For homeowners living in smaller houses or in urban areas, space is often at a premium. Storage must be smart, easily accessible, and look good. One place to create such storage is the wall. Part of the challenge with adding storage to a wall is making sure the items stored are flat enough against the wall that people can still walk by without issue. Another challenge is to store quite a bit without making the wall look cluttered. The Times of San Diego rounded up 10 ideas for wall storage. Here are a few of the best tips:
High Chairs (above): In this small New York apartment, kitchen space was at a premium, but that didn’t stop the Cousins design team from giving the homeowner a coveted eat-in kitchen — with a twist. The table, stored on the wall, folds up and out of the way when not in use. Likewise, two lightweight folding chairs can be easily lifted off the wall at mealtime. Everything is packed flat enough so as not to obstruct the walkway. It doesn’t look too shabby, either.
Top Knot: When it comes to ties, the team at Avocado Sweets Design Studio says, “Don’t hide them away in cupboards!” In this London home, the designers added rope along the top of a staircase to display the homeowner’s collection. He can see them all at once and grab his favorite on his way out the door.
Wine Wall: These West Coast wine connoisseurs combined their passion for grown-up grape juice with their desire for a quirky accent wall to create a one-of-a-kind “cellar.” You can find stand-alone wood racks like these to place against a wall or have one custom made. For avid entertainers and wine drinkers, nothing beats it for ease of access. It’s not even necessary to fill every hole — friends may enjoy the clever display so much they’ll be inclined to help you keep it stocked!