10 Spots to Sneak in a Little More Shelf Storage

10 Spots to Sneak in a Little More Shelf Storage

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Katie Holdefehr
Jul 27, 2016
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Stylish little shelves in unexpected places make a home feel custom-built, while also adding some extra storage in a small space. If you're not sure where to keep all of your books, vases, and tchotchkes, let these rooms inspire you to set up a shelf in an under-utilized spot in your home. Over the door, above the toilet, tucked in every corner—the shelf is going where it's never gone before.

Open corner shelving in this bathroom in a Tennessee cottage helps the guests who often stay over find everything they need. Take a tip from this room featured in Southern Living: Even if you're tight on space, you can still fit some stylish storage into the corners.

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In a tiny bedroom with no room for a nightstand or a bookcase, let a floating shelf serve as both, as shown in the cozy space above from Stadshem.

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A long shelf above the bed offers a spot to place books, bud vases, and artwork in this eighteenth-century Hudson Valley home designed by Jersey Ice Cream Co., spotted on The Style Files.

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A big, light-filled window is the perfect place to suspend a shelf for your houseplants. The one above lives in Coral & Tusk's Brooklyn studio, featured on One Kings Lane.

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When she made over her bathroom, Jaymee from Jay Adores made use of that empty space above the toilet by adding in three shelves stocked with towels, toilet paper, and other essentials.

Everyone knows that the space above the kitchen cabinets is a great storage spot—so why not take it one step further and build a high shelf that wraps around the entire room? Adorable little corner shelves also make use of the gap between a cabinet and the wall in this beautiful kitchen from Elle Decoration.

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Although the bed is supposed to be the focus in this bedroom from Urban Outfitters, I can't help but stare at the brilliant grid shelving unit behind it. DIY a similar one using two-by-fours from the hardware store, then use each nook to display art, candles, and collectibles.

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Install a high shelf over the couch, as shown above from Oh Happy Day. Fill it with some of your favorite hanging plants, along with knick-knacks that you want seen, but that you don't reach for very often.

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Sleek V-shaped corner shelves that run along both walls maximize every inch of space you have. Learn how you can make a set yourself on A Beautiful Mess.

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A high shelf serving as a tiny bookshelf is a must above a cozy reading nook. The rich blue one above was found on Desire to Inspire.

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