25 space-saving wall storage ideas from designers

wall storage ideas

Marie-Pierre Morel

No matter how many dressers, desk drawers, and storage benches you have, you may still be confused about where to put all your things. This is especially true in crowded homes and small spaces. But fear not – where there is a wall, there is a road. Translation: If you have any blank walls in your home, you have underutilized storage space. We highlight 25 wall storage ideas below to help you neatly display your items or remove everything from clothes to cookware, books, hygiene products, and everything in between for any room in the house. Whether you’re ready to call in a contractor for custom designs or you want to do it yourself now for a low cost, there’s something for you in our pre-built examples.

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symmetrical ports

New York City-based architecture firm Shapeless Studio excels at smarts when it comes to creating stylish storage solutions in small spaces. Here, they have carved out dedicated niches for a high-impact graphic display of books that look unique and stand out from other expected options while still being underestimated in their visual value.



Hooks are an essential bathroom storage tool. Not only does it allow you to show off your pretty bathrobes, but it also gives the towels a designated place to dry and stay out of the way. A small stool in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke makes a case for matching your wall hooks with hardware and knobs.


Floating spice cabinet

Medicine cabinets are great for bathrooms, so what’s stopping you from taking a similar approach in the kitchen? A floating cabinet with a covered door with either a mirror, artwork, or wallpaper will hide spices while beautifying the walls as well.


window shelf

No matter the size of your space, every little inch counts when it comes to storage. A simple shelf above the window increases display space for dishes, bowls, and art. In this kitchen designed by Juan Carretero, shelving mounts also prove to contribute the same look as decorative moldings.


storage poles

Architect Jeffrey Dungan demonstrates how transformative built-in features are in this home office from a Birmingham, Alabama home. Instead of covering the wall in the built-in parts, he opted for custom columns separated by an interior window for the entrance, increasing the flow of light.


Gypsum sliding doors

Here’s another idea for super smart TV storage in designer Kristen Fine’s family home. I made custom stucco sliding doors. The asymmetric design makes the doors look like an art rich in texture.


plate separators

Customize your internal components to accommodate certain items, such as panels, as Heidi Caillier has done here. Not only does it divide the shelves visually, but it also keeps you organized as they will have a dedicated place to go.


mobile shelves

Designed by Shamshiri Studio, this room needed two very different purposes: to be a quiet place to rest and sleep, and to serve as a productivity-enhancing home office. Floating shelves and a low-profile wall-to-wall floating desk feature matching mills for a cohesive look and enough wall storage keeps things organized but doesn’t completely clutter the bed area.


wall mounted console

This wall-mounted console with drawers is a game-changing storage tool. While cabinets may make this room feel bulky or claustrophobic, the console upholstered with copper pulls in this dining room from Heidi Caillier Design proves the perfect volume and proportions of space. There is still room for art comment!



In this basic bedroom designed by ETC.etera, the closet is separated by a simple curtain. Whether it’s shelving, cabinets, or just general wall storage that you want to hide, a curtain will do the trick. Pro tip: If the wall is too tall, try attaching the rail to the ceiling.


Device data

This wall shelf unit pops against textured marine paint thanks to attractive brass accents. Designed by Sarah Blank, this fully stocked home bar features solid lower cabinets with wood cabinets to accent the space but it’s easy to grab exposed shelves for a more open feel.


wall organizer

Folding chairs are fine no matter what, but if you can’t locate free closet space when not in use and get in the way while leaning against a wall, consider installing sturdy hooks or a pegboard that can keep them securely propped up on your wall. In this dining kitchen by Leanne Ford, they bring dimension and depth.


Open the locker

For this Palm Beach living room, designer John Fondas transformed a shallow closet into an out-of-the-way bar nook with tons of wall storage by removing doors and masonry cabinets as well as side shelves.


shelving units

The modern and utilitarian home office designed by Andy Beers of Ore Studios requires an equally simple shelving unit. Modular shelving units like this one from Blu Dot are great for anyone who wants something flexible (you can expand or downsize at any time).


Fabric lined wardrobes

Beautify some glass-enclosed cabinets and create an air of mystery (read: hide whatever you prefer to keep to yourself) with folded fabric panels. In this dressing room/workspace designed by Anna Spiro, a pretty print revitalizes wall storage while still being neutral enough to blend in.


bi-fold panels

A bi-fold panel drawn by Stuart Coleman Budd conceals a TV, but the goal was to be transparent. “The bronze hinges honestly express it as a moving screen—that is true kinetic art,” says architect Ken Pursley of Pursley Dixon Architecture.


Built-in bookshelves

Wall-to-wall shelves in this home’s media and display room designed by Brigitte Romanek house a massive book collection. Seats with thin legs prevent the feeling of being stuffed.


open shelf adornment

Hardware can really separate your wall storage, as shown in this kitchen designed by Heidi Caillier. Copper rails ensure fragile kitchen items are preserved while providing a touch of form.


rack supported

Speaking of which, if a medicine cabinet feels too cramped in a small bathroom, take note of this space by Anna Spiro Design and install a small shelf on the wall to support things like toiletries instead.


custom lockers

Although the antique desk was used in Kathleen McCormick’s home office with drawers, she needed to use the walls for more storage. Custom wood storage shelves extend along the walls and bring dimension and warmth to modern white countertops.


Floating Cubbies

When masonry closets or custom cabinets simply aren’t in the cards, simply install a ready-made unit and then paint it the same color as your walls for a flowing look. This example from Dries Otten is all we need to be convincing.



Pegboards are inherently fun, as they allow you to switch things up and also feature that cute little dot-like shape, as seen in this tiny Parisian kitchen designed by Marienne Avennou. You can make one yourself using hardware supplies, making it one of the easiest and most affordable options on this list.


shower outlets

Wall storage is a bathroom staple, but shower wall storage is even more defining and life-changing. In this bathroom from Studio Lifestyle, a built-in niche blends seamlessly because it’s the same materials as the rest of the shower, but contrast with a different material or color would look great in the right space, too.


wall mounted desk

A wall-mounted desk with multiple shelves is the perfect storage solution for space, as evidenced by the study nook in the home of furniture designer Tarik Dixon.


towel rack

Keep floor space free with a wall unit for towels and textiles in a small bathroom. Although at first it may seem like more work to secure something to the wall, it will also eliminate the cluttered feeling of etagere in a cramped bathroom. 2LG Studio put this high above the bathtub in the corner, but it would also run above the toilet.

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