Wall Estate: Maximizing Wall Space to Make a Small Home Feel Bigger

March 24, 2013

Times are a-changin’ and space is getting harder and harder to come by, especially if you live in a big city. Have you read about those tiny 220 square feet apartments proposals in San Francisco? 220…that’s apparently a little more than double the size of some prison cells! Well, no matter how big or small your place is, making use of your walls is one handy way to free up space from your floor and counter tops. I call it wall estate, and when you’re tight on space, it’s just as important as real estate.

Tiny Apartment

So what are some ways to maximize your wall space? The possibilities are really endless, and you can get pretty creative! So here are some simple ideas to get your gears going.

For starters, lose the clutter on your desk or counter by hanging things up. Key holders are especially useful because they keep your keys and other small items easily accessible, at eye level, and in a convenient spot. Check out these options and ditch those tins and bowls hogging up space on your tabletops.

Cloud Magnetic Key Holder

Cloud Magnetic Key Holder

Even if your head is in the clouds, you’ll know where your keys are!

Bird hooks

Suck UK Bird Hooks

These beauties double up as wall decor.

Blomus Stainless Steel Key Board

Blomus Stainless Steel Key Board

It’s a key board that’s music to your ears!

Now that you’ve taken care of your keys, here’s a neat idea that requires minimal DIY work for storing other loose things: just mount a few hooks on the wall and hang up anything you want.

Wall hook baskets

This is an idea where you simply attach a handle on some baskets and place them on your hooks. These baskets work wonderfully with items like mail, magazines, umbrellas, glasses, basically anything that’ll fit (except something that weighs as much as a bowling ball). You can hook the baskets near an entrance way for on-the-go necessities and even personalize them for each housemate or member of your family.

Wall Hook Baskets

Pallet coat rack

For those of you with ample wall space, consider making good use of it with a pallet coat rack. You can put as many hooks on a sanded, painted pallet and hang your jackets, scarves, hats, and handbags directly on it. It’s a fairly easy project and makes for great conversation starters.

Pallet Wall Coat Rack

Make sure to sand down your pallet well to avoid snagging your favorite coat!

Now let’s get artsy with the next couple of project ideas. It’s always satisfying when you can be functional and “fashionable” at the same time. See for yourself!

Shadow boxes for keepsakes

One idea I particularly like is taking your keepsakes and displaying them in shadow boxes or picture frames. You know you’re out there, people who keep holiday greeting cards, photos, ticket stubs, etc. in hopes of putting it all in a scrapbook someday…but have you gotten to it yet? Instead of taking up space in an old shoebox, organize your memorabilia and transform it into art! See how by clicking below.

Shadow Boxes for Keepsakes

Talk about a “wonderwall.” You’ll have everyone staring at your walls in wonder.

Wall-mounted wine bottle vases

Another aesthetically pleasing way to make room in your house or apartment is by displaying things like flowers and plants on the wall instead of traditionally on a table. It’s modern, pretty, and most importantly, practical. Learn how to mount flower vases step-by-step here.

Wine Bottle Vases

One of the go-to methods of using your walls is shelving. People put up shelves all the time, but here I’ve shared some unique kinds of shelving that you might want to implement in your own home.

Open shelving

Interested in a wet bar from your very own place? Bars usually take up quite a bit of space, but if you create a shelf for all your drinks, you can save a lot of room for your glasses and tumblers. This works for almost anything else too, of course, like books, knick knacks, you get the idea…

Open Shelving bar

A great idea if you don’t have a lot of space for a home bar.

Bicycle storage and book shelf

This is truly a unique shelf. It holds a bicycle as well as books! Need I say more?

Bike storing bookshelfbike storing book shelf

Here’s a little musical treat, a throwback of the ’90s with “Wonderwall,” by Oasis. Enjoy! And don’t forget to make use of your wall estate!

3 Responses to “Wall Estate: Maximizing Wall Space to Make a Small Home Feel Bigger”

  1. G Price Says:

    Most of the time, our furniture fail to utilize the vertical space of our homes efficiently, and stacking our stuff is definitely not the way to go especially when we need to access some of them every now and then. This is the first time I’ve ever seen the idea of hanging a bicycle on a bookshelf! That will be one bulky item off the ground.

  2. Rachel O'quill Says:

    This honestly answered my issue, thank you!

  3. wade orata Says:

    Amazing Post.thanks for share.


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