Inspired Solution: Storage in the Studs
Oct 05, 2009
Have you run out of storage space? Maybe not. Think about adding storage between the studs in your walls. There's a lot of empty space in there for storing items that don't require a lot of depth. In the bathroom, medicine cabinets can be inserted into the wall rather than hung on it. It's a great idea for spices or canned goods in the kitchen. Pool cues, small collectibles, barware, DVDs … if it's small, put it in the wall.
I used this trick when I designed our bathroom. Instead of the typical over-sink medicine cabinet, I wanted an open feeling with mirrors flush to the wall. Plus, I wanted large mirrors, and that would have meant a large medicine cabinet, which was more storage than I needed. There was a 17-inch slice of wall opposite the sink where the shower came into the space, so I decided to tuck a narrow medicine cabinet between the studs there.
It's a tiny space, but this between-the-studs cabinet makes the most of it. The flush door design and interior hinges keep the look clean. Adjustable glass shelves inside make the storage options flexible.
The resulting storage space is 9 inches wide, 4 inches deep, and 33 inches tall. The long-but-narrow proportions mean there's no need to saw into the studs to install. It can be an easy DIY project on interior walls. Just make sure there are no ducts or pipes inside the wall in your desired location.
My cabinet (above) was built by Chris Lambdin of Line Upon Line Cabinetry. There are also a lot of stock choices from a company called In Wall Cabinets. They carry a wide line of cabinets designed for various purposes, all made from maple or oak and all designed to fit between common 16-inch studs.
Pantry cabinet, bar cabinet, and fireplace tool cabinets from In Wall Cabinets.
If you have basic carpentry skills, make a cabinet yourself. Here's a good step-by-step tutorial.
Do you have a creative storage solution you'd like to share? I'd love to feature it here on Room for Inspiration. Email me. —Diane
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