As we acquire new things and clutter builds up around the house, we often find ourselves looking for places to store away our possessions. And while closets, tubs, and garages make for excellent storage locations, there are equally effective and much more creative ways to stow away your belongings. With that in mind, below are just a few ways to stash your things. Some may require a bit of assembly, but these ideas will help you to optimize your space while providing your rooms a bit of character.
Old Suitcase Nightstand Stack
When updating our luggage over time, the question becomes what to do with our old baggage. Instead of disposing of your used suitcases, consider their use as storage containers within your home. Especially for luggage with a vintage flair, suitcases can make for a unique and effective container for other belongings. All you need are three or four suitcases, even those that differ in size, so they can be stacked. When putting things away into the suitcases be sure to put the things you need least frequently at the bottom and the things you’ll need the most at the top.
PVC Pipe Shoe Rack
For those possessing a variety of shoes, it can sometimes be a hassle trying to find a place to put them all. Luckily with some pvc pipe and a little elbow grease, you can make your own shoe organizer. Depending on the size of your collection, it may be in your best interest to go for pipe with a slightly larger diameter to enable you to fit both shoes into a single tube. You’ll have to cut the pipe into individual sections, something you can get done at a hardware store. From there, it’s just a matter of setting the pipes into the manner you want them to be in, applying pvc glue, and clamping the pipes together. They should dry pretty quickly.
Ladders are good for more than just getting up and down or cleaning the gutters. In terms of repurposing, they make great multi-purpose tools and are wonderful for storage. One very unique use for ladders is as a bookshelf. It is important to note that this is a project specifically for wooden ladders. Be sure to clean the ladder you are planning on using. Your ladder can also be stained to better match the color of the room. This project will require L-brackets to mount the ladder onto the wall, but makes for a great conversation starter. If your ladder fails to provide you enough room, feel free to remove some of the rungs.
Folding Chair on the Wall
The beauty of folding chairs come in the form of their many “rungs” and openings. This makes them perfect for hanging clothes from and also for putting things on top of. If you’re looking for an interesting storage idea, consider hanging a folding chair. Like the ladder bookshelf, the most visually appealing kind of chair to do this with is a wooden one. You can also stain these as well. To mount them, consider using a hook, which can be purchased at your local home improvement store. When you do not require the storage, fold the chair and open up the space a bit more.
Old Mini Fridge
A no assembly required storage idea that is great for teens and adults alike comes in the form of the mini fridge. They are already equipped with shelves and space and can be used for more than just food. Whether it’s books or video game accessories, a mini fridge may be the perfect storage container for your needs. Even better, it comes with drawers and compartments that allow you to group your things accordingly, especially if you’re using the fridge for storing a number of different kinds of belongings. And even better, no electricity is required to keep your things stored.
Card Catalog Wine Rack
For wine connoisseurs, this is another repurposing idea that comes without a lot effort. Card catalogs were originally used in libraries to find books but once the cards are removed, they make great storage units. Though they vary in price, relatively inexpensive ones can be found with varying amounts of storage slots for collections large and small. And if you’re in the mood, you can build your own. Card catalogs even enable you to label each respective slot to allow for easy retrieval when you are entertaining. Because card catalogs come in different shapes and sizes, you’ll be able to find the one that works best for you faster than you can sip a glass of chardonnay.
Heather Bradford is a DIY and Home Improvement blogger who specializes in providing useful tips to beautify and optimize the space of a home. She posts new design tips regularly on her blog simple-outdoor.com.