You Know Where You Can Stick That?

by Bethany Seawright & Aaron Able SOURCE Apartment Therapy

It’s the time of year when you start to get your house in order – literally and figuratively. Our friends at Apartment Therapy have a number of great ideas for budget-minded organizational solutions for all areas of your home. Check out the links and the modern and reasonably priced finds. A place for everything, and everything in its place.


A great bedside table or nightstand can add a lot of oomph to a ho-hum bedroom. Choose one with additional storage to boot, and you can have a real winner. Yet, many of the knock-out pieces also carry knock-out price tags — but it doesn't have to be expensive:

In Bedroom Organization: Nightstands & Bedside Tables with Drawers, we looked at a wide range of bedside tables. But here, we’re looking specifically at budget options — options for those with taste, creativity, and more lint than change in their pockets. Some pack a stylish punch on their own, and some are just begging for the stamp of DIY inventiveness…

5 tips for creating a statement piece (when you can’t afford statement piece prices):

1. Paint an outdated piece an unexpected color. #15 would look fantastic in bright yellow with nickel hardware. Pair it with charcoal bed linens, and voila! 
2. Bring a little print into the picture by applying wallpaper to the drawer fronts. Design*Sponge featured a great tutorial on just how to do this. Perfect for any piece with flat-fronted drawers.
3. Stencil words or numbers on simple drawers for a truly font-tastic look. 
4. For a more glamorous look, apply mirrored insets to the tabletop or drawer fronts. #6 would look especially nice with a mirrored top treatment.
5. Change the hardware. Maybe you can’t afford a dresser from Anthropologie, but how about splurging on a few knobs from their fabulous hardware collection? An AT favorite and great candidate for all of the above, #14 virtually screams, “New knobs!”

1. George Side Table, Urban Outfitters $148
 George Side Table, Urban Outfitters $148

2. Easton End Table - Antique White, World Market $125.99

3. Vintage Black Distressed 3 Drawer Dresser, etsy shop ShabbyChicFairytale $149.99

4. MALM Chest with 2 Drawers, IKEA $49.99

5. Limited Edition - Red Componibili, Hive Modern $117
Limited Edition - Red Componibili, Hive Modern

6. Hancock End Table, World Market $89.99

7. Room Essentials Night Stand - Maple, Target $59.99

8. TRONDHEIM 3 Drawer Chest, IKEA $149

9. 2-Drawer Accent Table - Black, Target $99.99
2-Drawer Accent Table - Black, Target

10. IKEA PS Cabinet on casters, IKEA $49.99

11. Proof Nightstand, CB2 $149

12. EDLAND Nightstand, IKEA $149

13. ENGAN Nightstand, IKEA $49.99
ENGAN Nightstand, IKEA

14. RAST 3 Drawer Chest, IKEA $29.99

15. Hickory American Masterpiece Queen Anne Nightstand, eBay $3.25




Gray winter days! Come home to a jolt of color as you reorganize your entryway and landing strip this month. Just one of these budget-friendly accessories is enough to revamp a tired space — or go whole-hog with a cacophony of color:

1. Simple Lacquer Hooks - $8 each at West Elm
These colorful discs are sold individually and available in 4 colors — choose just the number you need and the color(s) you want for a custom entryway solution.

Simple Lacquer Hooks west elm

2. Chilewich Shag Doormat - $45 at DWR
This is a top-quality doormat that is easy to vacuum or hose down and will add a pop of color to your doorway. Available in Green or Orange. Larger sizes also available.

3. Color Steel Picture Rails from Room & Board
While there are some cheaper options out there, these steel rails from Room & Board are stronger than most and add great visual punch when you opt for one of the 7 bright colors (over white or silver). These steel rails are available in 9 colors and 4 sizes and range from $89 for 36" to $129 for 72".

4. Mirage Rag Rug - $29-$169 from The Company Store
Rag rugs come in a myriad of colors and sizes and are very inexpensive. Want a larger or custom size? Try our popular Home Hack: How To Create a Quick, Cheap Rug.

