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These are boxes designed to go under the bed, they are wide and flat with lids on. Great, simple storage solutions.
There are many different sizes of under bed storage boxes but the ones I have are approximately 0.6m x 0.8m, clear in appearance with a clear lid. The lid attaches on my 2 clips at either end. There are also wheels on the base allowing them to be pulled out from under the bed with ease. I have 3 of these under my little boys single bed.
In one he has a Thomas train set in pieces, in another he has puzzles and in another he has loads of happy land characters. They told a fair amount and are easy for him to pull out when he wants to play with something.
My little boy is only 2 years old and can manage to open and close these by himself and he is a little heavy handed but hasn't damaged them at all they a very robust and thick plastic.
The boxes are plastic so if they need to be cleaned a damp cloth does the job but with being under the bed they tend not to get too dusty or dirty.
I purchased my under bed storage boxes which were on offer in Wilkinsons 2 for £15 a great purchase and fantastic space save. Definitely one of my better purchases.
A few years ago Hubby and I moved from a three bedroom house to a two bedroom house. This necessitated a LOT of decluttering, but we still ended up moving with a fair bit of stuff. Thankfully both our bed and the single bed in the spare room are on high frames, meaning that we have a lot of space underneath them for storage. Cue these Wilkinsons underbed storage boxes, which we discovered in our new local Wilkinson's branch just after we moved.
These boxes have a capacity of 32 litres, and measure 18cm x 40cm x 60cm. They are made of semi-transparent white plastic, and have rounded corners, which minimise their ability to bash ankles! The lid has a ribbed texture, meaning it's easy to grip, and it simply slots into small depressions on each side of the box. These boxes currently retail for £5 but I think I purchased ours on a multibuy offer, so they worked out a bit cheaper.
Because they were cheap, I bought a LOT of these boxes over the first few weeks of living in our new house. Because they are of a uniform size and are rigid (but not brittle) they're great for storing all sorts of things. Under our main bed I have boxes containing spare linen, paperwork and Christmas decorations; under the spare bed are some of our DVDs, CDs and books, and then I have additional boxes downstairs in the living room in which I store stationery and more books (we have a lot of books!). We also have several in our loft as being watertight they're very useful for storing paperwork that might otherwise get damaged by damp.
They are very light, so easy to carry, at least when empty! Because of their shape, these boxes are easily stackable, and they hold a good weight of material, so filling them with books is not a problem. In fact, because the plastic they're constructed from is so smooth, I've found I can pick the crate up at one end and drag it across the carpet a short distance, rather than having to pick it up. As they're waterproof they're great for storing precious electronics too. Being translucent it's easy to see what's inside each box without having to drag them out and open them up.
A couple of downsides: firstly, these boxes get very dusty over the long term, with particles collecting readily in the ridged lids. However, this is still better than dusty books, linen etc!
Secondly, the lids can break quite easily: whilst not brittle, I've noticed cracks in a couple of the lids around the snap clip area on the ends. I do put these boxes through their paces, and I have been known to stuff them with items, but the lids don't have as much 'give' in them as I would like, and tend to crack rather than bend slightly.
These are small quibbles though. We've been using these boxes for several years and they are still serving us well. I'm very happy to recommend them.
Kid's bedrooms get messy, very messy and the problem only seems to get worse as they get older. My girl has a growing shoe collection, soft toys that she claims she can't part with, arts and crafts doings and school books to store. My son has a growing collection of band t-shirts, magazines and Bionicles that he just won't part with at 18 years of age.
I needed a cheap and easy storage solution quickly. While browsing the ever changing isles of my local Wilko's I spotted a stack of under bed storage tubs with separate lids. Aah, just what I needed. I promptly grabbed six and pottered to the tills. The tubs currently cost £5.00 a piece and in my opinion that is a bit of a bargain.
The 32 litre tubs are 18cm high, 40cm wide and 60cm in length which makes them ideal for slotting two aside under a bed. I can comfortably fit four boxes under my daughters' double bed.
The boxes are made of sturdy clear plastic which allows my daughter to see what is in each box so she doesn't have to empty the boxes when ever she needs something. The boxes come with plastic lids that click firmly into place as long as the box isn't over filled; the lids protect my daughters' belongings from dust. I find that the ridged plastic lids get dusty and need the occasional wipe over with a damp cloth.
