magazine rack in hallway of studio apartment
Photo: D.P. Simmons III
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Up, Up, and Away

In small spaces, it pays to think vertically. For years, I underused my front hall's 80 square feet of uninterrupted wall for fear of encroaching on the narrow floor. Then one day I passed a magazine shop going out of business; the owner was happy to have someone cart away the metal shelves for free. I fashioned a 10-foot-by-7½-foot-by-7-inch floor-supported rack using plywood and my jigsaw. Braided wire taughtly suspended through a series of L-brackets runs the length of each shelf, holding the magazines in place.
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