Upcycle Your Way To DIY Storage Solutions

ladderSpend any amount of time in the local hardware store and you’ll see a number of ways they want to sell you a complete storage system. No muss, no fuss, all you have to do is buy it and put it together. But if you’re on a budget (who isn’t?) and you have some basic DIY skills (hanging things on the wall, paint, etc.) then you can probably make a great DIY storage solution from something you already have — with just a few modifications. Here’s four great ideas to try out yourself!

One of the most useful ways to upcycle an item you probably already have is to use an old ladder as a shelf system. Especially if you have a ladder that is a) wooden and b) you wouldn’t otherwise want to use as a ladder. Just be sure to sand it well and prime it first before painting; give it a nice vibrant color if you have natural or light colored shelves or make the ladder a lighter color if your shelves are colorful.