The great thing about the boxes is that I can quickly clear out under the beds when ever I want to give the bedrooms a thorough vacuum. This is essential for me as both my children have asthma and mild allergies.
The boxes have been in constant use for a couple of years now and none have them have split or cracked. I think these are great quality boxes and are an easy and cheap solution for under bed storage. The size of the boxes means that they stay fairly light when filled which means they are easy to pull out, slide back or lift when needed.
I personally use these boxes under beds but the size, shape and style lend themselves nicely to other uses around the home. When I eventually clear out my loft I will be buying more of these boxes to store smaller items in. I also think these would be great for storage in a garage or shed.
Thank you for reading.
WHAT IS IT?
Boxes that are designed to be wide and flat so that they slide under your bed.
These boxes come in a lot of different colours and there are different sizes also. I have got 3 and all of mine are identical sized pink boxes and my daughters use them in their bedrooms. The lids fit on but do not push down right so they are more like a cover then a lid, the lids fall off a lot when they are carried but I do not think they are made to be moved around very much.
WHAT I THINK
I use these boxes for all different things and change them around when I think that I can use them better. One of them is pushed under my daughters bed with all of her dolls clothes folded up inside, this was her idea because she was upset that she kept losing items of clothing and wanted to put all of it together. It has worked and it is very easy for her to pull from under her bed and push it back when she has removed what clothes she wants to play with.
I used to use a box to keep some of my cosmetics in for when I did not need to take all of it to work but it was not very suited for that because it was too flat so I could not stand the products up that cannot be laid down. I thought it was hard also to find everything when I was in a rush because small items used to roll underneath other products and collect in the corners. It was very good when I had some boxes of hair rinse that I needed to store because they were a good fit and kept them looking a lot neater that having lots of boxes all piled up.
I like that these boxes are very easy to clean and even though they get a lot of bits in when they are being used they can be tipped upside down and the bits will all fall out easy. I wash them in the bath when they look dirty or if they get stains of make up or cosmetics on.
The boxes I have got can be stacked on top of each other and that is very useful but if you are using them under your bed then they will be too tall to go under if you put them on top of each other. I thought this was useful when I was using them in our garage though because it stopped them having to be all over the place.
I think I paid about £8 for our under the bed boxes and that is value because they are so useful to have.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
I'm an animal lover through and through and am lucky enough to share my life with a menagerie of pets, three of which happen to be my pampered little fuzzbutts, aka my hamsters. Hamsters actually need a lot more space than people imagine and those bright coloured cages sold in pet shops may look cute but are usually totally inadequate; more often than not they lack ventilation (Rotastak, I'm tutting at you for this!) and make it impossible to fit in a wheel big enough for an adult syrian hamster, you might be surprised but 8 inches is actually the minimum size and my biggest chunkster requires an 11 inch wheel. Wheels that are too small do so much harm, causing the ham's back to arch - this may lead to painful deformities over time, ouch! Cages that are too small can result in a very bored and stressed out critter, as a result certain behaviours are typical, for instance bar biting. Tiny cages also make it impossible for the animal to display their natural behaviours such as foraging (mine love it when I scatter their food), nest building, roaming etc. Usually the result is just a very depressed ham.
Now you might be wondering what all this has to do with a plastic storage box...well the answer is...bin cages! If you are unfamiliar with the term then basically they are cages made from plastic storage boxes with wire mesh added on for ventilation, the lid makes a huge door so you can easily access your pet and as boxes come in a range of sizes and prices they are perfect for anyone on a budget, all that is needed is the teensiest bit of diy. The RSPCA recommends a cage at least 75cm long for syrian hamsters, cages that big can be hard to come by and usually cost the earth so bin cages are a great alternative. A point to remember when looking for an appropriate bin is that you want one that is comfortably tall enough to fit in a wheel as well as a good layer of bedding.
