Use these vertical storage ideas in your home to maximize space! These storage options will assist you in becoming organized!
I've lived in various housing sizes and shapes in my adult life. I began in a little one-bedroom apartment where I had to make the most of every square inch of space.
Donnie and I married and went to Arizona, where we rented a one-story, three-bedroom house. We had plenty of space because it was only the two of us, but because we were renting, we were limited in how we could customize the area.
We lived in a two-bedroom townhouse when we returned to Pennsylvania and had our first child, Connor, and then in a three-bedroom townhouse when we added little Caleb to our family. As the boys grew (and gathered more stuff! ), the townhouse became increasingly cramped, and I was continually reorganizing to make everything fit in an organized manner.
We moved into our current single-family home a few years ago. I assumed it would be easier to organize because it was more significant than our last home, but it turns out that EVERY house has its own organizing issues, no matter how big or little!
Every apartment, townhouse, and single-family home we've lived in has had one organizational approach that has rescued me time and time again: vertical storage!
Going vertical has helped us utilize our space, whether in a bathroom cabinet or a whole two-car garage, stacking bins, or building wall shelves, so we can keep our home neat, tidy, and organized.
I'd like to compile a list of more than 20 vertical storage ideas that have worked for us over the years in the hopes that one of these solutions could spark an idea that will work in your home as well!
Vertical Storage Ideas for Every Room in Your House
I've sorted these ideas into three categories to help you locate the finest vertical storage solutions for your personal space. Vertical storage comes in every form and size!
Ideas for Small Vertical Storage
Adding modest vertical storage items, whether in a cabinet or on a shelf, can double or triple your storage space!
1. Keep more items in cabinets with stacking drawers.
I needed to keep many tiny goods under my kitchen sink, but I wanted the room to look manageable. These acrylic stacking drawers were ideal for storing our clothes and sponges.
2. Make the most of vertical space by stacking pantry containers.
These simple white pantry bins have been with me for over a decade and are still going strong! I've used them to keep track of anything from shoes to toilet supplies to gym equipment to food and more.
They're currently being used to organize our painting supplies in our basement.
I got an acrylic set to arrange the toilet paper in our guest bathroom because I enjoyed my white pantry bins. I want to have toilet paper!
Clear Acrylic Pantry Bins to Make the Most of Vertical Space Under the Bathroom Sink
3. Select stackable containers for maximum vertical storage.
Why use regular containers when stacking containers are available? These OXO containers not only keep our dish tabs fresh, but they also assist in keeping the area under the sink clear by stacking neatly. They'd also help organize dry products in the pantry.
Vertical Storage Ideas, Stacking OXO Bins to Organize Under the Kitchen Sink
While in the pantry, we're now utilizing these handy containers built to stack beautifully.
The pantry is organized with decanted baking materials, pasta, and spices.
4. Include a shelf organizer.
It's effortless to squander a lot of shelf space, but these little organizers prevent that! The organizer keeps our mugs considerably neater than if we pile them on one another.
Coffee Mug Shelf Organizer for a Kitchen Cabinet with Vertical Storage
We did the same thing in our previous home with a wire shelf organizer.
Townhouse Mug Cabinet with Riser for Maximum Vertical Storage
5. Use wall-mounted spice racks to store makeup (or other small goods).
When I saw these adorable acrylic spice racks, I knew I wanted to use them, and they ended up being ideal for my minimalist makeup collection!
They are hung in the back corner of my wardrobe. To do my makeup, I sit on a stool in front of my full-length mirror and can easily access all my products.
Acrylic Spice Racks are Used to Organize Makeup in a Primary Closet Using Vertical Wall Space
These racks might also be used to store office materials, tiny toys, craft supplies, and spices.
6. Hang a magazine rack to add vertical storage.
This IKEA metal magazine rack keeps our boys' craft paper and coloring books tidy. We didn't have a lot of space in their shared bedroom in our townhouse, so we had to use the vertical space!
Craft Corner Using Vertical Wall Space in a Well-Organised Children's Room
7. Mount a rail and cups to the wall.
Speaking of their previous bedroom's art section, we employed a rail and cup system to store their crayons and markers.
It came from the store's kitchen section, but it works nicely to hold any little goods you wish to put vertically on the wall.
Vertical storage concepts create a craft corner in a child's bedroom.
Ideas for Medium Vertical Storage
Small systems are fantastic, but sometimes we need to store somewhat larger goods or a higher quantity of items vertically. That's where our medium vertical storage solutions come in.
8. Install a pegboard.
One of my favorite vertical storage ideas in our last home was this recycled pegboard I received for free, painted, and framed to keep craft supplies in my home office!
