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08/17/2015 11:20 am ET | Updated Aug 17, 2016

35 Killer Ways to Use Your Empty Vertical Space

You probably don't even realize how much untapped vertical space you've got in your home and garden. Think about those empty corners, the space above your stove or toilet, the exterior walls behind your flower beds, even the half-an-inch behind your furniture -- all of that space can be used to add more storage, style, or sophistication to your home! It's time to take on those unused walls and corners, with some amazing DIY ideas:

1. Organize your jewelry on an empty wall

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Project via Vidya @What's Ur Home Story

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2. Add storage space behind your desk

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Project via Thea @Time with Thea

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3. Fill an empty corner with a colorful gallery wall

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Project via Jamie @C.R.A.F.T.

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4. Make your own hanging plant pockets

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Project via Shelley @Sow & Dipity

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5. Turn a slanted surface into one huge decoration

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Project via Angela @Blue i Style

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6. Save counter space with hanging spice racks

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Project via Jodi @The Glittered Barn LLC

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7. Prop a door against an exterior wall for some dreamy outdoor lighting

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Project via Kristi @Chatfield Court

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8. Bring some old ladders into your flower beds to add height and interest

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Project via Carlene @Organized Clutter

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9. Add a row of wooden bins to your bathroom wall

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Project via Lindsay @My Creative Days

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10. Hang huge decorative words in your kitchen

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Project via Lisa @Concord Cottage

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11. Use an empty hallway corner to store sports gear

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Project via Brittany @Pretty Handy Girl

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12. Put a cookbook rack on the side of your kitchen cabinets

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Project via Jennifer @White Tulip Designs

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13. Utilize the space behind cabinet doors to stow cutting boards

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Project via Nikki @Tikkido

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14. Use an old tray as a wall-mounted file box

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Project via Becky @The Logbook

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15. Hang a chalkboard hall tree to add storage and a spot for notes

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Project via Evey @Evey's Creations

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16. Stack appliances on top of crates or boxes, to slip in some extra storage

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Project via Carol and Randi @FrugElegance

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17. Fill empty space with a cute organizer, like this memo ironing board

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Project via Shannon @Shabby Paints

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18. Add a chalkboard wall to an unused corner

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Project via Kathy @Vintage, Paint and More...

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19. Hang a vertical to-do list

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Project via Kim @Hunt & Host

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20. Make a garage organizer by hanging IKEA units and pegboard

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Project via Melissa @A Prudent Life

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21. Spray paint empty frames to fill a boring wall with easy art

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Project via Kim @Exquisitely Unremarkable

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22. Build a slanted shelf to store paint bottles on the wall

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Project via Jeanie @Create & Babble

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23. Dress up the side of your closet with a display

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Project via Rita @Panoply

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24. Store fabric in a filing cabinet instead of big plastic bins

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Project via Larissa @Prodigal Pieces

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25. Turn an abandoned drawer into a hanging organizer

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Project via Stacy @Anastasia Vintage

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26. Cover your exterior walls in climbing vertical gardens

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Project via Carrie @Making Lemonade

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27. Keep toy cars on shallow picture ledges

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Project via Megan @C'mon, Get Crafty!

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28. Use the front on your fridge to hold magnetic spice shakers

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Project via Jessica @Mom 4 Real

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29. Store purses against the back wall in your closet using hanging rods

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Project via Ashley @Design Build Love

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30. Give your plain walls a paint-chip inspired ombre makeover

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Project via Jamie @C.R.A.F.T.

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31. Turn a vintage crate into the perfect spice storage rack

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Project via Karen @Dogs Don't Eat Pizza

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32. Put up a full-sized pegboard wall to tame garage clutter

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Project via Angie @Postcards from the Ridge

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33. Assemble a thin makeshift shelf to squeeze storage into a tight bathroom

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Project via Donna @Funky Junk Interiors

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34. Hang trim along your closet walls to hold hard-to-stow heels

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Project via Stephanie @Sandpaper & Glue

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35. Fill the awkward space above your cabinets with stylish storage boxes

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Project via Isabelle @Engineer Your Space

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For more amazing ways to fill that empty vertical space in your home and garden, check out our Vertical Space page here.