I am refering to the brown book containers located on the first shelf.Once again I am turning garbage into a precious commodity! I wanted to re-do my shelf and couldn't afford to buy lined baskets. So, I looked around, found a piece of trash, waived my magic wand and VOILA :). In actuality, first I found boxes that would fit perfectly in the shelf and cut the flaps off. I then covered each box using the inside of wrapping paper (or paper bags if you want brown.) and tape (regular and packing). After selecting a piece of fabric I ironed the edges in and stapled it onto my box. As for the bottom of the box I used packing tape to secure the fabric to the bottom. I now have a usable box that will work until I am able to save my pennies for the real thing! They are very sturdy. My kids have pulled them off the shelf for years and they have never broke.