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Container Store equivalent in UK? (pref London)

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Hubby and I are just finishing remodeling our very tiny kitchen (yay!) and I want to make better use of the space before we mess it up again. I absolutely loved The Container Store when I lived in California: a whole shop devoted to boxes that fit into other boxes! Neat freak nirvana. Where can I go around here for things like that - besides IKEA? I am particularly interested in storage boxes, pull-out shelves, magnetic anything, hooks, etc. We want to maximize the cupboard space, as well as using the walls better. Have tons of ideas and inspiration, but everything keeps coming back to IKEA or John Lewis. Where else?

Also what is your best method for storing all those plastic takeaway boxes & lids? Ours tend to get thrown into the deepest, darkest corner, but we are determined not to let that happen anymore.


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  1. I really like Ikea for storage things and have got a few bits from Lakeland. I used to get the Holding Company's catalogue a few years ago - it may be of use.
    Lakeland do lots of things you never knew you needed like packet store (http://www.lakeland.co.uk/packet-stor...) which turn out to be helpful! one of my favourite kitchen items are my magnetic herb tins from ikea!

    1. I agree that Lakeland is a great source of containers and other household paraphenalia. I'm lucky and have a shop not far from me, but their catalogues are numerous and the service is good.. not to mention it's fun seeing so many clever items. Their spray-on cleaner for granite work surfaces is fantastic. I also love an oblong microwave cooking thing I bought at Lakeland. It's great for steaming veg and other things.

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      1. re: zuriga1

        There's a pretty good shop in the Kings Road in Chelsea that specialises in storage. Sorry, I can't remember its name. It is past the Old Town Hall if you are coming from Sloane Square.

      2. Thanks for the suggestions! I will give Lakeland a try. Looks like my kind of store!

        So funny that you mentioned the packet storage box. My husband zeroed in on that last night when I was browsing websites and declared that it was a solution in search of a problem! Needless to say, he doesn't share my OCD for tidyness. I thought it could be kinda useful. Fortunately he doesn't object to getting magnetic spice tins, which are #1 on my list. Off to IKEA...!

        Feel free to follow our kitchen remodel on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68899982...

        1. Muji have some good storage things as well, I think. http://www.muji.co.uk/

          They have lots of stores in London.

          1. The Holding Company on King's Road (Chelsea) http://www.theholdingcompany.co.uk/
            Ikea, John Lewis, Muji - yes!!
            Pound stores in Dalston/Hackney - street markets - esp. Ridley Road E8
            I've had great catalogue service from Lakeland - once a month I go to Bath for work meeting and I always visit their shop during lunch hour - always pick up something handy!

            1. Great suggestions, all... thanks!

              Haven't made it to any of these shops yet but I'm drooling over the websites. There's still a bit of construction to finish in the kitchen before we can hang shelves and do the real organising. Almost fell over when my husband agreed - suggested, actually - that we get boxes to put things in. The King of Clutter wants the new kitchen to look clean! It's only a matter of time now until he abandons his 'floordrobe' in the bedroom :)

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              1. re: WTBD

                ikea also might be a good resource for this sort of goods.

                1. re: WTBD

                  Just wanted to revive this thread to see if there are any new additions to this list besides the aforementioned shops. And what about web stores that are similar to a Bed Bath & Beyond, the Container Store, or Target in the US?

                  1. re: Noodle fanatic

                    Have you looked at the Lakeland offerings. They always seem to have just what I need or want. I hate paying the delivery charge, so I go to the one in Guildford because I live close by.

                    1. re: zuriga1

                      Not yet, but planning on going to the one in Brent Cross since that's the closest one from Central London. Hoping they have more stuff in their actual store than the website.

                      1. re: Noodle fanatic

                        Good luck on your quest. I've always found everything I need at Lakeland, and I especially like their aluminium foil, which is a lot thicker than the junk they sell in the supermarkets although I think it's not quite as thick as years ago. I even found a teflon casing to put in the bread machine for making cakes. It worked a treat!

                        One of the best things I bought was a plastic steamer for the microwave - they say it's for fish, but I use it for veg.

                2. I recently bought jam jars and lids from these people: http://www.waresofknutsford.co.uk/
                  Their website has caused quite a bit of "I want! I need" in terms of storage containers/cookware in my house. I plan on ordering some more of those swing top jars that I previously got from ikea from them.