Category: Storage

DIY Lite: Declutter Your Entry with an Easy Shoe Storage Bench

Who doesn't need more shoe storage? Build an organizer and entryway seat in one when you follow this easy DIY tutorial.

DIY Shoe Storage - Entryway Bench

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Streamlining the home’s entryway or mudroom poses a real challenge for bustling households. Add up all of the jackets, the bags, the umbrellas, and the shoes for each family member, and you’ll find yourself hard pressed to find a place for each last item. Sure, a leaning coat rack can corral the most-often used outerwear, but each member of a household may rotate through three or more pairs of shoes in a given week. Alleviate part of the mess by giving favorite footwear a home in the entryway between uses via this DIY shoe storage bench. Not only will its cubbies organize up to six pairs of shoes—and floor space below for taller boots—but the sturdy bench top provides the perfect perch as you lace up on the way out the door in the morning.


DIY Shoe Storage - Supplies

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- Over-shelf hanging storage baskets (3)
- Metallic spray paint
- 2×6 lumber (10 feet)
- Wood glue
- Trigger clamps
- 2-inch by 3-inch gauge mending plates (4)
- Hammer
- Palm sander
- Sandpaper (60- and 120-grit)
- Wood stain
- Cloths
- Wood oil or varnish
- Paint brush
- Pen
- Measuring tape
- Drill
- Cup holder hooks (15)
- ¾-inch galvanized pipe (36-inch pieces, 2)
- Hacksaw
- Round file
- ¾-inch floor flanges (4)
- 1-inch screws (16)


DIY Shoe Storage - Step 1

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The storage space for shoes beneath the bench is actually constructed using three white wire under-shelf baskets. To give them an industrial look that more closely matches the legs, so we spray-painted them a metallic silver. Coat with several layers on each side of the baskets for the most uniform color.

If you’ve purchased an already silver or bronze wire basket, go ahead and skip this first step altogether!


DIY Shoe Storage - Step 2

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Next up: the seat part of the bench. Take the 10-foot-long 2×6 lumber and cut it in half, so that you have two pieces of the same dimensions. (You might even ask to have the big box hardware store that sells you the lumber cut it for you, too—it’s often free and makes transporting the wood home easier.)

Put some wood glue along the 1-½-inch-thick edge of one board, and slide the two 5-foot-long boards next to each other so that the glue bonds them. Be careful to place the boards perfectly next to each other without leaving any gap. You can use trigger clamps to hold them together.


DIY Shoe Storage - Step 3

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Strengthen the board assembly by affixing four equidistant mending plates to what will be the underside of the bench. Make sure each is centered over the crack between the boards, then lightly hammer it into place.


DIY Shoe Storage - Step 4

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Once the glue has dried, sand the bench seat. Start with a 60-grit paper to remove the glue residue, and finish with a 120-grit for a smooth finish surface that is free of splinters.


DIY Shoe Storage - Step 5

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Stain the top and sides of the wood—all but the bottom—with the color of your choice. After you achieve the right depth of color (it may take a couple of coats) and the stain dries completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions, finish with wood oil or varnish to protect the DIY shoe storage bench from dust and stains.


DIY Shoe Storage - Step 6

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Once dry, flip the board so that its underside is up. Center the three metallic baskets across the board, and mark the location of each basket’s corners in pen. Each basket will be hold by five cup hooks: two on each side and one on the back (opposite the opening).

Drill five small holes into the wood, and screw in the hooks so that each faces inward toward the center of the basket. Then, hook up your first “cubby”! Repeat the same process to fix the other two baskets.

Working upside down like this will leave the basket feeling a little loose—don’t worry too much about this. It will be resolved once you turn the bench right side up to attach the bench’s legs, as gravity will pull the baskets to hang from the hooks. As long as you know that each fits, you can unhook the baskets for now and continue working.


DIY Shoe Storage - Step 7

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Cut each of the two 36-inch-long, ¾-inch galvanized pipes in half so that you end up with four legs of the same lengths. (Ours are 18 inches apiece.) Sand the edges using a round file to remove any metal flakes. You can also put some rubber or plastic tip under each leg to prevent the pipe to scratch your floor.


DIY Shoe Storage - Step 8

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Attach a floor flange to each corner of the bottom of the board with 1-inch screws, and twist the pipe into it until it’s snug.

