Makeup Storage Ikea Helmer Drawer Review

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If you follow me on Twitter you might remember my tweet about putting together my Ikea Helmer Drawer Unit. Happy days it was quick and painless.

Wanna see the results?

I purchased a Bisley a year or so ago from the Container Store and felt like it was one of my best investments as it holds so much in such a little space. Honestly, I’d rather not think about the amount of money I invested in it but I will say it’s a damn fine piece of storage. I’d love to indulge in another but the price puts me off (see my Bisley post here).

Now the Helmer unit is WAY cheaper at $39.99 and has some great pros and cons. One thing I love is the drawers are deeper so stashing away makeup in boxes is easy (yes, I tend to keep boxes alot). The unit is a tad wider and taller than my Bisley which I’m not keen on but it still manages to be small while allowing for ALOT of storage. It has six drawers total.

Compared to the Bisley the Helmer is a bit flimsy as the unit isn’t as hardcore as the Bisley which is heavier and has substantial weight behind it. The Bisley also comes fully assembled where as the Helmer has quite a bit of putting together to do. If you aren’t too handy girl special you may find yourself dialing up the boyfriend, husband, or guy friend to come help.

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I like that the Bisley comes with some great compartment and dividers however these are $9.99-$12.99 each. Helmer doesn’t have any specific extras you can purchase so you can always just buy a desk or kitchen drawer organizer to tuck into each drawer to separate but the fit won’t be as nice as the Bisley ones.

Sorry lots of nitpicking and general ranty here and there but I will say at under $40 bucks the Helmer is a really nifty little piece to purchase. It’s affordable enough to buy two or three to stash all your goodies in plus it takes less than no space to store so you can tuck it in a closet under your desk, etc….

Available from Ikea.

  • 6/10/10 20:11 LINDARRAGNAR:

    oh jeezus :D i love your stash muse

    ( i am so jealous)

    i keep my makeup in trays because the boxes are easier to see that way.


    • 6/11/10 15:32 the Muse:

      aw thanks linda *hugs*


  • 6/10/10 20:22 Phyrra:

    Haha! My girlfriend Lea put my Helmer together for me. I bought it for my nail polish and it’s that white/cream color like yours. I LOVE it. It’s fantastic.


    • 6/11/10 15:17 the Muse:

      isn’t it fab dd?! great unit!


  • 6/10/10 20:23 jkim:

    heading out to ikea as we speak!!!

    p.s. i like that you still keep things in their boxes. i thought i was crazy for keeping all my stuff still packed away, but it is a lot easier than having to pull each compact out to see what color it is.


    • 6/11/10 15:16 the Muse:

      LOL jean I do that too much, keeping boxes a passion of mine :D


  • 6/10/10 22:12 CucumPear:

    Which kind of storage unit to get really depends on what you want to store, IMO. The Helmer is great for nail polish, but I have an older dc’d IKEA unit with some deep and some shallow drawers for my make-up. Spending lots of money on dividers and such sucks, so I organise my Helmer by covering tissue boxes in pretty paper, they look cute and fit almost perfectly.
    I have to admit to having an unhealthy obsession with IKEA, about 90% of my furniture was purchased there and I love assembling it. I remember happily sitting on the floor with my bits o’Helmer and thinking “I’m totally bending metal!”


    • 6/11/10 15:17 the Muse:

      LMAO cucumpear totally the same feeling, I pretended I was superman :D


  • 6/10/10 22:45 electronicfly:

    /me drools at all the pretty things

    /me turns to green eyed monster



    • 6/11/10 15:15 the Muse:

      LOL electronicfly :)


  • 6/10/10 22:51 Melissa:

    I have 6 helmers for my jewelry supplies stash. I also have 6 3 drawer rubbermaids from target (the big ones) and 10 scrap book drawer units plus all the drawers in my jewelers desk. I like the Helmers better and agree good bang for buck. I store my make up in my bathroom draws, a 3 cube thing, under the cabinet, a paint brush spinner,and in the linen closet. :)


    • 6/11/10 15:15 the Muse:

      ok melissa your stash is bigger than mine sounds like lol!


      • 6/11/10 23:04 Melissa:

        I doubt my makeup skincare stash is bigger oh btw I did add most of it up in a rounded sort of way by category I came up with around $5k. So i didn’t adjust my renters insurance lol. My business inventory insurance policy is for over six figures but it covers finished pieces and supplies.


        • 6/14/10 11:57 the Muse:

          LOL melissa never considered upping my housing insurance to cover my stash LOL!


  • 6/10/10 22:53 Erin:

    Dude…ur makeup collection is insane! :P


  • 6/11/10 0:09 Jennifer:

    I’ve been planning on picking one up on my next Ikea trip for my ever growing polish stash ;)


  • 6/11/10 0:17 Becky:

    I couldn’t be more envious of your collection! How do you use all that makeup? those pigments….WOW! good organizing too!


