12 ways to max­i­mize ver­ti­cal space

Edmonton Sun - - HOMES -

Who hasn’t, at one point in their lives, lamented a lack of space and or­ga­ni­za­tion at home? A life­time’s worth of items have to be kept some­where, and with­out the right or­ga­ni­za­tional strat­egy, clut­ter can quickly take over.

The home im­prove­ment site Home Ther­apy says that, when square footage is lim­ited, tap­ping ver­ti­cal walls is the fastest way to max­i­mize and mul­ti­ply the space avail­able. Hooks, rods, shelv­ing, built-ins — the sky is the limit when it comes to finding ad­di­tional stor­age and adding a bit of per­son­al­ity to tight quar­ters. Even homes that may have ad­e­quate space can ben­e­fit from ver­ti­cal solutions.

Here are some ideas to put ver­ti­cal and other less-uti­lized ar­eas to work for you.

• Hang wire or plas­tic file or­ga­niz­ers on the in­side of kitchen cab­i­nets to eas­ily store cookie sheets, trays and cut­ting boards.

• Save on counter or cab­i­net space with hang­ing spice racks. These can be hung di­rectly on walls or on the in­side of cab­i­net doors.

• Stack all the stuff you can, in­clud­ing wash­ers and dry­ers, beds (with stor­age draw­ers un­derneath) and even stack­ing nest­ing ta­bles.

• Choose fur­ni­ture that is tall rather than wide. This can mean swap­ping out a dresser in a bed­room for an ar­moire or ver­ti­cal chest of draw­ers. • Canvas bags hung on a towel bar on a wall can keep dirty clothes wran­gled un­til it’s time to wash them. This also elim­i­nates clothes ham­pers on the floor.

• Add a sec­ond rod or shelv­ing to the in­side of clos­ets to cre­ate more space for cloth­ing and other items.

• Take kitchen cab­i­nets all the way to the ceil­ing. Store lesser used items on the up­per­most shelves and the items you use each on the most ac­ces­si­ble shelves.

• In­stall a shelf over the en­try­way to a room to uti­lize this sel­dom-used space. Shelves also can be cus­tom cut and placed in oddly shaped ar­eas, such as in at­tic rooms un­der the eaves or on slanted walls.

• Dow­els or cur­tain rods and some fab­ric can be used to fab­ri­cate slings to hold books or mag­a­zines.

• In­vest in some mag­netic boards that can hold keys or notes by the front door or store knives on a kitchen wall

• In­stall two towel bars par­al­lel to one an­other on the wall of a bath­room. These can hold ex­tra toi­let tis­sue or rolled hand tow­els.

• Use rope plant hang­ers to store pota­toes or onions near prep ar­eas. The same plant hang­ers can wran­gle stuffed an­i­mals and small toys in kids’ rooms.

Uti­liz­ing ver­ti­cal ar­eas in a home is a great way to in­crease stor­age ca­pac­ity and keep rooms more or­ga­nized. (MCC)

Photo: Metro Cre­ative Con­nec­tion

Shelv­ing can cor­ral items and keep rooms more or­ga­nized.

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