These days, the rustic look is all the rage, and for good reason! While there is much to love about the hustle and bustle of modern life and the excitement of the city, sometimes it gets to be a bit much. Rustic décor transports us back in time and brings a breath of fresh country air to your residence, wherever you dwell. It reminds us of a slower pace of life, and helps us to relax and feel at home. On top of that, it is often an affordable choice for decorating, and a great way to reclaim old wood, crates, and other supplies which might otherwise go to waste. These rustic DIY storage ideas are easy and fun, and will lend your home a touch of nostalgia and whimsy.
17. Custom shelving
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Designsponge
18. Vintage crate boot rack
Earlier I shared a shoe and boot rack made out of crates, and here is another one! While the idea is similar, there are some key differences. Note the helpful wheels on the bottom of the lower crates, which make it easy to move the whole assembly. I love that the original labels on the sides of the crates are still on there too. It just makes them look even more rustic!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Findinghomeonline
19. Wine rack towel holder
Here is a cute, clever, and easy way to add a homespun touch to your bathroom. Install a wine rack as a towel holder! This is a project that literally does itself; you don’t have to do anything except hang it in place. It turns out that a wine rack functions perfectly in the bathroom if you just roll up your towels. I can’t believe how awesome this looks!
20. Mason jar organizer
I am seeing Mason jars everywhere these days! Mostly I’ve been seeing them for wedding décor, but they also make great rustic décor anywhere around your home. They’re very cute, and they are perfect for keeping organized. There is something about a Mason jar that just transports you back in time. At The DIY Playbook, you can learn how to create a Mason jar organizer that goes on your wall! There are step-by-step instructions, and even a video, so check it out.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Thediyplaybook
21. Toy organizer
Here we have a toy organizer which uses plastic bins and chalkboard labels. The labels are great, because you can always erase them and write a new label if something changes. You can get free plans right on the page for the wood frame. I imagine this idea would look even cooler if something were done to decorate those plastic bins and make them fit in better with the old-style look of the frame itself.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Shanty-2-chic
22. Bathroom organizer
There are no instructions for creating this bathroom organizer, sadly, but isn’t it awesome? There is plenty of room for towels, bath soaps, and whatever else you want to store. You could use this anywhere in your house, though. I imagine it’d be very handy in the laundry room as well. The shelves are nice and deep, but the open design prevents it from being too heavy or hard to move around. Very nice work!
23. Bread tin wall bins
I love ideas like this that repurpose a common household item in a way I would never expect. Have some old bread bins lying around unused? One cool way to put them to a completely different use is to turn them into wall bins! I love the old patina on these bins. With the old wood plank, there are some very interesting textures and colors interacting here. They stand out nicely against the white siding. They are being used here to store decorative old items, but they would also be great for functional use (gardening supplies, etc.). This would be cool as a look for indoors or outdoors.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Knickoftime
24. Media console
Check out how amazing this old-fashioned media console is. Not only is it perfect for the TV, but it provides additional shelf space below for useful and decorative items. You can find the plans here. You can adjust the measurements to your optimal viewing height and make the media console as wide or narrow as you need for your space. Again, I like the openness of the design, since it keeps the weight down.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Craftsmandrive
25. Wall rack for knives
Love your knives? Want to display them in style? This wall rack is easy to build using simple design plans, and makes for a really cool display. It would be great for functional use in the kitchen, or for decorative use if you just want to showcase some antique knives or something.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Ehow
26. Wine crate coffee table
This is probably the coolest thing on this list which uses crates, in my opinion. Four crates go into this design, and exact directions are provided so you can put your own together. What I love about this table is the way that the lines flow in such an aesthetically pleasing fashion. I also think it’s cool that the crate interiors provide storage space inside the table. The part that dips down in the middle would be perfect for holding a vase.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Diy-vintage-chic
27. Rough cut rustic wood shelves
These wood shelves are similar to many of the other projects here, but with a unique twist. Look how the cut wood isn’t exactly straight, and in one place, there is an obvious knot which has been left alone. This gives the shelves an extra natural look and feel which is quite unique.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Beauty4ashes-ellie
28. Simple wine rack
Check out this old-style wood wine rack. The unfinished look of the wood looks great with those little chalkboard paint labels, and how awesome are those wood screws that hold the bottles in place? Full instructions are included, so you can create your own wine rack for your wall!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Shanty-2-chic
29. Unique light fixture
For those project, all you need is an old plank of wood, a few spoons, and some little tea lights. The candles fit perfectly on the spoons. It is easy to imagine variations on this project. You could arrange the plank vertically or horizontally, include more planks and spoons, and so on. Simple and beautiful!
30. Rustic bed with crate storage
Here is a cool woodworking project if you want to add some storage space to your bedroom. The frame of the bed is made entirely with repurposed wood, and the cubbies underneath are the perfect size for old crates. This is a perfect space for storing pillows, extra blankets, and the like. It can free up space on your nightstand, in your closet, and on your shelves.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Bobvilla
31. Angled wall storage bins
This project from Remodelaholic includes step-by-step instructions for creating very cute angled wall storage bins. I really like this design because it makes it easy to put things in the bins and take them out, so these bins would be more than just decorative; they would be genuinely useful. The numbering is cute too!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Remodelaholic
32. Burlap and twine containers
Here is something a little bit different. A lot of these storage designs are woodworking projects, but if you want to try something else, you can create these adorable little burlap and twine containers! These containers started out as old Christmas tins, but you’d never guess it! Twine and burlap have been glued on along with canvas sticker labels. Imagine how great these would look on your rustic shelves!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Houzz