“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Storage „
These boxes fit perfectly into the Ikea Expedit units. I have a large unit which I use as a TV stand slash toy box. These boxes are suitable to hold light weight items such as toys or small books. They come in a variety of colours to cooinside with your decor and you cannot see what is in the boxes unless you open them so they can help make lots of toys look quite tidy.
They are easy enough to put together and are very useful little boxes however, there is a zip underneith that holds the whole thing together, this zip is very flimsy and so I have returned a couple of these to Ikea for replacements, once the zip is broken the box doesnt hold its shape. The other thing is that, although they look attractive, they are actually only made from thin cardboard, if they get leaned on or bashed then they become useless.
They are useful for lightweight items, but they are very easy to break too. Although they are only about £2.50 so can easily be replaced, you dont want to have to replace something just because it was leaned on slightly. Not a great move made here by ikea. But they do look nice :-)
I have two of the Expedit units in my home - shelving units divided up into squares. Whilst they make excellent book/display shelves, they can also, with the addition of various baskets and inserts, be turned into cupboards and drawers. It was with the intention of turning part of my larger 5 by 5 cue Expedit unit in my living room into drawers for DVDs, Wii games, and various bits and bobs that I purchased 10 of these Drona storage boxes, costing 2.50 each, in plain black (also available in red and bright green at the time of purchase).
Like most Ikea items, this comes flat packed and requiring a little bit of self assembly, not to worry though, as there are no tools required and no loose parts. It's simple a case of pulling two corners apart, pushing down the part that becomes the base, and then securing the zip at the bottom (by far the trickiest part of the process, purely because the zip doesn't have a proper handle, only a small nub to pull along). Really, it's very simple, taking about a minute to assemble from flat, and the same amount of time to put down again.
The dimensions for the box are 33 cm's high x 33 cm's wide x 38 cm's deep (the ideal size for the Expedit unit, whose spaces are 33.5 x 33.5 x 39. They're a matte black with a soft feel when you touch them, and have a fold round the top that you can slip your fingers under to use as a handle. These pull out easily, and are a good size for holding dvds, and even games consoles that are not in use. They are also strong and durable - I have lifted one of these out full of dvds and been able to carry it from one place to another without any fear that the bottom would bow or give way.
These aren't washable or dry-cleanable, but they've never needed any cleaning or maintenance from me other than a quick flick over with a dry duster to get rid of any dust. Even if one were to get ruined somehow, at £2.50 each I'm not going to cry too much about having to replace one.
A cheap yet durable item that turns an Expedit unit from a bookcase to a multi-purpose storage unit. 5 stars.
We often pop to Ikea just for a look around, but inevitably end up buying all sorts of things that we see on our way that look very handy to have. One such item was the Drona storage box that we now have five of. They come at the very reasonable price of £2.50 each and we bought them as an interim storage solution initially.
We already owned Ikea's Expedit sideboard unit which has eight spaces that are designed to house appropriately sized storage boxes. Alternatively, the gaps can be left empty for books etc. We have left four spaces empty for books and ornaments, but these Drona boxes were purchased to slip into the remaining four spaces as they are designed to fit into the gaps of this unit. The fit is perfect with just a very small space around the side to aid with moving the boxes on and off. The fifth box we own is used on it's own to store toys. That one fits perfectly underneath a nest of tables we have which are not Ikea branded. The boxes measure 33cm x 38cm x 33cm so can hold a fair bit of stuff.
The boxes come in a variety of colours although apart from the black and white ones, they are very bright colours - lime green/yellow, pink or turquoise. We own a couple in lime green/yellow and three in black. They come folded down when purchased and just pull up into place when the packaging is removed. There is a hard piece of board also provided (covered in the same polyester material as the main box) that slots into the bottom part of the casing and that provides more support when the box is filled. This works fairly well, although one of our boxes has started to sink a little as we've obviously overfilled it. That box contains books and is filled close to the top - the weight of which must be too much as the board has bent quite a bit.
One side of the box has an extra piece of material sewn onto it that is designed to act as a handle to help pull it off and on shelves. This works quite well, although if the boxes have been overfilled, the sides can also bend and it gets quite hard to pull the box on and off the Expedit unit given that the box is designed to fit the gap on there perfectly. If the sides of the box bend, they catch on the sides of the unit quite badly.
The boxes are made from polyester material but have a suede feel to them and unfortunately attract a lot of dust quickly. I roll ours with a lint roller, especially the ones kept closest to the floor in the unit and the one used separately. It does bring off a bit of the dust but not all, so I can't see these being a very long term storage solution as I think eventually they will end up looking very worn. We've owned them around six months now and they don't look too shabby just yet but I can't see them lasting a very long time.
These are great little storage boxes. They don't look all that special and are quite basic but given their price (I remember others in Ikea went up to £15 each!) they are great value as extra storage solutions or interim ones. I can't see ours lasting a huge length of time but we've had six months from them so far and they will last a little while longer until they need to be replaced. The only downside is the suede material as although it looks quite good, it is a nightmare attracting dust. I don't feel I can remove another for the sides bending as we have really overfilled some of ours - the ones that have been filled with lighter items haven't misshaped at all. I've rated them 4 stars overall.
Thanks for reading :o)