Once your bin has been sourced it's time to start constructing your cage! Some pet owners simply pierce lots of holes in the lid and sides but my preferred method is removing a large square of plastic from the front of the box and then covering with fine wire mesh - I find that this optimizes ventilation and is also really useful for attaching a water bottle. There are many methods of removing the section of plastic but if like me you don't have any power tools to hand then here is what I do. I begin by heating up a knife on the stove, once the blade is really hot then I put it on the box and the heat melts the plastic enabling the blade to glide through the surface, making a small hole. As the blade doesn't stay hot for very long then you will need to repeat the process over and over again, this can be very laborious but if you continue melting a small section at a time eventually you will have a large square of plastic that can simply be popped out of the box. You should also make small holes along the edge of the large ventilation square (I'd advise only adults to do this due to the risk of burns, also due to a knife being used.)
Next I would recommend smoothing down the rough edges of the hole with sandpaper, this ensures your ham can't hurt their nose on the jagged plastic. Next it's time to cut out your mesh, I'd say 13mm spacing and under for syrian hamsters and anything below 1cm for dwarves; cut the mesh so it's slightly bigger than the panel of plastic you have cut out. Pliers are definitely handy for this part! To attach the mesh to the box I like to use cable ties, pop them through the holes in the mesh, corresponding with the holes you have placed along the outer edge of the cut out panel, make sure the knot of the cable tie is on the outside of the cage so your hamster can't nibble it. Repeat until all holes are done, your mesh should be fully secured by all the cable ties. Cut off the tails of the cable ties and clean any dust or debris from the inside of the box and voila, your very own bin cage ready for your furry resident!
I hope this guide has been helpful and has made you think about creating your own bin cage for your hamster, this type of housing could also be used for mice. It makes all the hard work worthwhile when you see your critter enjoying all the extra space, any questions feel free to ask :)
I have always kept loads of stuff under my bed from when I had a single bed in a 1 bedroom flat, and no storage cupboards too buying a king size bed that filled the whole room , and moving a few times never with much space. When you have a bed that fills the whole room, everything starts to go under the bed .
WHAT TO STORE
I have all my photos in plastic bags, paperback and some hardback books used to be hundreds, bags of wires, Open University papers and books, and bags and shoes, the list goes on.
Then I stated putting old dvd players, cd players etc under there when there was no other room.
The Wilkinsons Underbed Storage Box is white plastic 32L volume, 18cm in height and 60cm
cm width with 40cm depth.
They have othet storage boxes in their which are similar but bigger at 45 and 80 ltr volume, being to big for under the bed, but better for things like laundry, spare bedding.
The height is the only thing that needs checking as on mine it is a close thing, my toolbox just fits under the bed if I lift the bed first , as it has a bar running along the edge. I filled this up in 2 minutes with books, and photos. The reason I bought it was I used to live in a very mouldy flat and the photos and books etc that I could keep and didn't have to throw out still are a bit mouldy smelling although they do not look mouldy.
As they are right under where I am sleeping, putting them in a box was better than keep finding new bags and cardboard boxes as they get mouldy too.
At £3.50 to buy from the shop ( Wilkinsons ) they are very good value. The box is strong white plastic with a lid, so it keeps all the grime and dust off your papers or whatever you have, in my case it keeps the mouldy photos away from me so I can breathe a bit better.
This box will be handy for when I move again , which hopefully wont be to long, as I will have aready made moving box. i may buy another one for all the otger things I dont want damed as this box offers good protection.
Last year I downsized to a much smaller place and, although I donated dozens of bags to various charity shops and threw a great deal out, was still left with an awful lot of essential stuff. Luckily i do have a lot of storage space but am still waiting for shelves to be put up inside 3 lots of big cupboards so i needed to find a cheap but instant storage solution to get me organised. I was therefore really pleased to find a few weeks ago that Wilkinsons had them on offer at £3.50 each instead of a fiver.
These under bed storage boxes measure approximately as follows -
- width - 60cm
- depth - 40cm
- height - 18 cm
I actually bought 5 boxes in total and use them as follows -
- 1 for books, A4 files, folders and papers
- 1 for craft materials such as card, papers, craft magazines and pens, embellishments etc
- 1 for winter shoes and boots
- 1 for my fragile Christmas decorations
- 1 which has extra bedding and duvet which is packed in a vacuum sealed storage bag
Only 3 fit under my bed but the rest are tucked away out of sight and at least I am very organised now.
