Create a behind door storage area to maximize the storage potential in your room using thrift store finds! 

Behind door storage
There are two things I love when I’m redecorating – finding the absolute perfect spot for an object and re-using something I already have in a new way. When both of those happen at the same time, it’s a super win!

Behind Door Storage - Full shot

Create a Behind Door Storage Area

Although my daughter’s room is a fair size, it is awkwardly shaped, with windows and doors in less than ideal locations. When we were redecorating, we tried to include furniture that would provide ample storage and also allowed for her future growth and needs. Being that she’s still young, many of her storage needs revolve around toys, books, and clothes. However, within a few short years, we’ll be looking at other storage needs, such as makeup, desk and school accessories, and a place for homework.

What we used:

Behind Door Storage - Containers

Rather than fight the awkward corners of the room, we decided to embrace them!  Because of the angle of the wall near the door, there is a significant amount of space behind – nearly a foot. With narrow shelving, we can provide not only much-needed storage to the desk/study area but also a bulletin board area that Kyla can change and add to as she pleases.

Behind door storage - bulletin board

Everything, save for the small storage containers, we already had and were looking to repurpose – a large cork bulletin board and three country-style trinket shelves, in various finishes and conditions. We started off by giving all of the pieces we were using a cohesive finish – we sprayed everything using Krylon Fusion in Satin Dover White  – my go-to white spray paint.

Behind Door Storage - chalkboard container
To give a little flexibility to the shelving, we inverted one of the shelves, providing a pocket shelf, and moved the hangers to the other end of each bracket, so it hangs downward.  Each shelf has a reinforced bracket to ensure stability.

Behind Door Storage - brace

Behind Door Storage - Fasteners
The bottom shelves were mounted typically and currently hold jewelry boxes and electronics. We added tin and other small storage buckets found at Target to catch small knick-knacks and to hold pencils and other desk supplies.

Behind Door Storage - containers

Taking advantage of this area behind the door provided some much-needed storage in an area that would have gone unused, using supplies that also would have gone unused. A bonus, it’s not only functional, but super cute – AND, the clutter, BOP magazine posters, and mess hide behind the door!

Behind Door Storage - Full Room

Where are some areas that you’ve been able to eek out storage? I’d love to hear your ideas!


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1 Comment

  1. Nicole@Show Off Friday on July 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I really love that little storage area behind the door! As for us we just moved and there is tons of potential here!

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