Smarter Storage: 7 Ways to Reclaim Usable Space UNDER Your Shelves

Smarter Storage: 7 Ways to Reclaim Usable Space UNDER Your Shelves

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Adrienne Breaux
Feb 18, 2015

Always on the hunt for ways to reclaim space from your small or cluttered home? Look now UNDER your shelves — you can make use of that space for storing stuff, too. We've gathered a number of examples of ways that people have transformed the space under their shelves; grab inspiration for your own!

Small wooden boxes

Small wooden boxes attached to the underside of a strong and sturdy shelf create little miniature and functional drawers. Seen here as a great addition to an entryway landing strip. Image spotted on Seventy Nine Ideas.

(Image credit: The Container Store)

Undershelf baskets

Particularly great for reclaiming space in your kitchen cabinets and pantry, undershelf baskets that hang or affix to your existing shelves can be found at most home organization stores. Though not always the most stylish, they add a lot of function to your shelves. You could also use this idea with plastic bins for more hidden storage. Example from The Container Store.

(Image credit: House to Home)

Mason jars

Screwing or gluing the tops to mason jars to the underside of your shelves can be magic for creating a series of screw-off, see-through storage jars that can hold just about anything from craft supplies, to seasoning to more. Seen on House to Home.

Metal strip

You could go streamline and affix a large metal strip to the undersides of your shelves, making it magnetic and able to handle the storage of all sorts of things, from metal jar tops to knives to anything magnetized.

(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

Undershelf hooks

Such a simple, affordable idea that just about anyone can implement to reclaim extra space under their shelves. The best part is you can use hooks under your shelves for just about anything. From coffee cups to KitchenAid attachments to dog leashes and more, these handy and unobtrusive organizational tools could be used wherever you have shelves. Image via Design*Sponge.

(Image credit: IHeart Organizing)

Wire wine hanging rack

This easy fix turns any shelf into a professional looking wine area great for entertaining. Jen from IHeart Organizing affixed these wine glass racks to the shelves in her dining room, reclaiming space and making it easier to serve guests.

(Image credit: Better Homes and Gardens)

A hanging rod

Depending on the type of shelves you have installed, you might be able to rig up a hanging rod underneath, that could serve as hanging space for a number of items that need storing, particularly in the kitchen. Spotted on Better Homes and Gardens.

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