DIY: Bookcase and easy storage solution

I don’t have a tiny house, but it isn’t the biggest either. And when you have as much stuff as I do, storage is always golddust. 

This is a handy tip for those of you who have used all obvious storage, but have a lot of wasted wall space, particularly when the walls are too small for standard bookcases or chest of drawers.

My solution: Ikea BEKVAM spice racks (£3.00, Ikea). They come in a plain wood finish, and can be easily painted or sprayed whatever colour you want them to be. They are only only a little longer than a 30cm ruler, and only 10cm wide, so are perfect for smaller spaces where normal shelves wouldn’t fit. And at only £3 per shelf, are a complete bargain to buy!

When I was decorating my Son’s nursery I wanted to have a bookcase full of books for him. I’m an avid reader, and it was important to me that I share that love with him. But my husband was adamant that a standard bookcase wouldn’t fit in his room (He was right).

I first saw this idea on Pinterest, and it has genuinely been the most useful household hack I’ve ever seen in my life.

I brought six of these shelves to begin with. They easily screw onto the walls, and are perfect for holding a selection of children’s books. The sheer genius of this is they fit in all those small spaces, like behind the door, where nothing will usually go.

Since this picture was taken, I’ve also brought some and screwed them to the inside of my fitted bedroom wardrobes, as a way of storing my nail polishes upright.

I’ve used them in my kitchen pantry, not just for spices, but all jars and bottles that I regularly used, and just fitted them to the inside of the pantry door.

I’ve also fitted two in the space above my sons bedroom door, and put cuddly toys in them as a ‘perch’ for them to sit on.

Just a quick post to share with you this hack. See what you think – can you use any extra storage?

Let me know what you use them for!


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