Smart Storage Ideas
Space-maximizing, clutter-minimizing solutions, products and projects.
An old dresser sandwiched between matching bookshelves can give you the look of a ready-made ensemble at a fraction of the cost. The secret: Tying them together with a rich finish gives the impression of a single unit. Shown here: maple wood pieces stained in Minwax PolyShades Walnut.
10 Fun Furniture Makeovers
Rather than have a lot of canisters taking up valuable counter space, create drawers precisely measured to fit commercial stainless steel containers (available from restaurant supply stores) for your many flours, rices, grains, and other dry goods. | Photo: William Waldron
Kitchen Open for Business
A microwave drawer fits neatly beneath a wood-countertop landing area for keys and mail. | Photo: Susan Teare
A Cozy Kitchen With More Light, More Function
Help the eye flow by installing a custom shelf that fits under the sink and over the toilet. You'll barely even notice the exposed plumbing underneath. (But if you do, it matches the other fixtures.)
A Seaside Cottage Looks Small, Lives Large
Eradicate the need for cumbersome storage furniture by building in bureaus that blend in beautifully with the vanity. | Photo: Susan Seubert
Custom touches by homeowner and DIY cabinetmaker Tim Frazer include a niche for TP and a drawer for bath supplies that slides out of the vanity toekick. He built all the cabinet boxes and ordered doors to fit.
A Luxe, Light-Filled Bath and Laundry Update
Two bedrooms became a master suite with a dressing closet and a separate walk-in closet. The custom island has a marble top, drawers, and fluted pilasters. A Victorian pier table and mirrored dresser are period-appropriate touches.
Period-Perfect Farmhouse is All in the Details
Whether you don't have enough closets or need a better way of organizing the space you have, this customizable PAX wardrobe from IKEA could be the answer to your dreams.
PAX Wardrobe - IKEA
This clever nightstand has a secret! Space for a power strip and easy access to run the plug to the nearest outlet. Great for keeping your electronics charged and close at hand! Just $29.99 from IKEA. | thisoldhouse.com
SELJE Nightstand - IKEA
A Homegrown Kitchen Redo Is a Family Affair
A Farmhouse Renewed with Grit and Polish
Screw a rectangular piece of lattice onto two 2x4s and attach to the back of a shed door. Use zip ties as loops for hanging rakes, shovels, and other garden gear. | Photo: Laura Moss