Want to know how to create more storage space in your home? Here are 37 clever ways to declutter rooms and stash your stuff.
Whether you own a tiny home lacking closet storage, or you are trying to organize the space you have—the first step is to get building. Here are 37 home storage solutions that are sure to help you manage your messes or conceal items out of use.
From putting together your own built-in window seat to making an outdoor bench that hides tools, TOH brings you detailed step-by-step instructions, shopping lists, and tool lists to do it all yourself and get the extra storage space you need!
The bedroom is often the room with the most need for maximum storage but the least amount of space for putting stuff away. Enter this bed—suggested by a reader who saw one featured in a recent issue of This Old House magazine; it has 23 cubic feet of storage but no room for dust bunnies. This home storage solution is every bit as practical as it is handsome.
Plastic bins peeking out from underneath the bed? Really? You’re not in college anymore. It’s time to consider an attractive, adult piece of furniture with plenty of storage and sufficient style to be left out in the open—praised, even.
We built one that eschews the cheap look of sheet goods in favor of box-joint construction with alternating lengths of boards. Then you can relegate those plastic bins to their rightful place, somewhere in deep storage.
Messy, wet rain-soaked umbrellas and raincoats can warp hardwood floors and stain your best rugs. You need a stopping area just inside the door where everyone can leave the weather behind.
This handsome entry hall built-in, made of plywood, shelf panels, and layered moldings, is the perfect catchall, complete with an open top shelf, coat hooks, and flip-top bench storage—sure to make your house more welcoming, even while protecting it from wear and tear.
The ottoman has many uses, serving as extra seating, a foot rest, or even a coffee table when a tray is placed on top. Versions with under-lid storage, like this handsome example, are the perfect place to stash blankets or store books. Customize the upholstery to fit your household decor or needs: stain resistant for pets and children, or suede for a lusher feel. And vary the height and style of the off-the-rack legs to complement existing furniture.
Reclaimed Wine Rack
If you’ve shopped for a small wine rack and felt uninspired, we’re with you. What’s a vino lover to do? Here, a reclaimed lumber beam was transformed into a simple wine rack that encourages people to make a toast and mingle around it. Even better: You can put it together for less than a day’s work. Now that’s something to drink to.
Wall-Hung TV Cabinet
Want to cleverly conceal that large flat-screen television you installed front and center? You can! Hide it behind a handsome cabinet fitted with bifold doors, as we did here. With a simple frame and doors cut down from a single bifold closet door, this cabinet is easy to assemble and costs far less than its store-bought counterparts.
Garden Bench with Hidden Storage
An outdoor bench makes a convenient place to plop down while you remove muddy boots. You’ll rest even easier knowing it can store a garden hose (or two) and other less-than-attractive supplies.
You can build one from weather-resistant cedar or ipe. A lift up the seat and a floor made of galvanized metal screen allows water to escape, so you don’t have to worry about storing a hose before it drains. The angled backrest, with its decorative curve, adds to the inviting aesthetic of a piece that’s as handsome as it is handy.
You can convert hidden, unused spaces into valuable storage areas. Here, you’ll recess a chest of drawers into the knee wall of an upstairs bedroom. You’ll gain a full-size, eight-drawer chest without sacrificing a single square inch of floor space.
Desk with Storage Cubbies
If you lack a dedicated spot for paying bills and stashing loose stuff, a good desk is a must. This desktop, made of plywood topped with acrylic sheeting, stands on turned legs. To make the free-floating hutch, use a small cabinet laid on its side and repurpose the door to create shelves. A cubby tucked under the desktop holds a basket for yet more storage. No guarantees, but it should make tackling paperwork more inviting.
At 72 inches tall, this handsome entryway accessory has enough height to hold full-length coats and long scarves, and still manages to dress up the space when left bare. When constructing and customizing your own, choose a decorative finish, routered legs, or ornate hooks. Your new addition will keep your woollies close at hand on your way out the door and promise a clutter-free foyer when you get home.
Kid’s Toy Chest
With wheels on the bottom and special toy box lid supports, this chest makes it easy for kids to round up their toys when playtime is over. You can make a barn-shaped container like this one in an afternoon with tools on hand and materials available at the home center. Once the toy chest is put together, kids will be scrambling to fill it with their prized possessions.
Stop hunting through cupboards for cocktail fixings just as guests begin arriving. Why not corral all those items in one, easy-to-use location? This tall and slender cocktail hutch provides a handy and attractive place to hang glasses, store wine bottles, tuck bottle openers and napkins, and display spirits. The work will all pay off at your next cocktail party, as guests admire your craftsmanship.
Wood Laundry Hamper
Let’s face it: A clothes hamper is not the sexiest piece of furniture you’ll ever own. But that’s no excuse for using a tired old canvas bag or an open-top basket to stash your dirty duds. Instead, build a furniture-like piece like the one shown here. The top and sides are simply stock beadboard plywood framed with 1x material.
Convenient Wall Coatrack
A pileup of coats and jackets near the front door is never a welcoming sight. finding a spot to store this stuff can be a challenge. Why not build a low-profile, cottage-inspired coatrack that takes up just a few feet of wall space. Double coat hooks and wire baskets maximize storage space, and the board-and-batten-like design protects the underlying wall from dings and dents.
Bath Towel Keeper
Hang towels right where you need them, on bathroom appropriate hooks. This towel rack was made using cross-handle faucet taps and salvaged barn siding. A shelf was added on top, supported by ornate cast-iron brackets. This way fresh bath towels can be stacked on top and wet ones hung to dry from the taps below.
On-The-Wall Pot Rack
One way to evoke a Victorian-era look—short of bringing the plumbing out of the wall again—is to put your pipes on display with a copper pot rack. You can assemble this cookware holder in just a couple of hours using everyday plumbing parts. Push-together tees and elbows take away the need for messy soldering, and brass polish will make the copper shine like a new penny.
Stylish Bath Cabinet
Few vanity styles complement a traditional bathroom design as well as the dresser profile, which handsomely blends modern function with the wash-basin look that was so common before indoor plumbing. You can easily convert a beautiful old dresser—or a modern one if that’s your style—into a sink cabinet. You’re best off choosing a chest with doors and as few drawers as possible to better to accommodate the plumbing.
Decorative Wall Niche
Pleasing and practical, this architectural accent has been around since ancient Rome. Today you can capture the same timeless charm by buying a preformed niche of dense foam from an online retailer and building it into a barren wall. Create a hole for the insert in a wall and mount it in place using adhesive caulk.
If your little builders inherited the DIY gene, then they’re more or less programmed to dive into Mom and Dad’s tools. So maybe you should think about giving them their own set. This toolbox is just the thing to hold smaller, basic items that fit a young do-it-yourselfer’s hands, including a hammer, saws, pliers, and screwdrivers. Building it is easy: The tools required are probably already in your stash, and the materials are readily available at a home center and a sporting goods store.
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