Nail Polish Storage Idea: Ikea Helmer

by xin on August 8, 2011

*Picture-heavy post.

Ever since my passion for nail polish started to grow, the collection is slowly expanding too. And…I could no longer stand the sight of the messy collection. And after reading fellow nail sister Nikki’s post on her storage system, I knew I had to do something about it.

nail polish before 1

My original storage, a 4-tier mini chest. It has served me well (also for other stuff) for the past 8 years (!). Can’t believe how fast time flies!

nail polish before 2

Then…when I inherited some polishes from a dear friend, I started keeping more and more polishes in the paper bag…

As you can see, it is a hassle to pick the colors and if you suddenly need a color before the polish on hand dries up, it will mess up your nails.

After quite some search, I finally found the perfect friend for my currently limited space.


This is a Helmer and you will need some patience and strength to assemble it up, including a lot of bending the metal frames.

It comes in 3 shades: red, pearl white and silver.


After about an hour of hard work (with me playing Angry Birds at the side while watching hubby to do the job), it is finally done!

I think red is the best looker among the 3.

I anxiously arranged all my polishes into the drawers.

Tips: With the cardboard boxes, you can cut them up and lay it in the drawer as a base if you are anal about getting the paint scratched.


The depth of the drawer is just nice for standing or lying nail polishes.

Tier 1 consists of all the base & top coat, glitter polishes and light colors.


Comes the 2nd tier, I started to feel impatient and decided just to put them all together.


Same goes to the 3rd tier -_-

I tried to arrange them all standing up, but it was too much work (!).


Finally a neat tier 4, I keep my acrylic paint and nail brushes inside for convenience use.


And the 5th tier holds my Konad stamping tools, gem stones and stickers.

Spanking neat 😉

The last tier holds all my misc stuff which I do not know where to put.

helmer top

At last, I cut up a piece of non-slip mat that I bought previously also from Ikea to be the drawer top. It can help to protect the top from scratches and also for me to put more stuff on top. So yeay!

It comes with wheels too, but can only wheel a straight line. It is perfect for me so far, and who knows one day when I am sick of polishes, it can be used for other stuff too 😉

– Width: 28cm
– Depth: 43cm
– Height:69cm
– Weight: 13kg

Availability: Ikea

Price: RM139

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Paris B August 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

Nice!! I was thinking of using this for storage too but the squeaky metal sound grated on my nerves. But I’m holding out for a couple more years… and then see if I need storage 😛
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xin August 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

But if you don’t move this around or when you pull the drawer out gently, there is almost no mental squeaking sound. but i dare not say the same after few years down the road 😛 reminds me of those old school metal file cabinet in those days. hehehe
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plue August 8, 2011 at 10:35 am

i nearly wanted to get this, but my room no place >.< but i think most nail polish fans keep their polish in a ikea helmer lor!
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xin August 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

i went to survey, then went back home and measured. JUST managed to squeeze in the space between my chair and the wall. The entire work space is fully utilized and hardly any extra inch to walk already!
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Nikki August 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm

OH COME ON! You are making me salivate with your collection! Compared to yours mine is like a third or something! Gosh, I’d love to play with your polishes and that storage system is THE BOMB!!!! I would love to have it as well on the same COLOR! eeekkkkk nice one Sister! You are making me jealous, I want to wear socks on my head and rob your house! 😛


xin August 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

awwww thank you sis! i feel so proud of my purchase now ^_^ welcome to rob me, without socks or not, if one day it’s gone i’d know it had to be you 😛
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lyn August 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Good grief, that’s a really admirable sight! You really have a lot of polishes o_O
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xin August 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

i have thrown away quite some (dried ones and lousy ones), otherwise there’d be more!
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gio August 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Wow, you have a huge and beautiful collection! And the Ikea Helmer is a great storage solution for that.
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Shen Gee August 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

This is such a great idea. I’m glad we have someone here selling ikea stuff too. 🙂


ashley May 3, 2012 at 4:21 am

i’ve been thinking about the helmer because i just started collecting polish, but my collection is already getting out of hand. when you open the drawers, do they slid open easily so the polish doesn’t slid around?


xin May 4, 2012 at 10:56 am

when it is too heavy, it is hard to slide open, and the nail polish might topple, so have to slide it out carefully, especially for the top 2 tier
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