They're all over Instagram and every Beauty Blogger has one! The IKEA Alex 9 Drawer Unit has become a popular choice for Makeup storage and organization. Click To TweetThe slick-looking white drawer unit from IKEA retails for $159.00 USD. After my recent move from Tennessee to South Carolina, I decided I needed some additional storage for my makeup and I was about to order one of these from IKEA. Unfortunately, if you aren’t lucky enough to have an IKEA store in your area, they charge a shipping/delivery fee. Mine was going to be an additional $49.00 for shipping, bringing the total to $208.00. That was a bit more than I wanted to spend so I decided to look around for something else.
I was actually shopping for home decor for our new home when I stumbled upon the 5 Drawer Letterpress Cube By Ashland at Michaels. It looked very similar to the IKEA Alex 9 Drawer Unit but only had 5 drawers and was on wheels. I quickly asked my husband if he could remove the wheels and if he thought I could stack two of them on top of each other. He said yes so I took a chance and ordered them. The 5 Drawer Letterpress Cube By Ashland is $59.99 with free shipping from Michaels. The total for two of them was $119.98, a savings of over $88.00.
When the shipment from Michaels arrived, my husband assembled them for me. It was quite time-consuming because the units come in multiple pieces that have to be put together. Thank goodness I have a handy hubby who had it put together in no time! He also removed the wheels so that I could stack the units on top of each other. You can see in the photo above, it turns out really nice and is almost identical to the IKEA Alex 9 Drawer Unit.
The only noticeable difference I see between the two is that the bottom 4 drawers of the IKEA Alex are a little bit larger. I’m very pleased with the 5 Drawer Letterpress Cubes by Ashland and it’s been a blast getting my makeup organized! Not to mention how much easier it is to find things when everything is organized in its own drawer.
The drawers are quite roomy and I’ve organized them by assigning one drawer to each category of makeup. For example, one drawer for foundations, one drawer for blushes, one drawer for highlighters, and so on… I’ve actually got 2 empty drawers leftover which means one thing… Room for MORE makeup! YEAH!!😍To organize the drawers, I picked up some simple drawer organizers at Target. The Room Essentials Small Bin Pack has eight versatile bins with clean simple lines. The walls can interlock for mixing and matching.
Now I just need another set of these to organize my skincare!
UPDATE: I have found a couple other dupes that are even less expensive! See below for details!
What do you use to organize and store your makeup? Let me know in the comments below. As always, I’d love to hear from you!
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