When we bought our home, one of the things we were most excited about was the storage room. It was lined on either side with shelves and we had never had a room dedicated to storage before. What a great thing to have!
Fast forward to moving day and the issue became very obvious. Though the room had lots of shelves, they were only about 10 inches deep and 12 inches high. This puts a pretty tight limit on the things you can store on the shelves, and everything else ends up stacked on the floor in the middle of the room.
“Stacked” is a bit generous. More like tossed. But with some planning and basic construction know-how, we’ve turned the above, into this. We’re sharing the full tutorial on how we built the shelves on Homes.com today (right here!) but wanted to give some more back story here, too.
So, let’s rewind. After emptying the whole room out (oof!) we were left with a blank slate.
We decided to tear out all the shelving on the right side and 1/3 of it on the left so that we could build deep shelves back in.
While everything was torn out, we gave the walls and floor a fresh coat of paint. For the walls, we used Benjamin Moore White Dove and for the floor Benjamin Moore Ice Breakers (the prettiest light greige that really warmed things up). We also installed two of these pretty lights.
Chris wrote up an extensive tutorial on how he built the high capacity shelving for the space for Homes.com right here.
In the end, he made the back deeper, so we could fit our whole Christmas tree back there! And the right side shelves less deep so there is still room to move around in the space. And then stomped all over them to make sure they were strong enough.
Speaking of room, we were astonished how much room we still have in here! How is that possible?! It’s amazing where a little purging and organization will get you. There were so many suggestions for organization systems in the comments of this post, but for now, I just grouped holiday bins together and I can see what’s in every box–which is already a huge upgrade to what we had!
Now, go check out exactly how we built the shelves right here.