  • 6/11/10 2:42 Paloma:

    omg. IF I were to ever take up robbing houses, yours would be the first one I’d hit up, then temptalia’s! lol cuz your guys’ stashes are….whoa.


    • 6/11/10 12:51 Paloma:

      btw, that’s a compliment, not a threat lol….I’m too lazy to rob houses hahhaa


      • 6/11/10 13:42 the Muse:

        lol paloma I hear ya :-D no worries laughed at your original post sorry got too busy to answer *hugs*


  • 6/11/10 8:49 Celazome:

    That is quite a collection!

    How sturdy is the drawer? I’ve had some hit or miss purchases on at Ikea on how well they hold up (even though Ike stuff always looks good)


    • 6/11/10 12:04 the Muse:

      celazone not as sturdy as my bisley, bit flimsy as I said in the review :) for $40 it isn’t heavy kinda thin metal


  • 6/11/10 9:29 Stephanie:

    I im in awe of your stash!


  • 6/11/10 10:26 Dianna:

    Great collection. I’m sooo jealous. Great idea with the Helmet cabinet. They’re a hazzle to assemble, I know. I got one that I use for cords, paper and stuff like that for the computer, printer, cameras. Maybe I should get another for makeup :).
    Anyway, you can actually get this kinda compartment you can put in the drawers, which gives you 5 smaller spaces instead of 1 big one. I have it in 2 of my drawers. If you wanna see a picture send me an email.
    Great site!! Just found it today.


    • 6/11/10 15:14 the Muse:

      hey dianna aw thanks cheers! :-D yup def a great way to stash makeup! They are a little bit of a PITA to put together. :-D def do it! it’s great for stashing makeup! Good idea on the compartments someone actually tweetpic’ed me some :-D

      Aw thanks!!!!! welcome! good to meet you!


  • 6/11/10 12:32 Tina:

    I am truly humbled by your make up collection. I bow to the master!


    • 6/11/10 12:39 the Muse:

      lol tina


  • 6/11/10 12:46 Kristina:

    I need this! There’s no Ikea near me though and their shipping is insane!


    • 6/11/10 13:10 the Muse:

      I don’t think they actually ship this Kristina :( try ebay hun!?


  • 6/11/10 15:23 jonnie:

    Hmm… for as much Ikea as I own (I’m another one who has 90% of her house Ikea) I never thought of this! I must get one for my makeup!

    Another awesome idea from the Muse.

    And yes, major stash envy here too!


    • 6/11/10 15:25 the Muse:

      aw thanks jonnie shucks :-D hehe!


  • 6/12/10 22:43 Lisa:

    Oh the make up porn! I keep telling myself to get another job just to pay for make up…That way I don’t feel so guilty every sale, every collection release…just basically every purchase. lol


  • 6/15/10 23:43 Angela:

    Oh jeez @ your collection. I don’t know whether to be in awe or envy.


    • 6/16/10 9:30 the Muse:

      lol angela


  • 1/9/11 4:22 Shannyn:

    Oh thank god I’m not the only one who keeps the boxes! I was starting to think there was something wrong with me ><
    You have seriously just made my day!


    • 1/10/11 11:06 the Muse:

      haha shannyn ;-D always particularly with le stuff!


  • 4/2/11 14:59 pamela:

    Muse~Thank you for the pics of your Helmers! I am ready for my first Helmers! The 5 organizers I am using now will be lovingly accepted by my two teen nieces! I have had these desktop, plastic, 3-sliding drawers each thingys for years! BUT, since the big divorce I’ve moved into smaller digs & realized I need to group my treasures and polishes together in one. Muse, YOU R AWESOME! I remembered you posted a while back about yours! Super fab pics! Thank you for that you do for us!!!


    • 4/4/11 13:31 the Muse:

      my pleasure pamela ;) glad it helped. It’s really well worth it for makeup storage. thank YOU for visiting :)


  • 6/7/11 19:20 york pa furniture:

    I keep all my stuff in boxes too. I thought I was the crazy one!


    • 6/8/11 10:56 the Muse:

      lol york hells to the yes on LE!


  • 1/14/13 13:24 Jess:

    you can buy inserts called Antonius that fit!


  • 8/28/13 5:52 Cookie:

    Am I supposed to be keeping the boxes??!! After I decide it’s something that works/ doesn’t irritate me, I toss the box. In fact, I love that moment — it means it’s mine! But I never thought the box was important. Now I don’t have that much makeup and I use most everything. Don’t really have any LE. Should I start now??😳😳😳


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