17 Storage Projects by The Family Handyman Readers
These space-saving, clutter-busting storage projects will inspire you to come up with your own creative home organization ideas. Read on to find out how The Family Handyman readers made these fantastic projects.
Photo: Courtesy of Brett Gardner
Closet to Cabinet
We like the custom built-in cabinets, drawers and shelves that reader Brett Gardner created much better than the closet that was once there. Click here to see more photos of this amazing transformation.
Photo: Courtesy of Mark Maixner
Hidden Staircase Drawer
Oh the possibilities! Check out this awesome hidden drawer that reader Mark Maixner built into his staircase. Think of all of the storage space you could harness with this project!
Modular Pet Ramp
Reader Doug Swanson has two lucky dachshunds. He built this custom ramp with window seating and a safety railing so they can look out the window despite one of the pet’s back issues. The ramp also features built-in storage cabinets and casters, so it can be moved easily when it’s time to vacuum the floor.
Reader Jak Krumholtz built a loft bed with enough room below it for, well, a room! He added retro automotive seats with a console, a dome light, pullout shelves and space to store his bicycles.
Reader Dave Conners’ wife asked for a dryer pedestal and that’s what she got—plus some extra storage space! Click here to see more photos.
Custom Truck Bed Drawers
Check out how one reader crafted custom storage drawers for his truck bed. The drawers are perfect for organizing his tools, and a rubber bed liner protects the drawers and tools from rain and other outdoor elements.
Photo: Courtesy of Vern Schleyer
In-Wall Kitchen Cabinets
Reader Vern Schleyer didn’t have enough room in his kitchen for more cabinets, so he built them into the wall. Click here to find out how he did it.
Skinny Workshop Cart
Talk about taking advantage of unused storage space! Reader John White constructed this skinny shop cart for storing his surplus sheet goods. It features an open frame on four small casters, and it fits perfectly in the open space behind the lower cabinets in his workshop. Excellent idea, John!
Dorm Room Spinning Storage Unit
Reader Michael Kirby created this spinning storage unit out of necessity for his daughter, who is a dorm-dwelling college student. Space is at a premium for his daughter, so this storage unit features four hardworking sides - cubbies with bins, small shelves, a full-length mirror and a magnetic board for hanging photos. Plus, the unit spins on a turntable, which is genius!
Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Dempster
Reader Brandon Dempster is a magician (or at least a very clever DIYer)! He built this disappearing bed with bookshelf in his guest room. We can’t explain it any better—you just have to see it for yourself!
Classy TV Cabinet
This TV cabinet project was executed perfectly by reader Ronald Berg. He used plans from The Family Handyman’s November 2012 issue, adding that he learned how to use a Kreg pocket-hole jig for the first time and loved it. We love your work, Ronald!
Grand Garden Shed
Ever think about putting an outdoor shower in a garden shed? Neither have we! But that’s just what reader Emlyn Jones did, and he used shed plans from The Family Handyman.
New Use for Old Cabinets
Reader Janet Johnson turned two secondhand kitchen cabinets into one tall and trendy bathroom cabinet. Click here to find out what she did to transform the cabinets into a new stellar storage piece.
Custom Lego Table
This table, built by reader Victor Paolino, was designed around Lego construction plates that he purchased online. The table features a road and parking spaces for toy cars and special storage trays—all of which inspire hours of imaginative play for Victor’s great-grandson.
Big and Little Storage Lockers
We’re impressed with reader J. Macpherson’s modifications to The Family Handyman’s Outdoor Storage Locker project from March 2008. Both versions of the shed were based on the project plans that he found on the website. Way to go!
To make the most out of the space in a really tall, deep cabinet, reader Jason Gilliam made the following modifications. He moved the cabinet’s back panel forward, cut a hole in the side and built a slide-out shelf. Click here to see it in action.
This creative cottage-like shed was built by reader Alan Luebs. He used our Dream Shed plans, originally published in the July/August 2013 issue of The Family Handyman. He modified the doors and windows and added awesome siding materials and colors. We absolutely love it!