17 back of door storage ideas to get the most out of your space

Whether you live in a tiny apartment or family home, finding new storage solutions is a priority for many! And one place that offers plenty of storage possibilities that’s often overlooked? It’s the back of your door! From your wardrobe to pantry, bedroom door and everything in between, we’re here to show you there’s a world of possibilities to utilise this space.

Today, we’ve pulled together our 17 favourite back of door storage ideas, whether on, above or behind!

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1. Over-the-door rack or robe hooks in the bathroom

The first of our back of door storage ideas may be simple, but it can make all the difference! If you have a swinging door in the bathroom, using an over the door rack or fixing robe hooks onto the door, instantly provides valuable storage space. Use it to hang towels, bath robes or even bathroom decor. Best of all, they’re tucked out of view, keeping that clean bathroom look we all want.

Over the bathroom door rack
Sleek over the door bathroom rack. Image via Dunelm
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Adding hooks or an over the door rack are two of our favourite back of door storage ideas. Image via The Spruce

2. Behind door shelves or narrow bookshelf

It may seem impossible but it’s not! You can use the dead space behind your door to create a narrow bookshelf or install picture ledge shelves. There are loads of ideas on Pinterest but this stylish one by Sarah at Ugly Duckling House is one of the best examples we’ve seen.

This is a great storage solution for a small bedroom where it may not be possible to have larger freestanding furniture. And it would also work well in a small nursery where there’s limited wall space to create a reading nook.

Shelves behind the door
Narrow shelves to utilise the dead space behind a door by Ugly Duckling House
Behind door picture ledge
Image via HGTV

3. Inside door gift wrapping station or pop up craft room

If you love gift wrapping as much as us, chances are you have A LOT of gift wrap and ribbons to organise! Here’s a clever idea on how you can do that using the modular Elfa storage products. This one uses a central bracket that’s fixed into the door so you won’t see any brackets over the top when the cupboard is closed.

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Another of our back of door storage ideas is to create a gift wrap station. Image via Container Store

4. Back of door hat hanger

A fabulous way to store ā€” and display ā€” your hats is with a hat hanger. Available in many different styles, we adore this locally made macrame hat hanger from Sage & Twine. Slim enough to hang from behind your bedroom door or in a wardrobe but so gorgeous you can also use them like wall art in your bedroom!

Macrame hat hanger
Stylish macrame hat hanger from Sage & Twine

5. Above-the-door shelf

Sometimes the answer to our storage dilemmas is to go up! Most homes will have a gap between the door frame and ceiling, and this can be the perfect place to fix an above-the-door shelf. While you wouldn’t want to use this solution in every room of the home, in an office, craft room or play room, we think it’s a genius idea!

6. Over-the-door organiser

This simple yet versatile panel organiser from Temple & Webster is practical and stylish. Simply hang the organiser over the door and you’ve got yourself an instant storage solution with easy access. Suitable for a range of uses around the home, see how it’s been used to organise accessories in the image below. Bonus points for the minimalist white design that drops away.

Over the door accessory holder back of door storage ideas
Image via Temple & Webster

7. Behind door shoe storage hack

Got too many shoes to keep organised? TikToker @Ash_Mul shares her clever organisation hack behind her bedroom door… using towel racks! Don’t knock it ’til you try it šŸ˜‰

8. Slim behind-door storage rack

Versatile storage racks like this steel storage rack from Amara are the perfect fit in tight spaces. Squeeze one of these behind your office door or in the pantry to hold everything from cookbooks to tea towels.

Back of doors storage
Image via Amara

9. Behind door spice rack

Gina recently created her version of the ultimate spice drawer but in many kitchens drawer space is limited. The solution? Utilise your walls! The wall space inside a pantry (or with the right racks, the back of your pantry doors) is the perfect spot to create a dreamy spice rack like the one below. Don’t forget to complete the look with labels and you can buy those fabulous spice labels on Etsy here šŸ˜‰

Clear spice rack organisation
Image via Jen Woodhouse

10. Kmart tray as earring holder hack

A budget friendly hack you may have seen in our Kmart hacks to organise your home article is this metal tray turns earring holder. Clever mama Paige came up with this space saving idea which also prevents your earrings from getting tangled. You can mount the Kmart tray to the inside of your wardrobe or behind a wall to display your jewellery in a neat and fun way.

Kmart earring holder back of door storage ideas
@paigedoevendans_ shares her earring hack using a Kmart tray

11. Behind door hanging storage bags

Ok, not everyone has floor space available. If you’re trying to get things off the floor, these hanging storage bags from HomieFun may be the multifunctional solution to all your storage woes. Their compact design is ideal for that dead wall space behind swinging doors and we can see these working well in an office to kids room.

Hanging pockets back of door storage ideas
Image via Homiefun on Etsy

12. Behind door kids book storage

So this one may or may not work in your space… it relies on the door jam not being hard in the corner. Loads of people online have found a slim sling bookshelf like this one from Interior Secrets is perfect to slot into various tight corners of a small children’s bedroom. Sling storage bookshelves are a lovely mix of practicality and neat. With easy access for children, this bookshelf is a must-have for any young bookworm!

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Image via Interior Secrets

13. Wine rack as a towel holder hack

This round up is a mix of conventional… and not so conventional ideas, ha ha! Seriously though, we’ve never seen a wine rack repurposed as a towel holder ā€” have you? Finding space for towel storage can be tough so placing a floating towel holder behind your bathroom door isn’t all that crazy. It’s guaranteed to add an extra element to your bathroom, as well as ease of access for yourself and guests.

Wine rack towel holder hack back of door storage ideas
A little unconventional but making our round up of back of door storage ideas is to use a wine rack as a towel holder. Image via Ubuy

14. Back of door hanging handbag holder

Another item you can easily store on the back of a door are your handbags. Cue the hanging handbag holder. Generally designed with a coat-hanger hook, you can hang these from the back of a bedroom door or inside your wardrobe. And for the savvy shoppers out there, Kmart has released one for under $10!

Hanging handbag holder back of door storage ideas
Image via Lakeland

15. Over the door shoe organiser… in the pantry!

TikTok has already given us a great way to organise shoes, but @kerrihardman shares her water bottle storage tip with a hanging shoe organiser. Other people have commented to say they use the organiser to store everything from candles to spices to stuffed animals!

16. Back of door coat rack or hooks

Yes, it’s an obvious one… but do you have a coat rack? These can fix directly into the back of your door or onto the wall behind your door. Or if you have some wall space available in your entry, we love the idea of creating a mini mudroom / drop zone and have all the tips to do that here.

In any case, a coat rack is a great idea to hold your valuables. Our fave is this modern design CONLON hook rack from Freedom ā€” sure to fit in any contemporary home!

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Image via Freedom
Wall unit for shoe storage in laundry
Image via mysimplysimple

17. Back of door Cabidor storage cabinet

While not widely available in Australia, we thought we’d share this new storage solution out of America that shows some out of the box thinking. This cabinet attaches to your door to provide extra storage space. Suitable for the kitchen, bathroom or any other room of the home, their motto is ‘less clutter, more space’. We’re onboard for that!

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Image via Cabidor

Do you use the space behind your doors? Do you have any other storage tips or hacks to share? We’d love to hear your ideas for using the space behind your door in the comments below!

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Disclaimer: This post was first published in September 2021. It contains some affiliate links. This means that when you click on a link and purchase something from that site, we may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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