Plenty of storage space is essential to keeping your house neat, organized, and running smoothly. While there are all kinds of plastic stacking drawers and cubbies available at your local home goods store, it’s often hard to find pieces that are both beautiful and functional, especially on a budget. Instead, look to vintage pieces to add that lived-in character along with clutter-controlling storage space. These don’t have to be high-end antiques; flea markets, garage sales, and thrift stores all offer unique pieces that might suit your needs just perfectly. Before you go shopping, make up a list of the kinds of storage ideas you’re looking for– “vintage luggage,” for example, or “storage shelf for bathroom.” This will help you stay focused on your search, and can help you see the potential in unexpected items. One of the great things about vintage pieces is that it’s easy to re-purpose them or use them in creative ways.
A Little Shabby, a Whole Lot Chic: 29 Vintage Storage Ideas
A galvanized washtub becomes a bathroom towel rack when hung on the wall, and a heavy old picture frame, with just a couple shelves added, becomes a clutter-busting display. Let your inner DIY diva free and check out these 29 vintage storage tips to inspire your next organizational spree.
1. Vintage Storage and Coffee Table
Small space storage is easy with this practical and chic vintage suitcase coffee table. It is an excellent solution for keeping winter sweaters, blankets, or other items that do not need to be in public view. The white chippy paint gives it a well-loved feel that goes well with any boho, Victorian, or shabby chic design.
2. Shabby Chic Window Frame Shelving
This shabby chic window frame shelving accentuates farmhouse or French country rooms. It is perfect for displaying collections, storing spices, or displaying favorite family photos. It can be used as a hanging piece or leaned up against a wall on a table top. The old world feel of this piece provides a touch of country charm.
3. Jewelry Display from a Card Catalog Drawer
The best décor ideas come from finding unusual uses for practical items. This library card catalog turned into a jewelry display is the perfect way to keep organized. Never again will necklaces turn into a tangled mess or ear rings yearn for a mate. You can keep them all right where you need them with this clever upcycled piece.
4. Vintage Enameled Pantry Staple Containers
These vintage enameled pantry staples containers take you back to simpler days when life was less complicated. They can be used in a retro design, or to add interest to a rustic, French country, or minimalist kitchen. These canisters will pair well with any color scheme and blend well in a white on white color scheme for a dreamy country touch.
5. Vanity Storage Set from Vintage Luggage
A vintage storage set made from vintage luggage adds a whimsical touch to any bathroom. You can keep everything you need organized and within reach. Red vintage change purses pop against the retro fabric and neutral tones of the suitcase. This is the perfect solution to a bathroom that uses neutral tones or natural elements in the design.
6. Three-tiered Wire Storage Racks
Three-tiered wire storage racks are the perfect storage solution for almost any area of the home. They can easily be used to hold craft items, fruits and vegetables, or can serve as a desk organizer. They add a sense of practicality and are a real space-saver by using vertical space. The simple design allows them to go with any style.
7. Whitewashed Shutter Storage Basket
Nothing says English or French countryside like a shabby chic whitewashed shutter storage basket. This piece easily goes in the bathroom or in the kitchen for holding your favorite dishtowels. It adds interest and makes a beautiful conversation piece. Why not add a vase of fresh flowers in a bud vase to bring a touch of the garden indoors?
8. Distressed Wooden Crate Turned Spice Rack
This unique distressed wooden crate turned spice rack keeps everything you need right at your fingertips for cooking delicious cuisine. Chalk paint lids make them practical and easy to write on so that you can keep stock. This piece adds a touch of rustic appeal to a country kitchen and makes the space feel welcoming and warm.
9. Bureau With Drawers Painted to Look Like Vintage Luggage
Look like a world class traveler with this bureau with drawers that are painted to look like vintage luggage. The colors add pop to a neutral décor or they can hold their own in a splashier room. The only thing for sure is that it makes a statement in the bedroom, hallway, or as a unique office piece.
10. Chicken-wire and Vintage Hanger Dress Form Display
An adorable chicken-wire vintage hanger dress form display will bring a smile to anyone as soon as they see it. It is the perfect organizer for a hat collection, purse collection, scarves, belts, or jewelry. Of course, you could always use it to display your favorite vintage clothing too. This charming piece has so many possibilities.
12. Orchard Ladder Shoe Rack
An orchard ladder shoe rack is great for keeping shoes and other accessories in their place. It tucks neatly against the wall so that it is out of the way. It would also make a great way to display your collection of fashion scarves. The aged wood gives it a vintage appeal that also works well in a traditional design.
13. Stacking Galvanized Industrial Bins
These stacking galvanized industrial bins harken to the days when productivity was king. They offer endless storage possibilities in an industrial, gothic, retro, Scandinavian, or contemporary design. From the office to the craft room to the kitchen, these bins add character to whatever you need to organize your life. They pair well with wood tones or other chippy pieces.
14. Wooden Produce Crates Turned Storage Bins
Wooden Produce Crates make wonderful storage bins. Used as they were originally intended, for storing things, they can be used to keep anything in its place. They are versatile and can work in a range of decorating schemes from country to industrial. They can be stacked or turned on their side and used as bookshelves or display shelves.
