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How Do I Choose the Best Wooden Storage Cubicles?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Before you head out to buy wooden storage cubicles for your home or office, consider what you will be storing in them as well as where in the house you will place the units. Take measurements of the space so you know how large of a storage unit or how many wooden storage cubicles you should buy. Once you have a clear idea of your space constraints as well as your storage needs, think about your budget for purchasing the units. Higher-end woods will cost more than lower-end woods and particle board, but higher-end woods will also be more durable and long lasting.

Two basic options exist for wooden storage cubicles: you can buy several individual cubes that can be stacked, or you can buy a large frame in which drawers, baskets, or other storage devices can be placed. The wooden storage cubicles that stack on top of each other are usually lightweight and easily movable, and you can make numerous configurations from them. This is the best option if you have limited space or an awkward space in which a standard size unit will not fit. Dorm rooms are another great place for modular cubes such as these.

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A large frame of shelves in which cubes are designed to be placed work well for larger spaces. The cubicles will form one large structure, and drawers or baskets can be slid in and out of the cubicles to allow for easier storage. The cubicles themselves can also be used on their own, and items can be stored directly within. Such wooden storage cubicles often make attractive bookcases or display cases in living rooms or even bedrooms. Be sure to choose the appropriate size for the room in which it will be placed, and consider whether you will use drawers or baskets in the unit, or if you will simply use the cubicles alone.

Choosing the best wood can be difficult. Sometimes the wooden storage cubicles are made from expensive hardwoods such as oak or mahogany, while in other cases they are made from less expensive softwoods such as pine. Your choice will depend on a few considerations: cost, appearance, and durability. Softwoods and composites tend to be least expensive, while hardwoods tend to be more expensive. Both softwoods and hardwoods can be quite attractive, though particle board tends to have a cheap look; it is also the least sturdy option and will break or wear out quite quickly.

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