Walls are generally the most underutilized feature of the home; however, with today’s downsizing trend, as well as more people moving into apartments and condos rather than opting for larger-footprint homes, the use of walls as additional storage space is in higher demand. Luckily, there are multiple options for using vertical space for in-home storage and organization.
Bookshelves are a go-to in vertical storage, and with the numerous styles and price points, they remain a popular and easy-to-use option for most consumers. One down side to standard bookshelves is that they take up floor space, which in small rooms comes at a premium. One of the newer ways to incorporate bookshelves without losing precious footage is using a product like the Murphy Door (www.themurphydoor.com), a dual-purpose shelving and door combination unit that provides storage as well as creates a hidden entrance into another room. Because it utilizes the existing doorway footprint, space is not sacrificed.
Shelving has always been a mainstay of the vertical storage category. Whether the basic bracket and board style, or a floating shelf system, there are options to fit every consumer need. Some consumers might even shop other categories, such as plumbing supplies, to create a DIY shelf system like many of the industrial-inspired looks found on popular decorating sites.
Beyond bookshelves, there is a variety of vertical storage options. Pegboard has moved out of the workshop and into the home, allowing for versatile organizing, and removable and reusable hooks, like those from 3M’s Command Series (www.command.com), provide hanging options without the commitment or damage that comes with nails or screws. There are even wall- and ceiling-mounted pulley systems that allow vertical storage of larger items, such as bicycles.