IKEA organizers were utilized to store my mod podge and paint. My writing utensils were kept tidy with pails from Target's Dollar section. My ribbon collection was held together by a simple dowel rod.
For a vertical storage solution, use a pegboard with organized craft supplies.
I hung brooms, mops, and other cleaning supplies on a pegboard in our garage. They were constantly in the way and falling down in our coat closet, but placing them decreased closet clutter and made our cleaning equipment more accessible.
In an organized garage, brooms and mops are hung on a pegboard.
Finally, Donnie used a pegboard from The Container Store's Elfa system to store smaller objects in his workspace. To keep his stuff organized, he employed a variety of little trays, shelves, hooks, and cups that he neatly connected to the pegboard.
Pegboard in a Home Office for Organized Vertical Storage
9. Keep wrapping paper in a trash container (or other tall items).
Wrapping paper is visually appealing, but its odd shape makes storage problematic. I've been using a tall garbage can for a long now, and it works flawlessly.
A trash can is used in a home office closet to organize wrapping paper.
I keep the imitation foliage that isn't currently used around my house in another tall garbage can. Again, it is an oddly shaped item, but the tall container neatly corrals it.
Vertical storage ideas, faux greenery organized in a trash can in a home office
10. Bring a rolling cart in.
I keep our boys' craft stuff in our present home on a rolling cart. The three tiers allow me to store more, and the coach can also be readily relocated wherever their creation takes place!
a well-organized rolling cart with children's art supplies
Baking or kitchen goods, books and periodicals, cleaning supplies, makeup and toiletries, and other items could all be stored in rolling carts.
IKEA rolling cart book storage, vertical storage ideas
11. Hang some hooks for vertical storage.
I adore hooks because they are so simple to incorporate into a room. They're also easier for kids (and adults!) to use than hangers or towel bars, so there's less possibility of an item falling to the floor. (Which is a great win in my book!)
We have hooks in our mudroom for whatever coat we wear the most over the season...
Mudroom Cabinets with Storage Ideas for hooks and vertical storage
In our garage, we utilize themes to keep oddly shaped goods like hockey equipment up and out of the way...
Hooks for Organizing Hockey Equipment in a Garage
When we initially moved into our house, one of the first things I did was replace all the towel bars with hooks for convenience...
Towel Hooks in a Well-Organised Bathroom
In addition, we put a shelf with hooks in our little entry space in the townhouse to serve as a clean drop zone when we entered the door.
Entryway Organizer with Hooks and a Shelf
Install a cupboard over the toilet for vertical storage.
If your bathroom has a little water closet, you don't want to go out into the central part of the room when the toilet paper runs out, so a tiny cupboard over the commode is the ideal answer!
12. Cabinet in Water Closet Above Toilet for Vertical Storage
Using vertical toilet paper storage also freed up a lot of space under our bathroom sinks, allowing us to utilize that space for other purposes.
You can maximize vertical storage. Toilet paper is kept in a cabinet above the toilet.
13. Include a shelf in a cabinet area.
Donnie used this dresser, which had four small drawers and one cabinet, at our last home. The cabinet was always a puzzle because it was challenging to use the space well.
In the primary bedroom, a dresser
When we moved into our present home, I repainted this piece for our dining room and had Donnie construct a shelf to maximize the vertical space in the cabinet area.
Sideboard Buffet in Dining Room with an additional rack for optimal vertical storage
It became the ideal location for storing and displaying our small cake stand and pitcher collections.
You can maximize vertical storage. A shelf was installed in a thrift sideboard buffet.
14 Install some floating shelves.
I adore floating shelves because they can be elegantly decorated while adding excellent storage! In our guest bathroom, I use them to store a combination of decorative objects and bathroom supplies...
Vertical storage solutions, floating shelves in the guest bathroom
You may also easily add baskets to floating shelves to hide ugly objects.
Shelves Floating Above a Washer and Dryer
15. Use a track system to store oddly shaped goods.
In our garage, we implemented vertical storage concepts all around! Many oddly shaped goods need to be stored in garages, and putting many vertically using a track system worked well for us.
The tracks and hook attachments were utilized to hold our lawn and garden items...
Lawn & Garden Equipment Storage ideas in an organized garage with the Gladiator Track System
They even have special attachments designed just for bikes to keep them up and out of the way, utilizing vertical space that would otherwise be squandered.
Large Vertical Storage Ideas: Bikes Hung Using the Gladiator Track System in an Organized Garage
Larger rooms and larger objects necessitate more extensive storage solutions, which our enormous vertical storage concepts can provide!
