The 2' x 8' Storage Space You Should Never Ignore

The 2' x 8' Storage Space You Should Never Ignore

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Dabney Frake
Jun 11, 2018

We love seeking out all those small, currently blank spots in homes that can be better utilized, especially as storage. Even the most basic of closets have 24 inch-deep side walls, and those walls are often empty from floor to ceiling, and up for grabs. Here are a bunch of easy-to-add, budget solutions so you can store more.

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

You have to love this perfectly spaced storage from A Beautiful Mess, which is such a simple way to amp up your organization. And if you look closely, you see they used a combination of regular utilitarian hooks and beautiful cabinet pulls, which are a little less basic.

(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)

Tiffany Pratt's Toronto apartment's maximalist closet is packed to the gills with clothes and accessories. The unique vertically-mounted "bracelet pole" proves there's always a way to eke out a little more space in creative ways.

(Image credit: Stylizmo)

Although Nina at Stylizmo has a walk-in closet, she still worked to make it as efficient as possible, on a budget. Using IKEA rails, she created a simple system for storing a bunch of different accessories, including belts, sunglasses, hats and jewelry.

(Image credit: Kathryn Bacalis)

Bridget and Jake's closets make good use of basic hooks, especially these long industrial-looking ones that make room for a series of hangers. They make things easy to hang up (especially when there's no traditional closet rod) and easy to see what you have to wear. It's cheap, quick to install, and adds storage for days...

(Image credit: Stiletto Beats)

Speaking of budget solutions, it doesn't get any more inexpensive than Stiletto Beats' string and clothespins. Hats are light, and don't require much more structure to hold them up. The adjacent floating shelves are a nice addition to boot.

(Image credit: Martha Stewart)

Pegboard, pegboard, pegboard. This endless useful, inexpensive material is a quick and easy addition to a closet wall. Martha shows how to use a series of panels and hooks for anything that isn't hung on traditional hangers.

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Although this example from Style At Home is another walk-in closet, it's worth mentioning how it uses IKEA's super affordable ALGOT system for an awkwardly shaped space. Pick and choose the pieces you want to customize storage for weird walls that aren't necessarily rectangles.

(Image credit: Minette Hand)

If you've got the space, tuck a basic narrow shelf against the wall, and use it to store shoes you don't wear every day. It's just one way that Catherine keeps her closet organized.

(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)

Don't want to buy something new? Take a cue from Shena and George and repurpose a screen door and use it to store all your loose accessories that need an organized home.

(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)
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