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35 Stylish Ideas for Mudrooms and Drop Zones

From bare-bones to built-out, see our mudroom storage ideas for creating a stylish spot for coats, shoes, bags—and more—right where you need it most

Walk-ins Welcome for His-and-Hers Closets

Flat-pack shelving and storage pieces fast-track the DIY design-build of a couple's closets

Build a Storage Shelf for an Over-the-Door Display

A clever solution inspired by Colonial-era homes


How to Build a Storage Bench

In the workshop, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor build a storage bench for an entryway

7 Storage Solutions for the Mudroom-less

Easy add-ons for those without this catchall room

9 Smart Mudroom Ideas

Simple mudroom designs for the whole family to store—and easily reach—outerwear essentials.

10 Ways to Live Large with Limited Space

Try these tricks for putting every square foot of a house to good use


How to Hang Bikes in a Garage

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner and her daughter hang their bikes in a small garage

12 Genius Items for an Organized Pantry

Get a closer look at dry goods with these attractive storage products

7 Sneaky Storage Hacks

Slacking on spring cleaning? These hidden storage tricks will be your spacious saviors

5 Ways to Hide Kitchen Clutter

Streamline your cook space with these product finds

Cozy Cottage Entry for $177

Board-and-batten wainscot and carefully placed hardware give a fresh new look—and purpose—to a formerly nondescript space

8 Tiny Houses that Have More Storage Than Your House

Tight-on-space dwellings that offer smart storage ideas for any home

7 Smart Bookcase Updates for Fresh Shelves

Give your personal library a new, impressive look without buying a single new tome

How to Build a Wall Cubby Shelf

This wall-mount catchall helps keep a busy entryway tidy

Life-Changing Tips for a More Organized Home

Learn the house organization ideas experts use to keep their homes in order

Use Wine Crates for Wall Storage

Turn wine shop freebies into rustic storage cubbies

Standout, Space-Saving Storage Ideas From Readers

TOH readers found creative ways to make the best of every corner

Built-In Book Storage for $197

A blank wall is transformed with secondhand bookshelves


How to Build a Utility Cart

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva transforms one sheet of plywood into a hold-all, easy-roll cart

Best Built-Ins Before and Afters 2013

You showed us the clever and artful craftsmanship of your storage spaces. Now see which ones were finalists in our annual Reader Remodel Contest

Creating Order in a Craftsman Bungalow

Rejiggering the stairs, adding 30 square feet, and building in clever storage solutions transform a compact 1918 bungalow—and the daily lives of two busy parents and their three young sons

Built-Ins That Make Entertaining Easier

Coming up, 12 hardworking built-ins that take a load off busy hosts


How to Turn a Salvaged Column Into a Coat Tree

Reclaimed posts with fluted channels or curvy turnings can find new life as a decorative interior accent

All About Window Seats

Turn unused space around the house into extra seating and storage with a minimum of carpentry—and get a snug, homey haven for daydreaming, reading, even napping

A Guest Bedroom Goes From Catchall to Orderly Retreat

A multitasking guest room gets a little help from space-maximizing built-ins

How to Build a Wall-Mounted Coatrack

No room for an entryway closet? No problem. Keep outerwear organized with this simple-to-build piece

From Unused Space to a Home Office Full of Smart Storage

The creative redesign of a dysfunctional entry area yields welcoming built-in nooks for books and a desk, plus an ingenious box-within-a-box powder room

A Small, Cozy Home with Loads of Built-In Charm

When space is short, it pays to put every nook, cranny, and corner to work. For proof, look inside this 1946 Cape

How to Gain More Closet Space Without Renovating

We consulted with closet-design pros from across the country to learn the secrets to creating the ultimate storage unit, no power tools required

How to Build a Magazine Rack

Reader April Monroe gets help making a fancy file to hold her collection of TOH issues

10 Hard-Working Rooms That Make Life Easier

Packed with clever built-ins, space-maximizing storage, and nifty organizers, these high-functioning mudrooms, pantries, laundries, and potting rooms offer great ideas to streamline daily life