The boxes are quite sturdy and do not bend or crack when filled with heavy items. The lids shut tightly which means everything is protected and they are easy enough to open because there is a deepish ridge which you can use to easily pull off the lid each time you use them.
I like the way you can see what is inside because, although I have labelled mine, it sod's law that I do not always store them where the labels are facing me.
They are easy to clean inside if you need to but the lids get a little dusty and are a little awkward to wipe down because they have grooves which you can see in the picture. This is not really a problem for me so I am awarding 5 stars and methinks I might buy a couple more tomorrow....
I love Wilkinsons and buy a lot of household goods from there. I am lucky enough that there is one nearby to where I live and also one near to where I work so I can always get to a store easily. I find their website very good and easy to navigate around and I often use the click and collect function which I find good as if there is only one item in stock which you want they will reserve it for you and it is usually available to collect the next day, or if they haven't got it at your local store they will transport it from another store. Also Wilkinsons is usually on the cashback sites and is currently offering 4.2 cashback which really mounts up.
My son moved in with my daughter recently from his own flat and he needed to store quite a lot of his belongings so obviously they all came back here, just when we thought we had a nice tidy house! There was a lot of kitchen items and linen which came here mainly in black plastic bags and large carrier bags so I needed to get some proper storage to keep them in.
I looked online and saw these underbed storage boxes with lids for £3.50 having being reduced from £5 and thought they were perfect for the purpose. I had looked at other sites and they were all around double this price and as I have bought a lot of items from Wilkinsons knew that they would be a good quality. I ordered two of them online on the Monday and collected them on Tuesday after work.
The boxes themselves are plastic and are quite strong and sturdy. A good think about them is that they have a lid so that the things don't get dusty from storing under the bed. They are white and you can see what is inside them which is good if you have a few and like me don't label anything. If you were to fill them with liquid they could contain 32 litres, but I don't think they would ever be used for this. The measurements are 18cm tall, 40cm deep and 60cm wide so you can fit quite a lot in them. In the one box I put all my sons crockery and in the other his bed linen and curtains. The lid clicks into place by the carrying handles and seems to be secure. I haven't carried these boxes very far as I filled them up in the bedroom and then slid them under the bed and pushed them towards the back using my feet. I would think that I could fit eight of these boxes under a double bed comfortably if I needed this many. I find them sturdy enough to be carried around though as they do seem to be quite a strong plastic. There is a wavy pattern on the lid so they would look good if they were used to store them on the floor rather than under the bed.
I think that these are an ideal solution for storing excess items away tidily and are very good value. If I needed to store any further items I would definitely buy some more of these, especially if they are still £3.50. I think they are also ideal if you are moving house to pack delicate items wrapped in paper as these boxes keeps things secure and in place and are easy to pick up. Wilkinsons also do other sizes and designs in storage boxes but I think these particular ones are great for hiding things away under the bed and the design makes them easy to get out again by sliding them out using the handle.
Being a university student, it feels like I live in two houses. I have half of my things at my university flat and the other half are left at home. This tends to create an illusion of having more space than I actually have, and this becomes a problem when I have to pack everything up and go back home. All of a sudden, I have more things than I can store in my room. Every year, I have a mountain-like pile of A4 files and notes, which I am reluctant to throw away just in case I would need for my further studies. This mean I urgently need to make up some space in my room, or else I just have to make my way around piles of books and folders. Luckily, my bed doesn't have drawers and this means I have an empty space under my bed gathering dust. So, I ended up looking for cheap storage boxes to buy and Wilkinson came to my rescue.
Wilkinson is my favourite shop for buying cheap, yet good quality household products. When I was looking online, I found that Wilkinson stocks these underbed storage box with lid for £3.50, which is such a bargain price. Another thing I love about Wilkinson is that they do free delivery to the store. Except amazon, most grocery/furniture retailers don't have this option and this makes Wilkinson very valuable. Therefore I bought two of these underbed storage boxes and had them delivered to the local store.
