Boxes and Bins Buying Guide

Think out of the box—or inside the box—for storage, with the range of options for attractive, functional boxes and bins that help you organize every room in your home.

Types of Boxes and Bins

Types of Boxes and Bins

Life presents us with lots of loose ends. There are building blocks and action figures for kids, diapers and wipes for babies, barrettes and belts for teenagers, rings and earrings for adults—and that's just toys, clothes, and accessories. Move into the kitchen and bathroom, and there are even more items that float and flit through our daily lives. Luckily, boxes and bins have come to the rescue. There are literally hundreds of varieties, sizes, colors, and styles of these necessary items.

Archive Boxes

Archive boxes are used to store items that must be protected from the elements—photos that may fade, for example, or heirloom papers that are in delicate condition. These containers typically have a lid and are made of material that prevents sunlight from penetrating.

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Decorative boxes can easily fit into a room as accent pieces—either with distinctive shapes, unique patterns, or standout colors. These often have lids to conceal contents from easy viewing.

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Plastic boxes and bins are widely available and handy for all sorts of uses. Some may be part of a multi-unit piece, while others may stand alone. These are often translucent but can be colored, too.

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General boxes and bins can be cardboard or fabric, natural or manufactured materials, have lids or not, and designed to be used in multiple rooms and for multiple purposes.

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Vintage Case Black Box Small Suitcase Mid Century Storage Box Letter Box Vintage Storage Box Office Storage Shabby Decor Box About... 12 long, 5.25 thick, 8.5 wide. Covered in black faux leather pattern paper on wood with metal hardware and hinges. You can store many things in this practical retro box that resembles a small suitcase. Its unlined so you could lined it with an attractive paper and keep mementos like letters and photos inside. FIND HANDMADE AT HANDBYHAND.ETSY.COM! read more

Etsy - DynamiteBoxes

The fascinating wood grain patterns and the uncommon combinations of gorgeous woods, with attention holding desigs. A whatever box... that looks great on any desk,coffee table or fire place mantle. Its sure to be noticed anywhere. The body of the box is Walnut, with a multi wood inlayed top. The box has a hand rubbed oil finish to bring out the beauty of the wood and is lined with a rich velvet lining. Mesurement are approx Length 9 inches Width 2 3/4 inches Height 2 inches read more

Etsy - ShabbyShores

Wooden Storage Box Trinket Box Rustic Blue Box Remote Control Box Home And Storage Craft Storage Jewelry Box Solid Wood Cottage Be...ach Decor. So Beach Cottage, Rustic, COOL!! Dimensions 15 L 7 W 2 1/2 H read more

Etsy - ThePerfectLittleBox

The perfect little box. Heart shaped inside round jewelry box. A perfect circle with swivel top revealing a heart shaped interior!... This handmade box I fitted perfectly together with no glue so it is actually a puzzle. The dowels are too tight to remove and the bottom should be left on just making a point! Diameter is approximately 3.75 inches. read more

Product Features

Product Features

Perhaps you have one cabinet that you've never been able to organize. Or maybe your kids' rooms are overflowing with toys they can't bear to part with—and you're unsure how to contain them. No matter: There are boxes and bins that can help. The types of these homekeeping essentials supply you with nearly limitless options for all your storage and organization needs, as do the helpful product features. Those include number of compartments, lids, size, and materials. Here's an overview that will help you know what to look for.

Number of Compartments

Many boxes and bins are simply one compartment, but some can be subdivided. These are good solutions for items such as jewelry or small toys, and even hobby supplies.

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Lids increase the flexibility of boxes and bins, allowing them to be stacked or to better cover and protect the items within. What you choose depends in large part on your needs and preferences.

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Boxes and bins come in any number of sizes, from the smallest of containers that can hold a tiny collection of buttons, to oversize versions that can stash winter gear.


Materials vary widely for the types of boxes. Some decorative versions may be sturdy and fabric-covered, but they may also be heavy paper. Plastic ones may be designed to be hidden in other cabinets, or pretty enough to display on their own.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Most boxes and bins aren't expensive investments, and they're well worth the effort of shopping and selecting the right size, material, and other product features. But still, a few purchase considerations may help maximize your use and enjoyment—and the sigh of relief when that last cabinet or last room finally comes to order. Those include stackability, cabinets, handles, and lining. This short guide may help you review the options.


Boxes and bins without lids likely will not be stackable, but those with lids or covers can probably be utilized as good tools to help you take advantage of shelf height and storage.


Many boxes and bins are designed to be part of a larger cabinet, with slots for individual containers to help separate and organize contents better. However, standard sizes ensure that some boxes and bins can easily be stashed in existing cabinets.


Handles increase the flexibility and ease of use of boxes and bins, allowing you to pull them down and off of shelves with greater ease. These may be in the same material as the rest of the box or an accent color or pattern.


Most boxes and bins are unlined. But in boxes and bins that are open-weave, a lining can help to protect contents from dust.

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