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I have a lot of scarves, caps and similar small items. I need to store them in a way that allows me see easily what’s where. And I have two cats who love stealing these things and climb on any hanging fabric, i.e. I can’t really use a regular clothes hanger.

I searched for a super-easy and inexpensive solution that would look good. It turned out I could use rounded boxes as shelves – they’re light, so that I didn’t have to drill into the wall (small nails will do), however the result can still easily hold all the stuff. They’re 3 sets of boxes on the photo, but the system is modular – you can add more sets later to expand the capacity if needed.

Difficulty:
– For beginners!

Needed items:
– Kvarnvik storage boxes (or similar – these are made of thick cardboard covered with fabric, and have quite nice pattern inside, i.e. the result is sturdy and looks well)
– something sharp (i.e. a screw) to help you punch holes
– small nails & a hammer

Steps:

1. Get the Kvarnvik storage boxes in Ikea. Each set consists of 3 boxes with different diameters – get as many sets as you need for your purpose.

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2. Remove the lids and put them aside. Use anything sharp to drill a tiny hole (just enough for the nail head to get through) at the edge of the den of each box. I’ve used a sharp screw for this purpose.

Hint – if you use Kvarnvik boxes or any similar with a pattern inside, you may want to make sure that all will hang in the same direction (i.e. the hole needs to be in the same place).

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3. Drive small nails into the wall (one for each “shelf”) and hang the boxes on the wall just like you’d hang pictures. I recommend that you try the layout on the floor first.

4. Insert your scarves, gloves, caps, …

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5. Done! You can use the lids e.g. as letter/key trays.