5. Canteen Hook and Knob - $40 $29.95 at MoMA Store
These attractive hallway hooks by Klauser and Carpenter are currently on sale at MoMA Store.

6. Fold Key Hook - $7.95 at CB2
A true bargain, this miniscule key rack comes in a cool pool blue finish.

7. Five Alarm Hook - $14 each at Anthropologie
These bright red powdercoated cast iron hooks are a simple way to add extra storage and color to an entry or hallway. For a tighter budget, try Sarah's Before & After: A Cheap and Easy Coat Rack.

8. Dot Wall Hook - $19.95 each at CB2
The bright yellow powder-coated steel can be hung horizontally or vertically. Three of these hung vertically and staggered would offer a lot of hanging options in a small entryway.

9. CYLINDER vases and bowls - $14.99 (set of 3) at IKEA
The low-bowl in this collection is ideal as a catch-all by the door. Available in an intense blue, hot pink and clear.

10. Markable Umbrella by Konstantin Grcic - $13.99 and MUJI & BLADET glass vase - $39.99 at IKEA
These basic umbrellas are sturdy, simple and attractive — and they'll last years longer than the standard $4 deli umbrella. Keep a few by the door in a large glass vase like the 25½" BLADET glass vase - $39.99 at IKEA. At over 2' tall, this vase is ideal for keeping umbrellas in order and helps keep the floor dry.



When you're looking for CHEAP – but not willing to throw all aesthetic consideration to the wind — this is the list for you. Here are 5 go-to sources for budget-friendly shelving and storage options for the design-minded organizer. Almost all of the units shown here are priced right around $100.

An Apartment Therapy workhorse, the EXPEDIT series is a classic and IKEA has taken advantage of its immense popularity and expanded it in recent years. With multiple shapes, sizes and colors available it is a great option for lightweight, sturdy shelving. While BILLY is also a budget-friendly (though more traditional) solution, EXPEDIT is much sturdier as a freestanding unit and offers greater flexibility and multiple uses.

IKEA's largest EXPEDIT model ($199) as seen in David and Jo-Nell's Warm Modern Loft

CB2 – Go Cart Series
The most design-forward and colorful of our list, CB2's Go Cart series is also the most expensive — but their largest shelf in the series is the Carbon Three-shelf Table that is $129 (and the white version is currently only $99). Go Cart has been around as long as CB2 and the line evolves and changes periodically. At times, they've offered small rolling cubes, towers and other colors. Currently there is also a Go Cart Desk. This is sturdy metal furniture that will last a long time and is truly adaptable to many uses.

Crate & Barrel – online only options
On the Crate & Barrel site there are a number of shelving options that are online only and they are the most budget-friendly of all their shelving products. Choose from wood, chrome and white metal shelves in a range of sizes. Good options for lightweight books, bathroom storage or making better use of the hall closet, these shelves are priced around $100 each. I like the simplicity of a Chrome 4-Shelf Unit for $109 in a bathroom or a series of 5-Tier White Shelf (also $109) for all-purpose storage in a mudroom or laundry room.

Left: 4-Shelf Chrome  Right: 5-Tier White Shelf

Way Basics
Exactly as the name implies, these shelving systems are way basic. Made from recycled paper, the zBoard furniture is exceptionally lightweight, sturdy and amazingly cheap — its downfall is that the weight limit is on the low side. I like the Madison Bookcase ($89.50) the best but their are fun, cheaper options like the Triple Rectangle Plus in Green ($29.99). Strong enough for most uses, Way Basics are ideal for kids' rooms, and nooks that you need some bonus shelving. As an added bonus, Way Basics are completely recyclable.

