Making Use of Unused Space
The space between the floor joists in my unfinished basement is the perfect spot to store leftover trim and boards. I bought some chain, S-hooks and eye screws and made some corrals to hold the stuff in place. It’s easy now to see my inventory and slip a piece out or remove the chain to sort through the entire bundle. — Les Beekman
Under Bed Storage
Every bed in your home is sitting on top a storage goldmine. Make the most of each bed space by storing seasonal clothing, extra bedding, even seasonal décor like wreaths in fabric or plastic under bed storage containers. Better yet, build your own custom sized trundle-style under-bed box.
Above the Toilet
Bathrooms are typically one of the smallest rooms in the home, so make sure you're maximizing your bath storage by utilizing the space above the toilet. Install open shelving, hang wicker baskets on cup hooks or build a simple medicine cabinet.
If you prefer open shelves, check out these boat cleat towel storage shelves.
Back of Cabinet Doors
Use small cup hooks or removable adhesive hooks to make the most of the inside of your cabinet doors throughout your home. Hang measuring cups and utensils in the kitchen, dustpans and rags in the laundry room, and styling tools in the bathroom. Here's a sturdy, simple DIY cabinet door storage rack for under your sink.
Back of Closet Doors
If you have a hinged closet door, you have vertical storage space. Hang a dollar store shoe holder on the back side of the door and organize your small stuff. Spices and snacks in the pantry, cleaning products and batteries in the hall, belts and accessories in the bedroom and electronics or wrapping paper supplies in the office.
Free up your counter space and maximize your kitchen storage by adding additional shallow shelves below your upper cabinets for cookbooks or coffee mugs. Mount a paper towel holder or potholder hooks to keep the clutter off the counter. Or store wine bottles in this DIY space-saving wine rack..
Between the Studs
When you can't find a convenient nook for a set of shelves, you can often create one by recessing the shelves into the wall itself. This works great on short transitional walls, in the bath or in hallway spaces. This works especially well in the garage. And, the average garage has more than 150 sq. ft. of unused storage space. Here's where to find it!
Next time you are considering purchasing a new piece of furniture, look for one that has built in storage. Like hinged storage coffee tables and ottomans or entry benches. Or look for full length mirrors that house jewelry or accessories, and bed frames with built-in drawers.
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Way Under Cabinets
Hidden under almost every kitchen cabinet, there's a cavity containing nothing but air. This low, shallow cavity isn't prime storage space for everyday items, but it's perfect for bakeware, cleaning supplies, pet dishes and more. Here's how you can utilize that space with under cabinet drawers.
Look for opportunities to store up in spaces like utility rooms, mudrooms or the garage. Use bungie cords to hold up large but light items or build a sliding ceiling storage system like this one. like this one.
Under the Stairs
Often the area under a staircase can be neglected, dead space. Make the most of it by building out the side of the stairs with open storage cubbies or a custom cabinet door. Or if you've got a shoe storage problem, try this hidden stair drawer.