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Look up! Find purpose for unused vertical space in your home

Photo: Abbey Hendrickson / Flickr


It’s easy to overlook the vertical space on walls and in closets. They seem like just...walls. But take another look and you’ll see great space for storage, organizing, and artsy displays. Plus, giving wall space purpose completes the look and feel of any room. Here are some of my favorite tools to get you started along with images for inspiration.


Take it off the hook

You can’t go wrong with hooks, whether lined up in a row or strategically placed for style and function. Organize (or create!) an entryway or mudroom or instantly add storage to a kitchen or laundry room.

Hooks with two prongs are great for mudrooms as it doubles the amount of coats & hats you can hang.

The simple hooks below can be found at just about any hardware store.

Photo: Dwelling

The inside of the closet door below is a great example of where you could use command hooks.

Photo: Apartment Therapy

Don’t forget to use the vertical space in your garage, this picture shows the ingenious use of carabiners as hooks to hang bikes.

Photo: Decorating Your Small Space

Make a basket case

You probably have at least a few bins or baskets around the house. But have you thought about getting them off the ground? Mounted on a wall or behind a closet door, bins and baskets are an easy, effective way to add storage space. And they can look pretty cute, too.

Wire or rattan baskets are great for books, toys, socks, hats and scarves or guest towels.

Photo: Apartment Therapy

Magnetic spice boxes and hook and rail systems like these from IKEA are natural in the kitchen, but they make great office and art supply storage, too.

Photo: diyncrafts.com

Shelve it

Shelves may be predictable for wall space, but they can also be anything but boring. Add storage space with style or create an artsy way to display your favorite things.

Shelves can create a new focal point for a room or transform a room’s function.

Photo: Container Store

Add shelves in out-of-the-way places to maximize space and add efficient storage.

Photo: HGTV

Of course there is no one right way to go. And why choose just one when you can use them all? Try a combination of hooks, bins and shelves to create a custom look and function that’s a perfect fit for your needs. Please share your creative ideas! I’d love to know what you come up with.

Photo: Better Homes & Gardens

Sara Eizen is a Seattle-based interior designer and home organizer with a passion for helping busy families reclaim style and space in their homes on any budget. In a bi-weekly column for Seattle's Child, Sara shares creative, fun, affordable tips and tricks for clearing clutter, sprucing up rooms with minimal effort, creating systems that simplify family life, and much more.

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