15. Rustic Galvanized Storage Basket
It is difficult to imagine a room or use for which this rustic galvanized storage basket would not be perfect. Whether it is in the bathroom holding rolled towels and washcloths, in the kitchen holding potatoes, or in the craft room holding balls of yarn, this bucket has a place. It adds a vintage appeal to any corner or surface.
16. China Display From an Old Bed Frame
Nothing is more perfect for displaying your collection of vintage plates, teacups, and saucers than a shabby chic China display made from an old bed frame. Using items in a nontraditional way or in a room where they are typically not seen brings interest to a vignette. This is an adorable way to display any collection and give it unity.
17. Cheese Grater Utensil Vintage Storage
Who would have thought to use a cheese grater to store your favorite kitchen utensils? It certainly is perfect for any vintage or rustic kitchen decor scheme. The handle makes the perfect place for hanging a cute kitchen towel. This is the perfect solution for a farmhouse kitchen, regardless of whether you are a country or city dweller at heart.
18. Galvanized Bucket Planter
A galvanized bucket planter can be used for either live plants or cut arrangements from the garden. You can bring the freshness of the summer garden inside to add a little sunshine to any room. A few holes and a little rust help this bucket find new life as homespun essential that works well indoors or outdoors as a welcoming porch decoration.
19. Bathroom Storage Rack from Vintage Washtub
With just a few modifications, a vintage washtub easily becomes a clever bathroom or laundry room storage rack. Add extra space to a small bathroom or give vintage appeal to a larger one. You could even paint the shelves to match the color of your favorite scheme. Drape the shelves with homespun materials or lace for even more upcycled fun.
20. Cottage Chic Shelving on a Whitewashed Door
Cottage chic shelving on a whitewashed door brings back nostalgic feelings of spring gardens and the aroma of fresh baked pie. This piece creates an enchanting place to display keepsakes, vintage collections, or your favorite artwork. Use it in the kitchen, in a hallway, entranceway, or any room that needs a bit of country flair.
21. Mismatched Drawer Pull Jewelry Holder
Keep your jewelry organized with an adorable mismatched drawer pull jewelry holder. This is the perfect solution for your necklace collection and will keep it right where you need it. The drawer pulls complement bold colors or stand out on walls in cooler pastel colors. It also makes an eccentric accent piece for boho, Moroccan, or country décor.
22. Chalk Painted Bathroom Storage Cabinet
This chalk painted bathroom storage cabinet adds a touch of French farmhouse chic to your bathroom organization scheme. The vintage green goes well with tile, marble, or rustic wood flooring. It would also work well in a vintage kitchen. You can keep all of your essentials right where you need them with this convenient and cozy piece.
23. Vintage Rolling Pin Kitchen Towel Holder
Nothing creates a better way to display your vintage kitchen towels than a towel holder made from a vintage rolling pin. The red handles highlight the towel holder and go perfectly with a collection of red handled vintage kitchen utensils. This dainty little piece is small and can tuck into any space under the counter or kitchen cupboards.
24. Kitchen Storage from Vintage Enamel Drawer Pulls
Vintage enamel drawer pulls make the perfect kitchen storage solution for all of your needs. The uniformity brings together the most eclectic collection of kitchen knickknacks and sundries. They keep everything within reach and provide a tiny shelf to display your collection of plates or favorite kitchen artwork. They look great when used with stainless steel and vintage faucets.
25. Easy DIY Vintage Storage Baskets Made from Vintage Linens
During the 1940s, flour producers found that women liked to make dresses and other necessities from the bags that their flour came in, so they started printing them with designs. You can take part in this tradition by using these easy DIY vintage storage baskets made from vintage linens. You can now sort laundry with a smile on your face.
26. Towel Hooks Made from Vintage Iron Door Handles
Vintage door handles make the perfect towel hooks. They are perfect for the bathroom, kitchen, or utility room. You can place them so that you have your towels exactly where you need them. They are black, so they will go with any decor, but look striking against lighter colors. They add rustic charm to any room.
27. Garden Rake Utensil Storage
An old garden rake gets a new life when it is turned into a utensil storage rack for the kitchen. This country accessory could store extra utensils, or even wineglasses. It gives a vintage feel to modern décor and will blend in with any primitive scheme. It is a convenient, yet clever storage solution to small kitchens.
28. Vintage Birdcage Storage Basket
Vintage bird cages are a popular home decor item and make a clever storage basket in the bathroom. They can be hung from the ceiling, placed on a small table, or occupy the corner of any shabby chic design. They could also be used to store additional towels or small containers of items such as Q-tips and cotton balls.
29. Hall Table from Vintage Luggage and Reclaimed Table Legs
Reclaimed table legs and vintage luggage transform into a hall table that is not only decorative but could be used to store seasonal items or additional linens. This functional piece adds a sense of worldliness and eccentricity. It works with any colors game and will be sure strike up a conversation about the many places that it has seen.