25 space-saving wall storage ideas from designers

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MARIE-PIERRE MOREL

No matter how many dressers, desk drawers, and storage benches you have, you still may not know where to put all your items. This is especially true in busy households and small spaces. But never fear, where there is a wall, there is a way. Translation: If you have empty walls in your home, you have untapped storage space. We highlight 25 wall storage ideas below to help you display your items in style or store everything from clothes to kitchen utensils, books, wellness products and everything in between for any room. of the House. Whether you’re ready to call the contractor for custom builds or want to do it yourself right now at low cost, there’s something for you in the engineered examples to come.

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Symmetric niches

New York-based architecture agency studio informs is beyond skilled when it comes to creating stylish storage solutions in small spaces. Here, they’ve created custom niches for a high-impact graphic display of books that feels unique and stands out among other more anticipated options while being visually understated.

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Hooks

Hooks are an essential part of bathroom storage. Not only do they let you show off cute bathrobes, but they also give your towels a designated place to dry off and keep out of the way. A small stool in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke makes a case for matching your wall hooks with hardware and knobs.

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Floating spice cabinet

Medicine cabinets are great for bathrooms, so what’s stopping you from taking a similar approach in the kitchen? A floating cabinet with a door covered in a mirror, artwork, or wallpaper will hide the spices while beautifying the walls.

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window shelf

No matter the size of your space, every inch counts when it comes to storage. A simple shelf above a window increases display area for plates, bowls, and art. In this kitchen designed by Juan Carretero, the shelf supports also turn out to bring the same look as the decorative moldings.

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Storage columns

Architect Jeffrey Dungan proves how transformative built-in functionality is in this home office of a Birmingham, Alabama home. Instead of covering the wall with built-in elements, he opted for custom columns separated by an internal window at the entrance, which increases the flow of light.

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Plaster sliding doors

Here’s another clever and ultra-low profile TV storage idea in the family home from designer Kristin Fine. She created custom plaster sliding doors. The asymmetrical design gives the doors an artistic look rich in texture.

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Plate separators

Customize your inserts to accommodate certain elements, such as plates, as Heidi Caillier has done here. Not only does this visually divide the shelves, but it also allows you to stay organized as they will have a designated place to go.

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Floating shelves

Designed by Shamshiri Studio, this room needed to serve two very different purposes: to be a calming place to rest and sleep, and to function as a productivity-boosting home office. Floating shelves and a similar low-profile wall-to-wall floating desk feature matching joinery for a cohesive look and just enough wall storage that keeps things organized but doesn’t totally encroach on the bed area.

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Wall bracket

A wall console with drawers is a game-changer when it comes to storage. While cabinets can make this room feel clunky or claustrophobic, an upholstered console with brass handles in this dining room by Heidi Caillier Design proves to be the perfect storage unit and space proportions. And there’s still room to hang some art!

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Curtain

In this master bedroom designed by ETC.etera, the closet is separated by a simple curtain. Whether it’s shelving, cabinetry, or just general wall storage you want to conceal, a curtain will do the trick. Pro Tip: Try attaching the rod to the ceiling if the wall is too long.

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Material declarations

This wall shelf stands out against the textured navy blue paintwork with eye-catching brass hardware. Designed by Sarah Blank, the fully stocked home bar features sturdy lower cabinets with wooden enclosures to anchor the space, but easy-to-grab exposed shelving for a more open feel.

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Wall organizer

Folding chairs are a good choice no matter what, but if you can’t find free storage space when not in use and they block the way while leaning against the wall, consider attach sturdy hooks or a pegboard that can hold them securely. the wall. In this eat-in kitchen by Leanne Ford, they bring dimension and depth.

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open closet

For this Palm Beach living room, the designer John Fondas transformed a shallow closet into a tucked away bar nook with tons of wall storage by removing doors and inset cabinets along with side shelves.

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Modular Shelving

A modern, utilitarian home office designed by Andy Beers of Ore Studios calls for an equally minimalist shelving unit. Modular shelving units like this one from Blu Dot are great for anyone who wants something flexible (you can expand or shrink them at any time).

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Fabric Lined Cabinets

Elevate some glass cabinets and give off an air of mystery (read: conceal anything you’d rather keep to yourself) with pleated fabric panels. In this dressing room/workspace designed by Anna Spiro, a pretty print energizes the wall storage while being neutral enough to blend in.

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Folding panels

A bifold panel painting by Stuart Coleman Budd conceals a television, but the aim was to be transparent. “The bronze hinges are an honest expression that this is a moving screen, that this is real kinetic art,” says architect Ken Pursley of Pursley Dixon Architecture.

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Built-in libraries

Wall-to-wall shelving in this Brigette Romanek-designed home media and viewing room houses an extensive collection of books. The slender-legged seat prevents it from feeling overloaded.

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Open shelving embellishments

Hardware can really set your wall storage apart, as this kitchen designed by Heidi Caillier shows. Brass scabbards provide safekeeping for fragile kitchen items while introducing a touch of formality.

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Bracket supported shelf

Speaking of which, if a medicine cabinet will seem too clunky in a small bathroom, take note of this space by Anna Spiro Design and attach a small shelf to the wall to hold things like toiletries instead. .

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Custom Cabinets

Although the vintage desk used in Kathleen McCormick’s home office had drawers, she had to use the walls for more storage. A bespoke wooden storage shelf covers the walls and brings dimension and warmth to the otherwise modern white surfaces.

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Floating cubes

When building custom lockers or cabinets just isn’t in the cards, simply install a pre-built unit, then paint it the same color as your walls for a flush look. This example from Dries Otten is all we need to convince.

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pegboard

Pegboards are inherently playful because they allow you to switch things up and also feature that cute little polka dot pattern, as seen in this small Parisian kitchen designed by Marienne Avennou. You can make one yourself with hardware supplies, making it one of the easiest and most affordable options on this list.

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Shower niches

Wall storage is a bathroom essential, but shower wall storage is even more specific and life changing. In this bathroom by Studio Lifestyle, a built-in niche blends in perfectly because it’s the same material as the rest of the shower, but a contrast with a different material or color would also look cool in the right space. .

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wall desk

A wall-mounted desk with multiple shelves is the perfect storage solution, as evidenced by the office nook in furniture designer Tariq Dixon’s home.

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Towel holder

Keep floor space clear with a wall unit for towels and textiles in a small bathroom. While it may initially seem like more work to fix something to the wall, it will also eliminate the feeling of one-story clutter in a cramped bathroom. 2LG Studio placed this one above the tub in the corner, but it would work well above the toilet too.

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