15 Smart Wall Storage Ideas
Think you’re short on storage? Look around: You may be missing out on tons of potential storage space on your walls. Try these smart and stylish ways to take advantage of those unused surfaces.
By: Jeannie Matteucci
Great for an entry, home office or kitchen, this dry-erase wall caddy gives you a functional way to organize all your daily essentials. The caddy includes a dry-erase surface with a day-by-day planner for planning your week, a magnetic strip for posting cards and photos, and three rear compartments for glasses, magazines, mail and more.
Control Bathroom Chaos
When families share bathrooms, soaps and toys for the little ones often end up scattered around. Using a slip-proof suction cup to adhere to any glass or tile wall, the stretchy, wide-mouthed Bath Storage from 3 Sprouts made from the same mildew-resistant material used for wet suits keeps toys and bath products dry and within easy reach.
Lift It Up
Allowing you to utilize wall space and also keep items off the floor, slatwall (PVC panels) is available in a variety of colors and can accommodate items you want to hang, with specialty hooks for bikes, golf bags, skis and more. Attachable baskets and shelving allow you to store smaller items, making it easy to find them quickly.
The silver and navy 4-piece Twin Wall Storage Bedroom Suite from Hillsdale Furniture offers a great way to take advantage of unused wall space around your child's bed. When two wall piers are combined with a connecting bridge, you can create display storage for books, toys and collectibles.
Doing Double Duty
A storage solution for streamlined bathrooms, the Alchemi series from Dezi Home includes a simple, multi-functional wall-mounted rail that works as a towel holder or shelving system depending on how you install it. Horizontally it works as an organizer for a soap dish, soap dispenser and toothbrush holder, vertically it can be used to hold rolled towels.
Free Up Floor Space
Perfect for a tight family or living room, this wall-hung entertainment unit from EasyClosets frees up floor space and includes drawers with full extension glides to keep favorite games, movies and music organized and out of sight. Using a wall-mounted unit like this gives you the storage you need, while also visually stretching a smaller space.
An Organized Garage
Offering versatile storage using a system of sturdy, all-steel organization products, the Gridwall wall storage system allows you to organize and store items like small hand tools, bikes and surf boards. Accessories include baskets, shelves and specialty hooks that securely attach to the steel wall grid.
This fun Industrial Wire Cubby Jet Shelf from RH baby & child gives a warehouse aesthetic to a child's bedroom, playroom or family game room. Made of wire for rigidity and strength, this wall shelf with personality can be hung left or right and help you control clutter and organize items you want to find quickly.
Keep Supplies Handy
Take advantage of wall space and create organized storage in your laundry room by using adjustable shelves, like these from ClosetMaid's ShelfTrack and ShelfTrack Elite. Well-placed shelves over a counter or in a niche keep supplies close at hand, but also off the floor and out of the way of your work area.
These Mantel Wall Shelves from Room & Board give you a chance to show off your favorite books or decorative items like framed photos. With each shelf holding up to 20 pounds, they're a great way to add display storage and keep clutter from taking over your home.
Keep Toys Organized
Strategically placed adjustable wall shelves from Organized Living's freedomRail home organization system take advantage of every nook and corner of an odd-shaped closet to provide smart, organized toy storage. Stacks of games and larger toys sit on designated shelves, while labeled pull-out bins on other shelves store collections of smaller toys.
Modular and Magnetic
When you want flexibility with your wall storage, the new Perch line from Urbio is a good solution. Designed to be modular, the vessels and wall plate in this wall organization system are magnetic and come in three or five-piece starter kits that keep plants, kitchen utensils, art supplies and more within easy reach. The Perch line includes 3M Command Strips for easy installation and damage free removal, or stows for a more permanent placement.
Small Space Storage
Perfect for a smaller space, the Entryway Mirror + Hooks from West Elm packs a storage punch with three hooks for jackets, hats, keys or handbags and a shelf for flowers or collectibles. This allows you to maximize wall space and keep essentials organized and close by.
Solution for Corners
Take advantage of unused corners and display your favorite decorative items with these space-saving Priva zig zag corner wood shelves from nexxt DESIGN. Available in a painted black or white finish, the shelves hold up to eight pounds and can be stacked for a bold look.
Store Your Wine
This stylish Wine Tree from J.K. Adams gives you a unique and space-saving way to store up to seven bottles of wine on your wall. Made from hickory with their exclusive Old World teak oil finish, the rack includes mounting hardware so you can store and show off your favorite bottles in your collection.