Secret Storage: The 3' x 7' Space You're Probably Overlooking

Secret Storage: The 3' x 7' Space You're Probably Overlooking

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Katie Holdefehr
Jun 24, 2017

If you live in a small apartment, you've likely complained once (or twice) about the lack of closet space. But there's a big, blank three-by-seven-foot space you're likely overlooking: the back of the door. By adding hooks, installing pegboards and securing baskets, you can craft a customized organizing system in a spot you've barely even noticed before.

(Image credit: Lindsey Crafter)

To make the back of her closet door prettier and more functional, Lindsey from Lindsey Crafter started with a swipe of pink paint, and then attached wire baskets and copper pipe storage rods. Visit her blog to peek at what this envy-inducing closet looked like pre-makeover.

(Image credit: Real Simple)

Real Simple uses two small pegboards to transform a blank closet door into a well-stocked dressing station. A hanging mirror and cosmetic catchalls on the top board create a makeup zone, while s-hooks on the bottom board hold belts.

(Image credit: Armelle Blog)

If you're always on the lookout for more spots to stash your craft supplies, take a tip from the Armelle Blog and devote the back of your closet door to the cause. Follow Caroline's lead and install a thread rack, use dowels as storage rods and attach a magnetic strip for metal tools.

(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

A mix of storage solutions gives a spot for miscellaneous odds and ends in this closet decluttered by Better Homes & Gardens. The combo of a bucket and bungee cords holds wrapping paper tubes, while an acrylic storage unit collects files and notebooks.

(Image credit: Homey Oh My )

If you're looking for a less crafty solution to DIY supply storage, you can always buy and install an over-the-door unit, like the one above, which Homey Oh My found at Michaels. The baskets are just the right size for paint tubes, a horizontal bar holds spools of ribbon, and metal hooks organize an impressive array of washi tapes.

(Image credit: Woman's Day)

When Woman's Day asked closet-cleaning pro Lorie Marrero to work her magic on two real closets, she quickly organized a jumble of scarves by mounting two towel bars to the back of a closet door. This way, the collection is out of sight, but within reach when you're getting dressed.

(Image credit: BHG)

BHG proves that the key to a clean closet is simply finding the right hook. An over-the-door option holds the next day's outfit, while a short towel bar and s-hooks suspend shoes, scarves and more.

(Image credit: IKEA Family Live)

If your stash of bangles and baubles is overflowing your jewelry box, consider giving it a home on the back of your closet door, as IKEA Family Live did above using a set of storage rails.

Re-edited from a post originally published 2.27.17

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