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