If you have a lot of small items lying around in your home and you can’t figure out where to keep them, consider getting creative with wall storage. This can range from something as simple as a spice rack in your kitchen, to more unusual options like using iron grids to hang your earrings.
Pegboards are perhaps the most versatile kind of wall-mounted storage. They can be attached to your wall in any room, come in a variety of colours, and can save you a massive headache when looking for something specific in your home. For a classic approach, hang a pegboard above your desk in your bedroom or office, and utilise it to keep notes close-by. You can also attach other nifty items to the pegboard itself, such as shelves and crates, giving you more versatility when storing things such as stationery. This will save you lots of space on your work area.
A less common but equally clever solution is to use pegboards in bathrooms and kitchens. A similar concept applies here. Your toothbrush and other toiletries can be kept tidy by utilising shelves and other attachments. In the kitchen, you can get creative by using hooks to keep ladles and other cooking utensils hanging tidily from the pegboard. If you work with tools and don’t have a good place to keep them, a pegboard can also be a great way of storing them in appropriate places, such as the garage or storage room.
Iron grids and frames
Iron grids, also known as frames, are similar to pegboards, except you need to get a bit more creative to make them work. While pegboards offer small holes that can be easily fitted with shelving and hooks, iron grids have larger, usually square holes, and some things can slip and fall out easily if not attached properly. However, we love these frames for their creative potential. If you have large earrings, an iron grid can be a fantastic way of storing them. The width of the holes gives the chunkier jewellery enough space to not overlap, and allows you to display all of your earrings. If the aesthetic of the grid is too industrial for your taste, loosely wrap some fairy lights around it, making it instantly much more appealing, and drawing the eye to your display.
The grid can also be used to display photos with clips or string, attach keys, and store other small necessities by using hooks. Finally, don’t forget that you can attach the frame to the wall any way you like: try hanging it up at an angle for a more personalised and highly aesthetic look.
Racks and shelves
Wall racks come in countless shapes and sizes. They can be as unnoticeable as the spice rack in your kitchen, or as dazzling as handmade racks in the shape of little houses. If you want to take your crafting and DIY skills to a new level, consider making the racks yourself, playing with new shapes and different materials. Wall racks can be used for anything you can imagine, but if you have particular objects you need to keep organised, make sure that you craft your racks with that particular storage goal in mind.
Baskets can take up a lot of space. Consider ways of displaying them that is appealing and space-saving. For small baskets, they can be attached to the pegboards and iron grids mentioned above, making them look more purposeful and less out of place, especially if they are made of metal or plastic. If you have bigger baskets, consider attaching a series of them to a wall-mounted structure, keeping them out of the way yet still at easy reach, and making them seem part of the decor. For a more unusual solution, attach the baskets directly to your wall – this will make the room stand out as a memorable, personalised space. If your home has big windows at eye-level, you can arrange the baskets around them, creating a beautiful and functional frame.
Corner shelves are a nifty way of making the most of your space, and simultaneously making empty corners look less awkward. They tend to be found in showers, but can be applied to other areas of your home too. Bookshelves are especially stunning when carved into the corners of a room. If you don’t quite feel like building into your walls, shelves that protrude from the corners as opposed to being nested into the walls are a creative alternative. Take a walk around your home and look out for empty corners, then consider the spaces that are too crowded, and work on adapting those corners to make better use of them.
Hanging fabric pockets
Fabric pockets are a fantastic way of storing small items, especially if there are kids involved. Children can hurt themselves on metal and wooden storage – delicate structures that look appealing but are fragile can easily fall down if kids happen to run into them while playing. Fabric pockets come in handy in this case: even if they fall down or tear, they are safe to be around and pose no risk of stepping on glass shards or pieces of metal. Fabric pockets can also add a touch of lightness and whimsy to your home. You can use them to keep keys and cards organised in separate pockets by the front door, and you can even keep magazines nice and tidy inside larger pockets. If you are feeling particularly creative, get hold of plain-colour pockets and add your own paints, cut-outs, and other customisations. Alternatively, make the entire unit from scratch with your own fabric of choice and the pocket sizes you desire.
Hook bars are most commonly used to hang up towels in the bathroom. But the hooks can be used creatively for many other things, and they are worth investing in. In the kitchen, they function similarly to a pegboard, but take up less space if you don’t have many utensils to hang. For a gentle and subdued look, consider a wooden bar with classic utensils. For a more industrial aesthetic, hang metal baskets from the bar alongside black or silver utensils, and hook pots and pans onto the bar to finish it off.
Stairs are not commonly thought of as storage units, and this denies countless opportunities to make them into a functional and beautiful space. If your stairs float above the room on their way up, consider converting the bottom into a semi-attic or aesthetic bookshelf. If the stairs rest on the ground floor, you can repurpose the side of the staircase as a cupboard or series of drawers. This requires some work that you might not be able to complete by yourself, but it will be worth the investment. The wall that runs up alongside the stairs can be turned into a beautiful display of family photos, which will be easy to admire on the way up and down, but it can also become a functional space with some additional shelving. This is also a fantastic place to store small houseplants, beautifying a usually underrated space even further.