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I really liked this article because I have limited storage space in my own house and often think about "built-ins" as a solution. Now...I need a stud finder...
Using between-the-studs shelving and storage
- Kitchen: Between-studs shelving is ideal as a kitchen pantry because the shallow shelves are perfect for canned goods. You also can use a niche for storing spices, hanging utensils, or storing and displaying your cooking pans.
- Bathroom: Install a between-studs storage niche in the shower for holding shampoo bottles and soaps. A shallow niche beside the toilet holds magazines and toilet paper. Near the sink, create a recess for toiletries and personal items.
- Bedroom: Use recessed storage for CDs, paperback books, magazines, belts, scarves, and jewelry. You can also create a wall niche for your flat screen television as long as a header provides support where studs are removed.
- Family room: Store pool cues, balls, and the triangle as well as CDs, wine or liquor, and barware.
Create between-the-studs shelving and storage
You'll need moderate DIY skills and a basic knowledge of framing to build your own recessed wall niche. Once you've located studs with a stud finder and made sure the wall cavity is void of wires, plumbing, or air ducts, frame the opening and finish it with drywall or other materials, such as beaded board, then add shelving. Cost: $17 to $35, for a 14×36-inch niche.
Various sizes of prebuilt recessed wall niches are available in wood as well as less expensive polyurethane units. These units are customized to perform a range of storage tasks, including serve as a medicine cabinet, a home bar and as a shower niche. Cost: $90 to $500.
With four home renovations to her credit, Jan Soults Walker is a devotee of improvements, products, and trends for the home and garden. For 25 years she's written for a number of national home shelter publications, and has authored 18 books on home improvement and decorating.By: Jan Soults WalkerPublished: October 1, 2010 Looking for your own DIY project home? Check out the available properties here and then give me a call.