Once each leg is in place, flip the bench right side up and replace the baskets onto the designated cup hooks. You’re ready to start moving your shoes out of a pile and into their new homes! Whenever you head to the store next to buy DIY supplies for your next project, you’ll find your footwear right beneath your seat—and slide them on easily from your spot on this new storage bench.


DIY Shoe Storage - Completed Project

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DIY Shoe Storage - Close-up of Finished Bench

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Ama is a DIY addict and the creative mind behind Ohoh Blog. She likes home decor, lighting, and furniture projects that may involve painting, sewing, drilling…no matter the technique! Whatever she has on hand is inspiration to create, and fodder for her serious addiction to upcycling.

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3 Fixes for Unsightly Cords

Sure, you need them to power up your devices, but wouldn’t it be nice if cords could just be banished from view? These 3 solutions prove that where there's a wire, there's a way.


After you’ve spent years getting your living spaces in line, it can be almost maddening to walk into a room that has everything in its place only to have your eyes linger on unsightly wires that run rampant from your electrical devices. While you may think that there’s no cure for this tangly trouble, don’t be discouraged. Instead, try one of these three inexpensive DIY projects to disguise those cords hanging from your TV, computer, lamps, and more—you’ll preserve your sanity and your cash.





Mounting the TV is popular among homeowners in quest of a clean-lined living space. But along with the sophistication of a sleek, lofty screen comes an array of dangling cords that can make your viewing area look more dorm room than curated creation. To conceal a smattering of wires, try this makeshift mantel that tucks stray cords beneath an inexpensive molding. Start by choosing a style of crown molding shelf that best matches your room’s aesthetic. Julie Blanner, the brains behind this brilliant fix, chose a traditional white version to complement her classic living room. Next, measure and mark the shelf on both ends, and cut it down to the exact size you need. Feed the cords through one side of the molding—Julie drilled a hole in her built-ins to further camouflage the unpleasant necessities—and then attach the shelf with glue. Voilà! Movie night just got so much better.



how to hide wires - pegboard


If a jumble of computer cords is cramping your desk style, try this solution from Organizing Made Fun that will stealthily stash away wires while keeping them accessible. First, cut a piece of pegboard to size, about 1/4 inch smaller on all sides than the space beneath the desk so you’ll be easily able to pull back the board to reach the cords. Next, give the pegboard a few coats of spray paint, or leave it blank—whatever best matches your decor. Use cable ties threaded through the pegboard holes to attach a power strip to the back of the board so that the outlets face the wall, then secure the board in place using light clips and Velcro. This combination of fasteners will ensure that your designated disguiser won’t tip forward yet will still be easy to remove whenever you need to unplug.



how to hide wires - furniture


Now you see them, now you don’t! That’s how we feel about this clever trick from Diane of In My Own Style, which discreetly hides wires in the nooks and crannies of furniture. First, gather a wire basket, a power strip, an extension cord, cup hooks, and clear cord organizing clips. Cut one of the corner pieces off the basket using a wire cutter, and then use cable ties to secure the extension cord to the basket. Next, screw in cup hooks to attach the basket upside down to the bottom of your desk so that the extension cord remains easily accessible. Using the clear cord organizing clips, run cords and wires up the legs and along the underside of your tabletop until you reach the power strip. Thread the cords through the hole in the basket, and plug ‘em in for a seemingly wireless experience.

3 Fixes for Unruly Drawers

Can’t stomach the sight of your disorganized drawers? Cure drawer disorder for good with these fast and easy homemade organizers!

DIY drawer dividers - junk drawer

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Drawer dividers are often touted as an easy way to compartmentalize and corral all those loose knickknacks you hide deep in your drawers. But because many store-bought versions are one-size-fits-all—and most drawers are not—you could wind up spending way too much for solutions that only make messy matters worse. Instead of purchasing premade products, look to one of these three easy and inexpensive DIY dividers that will get your junk drawers decluttered for good.



DIY Drawer Dividers - heavy cardstock

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Office supplies can be unruly, with pens, pencils, tapes, and trinkets constantly rolling around. Luckily, there’s one hardworking staple that can actually assist in curing your workday woes: Armed with sturdy cardstock paper, as well as some ingenuity and this tutorial, you can craft dividers that are the just-right size for your spaces without costing you a dime. For the tightest-fitting finish, start by measuring the height and width of your drawers, and also of the items you’re organizing. After crunching the numbers, assemble these little helpers by scoring, folding, cutting, and taping according to the instructions provided by Megan from The Homes I Have Made for a colorful result that keeps all your little necessities safe and streamlined.



