Picture of Floating Multi-Use Wall Storage
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This instructable will teach you how to make a floating metal grid that can be used as a magnetic bulletin board, a play to display artwork, a jewelry organizer, craft organizer or whatever else your crazy little heart desires!

I originally came up with this idea in my freshman year of college to display pictures. In the dorms we were not allowed to put holes in the walls, so I instead stapled some wire mesh behind an old ladder that we had sitting around. The picture ladder was perfect for us because we could just rearrange our pictures whenever we wanted by moving the magnets. While in the dorm we also made an earring holder that hung over the door with the extra wire mesh (we ended up hating the over the door aspect because every time we shut the door earrings would fall..so save yourself the time and don't try that idea).

Realizing the many things that we were able to do with the wire mesh, I decided that I should reincarnate it once more. This time I went to Home Depot and let myself go crazy finding all sorts of goodies to pimp it out to its full potential.

The new and improved floating multi-use wall storage is a great addition to any room of yours, or any friend's home. It makes a particularly good gift because it can be used in so many different ways. If your friend is a crafty individual, it could easily be used to store his or her craft supplies. Use it to display pictures and memories, or even to showcase products for retail stores--the possibilities are endless! And, best of all, you can constantly rearrange and recreate it with minimal effort!
sgrossman21 year ago

PS-Love the tutorial. Thank you.

sgrossman21 year ago

A couple thoughts--I definitely prefer the floating look, but I suppose using drywall screws/anchors would allow the mesh to hold more weight. I'm just wondering whether it's necessary. I guess maybe trial and error?

Also--I'd love to combine this idea with an idea for bead storage/organization by "My Girlish Whims"-- bit.ly/magboard -- & use magnetized clear-lidded containers. I was planning to buy window screening, but I like the look (& versatility) of this mesh more.

Have metal shears; they should work.

StarFace6 years ago

I did this today but I did it quite a lot bigger - It's 100cm by 60cm. I've been meaning to collage the wall for some time but was scared of losing all my treasured photos, gig tickets, postcards etc when I move out or decorate but now I don't have to worry!

Just a little tip that some of you might like... If you have a glue gun (or even just some super glue) old keyboard keys/badges/brooches/unwanted earrings/scrabble letters/coloured counters etc really jazz up the small magnetic dots and fill up the board a little more.

Like 'Jentheducky' I also did a rip of coloured tape around the edge but not for the safety feature... The thicker the edge the more it winds up looking like a frame.
Great idea!! Those flattened glass marbles found with floral stuff also work nicely to dress up magnets and thumbtacks!
sequins and stickers and jewels and beads... embellishing magnets is so much fun!
dannibambi4 years ago
great tutorial! I love the industrial look! Thank you!
Nifty 'ible. You know, if you are just using the rod couplers as spacers, you can get just zinc plated steel spacers, without the threads. They're a heck of a lot cheaper.
llallazn4 years ago
excellent idea i love it, THANK YOU!
Inventive.  Looks cool too!  thanks for sharing
rorrn5 years ago
I was just about to spend ~$60 bucks on a over-th-door/wall hanger jewelry organizer!!  I'm so glad I checked this out beforehand.  I'm a fledgling jewelry-maker and wanted something to display my things in my home. 
Thanks so much for something so easy and inexpensive.  Why couldn't I have thought of this.  I know I was thinking much too hard. :-)
This is really cool! I could really use this except the dry wall in my house is so old if you put a hole in it, it crumbles...any advice?
My house is plaster walls very brittle and a pain to repair, I did a peg board wall and I just attached it to wooden legs and it leans against the wall . you could try framing the wire and adding legs mine is behind my desk so you don't even see the legs
I have that crumbly problem too.  When I hung my big jewelry case I used those plastic screw anchors (I'm sure that's not the official name for them) and it has not moved in months.  It is a lot heavier than this, even fully loaded.
leesamurmur6 years ago
I love this but I have a question... Can you think of any way to keep this from being nailed into the wall? I'd love to use it in my dorm, but unfortunately I do not have an "old ladder" hanging around and I can't put holes in the wall. However, it's one of the best ideas I've seen! Anyone who has done this, do you think a medium sized one could be held up any other way?
lcockerilla bit further down has a great idea!
jentheducky7 years ago
i did this instructable today for my room. it worked excellently! the only thing i did instead was put a line of tape against the edge and then folded it over. i tried cutting the mesh along the edge, but the wire is still sharp and i know how clumsy i can be when i don't pay attention. the tape doesn't stick well to the wire at first, but when you fold it over, it sticks to itself pretty well
It is a lot more trouble, but I'm clumsy too.  I think I will cut the mesh halfway between the lines and then bend them over with some pliers to safe-ify it for myself.
hishealer5 years ago
You can also cut wire with nail clippers, but it will ruin them for anything else.  It will nick scissors blades too, for that matter.
andrea07016 years ago
I've been meaning to make this for quite some time now -- I've had allthe parts for over 2 months. Finally, it's up. I need to get another set of hooks (or 2) for the necklaces/bracelets and I'm going to get some bins to put at the bottom for my post/stud earrings but this was super easy to put together! My measuring was off, so it's a little loose in the middle, but...and super easy to put up without a drill, too :D
also, the s-hooks for hoop earrings is a must -- I have quite a few!
JessG5166 years ago
Do you have to screw it in to the wall? Could you possibly just tie ribbon to the top and let it hang from a wall hook?
Delijagirl6 years ago
Yeah its a really good idea i was thinking about buying one of those magetic boards but this is much more creative and its not expensive :) Ill update u with pictures when im done :)
eskeele6 years ago
Have been looking for something for my kids to get organized. This is perfect. I'm going to put paper mache around the edge and then we can paint it in wacky colors.
This is awesome. Now I'm wishing I didn't buy that peg board... heh...
redxrush7 years ago
Great instructable...But I was wondering if there was an alternative to drilling holes in the wall? or something for a glass surface?
For glass, you might pop the nubby bit of a suction cup through the mesh and then suction the cup to the glass... not quite as strong as screwing it in, but it should be fine for earrings/photos/small magnets....
txdesignerd7 years ago
seymoor7 years ago
Thanks, its a great idea, just what I was need
nobodysfool7 years ago
I love it.
ausetkmt7 years ago
Neat and Quick
adidame8 years ago
Great idea! I have been thinking about ways to hang my jewelry.
Tvman8 years ago
SWEET!! thanks for the idea i was thinkin about what i could use to put on my wall to make my (soon to be) magnets like in the ransom note magets instructable :) thanks
msthursday8 years ago
Very cool. Great way to keep small spaces organized.
voodooduck (author)  msthursday8 years ago
Thanks! Yeah, it has been great for me. It's really a bunch of fun. I am working on doing a really large one in a friend's kitchen! Should be cool!
Ohhh, I hope you post it! I love this, very cool idea. Thanks. I like the ladder too. ingenious.
voodooduck (author)  BLACKROD8 years ago
Thanks! It's always encouraging to know that I'm not the only one that thinks I have cool ideas! ;)
jessiep8 years ago
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