The boxes are made of hard, sturdy plastic. The boxes are see through and it has a lid as well. I don't mind see through boxes because they make it easier to see what's inside the box. The box has the capacity of 32 litres and its dimensions are measured at 18 x 40 x 60 cm (height x depth x width). For an underbed storage box, it is pretty spacious and I can easily fit my 3 years worth of books and folders in them and stored them safely. The lid is not clipped on, so I have make sure that I don't overfill them and leave a gap. Having a lid means that even if it gets dusty, it would be relatively easy to clean as well. I don't really clean under the bed, so a storage box with a lid is a must.
Even though it is an underbed storage box, due to its relatively small size, they can be stored in my wardrobe as well. The plastic is sturdy, so it makes it easy for me when it comes to moving to my university flat again for another academic year. The boxes get heavy with my science textbooks and folders, but I have yet to see cracks in the plastic so it is of good quality.
Overall, these underbed storage box with lid from Wilkinson are perfect solution to a cluttered room common to most university students. It has other uses than storing books and folders of course. For £3.50 a box, these storage boxes are perfect for anyone with a space under bed and want to free up some precious space in the room/house. Wilkinson also stocks storage boxes of various sizes and colours as well.
Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x
In my main room I have a large double bed that has draws underneath so I wasn't able to use this type of storage box, I did however have a single bed in my spare bedroom. This can comfortably fit 4 of these boxes underneath and they provide a huge amount of storage.
I paid around £5 per box and you get the box and the lid. I believe I got it from Wilkinson's but I have seen them for sale in Tesco but they are a little more.
You can get them in multiple sizes but I find the long, narrow version is perfect for under my bed.
These boxes are quite shallow and are long which makes them perfect to fit under a single bed. They are around half a foot high, around 1 foot wide and 2 - 2.5 feet long.
They provide 32 litres of space which is a decent size in my opinion. If they were any bigger they wouldn't fit under a low bed but any smaller and they wouldn't be of much use.
These dimensions mean that I can easily tuck 4 of these under a single bed which gives me a massive amount of extra storage. If I had an open double bed, I am sure 8 of these would fit under it at a push.
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I store clothes mainly, the fact that the lid clips shut means that my clothes don't get dusty. I also store books, DVD's and stationary. If I didn't have a tool box I would probably buy a few of these as a cheap solution and keep my tools in them.
I really can't recommend these storage boxes enough, they are easy to keep clean, they are secure and keep clothes and other items dust free due to their design. They are the perfect underbed storage box and something I am very happy that I purchased.
The extra space has saved me from having to get an extra wardrobe which has been a real blessing for my wallet! If you have space under your bed then I definitely recommend this product!
Now that we have a new baby due to arrive at the end of the summer we have had to rearrange the spare room. Now when I say it is a spare room I really mean it is little bigger than a wardrobe and so anything we can do to save space and create storage is a bonus. We decided that we would need some under the bed storage boxes so that we had somewhere to keep the blankets and sheets for the cot and so we bought two boxes. I am glad we did because they make it much easier to store the blankets and it makes the room look tidier without taking up valuable space.
=== Buying these boxes ===
The reasoning for us wanting to buy under the bed storage is that in the room we are turning into a nursery there is very little space as it's a tiny box room and so we need to make use of all the space we have and under the bed/cot is an ideal place to use to store items. I was actually quite surprised at the prices of under bed storage boxes actually. At the moment we are very tight for money and so seeing that a box could cost £8 which wouldn't even be on display and was just a more efficient use of space was quite surprising. We looked in several shops and my husband eventually found these from Wilkinsons and they were £3.50 so we bought two of them. The only problem really with buying them was that they were quite cumbersome to carry and we had ventured into town on the bus so it's not really the most practical of things to walk around carrying. They come with a lid so carrying two of these down the street whilst looking after a 5 year old wasn't ideal!
=== Details ===
These boxes hold 32litres, I'm not sure why you would want to fill it full of water but I suppose it gives you a rough idea of the capacity it holds! I have seen boxes that are bigger so would obviously hold more but for £3.50 I think that a 32 litre capacity is very good value for money. The box is made from plastic and it's a thick, hard plastic so it won't bow if you put too much in it or if you sit on the lid (if I do it might though!) but it is robust which is good as it will provide protection for the items inside it. The lid fits on the top and fastens in place near the handles with a little 'click' and then you know it's secured on. You can then carry the box using the handles if you wish. I don't find this too difficult to do as it's not too long a box so you can get your arms out to hold it but the plastic does dig into your fingers a bit when this is full and heavy so I don't like to carry it for long. It is more practical than carrying a big cardboard box though, the little handles on these boxes are designed to grip and be carried. The lid itself has a wave like pattern on the top which I think makes it look a bit more interesting but I have noticed that it means it collects the dust a bit already.