DIY Drawer Dividers - wood


Rifling through kitchen drawers in search of a specific spatula can be a real setback when you’re in the midst of meal prep. With so many pieces in such a range of shapes and sizes, the utensil pile is a particularly unsavory collection to corral. But this removable remedy can put an end to disheveled drawer madness both inside and outside the cooking zone—all for under $10. First, figure out how you want to group the items you’re trying to organize, and then use the sizes of the cutlery to determine the dimensions of the compartments. (Kevin and Amanda, the masterminds behind this clever method, used Jenga pieces to outline each section and help them determine where the dividers should go.) Next, construct dividers from 1/4-inch-thick hobby board, cut to size with a skill saw. Finish by using a heavy-duty adhesive to connect the pieces together for a snug-fitting solution that keeps everything in its place.



DIY Drawer Dividers - acrylic gold

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Acrylic drawer dividers are a chic way to streamline cluttered crevices, but they can come with lofty price tags. Get good-looking results without overpaying (or wasting an inch of drawer space) by crafting your own versions from this tutorial by Home Made By Carmona. First, glue dentil molding to the tops and bottoms of the front and back drawers to serve as slots for inserting the dividers. Then, cut an acrylic sheet to form sections that perfectly fit the dimensions of your drawer. For an elegant, dip-dyed look, spray-paint the inserts in your favorite hue. While you’ll need a few tools to make this divider dream come true, the customized and adjustable results are well worth an afternoon’s worth of concentration and elbow grease.

Genius! The Custom Closet Solution That Costs Nearly Nothing

Money doesn't grow on trees, but creative solutions do—at least for one clever blogger! Try this free DIY to supplement your storage and add a personal touch to any room.

DIY Clothing Rack


If you actually wear everything you own, you might be part of a growing trend: people paring down their possessions in hopes of simplifying their lives at home. When clutter starts to pile up, it can get in the way of focusing on what’s really important. Taken too far, however, decluttering can create a sterile look more reminiscent of a hospital ward than a home. But DIY-er Ivania from Love Aesthetics found a compromise between minimalism and eclecticism when she repurposed (read: installed for practically free) a backyard branch as a one-of-a-kind clothing and accessory rack.

Spray-painted white and suspended from the ceiling, this bit of nature offers storage as beautiful as the rest of your possessions, all without taking up any floor space. And it’s not just a cure for the closet-less: the length and shape of this DIY rack also make it a smart solution for hanging up a collection of scarves, watches, ties, belts, and other accessories. Storage that’s functional, free, and personality-packed—now that’s an idea worth hanging on to!

To make your own, search out a branch that’s not too long or too short for the space, ideally with at least one smaller limb ready to hold accessories. Paint or keep it au naturel, the choice is yours—but be sure to give it wash before hanging your clean clothes from it. Next, pencil the height the branch will hang at along the nearest wall. Measure the distance between there and the ceiling to determine an appropriate length for wire or rope, and get two pieces (plus a couple of strong hooks) from your local hardware store. Screw in the hooks to the ceiling, run a wire through each and around the branch, and double-knot at the end. If it hangs evenly, your job is done! Just hang your curated wardrobe and take joy in the green you’ve pocketed by doing it yourself rather than splurging on a $200 closet unit.

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DIY Clothing Rack - Branch Accessories


Genius! There’s a Secret Hiding Behind This DIY Photo Frame

Are you old enough to have lived through jukeboxes, cassette tapes, and at least one political dynasty? If so, you probably have in your possession a tech relic that can enjoy a second life as a picture frame and secret stash spot!

VHS Case DIY Photo Frame


By the early 1990s, most middle-class homes had a VCR. Video rental stores sprouted up like dandelions, taking over strip-mall storefronts everywhere. But thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and other online streaming platforms, VHS cassette tapes are now an endangered species. Like calculators and fax machines, they’ve been slowly disappearing from the landscape of our homes. But before you toss the last of your plastic videocassette cases, listen up! These throwaway containers can double as photo frames—and could be perfect for hiding your home’s most valuable possessions.

