ikea hack: underbed storage boxes

I <3 ikea. They have great storage solutions at affordable prices and, for the most part, their products are well thought out.

The underbed storage boxes we bought didn’t meet this “well thought out” criteria. Although they fit perfectly under ikea beds in the showroom, where all the floors are flat and hard, they just don’t fit when your bed is in a carpeted room.

My solution? I took the boxes apart and trimmed them down. Here’s the play by play project:

1. Turn the boxes inside out (your cut will be on the inside of the box). Use an exacto blade to cut the nylon about an inch from the edge. For the sides that are flaps, cut on the side that will be hidden when the box is assembled, and cut close to the “hinge” side of the flap.

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2. Inside, you’ll find a corrugated plastic material. Pull this out.

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3. I needed the box to be about 1 1/2 inches shorter than they were, so I measured it out and cut the plastic. At this point, it probably would have been a good idea to check the fit by placing it under the bed – I lucked out, and my trimming worked great, but I’d suggest this step for next time!.

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4. Slide the trimmed plastic piece back in to the nylon.

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5. Pull the nylon edge back over the plastic so it’s concealed.

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6. Use packing tape to secure the cut edge. Repeat this process for the remaining 3 sides.

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7. Here’s where I finally checked the fit. Phew! It fits! And now, fill it up!

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