=== Using the boxes ===
We have had these boxes for several weeks and we have found them to be really useful indeed. We have been using one to store the bedding for the cot and this is great because it will sit in these boxes nicely folded without getting dusty. The other box we have used for storing baby toys in which we have rescued from our loft ready for the new arrival and it holds them all fine too. The good thing about these boxes is that they do hold a lot, I was surprised that all of the bedding fitted in without a problem when we put it in and it's a great use of the space, if we had just put the bedding directly under the cot then it would get dusty and would be difficult to sort through but with these boxes we just slide them out from under the bed and can then go through them to find what we need. The two boxes fit nicely under the cot with still a bit of space above them for us to get our hands in to pull them out and I think perhaps another one would fit in too if we need to buy more.
=== Opinion ===
In my opinion these are a brilliant way to provide you with storage in a place which could otherwise just stand empty. It's so easy to forget about the space beneath a bed that you could actually make use of and it's great that there are boxes designed to fit this space exactly. Our spare room needs as much use of the space as possible so this is a perfect solution for us.
When we first looked at thin boxes for under beds some of the prices were really off-putting, it seemed a shame you could pay so much for a box which just gets hidden underneath a mattress and bed frame so when we saw these at £3.50 we really couldn't resist them. I am glad we bought them because they have proven to be very practical in that they hold a lot and help to keep our possessions organised and safe with it being a rigid plastic.
They may not be the most comfortable of boxes to carry but I don't think we will be doing much carrying of them, the most we will do is get them out from the bed and that's it really now but at least there are some little handles there to help if we do need to carry them around. They do collect dust as well with being under the bed but that doesn't really matter as you can easily wipe them clean and at least it's protecting your items inside from being dusty.
I think these are a great solution!
When my husband and I had a baby we moved house. And you know what it's like when you move house, you seem to accumulate far more stuff than you ever had, somewhere along the move! I needed somewhere to store out of season clothes (ie, jumpers in the summer, bikinis in the winter), spare towels and table cloths and so on. As we'd just bought a bed with plenty of space under it, I decided to get four under bed storage boxes.
The Wilkinsons Underbed Storage Box with Lid seemed to be the best bet both in terms of size and price. They're priced at £5 each and I bought them on offer at 3 for £12, so with the extra box I needed, I paid £17, which is excellent value for money.
The boxes are 32 litres in size which is plenty big enough for me and they are long and shallow, obviously designed to fit under even the lowest of beds. Four just fit nicely under my standard double. The lids mean that you can cover up items you don't use without fear of them getting dusty (it gets incredibly dusty under my bed despite a weekly hoover!). I have managed to fit in all of the items I had no other home for, and leave one spare for books.
The boxes are very durable, not crystal clear but see through enough including the lid to see what's inside them without having to pull them out and open them, and there is a 'lip' around the top for easy pulling / carrying. They are stackable, should you need to store them upright for any reason and are incredibly space saving.
For me the Wilkinsons Underbed Storage Box with Lid are a fantastically practical and affordable under bed solution and I am so glad I bought them as it gives me that space to store things I don't use every day. I will be buying more for my spare room and my daughter's room (as the boxes are shallow enough to fit under a cot bed which is brilliant, two will fit under her bed end to end for spare bedding and toys).
I highly recommend the Wilkinsons Underbed Storage Box with Lid at the price and for the quality. Five stars out of five for a simple practical solution done well at a good price. A good buy.
I actually bought 3 of these boxes to store some books that I was wanting to read but did not have enough space so I decide to store them neatly in these clear plastic boxes.