Finnish home design blogger Heidi Lehto repurposed one of her own cases as a piece of wall art with hidden storage, and we’re glad she did! Replicating this sneaky storage is as easy as hanging up any other photo. Open one up, remove the tape, grab a screwdriver, and use two screws to mount the back of the plastic case to the wall. Then, replace the movie’s title insert in the clear outer flap with a picture of your choice. The tape case is about the same thickness as the standard wall canvas, but hollow; with the tape removed, you’re left with an unassuming stash spot—a perfect fit for important documents, jewelry, or other small valuables you want to keep out of sight. And if you’re an indecisive decorator or a homeowner who regularly rotates artwork, you’ll love the option to switch out the front display.


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Pro Tips: 5 Strategies for Tackling Your Worst Clutter Zones

A best-in-the-business organizing service offers surprisingly simple solutions for bringing order to five commonly clutter-prone zones.

How to Declutter

Photo: Michelle Drewes Photography for NEAT Method

In every home, stuff always seems to pile up in one particular area, be it a kitchen drawer, an entryway surface, or the far corner of a seldom-used room. With locations in nine major cities, the organizing service NEAT Method has plenty of experience helping people stem what often feels like a ceaseless tide of clutter. What makes the NEAT Method so in-demand? They don’t just get your house in order; they set you up to keep it that way. “We make your space functional in a way that works for you so that, when we leave, it’s easy for you to maintain it,” says Marissa Hagmeyer. We asked NEAT Method  for advice on undoing the powerful pull exerted by the magnets for messes we all live with.  Read on to learn surprising—that is, surprisingly simple—strategies for your clutter-prone zones.

1. Be clear in the kitchen.
“If you can see it, you’ll use it; if you can’t, you’ll forget it’s there,” says Hagmeyer, who favors transparent containers, wire baskets, and tiered racks for the pantry and cabinets. Armed with organizers that really show off the goods, group like items together. “If all your baking supplies are in plain sight in one place, you won’t have three jars of cinnamon taking up space,” she explains. Also remember: If you can’t eat it, drink it, or cook with it, banish it from the kitchen. Never mind the fact that there’s no room for it—the grime is simply unsanitary. “We’ve seen countertops strewn with mail, tubes of sunscreen, even hairbrushes,” Hagmeyer says.

2. Keep a lid on the living room.
“Wherever your family congregates most, so will clutter,” Hagmeyer says. That’s bad news, since the rooms where we congregate are the ones we often want to look the neatest. The solution? Place your magazines, toys, gadgets, and more in bins and baskets you can look into, not through. Meanwhile, set a limit. “The key is not only to conceal stuff but to avoid exceeding maximum capacity,” Hagmeyer says. “Once a container is filled, you can’t add another item unless you purge.”

How to Declutter - Baskets

Photo: Michelle Drewes Photography for NEAT Method

3. Focus on efficiency in the bath.
“In the morning, every second counts,” Hagmeyer says, “so bathroom de-cluttering will get you out the door faster.” Throw out expired cosmetics, vitamins, medicines—all those bits and bobs that are making it harder for you to find and grab what you need. Once you have thinned out the ranks, look at the lineup of what’s left and toss anything you no longer use. “Americans are crazy for grooming products but we rarely finish everything we try, so we wind up with lots of half-filled bottles,” she explains. With unnecessary supplies out of the picture, you’d be surprised by how much space you have left for storing your daily go-to items. Keep those within easy arm’s reach, and pay attention to the little details. For instance, if you’re right handed, keep necessities on the right side of the shelf.

4. Redo your drawers.
There’s a little-known secret about dresser drawers: You can probably fit more in, and without taking anything out. Maximizing the limited space depends on applying the right technique. “Instead of folding T-shirts the traditional way, add one extra fold to make a more compact rectangle,” Hagmeyer says. “Then, rather than stack, slip shirts into the drawer as you would a file folder.” The system works for sweaters, jeans, scarves—anything you can fold, you can file away.

How to Declutter - Bathroom

Photo: Michelle Drewes Photography for NEAT Method

5. Bring beauty to personal space.
It’s your workshop, craft room, garden shed, whatever—so isn’t it your right to keep it messy, if you that’s what you want? Sure, if you don’t mind shooting yourself in the foot. “Mayhem isn’t conducive to productivity or pleasure. Organization in DIY areas helps you get more done,” Hagmeyer says. “Plus, these places ought to inspire you!” How’s that for an excuse to splurge on yourself? In the name of productivity, go trash whatever old coffee cans have been substituting for organizers and treat yourself to beautiful, functional storage items. They’ll be sure to make you want to not only to start your projects, but actually finish them.

Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Floating Shelves

Opt for floating shelves to give your favorite floorspace-saving storage method a sleek, modern look. By Sunday evening, you'll have a new spot for reading material, tchotchkes, and anything else you'd like to display or keep within easy arm's reach.


Physically and visually lighter than bookcases—hello, extra floor space—shelves are a favorite storage option for everything from books to souvenirs, suitable for virtually any room. Of all the designs out there, many prefer floating shelves, because with their bracket hardware hidden, these wall-mounted surfaces take on a sleek, modern look. DIY floating shelves are easy for anyone to install. Here are five different ways you might approach the project this weekend.



DIY Floating Shelves - Simple


There’s a lot to be said for simplicity, particularly when you’re pursuing a clean, minimalist aesthetic. Over at The Wonder Forest, Dana created DIY floating shelves from stock lumber. Her secret to keeping the brackets totally invisible? She didn’t use any. Instead, she attached the shelf directly to the wall studs.



DIY Floating Shelves - Book Stack


If you’re sick of running out of space in your library, try this fun approach to DIY floating shelves. Pick up a bargain-priced large-format hardcover, attach a metal bracket to its back, and that book becomes a base on which to rest a stack of other books. For step-by-step instructions, visit The Simply Living Blog.



DIY Floating Shelves - Double


In a storage-starved laundry room, DIY floating shelves accommodate supplies like bleach and detergent, while also providing a surface for separating and folding. Jessica of Four Generations One Roof built hers from plywood, fixing them to the wall with pine cleats. Go now to get the full how-to on her blog.



DIY Floating Shelves - Repurposed Ladder


A utilitarian ladder and a handful of L-brackets: Sounds like part of the materials list for an average home improvement, right? Well, in this case, those materials are the project. Tabitha from Fresh Mommy Blog reimagined the ladder as a DIY shelf, filling the space between rungs with books and collectibles.



DIY Floating Shelves - Corner


In small homes, capitalized on the corners that might be overlooked in a larger space. Mandy at House of Rose offers a terrific tutorial on building DIY floating shelves with a triangle design tailored to fit at the meeting place between walls. We’ll need to practice self-restraint not to put these everywhere!

Innovative Closet Organizing System Means Less Mess

Powerfully built, easily affordable, and designed in no-frills modern style, EZ Shelf lives up to its name, bringing customizable storage well within reach of just about anyone.

EZ Shelf - Garage


Clutter and disorganization are familiar foes to most, but a new shelving system promises to tame the turmoil once and for all. Whether your problem area lies in the garage, bedroom closet, the home office or elsewhere, EZ Shelf expandable products provide a versatile solution for a fraction of what custom shelving costs. With EZ Shelf, just about anyone, even novice do-it-yourselfers, can incorporate truly useful, durable, and stylish storage into their homes, quickly and easily.

EZ Shelf - Bedroom


Installation couldn’t be more straightforward, as each shelving unit expands (3 sizes are available from 40″-73″, 28″-48″, and 17″-27″), with no cutting, no complicated measuring, and no drilling (into drywall) required. “The EZ Shelf system takes less than a third of the time it takes to install conventional wire shelving, and has fewer than half the number of parts,” says David Jablow, President and CEO of EZ Shelf. “Contractors and handymen will be able to charge consumers reasonable prices, or if you feel comfortable with a screwdriver it is an easy one-person installation.”

EZ Shelf products also give you the power to customize your own solution, as each unit allows for multiple handy configurations. Simply choose whichever one corresponds best to your needs. And when you combine units, the possibilities are nearly limitless, allowing you to custom-tailor a storage system that fits perfectly, even in a laundry room, pantry with awkward dimensions, or in a mudroom where nothing else has seemed to work in the past.

Further, you can always be safe in the assumption that your EZShelf installation isn’t going to fail unexpectedly. Powerfully built from tubular steel, the product provides significantly more strength than conventional wire shelving. Whereas conventional wire shelves hold 60 or 80 pounds, EZ Shelf can handle more than twice that weight, having been rated to securely support at least 200 pounds.

EZ Shelf - Walk In


“EZ Shelf expandable products are the first economical alternatives to wire shelving that’s come out in the past 50 years,” explains Jablow. “So many people don’t like wire shelves—they look cheap and are hard to clean. So we asked an Italian design studio to help design EZ Shelf so that it is aesthetically pleasing, with a nice modern look.” Offered in white and silver, two classic colors that never go out of style, EZ Shelf looks good no matter what your decorating scheme. And though European-designed, over 75% of the product components are made in the U.S.A. and backed by a lifetime guarantee—a definite plus for those seeking maximum value.

