plastic because looking at the pictures, there was one with binders and what looked like books on it. It does note in the pictures, if you scroll down further that it is SOFT plastic. I partially wish the seller would've stated that from the beginning but other than the fact I can't place my child's books on it, everything else is what I was expecting.



Large 14''x14'' Modular Storage Organizer 6 Cubes, DIY Plastic Closet Bookcases Book Shelf Organizing Shelving for Bedroom Living Room Office, Black Review:


Me and my five year old put these together last week. I started trying a different configuration than just cubes by trying to leave a panel out but it just seemed so weak that I decided to not risk it. When you put it together just make sure that the panel is completely seated into the plastic piece because once you get another cube together its hard to push them all the way in.



KOUSI 14"x14" Storage Cubes Wire Grid Modular Metal Cubbies Organizer Bookcases and Book Shelves Origami Multifunction Shelving Unit Review:


Assembly is easy but make sure you keep the little wooden mallet that comes with these because you'll need it. Everything needs to be locked down tight so these shelves don't sway back and forth and become disconnected.

You can assemble this in the upright position but I highly recommend having an area large enough to lay them down so you can really push on them and lock them in place. There are no screws, only little round, plastic connectors so the stability of the unit is completely dependent on how tightly you can get those to lock together.

These are not suitable for really heavy stuff but I put mainly clothes on mine in the closet. They're sort of garage chic if there is such a thing. Nothing I'd want in my living room, but great for a closet.

My only problem is with how sturdy these are. They do tend to sway a bit when you put stuff on them which will eventually loosen the connectors, so keep the mallet.

I think these are great for the value. Make sure you put the BACK wire panel on each unit. I built the entire thing and then wondered why I had so many additional panels...



LANGRIA 16 Cube Organizer Plastic Stackable Storage Shelves Multifunctional Modular Closet Cabinet with Hanging Rod for Clothes Toys(Transparent Brown) Review:


I run a successful crochet business and after seeing several people on crochet pages using these cubes, I decided to buy some of my own. I couldn't be happier! These are so much better than storing my yarn in huge 20-gallon tubs. I can now organized things by color, the shelves take up less space than the tubs did, and everything is so easy to access. All of the yarn in the pictures is pretty much 10.5oz Bernat Blanket Yarn (in case you are trying to determine how much a cube holds). Each cube fit 6 of the 10.5 oz skeins of yarn easily with some smaller balls in the front of it. I can do two rows deep of the Bernat 3.5oz yarn. I loved them so much that I bought a second set of shelves to use to store my finished security blankets and stuffed animals.

A few helpful tips from frequently asked questions I have had:
*The directions are really bad (poorly drawn) so I suggest looking up directions on YouTube. They show people putting them together and it is easier when watching someone do it.
*Do NOT put anything too heavy on them. They are made of plastic. I do not recommend as a book shelf
*I wore work gloves when putting them together because I cut my knuckle open the 1st time doing it, just a little warning
*Yes the black connectors DO come with it (plus extra). Mine also came with 1 clothing bar (I don't recommend hanging much from it though)



LANGRIA Modular Closet Organizer Plastic Cabinet, 16 Cube Wardrobe Cubby Shelving Storage Cubes Drawer Unit, DIY Modular Bookcase Closet System Cabinet with Doors for Clothes, Shoes, Toys, White Review:


... and I'm not finished yet. These are fantastic. I'm moving into a new place and desire an unconventional layout. I also have much less storage space than my last place. This brilliant invention allows me to divide my room while providing storage. Allow yourself time to enjoy the satisfying task of snapping and building your cube wall. Get creative. HINT: Be sure to check twice when locking them in that they are, indeed, all the way in, as you go. I noticed some space between middle cubes and it's much harder to click it in all the way after it's that deep down the line. You'll see what I mean. Rotate and lay flat and push all around as you go. I got the 20 pack AND the 9 pack. You can use them all over your house - a couple here, a few there. This system is versatile and smart. I should have ordered more.



Eco-Friendly Cube Color: Black Review:


(I've uploaded customer photos to complement this review. Check 'em out!)

Way Basics storage cubes are made out of recycled cardboard, which makes them quite light at 4.4 pounds each. You build a cube by sticking the pieces together with double-sided adhesive tape from 3M. You might be saying "cardboard?! adhesive?!", and you wouldn't be alone. But, besides the weight, they seem indistinguishable from the standard MDF or particleboard shelves you can buy cheaply nowadays. The colored laminate hides any indication they're made of cardboard and, when they're properly built and have rested for 24 hours, they're quite sturdy. I've moved around cubes full of heavy books without mishap (and by supporting the required backboard, of course).

For my house, six individual Storage Cubes and one Storage Cube Plus create a column that rises to about an inch and a half from my ceiling. Though they don't lock together for stacking, wedging something into the remaining space provides enough stability that I've no fears about jumping four- or six-year-olds. (I'm not kidding, either - that was actually part of my stress-testing.)

I've had standard department store shelves for years, with lots of wasted vertical space above the book tops. This is both because you only get a certain number of shelves (one of which is hardwired near the middle for stability) and because there tends to be only one optimal way to place them. A single shelf gives you 26.75 inches (″) of horizontal space. For a three shelf unit, that's a total of 80.25″, or 133.75″ for a five shelf unit.

With the Way Basics cubes, I can get four shelves in the same space as a three shelf unit. A single cube offers 11.75″ of space. For my bedroom's side wall, which had two three shelf units, I had 160.5″ of horizontal space. Replacing those shelves with cubes gave me 188″. Since the cubes fit into tinier nooks than the full-blown shelves, I was also able to fit a fifth column on the side, bringing my total up to 235″, nearly 5½ feet of extra horizontal space in the same footprint. For floor to ceiling columns, something I could never do with department store bookshelves, the extra space gained is even larger. With six regular cubes and one plus-sized cube per column, I maximize the height for most of the books I own, while still allowing room for the various oversized items I have.

The fact that there are more "walls" to cube storage is actually a benefit in disguise: with most cheap bookshelves, your shelves will start to sag over time. It was a habit of mine to flip my shelves, like a mattress, every six months or so. With cubes, every horizontal shelf is reinforced either by the floor or the top of the cube beneath it. I haven't had them long enough to notice any sagging, but my guess is that it won't be a problem. No more mattress flipping!

Way Basics storage cubes come in a variety of colors, and I spent many an hour drafting up cute little patterns and schemes in a drawing program. After building a 5 x 7 pattern, I found that you don't really notice the pattern unless you actively look for it. I switched over to single colors per column and they become a bit more noticeable. If color isn't your thing, they also offer black, white, and a few wood grains.

I've looked into storage cubes before, but always found them to be too expensive (locking wooden crates that cost a ton to ship), too bookshelve-y (a single unit with nine cubicles defeats a lot of the advantages of cube storage), or too flimsy (full plastic walls that weren't sturdy enough, milk crates that didn't have enough flat surfaces, etc.). The Way Basics cubes have none of these problems, and after two months of testing and three months of completion, I'm quite thrilled with the result!