Introduction: Save Space and Combat the Mess

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Instructables fans are busy and creative. May bring some chaos.

But we can combat the mess and save space, through creativity...

These steps are no Instructables, but presentations of various installations I made in this topic, to (maybe) give you some ideas.

Step 1: A Computer in the Shelf

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This Mac-mini has a foldable LCD screen mount (on hanging rails), and a drawer for the keyboard and mouse.

Step 2: A Nokia 770 in the Kitchen

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It is nice to have recipes (among which, of Instructables) on hand and online while cooking.

This Nokia 770 wifi tablet is mounted inside a sliding trapdoor under a kitchen shelf.

Step 3: A Sliding Panel for Brooms and Umbrellas

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The sweeping brooms and umbrellas are at our disposal in the entrance hall.

A bottle filled with water, in a bag, gives the force to pull it back.

The umbrellas holder is made of a sawed plastic box.

Step 4: A Pivoting Sweeper Holder

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This sweeper can hide in its 2-inches-wide cranny.

Step 5: A Recharging Organizing Shelf

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A recharging and storage place for the common portable electronic devices, keys, sunglasses, etc.

It is made of an horizontal CD shelf, to which I added many mains plugs, and mounted vertically.


DevonBerg (author)2016-11-10


PetrichorXFi (author)2015-06-01

Very nicely done!

I especially appreciate how you kept the broom/mop sliding panel open to the room, I suspect that if it was a closed flush to the wall "hidden storage", it would probably get moldy.

Question... are you able to sweep the slot this is located in? Looks like it might be hard to dust out nicely.

lakazdi (author)2013-06-19

These space saving methods remind me of my own house! It's great being a problem solver!

laxap (author)lakazdi2013-06-19

it appears that being a problem solver should be a well-kept secret --otherwise, the more problems you solve, the more new ones come!

Feel free to post any of your solutions!

abisabel (author)2012-12-22

amazing! i want this! i wish this is my home

uersel (author)2012-08-04

Wher did you get the CD-shelf? I need something like this to catsafe/close a gap between my "billywall" and the wall...

laxap (author)uersel2012-08-04

This is an Ikea vertical/horizontal shelf. It seems that they do not sell it any longer :-(

uersel (author)laxap2012-08-04

I was afraid you might answer that... So I have to come up with something different.

lobalt (author)2011-11-20

That's literally a high-fi remote! :)

Dr.Bill (author)2010-07-23

Cool Idea for a crack of a space ! Wish I HAD a crack of a space to use !

dafoofoo (author)2010-06-10

Awesome idea and yet so simple! Using a water bottle as weight to retract it back was not necessary but I really liked the idea. It's a bonus to make it even that much better!

kawaiipeach (author)2010-01-13

i love this! 

falcotheimpaler (author)2009-10-28

This house deserves a medal. But i know you're holding back, there's some room in this house that you added, and you have to hit the secret button under the trapdoor or pull the yellow book. 

berky93 (author)2009-08-12

it would be cool if that organizational shelf was inlaid into the corner of your wall there instead of right in front of it. but that may weaken the structural integrity of the wall/house

chrwei (author)2009-06-25

can you expand on how this is done? the keyboard drawer is obvious enough, but where does one find the mechanics for the LCD drawer? doesn't look like standard server rack stuff which commonly works the same way

laxap (author)chrwei2009-06-25
The LCD drawer was home-made with these parts:
  • 2 x drawer rails: full extension drawer runners; 300mm extension
  • 4 x L, to hang the two above rails; not visible on the pictures
  • 2 x foldable L brackets; with ratchet and spring-loaded release
  • 2 x steel bars, to hold the monitor on the L brackets
  • 2 x aluminium bars of L profile
  • lots of bolts, nuts and washers

Maybe I should write a detailed instructable for this alone ?
Killanat3 (author)laxap2009-08-12

Would you please make a instructable . For this I have a plan for this I need it bad. This would work great for a 22 in that i want to run off my laptop at the end of my bed !

chrwei (author)laxap2009-06-29

it's certainly worthy of it's own. Might be a short one, but those are some of the best

myckro (author)2009-07-28

Really cool instructable!!! good to take ideas from!!!

Nucleus (author)2009-07-26

You, love hiding everything don't you?

Nekro (author)2009-07-24

awesome. To the favs. :)

sassy8girl (author)2009-07-18

that folding computer desk idea is genius as is that nokia tablet idea

foobear (author)2009-06-28

love the pull-out hiding sweepers, genius!

pdub77 (author)2009-06-28

Great work! My junk is everywhere. I could clearly learn a thing or two from you.

dombeef (author)2009-06-27

Great mac mini! What year is it?

laxap (author)dombeef2009-06-27

I don't remember exactly. At that time it was still a good deal. 2004 ? It is a PPC one.

dombeef (author)laxap2009-06-28

Mine is 2005

ohbejoyful (author)2009-06-27

I need a roommate with your skills - care to move to Portland, Oregon? :) These are all amazing. I have a lovely vertical CD cabinet that I'm no longer using, and it is definitely going to be turned into a power station. Love love love.

TimmysToys (author)2009-06-26

This looks like a very creative use of folding shelf/table brackets set on their side! Check out Lee Valley Hardware (,43648,43651&ap=1)

tsvlasuk (author)2009-06-25

I love #3, the sliding panel for brooms. Could you explain further about the water bottle - where it is, what it does? I don't understand that part.

davisbarrett (author)tsvlasuk2009-06-25

from what I can see, and prior experience, the water bottle acts as a counter weight that brings the sliding wall back into it's cubby when forgotten. As I saw, in the picture, there is a door close to this installation and if the sliding wall is left out it may cause damage.

laxap (author)davisbarrett2009-06-25

This is all correct. See the picture below. And indeed, there is another door nearbye, so yes, I needed this counter weight to prevent the sliding panel from staying forgotten out.

tsvlasuk (author)laxap2009-06-25

Ah, thank you, I see it now. I guess I didn't look at all the pictures the first time through! Thx for the great ideas!

sabbott (author)2009-06-25

really impressive organizing!

pless84 (author)2009-06-24

Those are some neat ideas :) I might use some of them in my home :)

goatgirly (author)2009-06-23

you have a lot of gadgets.(and good storage ideas for them)

tihi (author)2009-06-23

Very nice and practical!

CazzPhoenix (author)2009-06-22

The sliding panel for brooms has to be the coolest thing i've ever seen.. too bad I live in an apartment or I'd build that immediately. Have you though of mounting a panel with a handle over it to hide it?

laxap (author)CazzPhoenix2009-06-22
Yes, but I finally didn't do it:
  • no time
  • not too much visually disturbing
  • I can pick the frequently used broom without even sliding the panel

(Brooms... thanks for teaching me the right word. Corrected the ible from brushes to brooms.)

emmjul (author)2009-06-22

Nice House, and pretty cool homeimprovement ideas

mbudde (author)2009-06-22

Awesome. The charging shelf is a really good idea.

WisconsinPlatt (author)2009-06-22

That is Reasonably Clever. Well done

TheScientist (author)2009-06-21

some seriously slick solutions there :) I particularly like the hideable monitor and the charging stack!

ChrysN (author)2009-06-21

Nice, I really like your sliding door, I have a shortage of storage space and could really use something like that.

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