EZ Shelf offers a selection of helpful closet organizing hints on its website, where we found a special closet makeover video that perfectly demonstrates why EZ Shelf is gaining popularity. Watch it now!

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Weekend Projects: 5 Bike Racks to DIY on the Cheap

A simple, sturdy bike rack can help you clear up that jumble of two-wheelers in your garage or scattered around your yard. Try one of these DIY bike racks, and you'll have everything stored and tidied up this weekend.


Depending on where you live, you may be completely surprised or utterly unimpressed by this fact: Worldwide, bicycles outnumber automobiles. America’s love affair with bikes began in the 1800s, and that relationship continues to evolve today. Bikes are no longer solely recreational. In urban areas in particular, they are fast becoming a common mode of everyday transportation. But while most home designs include space for an owner’s car, one rarely sees similar accommodation made for pedal-pushed two-wheelers. No matter: You can create your own storage solution. For inspiration, check out these five favorite DIY bike rack projects.



DIY Bike Rack - PVC


For less than $50 in PVC—and armed only with pipe cement and a handsaw—you can build a DIY bike rack identical to the one shown above. Though large enough to hold the bicycle collection of an entire family, this easily completed assembly is also lightweight enough to be moved from one location to another in the home.



DIY Bike Rack - Storebought


Browse the aisles of a sporting goods store, and you’re destined to find a selection of ready-made bicycle storage products. In many instances, it’s possible to build your own approximation of these designs with off-the-shelf items sold at your local home center. The DIY bike rack shown here cost less than $100 to put together.



DIY Bike Rack - Scrap Wood


To make this rack, you won’t have to look any further than your basement or garage workshop, if you keep a stash of scrap wood in either locale. Only straight cuts are needed, at least in the examples pictured, so woodworking expertise is not a prerequisite. If you choose, paint or stain your creation once complete, or leave it unfinished.



DIY Bike Rack - Handlebars


Where floor space is limited, here’s a compact and cool-looking—and yes, somewhat quirky—DIY bike rack idea, perfect for those who love, love, love bikes. Detach the curved handlebars from a vintage racing bike (available online, in thrift stores, or from repair shops) and mount them to the wall with a metal flange.



DIY Bike Rack - Pallets


A shipping pallet needs no alteration to function as a DIY bike rack. The slats are spaced far enough apart—but not too far apart—to hold a bicycle wheel. Lean the pallet against a wall, whether in your garage or in the garden, and poof—problem solved. Best of all, pallets are readily available, if not for free, then for very little.


Easy DIYs for Your Best-Ever Backyard

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With fair weather having arrived finally, it’s time to turn your home improvement efforts to the backyard and your deck, porch, or patio—the parts of the home built specifically to enjoy the extra hours of sunlight. Guided by these practical pointers and inspiring ideas, you can introduce beauty, comfort, and utility to your backyard and outdoor living areas, making them as inviting and enjoyable as your home interiors.

Bob Vila Radio: Preventing Moths

During the rush to stow away winter clothes and blankets and welcome the arrival of spring, don't forget to moth-proof them. Follow these precautions to make sure these pesky insects stay out of your winter wardrobe.

This is the time of year when we shed our winter wardrobes and slip into warm-weather fabrics. To be sure that your clothes and blankets come out of storage in one piece next fall, take a few moments now to moth-proof them.

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Preventing Moths


One important step before packing up woolens is getting them cleaned. Those telltale holes in moth-eaten sweaters are the work of the larvae, which can cling to clothing invisibly and wreak havoc while they’re stored. Wash or dry-clean your items first to be sure they are free of larvae before you store them away.

Store anything made of wool, fur, or cashmere in an airtight container—you don’t want adult moths getting in to lay eggs and create new larvae. Plastic tubs with airtight lids will do the trick, as will Ziploc bags.

The smell of cedar repels adult moths, but it takes a lot of the scent to be effective, and you’ll need to replace or sand cedar blocks or balls to maintain the intensity of the smell.

The one thing you probably don’t want to use is the old-fashioned mothball. Not only do mothballs smell bad, but they can be toxic when inhaled. You would not only have to keep them in an airtight container, but you’d have to clean all those clothes again in the fall to get rid of the fumes and the smell.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.