14 Jul 10 DIY Storage Solutions You Never Knew Existed
Storage spaces are always a hot commodity in Singapore where most of us live in apartments. Here are some ideas to turn everyday objects into DIY storage solutions.
1. Pipe shoe rack
Not only is this storage solution practical in keeping your shoes neat and tidy, it is affordable as well! Find PVC pipes at home improvement stores that are just about the right diameter as your shoes, cut them to shoe-length, and stack the pipes together using industrial strength glue.
What’s great about this is that it is a customisable shoe rack—you can add more racks simply by gluing more components to the top or bottom of the rack.
2. Wine rack office organiser
Stack plastic tumblers on a wine rack and you have a simple office organiser. Take advantage of vertical space and stack as many tumblers as you need to keep your stationery handy—and prevent them from cluttering tables.
3. Suitcase coffee table with hidden storage
If you have a suitcase that you don’t use much, why not turn it into a unique coffee table with hidden storage? Stores such as Pretty Pegs sell table legs that come with bolts. All you have to do is screw the table legs into your furniture to mount!
4. Basket ladder storage
This DIY project is as easy as it gets. Simply choose an attractive ladder and stack it against a wall. Woven baskets are a great way to store away knick-knacks neatly.
To keep the baskets in place, use heavy-duty glue and apply it on the bottom of the baskets. You can even prettify the ladder to match the baskets. Simply use spray paint or add a stain over the surface of the ladder.
5. Crate book storage
Wooden crates are versatile storage spaces that can be used to keep things organised. One way is to mount them on the wall to store books and magazines. All you have to do is cut the crate in half using a table saw, install some simple wall hanging brackets to the edges of the crate and hang on the wall.
6. Hanging mason jars
This storage solution is a great way to organise small items, and it is so versatile as it can be applied in the kitchen, bathroom and office. To start, create a hole in the lid by hammering a nail into the centre.
Then screw the top of the lid into the underside of a shelf or cabinet. Add anything you like in the jar, and screw the jar into the lid. That’s it! This is a great way to utilise extra space between shelves.
7. Side table with mail rack
With just a shelf and a couple of wooden magazine holders, you can make a DIY storage area for the entrance area of your home to keep important things such as mail, keys and phones.
All you need to do is install the shelf onto the wall, and screw magazine holders onto the underside of the shelf. It is as simple as that!
8. Simple mounted side table
Here’s another great idea for repurposing a magazine rack. The best thing about this DIY project? You can take advantage of corners in rooms, or position them above tables and stack them up to create more storage according to your needs.
You’ll need a wooden magazine holder, a pair of screws and a pair of washers. You can stain the magazine holder to your desired colour first if you wish. Pre-drill two holes for the screws on your wall, then mount your box to the wall using the washers so that screws don’t sink too far into the wood.
9. Drawer rolling storage
Take full advantage of the space under beds, tables and benches by transforming drawers into rolling storage boxes. You can even repurpose your old and unwanted drawers for this DIY project.
All you need to do is to install casters onto the bottom of the drawers, and voila your rolling storage is ready to be used for storing clothes, toys, books and other items under unused spaces.
10. Wine crate shoe rack
Wine crates are another versatile item that can be repurposed for other functional uses. You can create an array of shelves and storage boxes with the humble wooden piece.
For instance, you can mount them on walls using with screws to store and display your shoes. You can even stack them up on the floor to create customisable shelves. The options are endless, and all you have to do is to think outside the box!