16. Add a dresser to your closet.
I attempted to make the most of every square inch of our boys' shared room in the townhouse. One method I used was to put one of their dressers in the closet.
We could store more clothes in the drawer instead of wasting all that empty space under their small apparel, which helped us stay organized.
Maximize Vertical Space with a Dresser in an Organized Closet
17. Install a ladder shelf.
A charming ladder shelf was another of the vertical storage ideas we employed in the boys' townhouse bedroom. Instead of a toy box, which would have mingled everything together and made it difficult to find, we used this shelving unit to separate tiny toys by category so the boys could quickly get what they wanted.
Vertical space is utilized by a ladder shelf in an organized boys' bedroom.
18. Install a wall shelving system.
Because we love the IKEA ALGOT system (now called BOAXEL), we've used it for 8 different places between our two properties. It probably uses vertical space better than any other approach I've mentioned thus far!
We could take our storage almost to the roof in our current garage, providing plenty of space to organize everything we needed.
IKEA ALGOT Shelves Organize a Garage and Increase Vertical Storage
It's also excellent for closets, allowing us to make the most of every inch of our coat closet and bedroom closets!
IKEA ALGOT System Coat Closet Organization, Vertical Storage Ideas
IKEA ALGOT System for Organizing a Shared Children's Closet
The Elfa system from The Container Store is similar to ALGOT, and we used it to maximize vertical space on this well in Donnie's office. He could keep all our video equipment, book collection, publications, office supplies, fishing gear, and other items on this one wall.
The Container Store's Elfa System was used to organize a home office.
19. Make use of an etagere for vertical storage.
When a product can be helpful and beautiful, it is a winner in my book! This etagere is in my office and holds any pillows I'm not currently using around the house and our printer and paper supplies.
Vertical storage solutions, etagere used to organize pillows and office supplies.
20. Include tall cabinets.
One of my most significant organizing victories occurred while giving a friend a tour of our home, primarily to show her the new cabinets in my office. She stepped in and had no idea these were the cabinets we added because they looked like they had always been there!
IKEA's PAX system was used to add much-needed vertical storage to my home office. Adding custom trim to extend them to the ceiling gave them the built-in appearance we desired.
The IKEA PAX System is being used to organize a home office.
The PAX cabinets house unused home decor items and excess office, craft, and party equipment.
In an Organized Home Office, an IKEA PAX Cabinet
I can store many goods in a relatively shallow space because they extend to the ceiling.
IKEA PAX Storage Unit with a large cabinet that maximizes vertical space
21. Install a closet organization system.
Our primary closet featured wire shelving when we moved into our current home. It only took a quick glance to see how much space was wasted beneath our hanging clothes.
The Primary Closet Before Photo, poor use of vertical space \sWe ended up installing a closet system from EasyClosets, and now I can fit so many more items in a neat and organized way!
Closet Organization Using an EasyClosets Closet System, vertical storage ideas.
Here's what Donnie's side of the closet looked like with just the wire shelving. Again, tons of wasted space.
Before Photo of Primary Closet
And here's what it looked like after we installed vertical storage solutions with a closet system:
Men's Clothes are Organized with a Closet System from EasyClosets, maximizing vertical space much better!
22. DIY an entertainment unit for added vertical storage.
Not only did our living room look empty when we moved in, but it was also seriously lacking in storage.
Bare Living Room Before Photo
We used IKEA's BESTA system to build a stunning and cheap entertainment unit with plenty of storage AND additional space for gorgeous decor items!
The BESTA Entertainment Unit from IKEA adds vertical storage to the living area.
Again, we applied our own trim work to the unit to give it a more personalized appearance.
23. Purchase metal shelving units.
Finally, organizing our basement was a huge undertaking. We had so many large and small goods to store that it was easy to become a cluttered mess.
We ended up using Gladiator's powerful metal shelving units in various sizes. They can hold everything from our festive decor bins...
Christmas Bins on Metal Shelves to maximize vertical space...to our painting and grouting supplies...
Paint Supplies on Metal Shelves in an Organized Basement...
to Donnie's tools, maximizing vertical space, and keeping everything neat
Metal Gladiator Shelves hold tools in an organized basement workshop.
So those are the vertical storage solutions we've found helpful throughout the years!
Save Space Time Money And Frustration With Vertical Storage
Vertical storage saves space, which is excellent but could be more novel. But what if I told you that, in addition to saving space, vertical storage saves you time, money, and irritation regularly? Isn't that something worth reading? So, get comfortable because vertical storage is one of my favorite organizing solutions precisely because it does everything. I'll explain how vertical storage accomplishes all this and highlight ten of the most excellent products (and the various ways you can utilize them) to construct vertical storage that will make your life easier.