Way Basics's Madison Bookcase

Cute, colorful and clearance! Triple Rectangle Plus Shelving in Green is currently only $29.99

Home Depot – Workforce & Edsal Steel Shelving
Though lots of Inexpensive Industrial Shelving is available at a range of hardware stores and big-box retailers, a quick search revealed that Home Depot has an easily accessible collection of options from Workforce that are budget friendly and hold an incredible amount of weight. A cheaper option than commercial Metro shelving, industrial shelving looks even more utilitarian (perfect for today's trendy vintage industrial looks) and is ideal for heavy stuff like book collections, kitchen equipment, electronics, aquariums and immense rock collections. Try Workforce Heavy Duty 5-Shelf Steel Shelving ($76.97) or the slightly smaller Workforce 4-Shelf Steel Shelving Unit ($55.78) or the slightly-more attractive Edsal 4-Shelf Galvanized Steel Shelving ($59.99) — these are so inexpensive their perfect for lining long walls with lots of storage. For more options see Best Product: Inexpensive Industrial Shelving.

Best Product: Inexpensive Industrial Shelving

Workforce & Edsal Steel Shelving from Home Depot



With the popularity of high-end California Closets and mid-range Elfa systems, the more basic underdogs are often overlooked — here are 5 sources for CHEAP closet and shelving systems to get you started organizing on a budget.

Whether your turning your second bedroom into a giant walk-in closet or converting a tiny hall closet into a pantry, proper installation means a lot with budget systems — take weight restrictions seriously! Most mishaps occur when inexpensive components are loaded up with TOO MUCH STUFF.

Rubbermaid is a giant company and offers what is perhaps the most basic, most accessible closet system — I find their products to be the easiest to understand in a timely manner and Rubbermaid products (of one system or another) and its many components are available at nearly every hardware store (Home Depot, Loews, Ace, etc.) and large retailers (Target, WalMart, Amazon, etc.). Rubbermaid has many different closet systems in their vast collection: HomeFree, FastTrack and DirectMount. I found that their online tool for helping to choose which is right for your needs very helpful: Rubbermaid Closet Designer. These systems are designed to be simple, modular and reusable (you can take the pieces down and move them or reconfigure them). Components in the closet system are primarily wall-mounted track, rods, shelf brackets and Rubbermaid has a wide variety of shelves in different sizes and finishes.

Rubbermaid 4' - 8' Deluxe Configurations Kit in White - $140 direct from Rubbermaid

IKEA has two systems for closet organization — ANTONIUS is primarily designed for clothing and BRODER is designed for bigger, heavier items. Both are inexpensive but you'll find there are many more accessories like nylon bins, drawers and laundry accessories, casters with ANTONIUS. BRODER is best for basements, garages and heavy-duty storage. BRODER has the added benefit of stability: the wall brackets are also supported by L-shaped legs on the floor.


On the surface ClosetMaid appears to be very similar to Rubbermaid — except it is not nearly as self explanatory or understood as quickly (this is especially true when you compare the clunkiness of the Closetmaid website with the slickness and ease-of-use of Rubbermaid's site). The basic ShelfTrack system requires a bit more planning than other systems in the beginning stages but has an impressive number of components and accessories.

The ClosetMaid system pictured is similar to the ClosetMaid 160831 5' - 8' Closet Organizer – $88 at Amazon

Martha Stewart Living at Home Depot
The newest product collection on this list, the Martha Stewart Living for Home Depot is fairly basic. The basic starter sets are made of wood (particle board) with a melamine finish. Closet systems have few options until you add in the many accessories like bins, drawers and specialized hangers (quickly adding to the cost).

Martha Stewart Living 4' - 8' Deluxe Starter Closet Kit – $139 at The Home Depot

Easy Track
Found primarily at building supply, lumber stores and independent hardware stores (and Amazon!), Easy Track is a 95% wood (particle board) with a single rail that all of your components hang from (like Elfa). There are a few basic starter kits that can be combined and customized with additional kits and accessories.

Easy Track RV1472 Closet Hanging Tower Closet Organizer Kit, White, 72-Inch – $69.99 at Amazon