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  • Writer's pictureJen Bedard

Easy DIY Storage Solutions

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

Everyone needs more space to put things. Even when you’re a dedicated declutterer, if you don’t have a place for everything, your house will still look a mess! Custom storage solutions can get expensive, though which is why inexpensive and DIY solutions are some of my favourites!

Whether you live in a small space, you have a lot of things to store, or you just like to stay organized, I’ve got some storage solutions that will be perfect for any space!

Use Vintage Suitcases

Take a stroll around a thrift shop or an antique store, and you’re bound to find a few vintage suitcases! These suitcases are great for storing out-of-season clothes, keepsakes, or anything you don’t need to access daily. Their gorgeous designs make for great underbed storage, or you can stack three of them next to your bed for a unique bedside table!

Use Bookcases in Unexpected Places

Bookcases are a universal storage space, but sometimes finding storage solutions is as simple as looking for a new way to use an old favorite. Look for underutilized spaces in your home, like under the stairs, and then seek out bookcases that fit there. Under a staircase, you can use square bookcases in a stairstep pattern to get some extra storage, and normal bookcases slotted behind the head of your bed can make a great storage headboard!

Add Hooks to The Back of Your Closet

Ever needed some storage in your closet for bags and scarves? Try taking some adhesive hooks and applying them to the back wall of your closet. This keeps your bags off the floor and your closet looking tidy!

Consider a Rolling Cart

Traditional three-tiered rolling carts like the Raskog from Ikea or copycats from places like Michael’s or Walmart can be a huge help when it comes to keeping your hobby supplies all in one place. Make a craft cart, a garden cart, a video game cart, or any other rolling station to keep your hobby supplies tidy.

Add Risers to Your Bed

The space under your bed is the most underutilized in the house. Adding a set of sturdy risers can add a TON of storage space you didn’t know you had, making it possible to slide storage containers, or even short organizers with drawers underneath your bed!

Turn a Bookcase Into a Window Seat

Looking for some storage seating? Check your local stores for a bookcase with square shelves in a single column, 3-5 shelves tall. If you turn it on its side, you’ll have a storage bench! To make a cushion, head to your local craft shop and grab some foam at least 4 inches thick, cut it to the length of your bench, and then cover with fabric and glue or staple the fabric to the foam to get your cushion!

Which one of these storage solutions are your favourite? I’m particularly fond of the vintage suitcases and the DIY bench, but I’d love to hear your opinions!

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