First and foremost, we all know that vertical storage saves floor space. However, it may be used in various inventive ways other than on the wall to generate additional space in your home and office. To name a few, I'm referring to using the back of doors, inside cabinet and cupboard doors, within the cabinets themselves, inside deep drawers, on top of countertops, and on desks.
Second, how often have you taken a quick glance in a closet or cabinet to find an item you were sure you had but couldn't find, so you went out and re-bought it, only to realize you did have it, but it was hidden under something or at the bottom of a pile? Vertical storage, on the other hand, solves this difficulty. You can locate what you're looking for in a flash, saving you time and hassle. Quick look evaluations also help you track what you have, what you need, and, most significantly, what you don't need. This saves you time and money on unnecessary purchases.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, vertical storage makes it much easier to get things and put them away when finished. You don't have to lift or remove 5 other items to get to the one thing you want, which can be tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming.
Endless Vertical Storage Ideas, 8 Vertical Storage Products:
Now let's go through 8 of the best vertical storage products and how you can use them in your home and business.
1) Bakeware Racks
Pot lids, Pyrex dishes, baking sheets, muffin tins, cooling racks, chopping boards, Tupperware lids, and other items can be stored on a bakeware rack.
As someone who dislikes cooking, I can tell you that not having to deal with the irritation of moving four baking sheets to get to the one I need makes a big difference.
When I'm hurrying to prepare dinner after a long day and have a hungry 6-year-old complaining, it's taking too long! They are available at most housewares stores, the dollar store, and online.
2) Tension Rods
Tension rods are another item that can be used for more than just hanging curtains. To organize wrapping paper, pot lids, casserole plates, cutting boards, cleaning supplies, ribbons, and washi tape, use them to make bespoke drawer dividers. These are also available at most housewares stores and online.
3) Vertical Clothes/Linens/Towel Folding
Yes, I'm referring to Marie Kondo's folding and storage technique. It's a free and efficient technique of storing clothes that instantly increases drawer and closet space, eliminates the aggravation of tumbling piles of garments, and decreases wrinkles. You can utilize this strategy in any place textiles are stored. It can also be used for kitchen towels and aprons, linen closet towels and linens, and fabric in sewing or craft areas. Click here to read my full post on the various advantages of this strategy, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to do it.
4) Tiered Spice/Can Racks and Shelf Risers
Shelf risers are inexpensive and long-lasting, quickly doubling storage space. They also eliminate the agony of lifting a heavy stack of bowls to reach the plates underneath. On the other hand, tiered spice and can racks boost storage in the cabinet and pantry, making it simpler to see, access, and use what you have. No more looking at the back of the closet for soup cans that expired 6 months ago! Both components are available in most home improvement stores and online.
5) Hanging Shoe Pockets
Hanging shoe pockets can be used for so much more than just shoes! Hang them in the craft room to hold supplies or in the playroom to have tiny toys like barbies, LOL dolls, toy vehicles, and so on. You may turn them inside your foyer closet to keep sunscreen, mitts, hats, sunglasses, and anything else you might need as you leave the house. They may be found in most home improvement stores and online.
6) Command Hooks
Command hooks are a great way to add extra hanging storage for dishcloths or cleaning brushes under your kitchen sink. Command hooks are ideal for storing your blow dryer and/or straightener. Command hooks make it simple to store and display jewelry. Because the command hook is so versatile, I'll spend an entire piece on how you use it to organize. So keep an eye out for it shortly!
7) Magazine Racks
Aside from magazines and files, the magazine rack may be used to store clutches in your closet, textiles, yarn, tissue paper, bows in your crafts area, paper plates and napkins, plastic wrap and aluminum foil in your kitchen, and even veggies in your kitchen. You can use them to hang cutting boards or Tupperware lids on cabinet doors. Vertical magazine racks, which save up desk space in offices and work well in home command centers, should also be considered. They are available online, at dollar stores, and in home and office supply stores.
8) Photo Walls
Photo walls are an excellent way to preserve memories, decorate, and benefit from vertical storage simultaneously. Why keep frames on shelves or stands when they can be hung on the wall, making your area less cluttered?
Vertical storage is ideal for people who want to save space, time, money, and frustration. While this post showcased ten unique goods for creating vertical storage, I'm sure there are additional great products and ideas. If I need to include your favorite, let me know in the comments! artyounggallery.org would love to learn how you use vertical storage to save space and time and simplify your life!