Lid clips for the smaller IKEA SAMLA storage boxes

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Lid clips for the smaller IKEA SAMLA storage boxes by flummer Jul 13, 2014
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These are little clips that help keep the lid from falling of the smaller SAMLA boxes from IKEA. This clips works with the 5L, the 11L and the 22L boxes and their lids.
The clips have a little wedge sticking out that holds the clips firmly in place when the boxes are stacked on top of each other.
When 2x 5L boxes are stacked side by side on top of the 11L or the 22L box, you need to place the clips so that they are slightly off, so that they don't hit each other in between the boxes.
You can leave the clips on the lid in one side, and simply open up and detach the lid.
IKEA sells similar clips for the bigger SAMLA boxes, but they don't work with the smaller ones.


I usually print a plate of 4 on the Ultimaker, but do it one by one, so that if something goes wrong during the print, I won't have 4 failed pieces, only one.
It also prints them nicer, since the printing head won't need to move outside of the object.
If you want a wider clip, you can use customizer to change it, just put in how many mm you want as the width.

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for those looking for the same thing for 45L SAMLA box, i made it here:

Lid clips for the 45L IKEA SAMLA storage boxes

That's cool! Nice with the little logo in there ;-)

I have also designed some for the big boxes, but I'm not 100% satisfied with them, so haven't put them up yet.


thank you for liking my rendition! my workshop is full of this bigger boxes! i thought the logo is a fun touch haha. Seems to work nicely for now! i was offline when i did mine, didn't got a chance to see your version! i am sure its great too!

Excellent design, thank you very much for posting these! They are a great fit on the 22L boxes we got. I resized them to be 40mm high and they are super sturdy (check http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1844657 if you need the resized model).

Also, at least in the US, Ikea does not manufacture the clips for the bigger boxes anymore (checked in Emeryville, CA). The Ikea website confirms this (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=samla). This is a different situation than in Europe, where they still sell them and in all sizes (cf for instance the French site at http://www.ikea.com/fr/fr/search/?query=SAMLA+Fermeture).

Thanks again for sharing your files!

Samla Clips for smaller Ikea boxes - 40 mm height - 6 items

Hi Vincent,

Great to hear that you find the clips useful! If IKEA has stopped making the bigger ones, I guess it's time to make a variant that will also fit those... I gotta look into that.


Hi, I have seen your images for the IKEA Samla clips for the small boxes. I do not have a 3d printer nor do I have access to one. Do you sell these clips already printed out - or does anyone else who has printed them? If so, I would be interested in purchasing some for a reasonable price. Thanks.

Hi smileadele,

My recommendation if you don't have a 3D printer is to either stop by your local hackerspace or makerspace, which will likely have a 3D printer you can use for this or have a look at https://www.3dhubs.com, where you will most likely be able to find someone local to you that can print out the parts for you.


How much to scale 45l box


I don't know how much to scale, or if they can simply be scaled, it might be necessary to adjust the dimensions individually.

I only have the smaller boxes, and IKEA makes clips for the bigger ones.


These are great! Very easy to print, fit perfectly while being easily removable. Good design work.