Storage Boxes Buying Guide
By Displaysense's Lucy Eagland
They say a tidy space equals a tidy mind and storage boxes allow you to clear away clutter and in some cases, hide it from sight altogether. When it comes to storage boxes, there is a huge amount to choose from. Not only in materials but in style, size and use. They are not only fantastic for the storage of goods but also their transportation, whether at home, the office, school or a retail store.
Whether you are looking to store away those bulky out of season clothes or simply prevent children’s toys taking over the home, we have a storage box to suit your needs.
Plastic storage boxes
Plastic storage boxes are hard-wearing and water resistant, making them the perfect choice for storage in lofts, garages or warehouses. Due to their durable and usually injection moulded construction, they are perfect for heavier items and can often be stacked when full or nested when empty, to save valuable floor space. Clear storage boxes allow you to quickly and easily see the contents whilst coloured boxes are a popular choice for children’s playrooms. Plastic storage containers are also hygienic as you can easily clean them to remove any spillages or dirt. Small plastic containers are ideal for storing food as they can be easily cleaned but you will want to look for boxes that have an airtight seal and are freezer safe.
Wooden storage boxes
Wooden storage boxes are a much more rustic storage solution and a popular choice in scandi style homes. They are eco-friendly and you can purchase items that are FSC certified. If made from untreated wood, they also provide a blank canvas for personalisation and they can be blended into your décor. Quite often cut out handles are incorporated into the design of the box rather than added to the top but there are many different styles to choose from and if you’d rather not have handles, you’ll have plenty to pick from. Many wood storage boxes and wooden crates are stackable to save taking up too much space and to keep the contents free from dust and dirt, you can opt for a wooden storage box with lid.
Felt storage boxes
Felt has become incredibly popular in the design of modern and stylish home storage solutions. It is a relatively lightweight yet strong material and is eco-friendly; it’s 100% biodegradable as it is made from wool. The soft material is perfect for use around the house and means they can sometimes be folded away when not in use to save precious space. They are usually designed without lids and due to their flexible material, they mostly come with handles for easy manoeuvring.
Canvas storage boxes
For a softer finish, canvas storage boxes are perfect for storing away anything from clothing to magazines and newspapers. They come in many different shapes, sizes and colours. Cube storage systems are a popular choice in many households and there is a wide range of cubed storage boxes that are designed for use with them. As canvas boxes are not made from rigid material, they can folded and tucked away when not in use and some woven storage boxes come with reinforced sides to prevent bowing and increase the amount they can contain. Whilst many canvas boxes come with handles, there are some that don’t. You will also want to look at the placement of any handles and their material; if incorporated into the sides of the box, you may want to look for handles that have an additional chrome finish to prevent wear and tear from being carried.