These boxes seemed very restricted depth, this may be a good thing as some people own low beds however when you want to store larger items this may be a problem. The dimensions of these boxes are as follows Depth= 40cm Width= 60cm Height= 18cm. I find these boxes sufficient for storing pretty much any thing smaller than a large back of A4 sized books. The bottom of these boxes is very smart as it allows for easy gliding on a smooth surface such as wooden floors. The lid is easy to open when opening from both sides of the box but becomes very firm when closing as it does not open from just pushing around.
The plastic is very durable in many ways as it is pretty much unbreakable so no worries thinking this is a weak box. I have dropped this box plenty of times and apart from the contents spilling the box did not suffer from any damage what so ever.
I would happily buy these boxes again as they are very long lasting and for just £5 they are a total bargain. I would recommend these to anyone looking to store small objects in a safe and strong box.
Ever since having kids, I have to constantly be concious of where we are going to store stuff. We have been over run with all the things that children have lots of - toys, clothes, craft supplies. I am always having to think of how best to store their possessions and my own to keep them safely stored and attempt to have my house in some sort of order. I don't always win, but we've certainly tried out plenty of ways of getting round the problem.
One of the ways I make use of space is by trying to store things under my own bed and under my childrens bunk beds. I find though that this space can get a bit dusty, so it is best for me if my belongings are in either a bag or box, then the items being stored are kept clean and a bit more organised than if they were just shoved under the bed.
I have a couple of these boxes from Wilkinsons, as they are a really good size for fitting under my wooden bed frame, and even when full, I find that it is pretty easy to pull them in and out of the space even though they do not have wheels like some of these boxes do. Dimensions on these are 40cm x 60cm with a depth of 18cm and they come with a lid that sits firmly on the top of the box. Each box costs £5, which is a little dearer than some similar boxes, but I am happy to pay this to have the secure lid. I also prefer having clear boxes as you can see what you have stored in there without taking off the lid to know if you have the right box.
I have used mine for storing all kinds of things. At the moment one is under my bed storing excess toiletries, and the other is in my garage storing some packets of food in that I had bought in bulk. I had a sudden need for a better container when mice found my supplies, and this fits the bill perfectly as they can't get inside the tub because of the tightness of the lid. I have also used them in the past for storing my craft supplies, and at one point my sons had them full of books under their bed till I bought them a set of book shelves. When you put heavier items like the toiletries and books in I find they then get too heavy to lift, but my husband can still move them around and the boxes are sturdy enough to cope with it and not crack or distort from too much weight.
I think that storage in the home is essential in this day and age. Everyone seems to have far more possessions these days and homes are not as well equipped to store things because space is at a premium when you are building. I remember my mum used to use the understairs cupboard for toy storage, and my grandma had walk in cupboards in her house, but nowadays most houses don't have these so you have to be crafty. This particular box is very suitable due to its fairly low cost and its sturdiness, and just helps win the battle of clutter in the home.
In an ideal world, I would put wheels on it, and I also would give it a smooth lid as the dust seems to collect awfully on the grooves on the top of this one, but this is a small complaint and probably more dues to my sloppy housekeeping than a fault with the box.
If you need extra storage, then these boxes from Wilkinsons are some of the best we own and I highly recommend them. If we had a Wilkinsons closer to me I would probably actually buy some more.
I like really practical products that make use of space and these under bed storage boxes do just that.
We bought ours from Wilkinsons about 5 years ago now. They are an almost see-through plastic and have a few bits of glitter within the plastic. This doesn't make it stand out or shine away like you may expect but it is a nice little effect when you are up close and you can see it.
It is a sturdy plastic so it will hold lots but it won't be over filled, you cannot cram things into it in the hope that you can get it to bow a little. It is very rigid. I have two of these in the spare room under the bed and another two on top of our wardrobe. They are not very tall so they're ideal for these kinds of spaces. I use them mainly for storing towels in but also have one for storing nappies and baby essentials for my grandchildren. I find that they are just the right height to hold a pack of nappies and then there is space around them for other items.
They are really practical. The lid fits on top and comes off all in one. We do have another brand where you can lift one half of the lid off at a time but this comes away in one and I find this is simple enough to do and works fine for us.
The lid has slight waves in it and over time this does get dusty especially when kept on top of the wardrobe but giving it a clean with a damp towel is enough to get rid of it.
I think these are great, it's good to keep everything together in a logical place and these are very good quality and ve