The best storage containers for clothes

Whether it’s for the day, for the season, or for a long time, storing your beloved items is a contentious issue: do it in style and safety with our best storage containers for clothes

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Looking for storage? Whether you’re a strict adherent to the KonMari method, dedicating yourself to a seasonal capsule wardrobe, or are simply trying to tackle the overflow, the best storage containers for clothes can come in very handy indeed. And that’s not to say that they have to be engineered for purpose, either. In fact, some of the most helpful and attractive clothes storage options can be found in the most unexpected places. 

There’s an option here for almost all clothing storage needs. For shelves, wardrobes and under high beds – heck, for any room of the house, if you like – our top choice is The White Company’s Kubu Multi-Purpose Basket, a rustic hand-woven basket which fits in almost anywhere. For long-term storage, consider a condensing vacuum bag like those from Packmate, or a large capacity plastic clip container like the Really Useful Box.

That’s not all, but just like good storage, we don’t want to give too much away, so keep reading for shoe storage, glamorous multi-tasking pieces and more.

The best storage container for clothes

1. The White Company Kubu Multi-Purpose Basket

Keep almost everything you can think of in check with these multi-room, multi-use baskets

Specifications
Best for: Wardrobe organisation
Type: Basket
Material: Rattan
Reasons to buy
+ Handy cutout handles + Handwoven by artisans 

If you don’t have a drawer unit in your bedroom or dressing room, or you do and your clothes need even more corralling, individual storage baskets are a very attractive option. These square baskets from The White Company are ideal for small items like folded t-shirts and lingerie, although you may want to be careful with very delicate items as the rustic handwoven finish means there could be scags on the horizon. Nevertheless, these artisanal baskets look wonderful, with their washed grey tone, and the cutout handles make for easy access in the fog of the morning. 

Packmate Flat Vacuum Storage Bags

2. Packmate Flat Vacuum Storage Bags

For smaller spaces and long-term storage, a pest-outwitting vacuum bag is a great option

Specifications
Best for: Saving space
Type: Vacuum bag
Material: Plastic
Reasons to buy
+ Reduces the size of bulky items + Resistant to moths, mould and odours 

For those with sentimentally valuable but little-worn items to store, or capsule wardrobe pioneers looking to pack away out-of-season clothes with the minimum of fuss, these vacuum storage bags can come in incredibly handy. Said to reduce size by up to 75 per cent, they’re ideal for bulky items like big winter jumpers or gowns, or even duvets and other bedding, and the resulting flat bag it set to be much easier to store under beds and in cupboards than boxes. The vacuum seal means you don’t need to worry about moths, damp, or odours either, common concerns when it comes to long-term clothing storage. 

Next Willow Underbed Storage

3. Next Willow Underbed Storage

Underbed storage just got glamorous with these lidded willow boxes

Specifications
Best for: Underbed storage
Type: Basket
Material: Polyester, cotton, viscose, acrylic, nylon
Reasons to buy
+ Alternative to plastic for slender underbed storage + Attractive willow and faux leather combo 

Under-bed storage solutions can be somewhat lacking in variety, and you may find yourself labouring over which variety of clippable plastic box to go for because of this. However, Next have come up trumps with these under-bed storage baskets, which will suit those after an option that better fits in with their bedroom’s aesthetic down to the ground. Granted, it’ll cost you more than a no-frills clear plastic option, but the rustic look of the woven willow and faux leather handle (available in on-trend grey or natural) make it worth it.

Oliver Bonas Velvet Ottoman

4. Oliver Bonas Velvet Ottoman

For seating and storage, they don’t come much more luxurious, or practical, than this

Specifications
Best for: End-of-bed storage
Type: Storage Ottoman
Material: Cotton velvet, beech
Reasons to buy
+ Provides seating and storage in one + Luxurious look and feel 

End-of-bed storage needn’t be all about open-front rails or assorted boxes. For a luxurious look, nothing beats a bench or ottoman, and this one from Oliver Bonas has both style and substance to spare. As well as offering convenient bedroom seating – perfect for grappling with tricky sandals pre-outing – this storage ottoman’s capacious interior provides a home for overflow clothes and blankets. Aside from that, it also looks magnificent, with a tactile velvet covering, complete with button tufted details and a huge range of colour options. 

5. John Lewis Digger Children's Storage Box

Encourage the kids to clean up with these friendly fabric laundry boxes

Specifications
Best for: Dirty clothes
Type: Fabric box/laundry basket
Material: Polyester
Reasons to buy
+ Friendly digger design + Feeds from the top or the front, ideal for smaller children 

Any furniture that encourages kids to tidy up from an early age is alright by us, and it’s even better when it’s this cute. They’re sure to be unable to resist the smiley face of this friendly digger, whose bucket opens up to accept dirty laundry, although there’s a slightly less fun open-top option for feeding too. For animal-mad kids, there’s a cute kitty cat option too, although the stackable nature of these storage boxes mean you could even go for both, should you wish. 

Really Useful Box 84 Litre

6. Really Useful Box 84 Litre

Why limit yourself to clothes? These clip boxes come in handy all over the shop

Specifications
Best for: Tall items
Type: Box
Material: Plastic
Reasons to buy
+ Seals for long-term storage + Enormous capacity 

It’s an unspoken rule that every household must have at least one Really Useful Box, despite no-one ever really being sure where it came from. And it’s little wonder: they’re budget-friendly, stackable, practical and hard-wearing, making them fantastic for children’s toy storage and long-term clothes storage, whether for you that means stashing sentimental items in the loft or keeping bulky coats out of the way until the temperature drops again. They come in a range of sizes, although this extra-large 84-litre box is ideal for storing lots of items long term, or tall and inflexible items such as hats, helmets and boots. 

House by John Lewis Mix It Shoe Boxes

7. House by John Lewis Mix It Shoe Boxes

Keep everything in its right place with these in-wardrobe shoe boxes

Specifications
Best for: Shoes
Type: Shoe box
Material: Polyester
Reasons to buy
+ Keep shoes in pairs without cardboard boxes + Handy lift front flaps 

Shoes are among the most common culprits for clutter in the home, so to save the hallway or the bottom of your wardrobe the strife, consider going for a specially tailored option like these fabric shoe boxes from John Lewis’ House collection. Keeping pairs carefully corralled, and thus ensuring you’ll never again end up with two lefts from very similar-looking pairs of heels when you’re in a rush, they feature a translucent mesh front that keeps things looking tidy when they’re not in use, but is also easy to lift up to get at the exact pair you need.

Svira Set of 3 Boxes

8. Svira Set of 3 Boxes

Get your drawers (and your drawers) under control with these sweet floral dividers

Specifications
Best for: Organising drawers
Type: Dividers
Material: Polyester, polypropylene plastic
Reasons to buy
+ Two different configurations for a range of items + Attractive ditsy floral design 

The temptation with chests of drawers can be to simply toss everything in there and hope for the best, but this inevitably results in tangled up tights and playing Snap with your socks. In-drawer storage like these fabric boxes from Ikea may be the answer, and with a set of three, there are enough configurations to be a reasonable catch-all. The long single-compartment boxes are ripe for experimentation, although for our money, the six-part boxes would be ideal for notoriously tricky-to-keep-tidy underwear or belts.

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