In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hang it all!

So what do you do when you want a very workable, hardworking space in a VERY small area?

The Shed of Reality does double and triple duty for me...and then some.  It's a studio, a retreat, a place to entertain, make music, make art, make videos.  It's an escape.  It's a mini-vacation.  It's a place of healing, and a tiny yoga ashram, a room for meditation.  A place for a private chat.  I even put up a friend there overnight once.  As the subtitle of this blog puts it, it's a place called sanity...with a nice cuppa tea and a good book!

With such limited floor space...a bit less than 100 square feet--a whole LOT of stuff climbs the walls.  Book cases, of course, and shelves.  Windowsills hold a lot.  The space between the rafters are used...and here are some of the many ways to hang things up we've pressed into service, some as simple as a nail, some wonderful finds from the thrift store...

Love the antique coat or hat works great for cups and small pots in the kitchen corner.

A sturdy hand-forged hook holds a tea towel, a small skillet and the yellow teapot my sis gave me 40 years ago...

Joseph created the broom hanger...and a smaller broom hangs from a nail to the right--along with my Audubon Society bird call! 

This cool double hanger was in an old armoire, hidden from sight.  I've got two more to put up somewhere...

A handy double hook matches those in the closet of my 100 year old was a gift from a friend.

Nails work just fine...this is the dustpan that hangs on the wall, below a window.

Shaker pegs hold music CDs in a basket and my old tambourine... the shelf above holds odds and ends.

This end of the Shaker peg shelf is over my desk, and holds necessary art supplies

Push pins still work, and so do cork boards!

A hand forged nail is strong enough to hold a willow magazine rack full of sketchbooks and watercolor blocks.

A cup hook holds the lightweight Japanese lantern...

Yep, another nail holds the dishpan...

Even the doorknobs are pressed into service, keeping the floor relatively clear for foot traffic!

It all works, and is very flexible...I can always hang something different wherever I decide to, or put up another nail--the fact that we used thin wooden underflooring left over from another project instead of drywall makes putting more nails up a piece of cake!

Oh yeah, and here's the storage between the rafters over the big French door.  I put stuff up there I don't need often, because I have to climb up on a stool to reach it.

I'm still planning more shelves and such, but this is a good start after a year's hard use...


  1. An endless treasure your play house is.

  2. Thanks, girl, it is that. Wonderful place to get away to...right next door!

  3. ...and speaking like Yoda you are... :D

  4. Thanx for a new post here. I love this blog and your tiny cabin!

    My cabin in the woods grows more cluttered with each visit. I still have plenty of wall space for hanging things, but what I'd really like to do is get a metal (i.e., mouseproof) cabinet to put in a corner so all of that clutter can be put out of sight. I could probably afford such a cabinet if I skipped going out to dinner for just a few nights. Choices!

  5. Hi Pablo! I've got several I've been meaning to get up here, just haven't gotten myself together!

    And oh my yes, I understand about the clutter...I try to bring things back HOME or get rid of them if I don't use them for a while, but it's not easy. We need to finish up the shed's shed (the little extension on the deck) so it has shelves to put stuff. At the moment it's just a tiny room with things piled in it. Happily, no mice yet...they're at home!

    Maybe check secondhand stores or Habitat for Humanity's ReStore? You never know what you're going to find!

  6. Love your finds! We're looking for ways to hang things, too. Good inspiration.

  7. Glad to help, April! At home, I have a little corner cabinet, too...I hope to find one similar for the shed.

  8. Hang it all is the perfectly fit for a small place area.

  9. Never thought a whole LOT of stuff climbs the walls. Wit thinking of that!



Related Posts with Thumbnails