Challenge Yourself With Some Simple DIY Storage Ideas

A well-organized home is also a comfortable one. Having enough storage for everything offers a really nice sense of accomplishment and only in time you get to discover all the little details that make your home complete. Luckily, there’s always room for improvements. Check out our selection of DIY storage ideas and adapt the designs that you like to your own requirements and home decor.

Shelf above door.

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In the bathroom, you can maximize the storage capacity of the space by adding a shelf above the door. To build this accessory you need a wooden board, two brackets and two support arcs. The shelf can be as wide as the door frame or wider, depending on whether you prefer symmetry or not. Give the shelf any shape you want. The simplest option would be to make it rectangular. Find all the necessary details about the project here.

Wire basket.

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Build a simple wire basket for the towels and add it to your bathroom. It’s a useful accessory when you don’t have room in the cabinet for extra towels or when you want to keep them organized and close at hand when you’re taking a shower. You can put the basket on a shelf or mount it directly on one of the walls. To make the basket you’ll need wire mesh, wire cutters and pliers. If you want you can give it a wooden base. Have a look at the full tutorial for more details.

Under sofa Storage.

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Most sofas don’t sit directly on the floor but are supported by solid legs that elevate them a few cm above the floor level. That means that there’s some empty space under there which you can use for storage. To take advantage of that space you can built a rolling tray. You’ll need a piece of wood for the base, some wood strips for the sides, nails, a hammer, glue and four small wheels. It’s a simple project that gives you under sofa storage for things like magazines, remote controls and other items.

Rolling cart.

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Similarly, a rolling cart can be hidden under an armchair or under the bed and can offer extra storage for the things that usually occupy the coffee table or that stay scattered around the room. Alternatively, you can use such a cart to organize your knitting supplies, your cat’s toys or lots of other things. The project has intermediate difficulty and requires a few things such as some plywood, glue, casters and leather strips.

Storage Boxes.

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In case you didn’t figure this out on your own yet, boxes are really useful for storage. They can be used to organize and put together small things that would otherwise occupy your drawers or desk. Use storage boxes to make your home clutter-free and have fun along the way. We suggest customizing the boxes by spray painting them and by adding labels.

Herring Box.

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Speaking of boxes, if you’re serious about this then perhaps you’d like to craft something a bit more solid and long-lasting than a cardboard box. Building a box out of wood would be pretty simple. You just need to glue together the base and sides. After that you can have fun decorating it. An elegant idea is to make a herringbone box. A while ago we featured a tutorial for this particular project.

Pallet storage shelving.

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Those of you that enjoy wrapping gifts and have a pretty big collection of wrapping paper rolls and accessories probably know that finding a practical way to store these things is nearly impossible. The best option would be to have custom built. We have a suggestion for this task: repurpose a wooden pallet. You don’t have to make any major modifications, Just remove some boards and if needed modify the dimensions as well. Check out our tutorial for DIY pallet storage shelving for inspiration.

Floating shelves.

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Floating shelves can always be added later on, when you come to realize that you could use some extra storage for the kids’ books or for your magazines, collectibles or spice jars. When that moment comes, grab some wood boards, a hammer, a few nails, some paint, glue, a drill and some screws and get to work. It shouldn’t take long to complete the project, especially if you’re handy with this sort of DIY projects.

Fabric organizer.

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This framed fabric organizer may not be something that you really need for your home but it’s definitely something that you might find useful for your home office or entryway. The organizer is great for keeping mail, postcards and other things in one place. No sewing is required for this project. The first step is to find a frame that you like and some fabric that goes with it. You’ll also need a stapler, scissors, an iron and perhaps also some spray paint if you want to customize the frame.

Basket.

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Baskets are pretty cool. You can use them to store all sorts of things like extra blankets or pillows, knitting supplies, towels, etc. They look cozy and they can be casually left on the floor without making the room look messy. For an even better look, we suggest a painted basket. If you like the idea, go find yourself a basket, some acrylic paint and paintbrush and get to work.

Industrial kids bookshelf.

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Kids grow up fast and before you know it they start to draw and to read. That’s when you might realize that they need a bookshelf to organize and store all their favorite books and creations. No worries, you can solve that by building the bookshelf yourself. Basically all you really need for such a project is a bunch of wood boards and some metal rods. What you’ll get is a simple piece of furniture with an industrial look. If you want all the details, check out the tutorial featured on Cherishedbliss.

Electronics tray.

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Trays are very practical, especially when you want to organize things. For example, you can use a tray to keep your devices all in the same place or to store your charging cables. But instead of crafting the tray from scratch, it would be easier to use an existing one and to simply customize it. You could use a wood burner or some paint to give it a unique look. This idea comes from Domicile37.

Wooden crates.

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For your growing book collection, a pretty cool idea could be to make a crate bookcase. Basically you just stack some wooden crates and you organize your books inside them. It’s an extremely simple project and the result is a bookcase that gives the space a really casual and homey look. The bookcase would fit perfectly into a Nordic-style interior.

Denim storage.

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In case you happen to have a pair or two of old jeans which you no longer need or use, you can repurpose those into stylish denim storage boxes. For the project you need a cardboard storage box, a pair of adult jeans, spray adhesive, fabric, clips, a needle and thread and, if you also want to label the box, some white acrylic paint, letter stencils and a small paint brush.

Wall hanging crates.

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The project described on iheartorganizing shows us how simple wood crates can become a stylish addition to an existing entertainment center. The crates are transformed into bookshelves and they look really chic. It’s real simple. Just cut the crate in two lengthwise and then paint and mount the two halves on the wall using brackets. You can install at kid level if you want the little ones to be able to reach them easily.

Gem boxes.

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For little things like your jewelry you need something chic and delicate. You could craft something yourself. Start with some bare wood boxes in any size and shape you want. Paint them and their lids in a color that you like and then decorate them with gemstones. You can glue a little stylish gemstone knob on each lid. {found on be-a-gem}.

Storage bin.

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You know those tote bags that everyone takes with them at the beach? They sure look roomy and with great storage potential so as the summer comes to an end you could repurpose your tote into something else. If you give it a makeover you could turn it into a storage container for your kitchen, pantry or for pretty much any other space. Your tote storage bin would look lovely if you just wrap some fabric around its bottom and sew it in place.

Wood and acrylic shelf.

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In the bathroom, it’s best not to waste space with bulky furniture and unnecessary features. Open shelves are usually the most practical. We came across a really beautiful design for a wood and acrylic shelf. It’s not exactly a very complex project and the contrast between the materials and textures is eye-catching and elegant.

Pipes.

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PVC pipes are pretty versatile and often used in all sorts of interesting DIY projects. One of them is featured on Cookielovesmilk. The pipes were in this case used to make a shoe storage rack. Basically lots of pipe sections were stacked and attached to a wall. If you want, you can alternate pipes that have different sizes to accommodate various types of shoes.

Files storage.

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If you don’t have a good system in place for storing magazines, they can make your space look pretty messy. A suggestion would be to build yourself some magazine files. This is actually something you can purchase from your local stores but if you want something different and unique, go ahead and make some timber ones. You can paint and customize them however you want.