The first thing you might want to consider when looking to upgrade your home decor is adding more storage solutions – that’s arguably the number one problem every home owner has to face. But that doesn’t mean you have to resort to ugly shelves, racks and boxes just to have where to keep your stuff.

Having to add more storage units to your home is the perfect opportunity to improve your decor too. One great way to do that is by doing it yourself in rustic style. Not only you can be proud of what you make with your own hands but rustic accents bring a lot of warmth and style to your place, making it that much cozier. Here are 15 DIY storage ideas to do it.

Birch Wall Hooks

Are you up for a unique decor feature? Try these birch wall hooks that look a lot more interesting than a regular coat rack. We love the minimalist and rustic style that this idea introduces.

Coffee Mug Rack

Your kitchen needs this awesome coffee mug rag that you can make from pallet wood. The idea is so simple but quite genius – it had spread like wildfire on Pinterest a while ago.

Bathroom Mirror with Storage Shelf

Check out the tutorial: #DIY Rustic Mirror Shelf @istandarddesign

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This mirror with storage shelf for your bathroom is not only relatively easy to build, it’s practical in providing a lot of storage for small things, not to mention it looks super attractive. (Read also about our picks for the best bookshelves for small spaces.)

Rolling Bookshelf

Build this rolling bookshelf (which is quite an easy project if you follow the tutorial) and save on a storage unit furniture while adding an attractive decor feature to your living room. It’s perfect for storage and display vignettes.

Apothecary Cabinet

While this project is a bit more involved than others on this list, it can be just what you need if you’re looking for a storage system with more space. This rustic apothecary cabinet is visually appealing and obviously practical. Try the tutorial if you’re up for the challenge.

Clock End Table

When it comes to unique ideas, this end table is certainly one of a kind. Take an old clock face and turn it into a whimsical end table for your sofa (read also about our picks for the best sleeper sofas). Extra decor points guaranteed.

Wood Slice Shelves

Rustic or modern industrial – likely something in between – these adorable little shelves will sprinkle your kitchen decor with whimsy. And this project is quite simple to do too.

Rustic Wall Rack

Check out the tutorial: #DIY Rustic Wall Knife Rack @istandarddesign


If you need to organize your knives in the kitchen, here’s a rustic idea for you. This little projects involves just installing little magnets into a simple wood plank, but the end result is the perfect rustic kitchen decor feature.

Suitcase Coffee Table

Check out the tutorial: #DIY Suitcase Coffee Table @istandarddesign


Those bulky vintage suitcases make perfect makeshift furniture, so if you can get your hands on one, you can make this wonderful whimsical coffee table that will certainly improve your decor.

Repurposed Old Window Coffee Table

Repurposing old materials is a big part of rustic DIY crafts and this lovely coffee table made using an old window frame is a wonderful example. Make one for your home and you’ll have an attractive coffee table with storage space that works as a display case too.

Rustic Bookshelf

Sometimes a simple bookshelf is all you need, but why not make it rustic and why not do it yourself. Here’s how you can quite easily do that.

Crate Bookshelf

The benefit of building a bookshelf out of crates is two fold – first, you have a cheap but attractive piece of furniture, and secondly, you are free to choose any shelving layout you want.

Rustic Wood Tray

One of the best solutions to organize small things around the house is a tray that you can place on any surface in any room. A rustic wood tray that you can make yourself brings this idea to a whole new level.

Enamel Mug Organizer

Check out the tutorial: #DIY Enamel Mug Organizer @istandarddesign


Such a wonderful idea to use big enamel mugs and build little wall shelves for small things. It brings a lovely rustic country style to your decor.

Mason Jar Shelves


We’ve had these lovely mason jar shelves as a DIY project before but it’s worth bringing them back – they’re just that lovely and brilliant.

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