Storage

We all want more storage in our homes but don't want to spend a fortune on it. If you master a few basic carpentry skills you can design and install custom solutions like built-in shelving and wardrobes DIY. Plus, learn how to utilise vertical space and buy the best-off-the shelf product for your space.

 Workshop Storage Unit
Shelves and drawers are a good way to add storage space to a workshop, but they must be sturdy if they’re to handle the weight of power tools. It costs about $240 to build one of these boxes and four drawers, plus a plinth.  You’ll need two she...
Workshop Storage Bins
The issue of where to store all the little bits and pieces used for DIY is a problem that never seems to go away.  While there’s a wide range of storage options available, all too often they’re not quite the right size or they are laid out in an...
Wall shelves are an ideal storage solution for small rooms, and they’re easy to make and install. These industrial-style shelves are made from old recycled timber, and feature brackets made from galvanised pipe fittings. The first step is to prepare...
Build A Garden Tool Cabinet
Build a mini storage shed to keep your outdoor essentials safe from the weather but always within easy reach. A small steel shed is a practical and not-too-expensive way to store outdoor tools, but it’s not the best-looking garden feature. Even i...
In this DIY video from Bosch, big wave surfer Mark Visser shows how to make a handy surfboard fin coat rack. Click here to see the full step-by-step instructions for this project Click here to download the project PDF This rack is made from a sin...
Build Tower Shelves
Build simple shelving to hold standard plastic bins that will keep your workshop essentials organised and tidy.  Finding space for tools and equipment can be challenging in a garage that also functions as a workshop and storage room.  Stackable...
DIY Storage Bins
Shelves and cabinets are handy places for storing sports stuff, but when you’re in a hurry and, let’s face it, kids always are, it’s much easier to just throw and go.  These roomy bins have no doors and they’re not too high for little people to r...
DIY Built-In Wardrobe, Handyman Magazine,
Combine a pair of flat-packed units with hanging rods for practical storage.  Most bedrooms in newly built homes have a dedicated area for a built-in robe included in one or all of the bedrooms.  There are a number of ways to make use of this s...
Handyman Magazine, DIY, Install Floating Corner Shelves
Remember Grandma’s corner cabinet filled with a lifetime of treasures? Here’s a modern take on that old-fashioned display method.   Floating shelves like these are simple, cheap, quick to make and free up valuable floorspace.   Installed in a corner...
Handyman magazine, DIY, Built-in Shelving
Cut out a piece of plasterboard and install a timber frame for recessed shelving you can build in a day for just $105. Storage in a small home can be hard to come by but in a room with plasterboard walls, you have extra space at your disposal.   Easy...
Turn a melamine board left over from a piece of flat-packed furniture into a distinctive display shelf by securing it to the wall with forked branches.   We used crabapple tree branches but any other smooth-barked tree such as eucalyptus will work.  ...
Having a dedicated home office can be invaluable for getting the bills paid and your tax done, but if you’re not using it all the time it can be a real space killer. A great way to have an office when you need it that can vanish when you don’t is to...
To build this freestanding bench, flat-packed cabinets were joined to create the base and an 800mm square top was made from laminated camphor laurel boards then attached to a melamine backing.  DIY: $1330 (HAVE IT DONE for $1920)SKILL: 3 (INTERMEDIAT...
This combination bar and bookcase is built from scratch but the concept can be adapted to use fewer materials by modifying an existing bookshelf. The top row of shelves has foldout doors to hide the bar, leaving the lower shelves as open display spac...
This cabinet has about three times as much storage as a typical medicine cabinet.   It’s also a great project for a woodworking novice, thanks to simple joinery and a readymade door. Assembling the top and base are the trickiest bits. A single louvre...