Alternative Shelving for Your Apartment


Storage can be a frustrating problem in a small apartment space, causing clutter and subsequently causing you anxiety in the household. Having a designated and orderly place for your belongings helps alleviate stress while you’re home and saves you time when you’re looking for something before you head out the door. Thankfully, buying expensive shelving isn’t always necessary to having what you need to get the job done. There are ways to DIY or buy less expensive items which accomplish the same thing.

Use crates or wooden boxes You can find antique apple or milk crates, old drawer boxes, or contemporary decorative wooden boxes to use sideways and stack as shelves in your rooms. For a long time, I’ve used an antique apple crate with my family name as a combination nightstand and bookshelf. Depending on what you need to store, you may need inner dividers as well and may need to measure your objects to get the appropriate sized box.

Create shelves from a ladder and some planks Old wooden ladders can be found at thrift stores or on ebay and make both attractive and useful bases for shelves. Place wooden boards across the rungs to make chic additional storage for your space. You can also hang wooden ladders sideways against the wall to create a different type of shelf.

Hanging rope bookshelves Create book or knick knack shelves by using heavyweight rope and wooden planks that hang against your wall. There’s a great tutorial here that shows how it’s done.

DIY bracket shelves Angle shelf brackets are easily found and very cheap from hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. To make shelves you can hang anywhere, all you need are these brackets and some appropriate sized boards. Voila, instant shelf storage!

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