Between the Studs

8 Aug

Our 1950’s cape cod is a bit lacking in the storage department, so I’ve tried to add as much storage capabilities as possible with every home project we’ve tackled so far.  One thing that bugs me is that I don’t have a good place to store my brooms and mops in or near my kitchen.  I resorted to propping my broom against the wall near the garbage can and threw my hard wood floor mop and Swiffer in the coat closet by the door.  It’s not ideal, not to mention giving up precious shoe real-estate in my closet. Yes, I could have kept them all in the utility room in the basement, but it’s just handier to have them on the same floor where they are used.

I always thought it would be perfect if I could figure out a way to put a broom closet between the studs in the stairwell adjacent to the kitchen. Brooms only need a couple of inches of storage depth, and there is a perfect amount of (interior) wall space at the landing at the top of the stairs.  When we had our bathroom re-modeled this summer, we had a carpenter create some built in wall cabinets.  They worked so well, I decided to strike while the iron was hot, and have him create my much dreamed about broom closet.



There are holes on the side panels for shelving, and the carpenter included a handful of shelves and shelf pegs. Once I got my long hard-wood floor mop in there, I realized I only had room for one or two shelves.  But, I also see that the shelving capability means that this could potentially be used as a shallow pantry if I ever chose to use it that way.
I picked up some basic broom holding mounts at The Container store to hold the broom and mops. I couldn’t help but still see the space potential with the 2-3 inches of space between the broom handles and the door. I knew there was enough room to store cleaners and spray bottles on the door, I just needed to figure out a way to do it.  I was limited to 11”x3” so most door mount organizers like these wouldn’t work as they were either too wide or to deep:


I started looking in the office organizers to see if I couldn’t find something else that would work.  I brought home these items to try it out.


I ended up going with the pocket file folder as it was most versatile and maximized my cabinet space. Check it out!

Some things to think about if you ever consider putting any shelving or cabinetry between the studs:

  • An interior wall must be used, as exterior walls are built to insulate.
  • Consider if any electrical wiring, air ducts, insulation or plumbing is in the wall.
  • Consider the size of what you want to store in the space – Space between studs typically measures 14.5 inches wide and 3.5 -4.25 inches deep.

Other great ways to use between the stud storage*:

  • Kitchen: Pantry (perfect depth for canned goods), spice cabinet, hanging utensils, or storing cooking pans, Message Center.
  • Bathroom:  Medicine Cabinet, Shelving or Cabinetry 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.
  • Laundry: Ironing Board/Center


One Response to “Between the Studs”

  1. Peg Pederson August 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Thanks for the ideas now you need to help me implement them in my wee house/kistchen
    I just don’t have the imagination. Thanks

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