Our Makeshift Linen Closet

I dream of someday living in a home where I have a walk-in pantry with baskets of neatly packed snacks. Or perhaps a basement wet bar where we can throw lavish parties. Or how about a large linen closet with all of my sheets & towels perfectly folded and tucked away in an organized row?

Ohhhh how a girl can dream.

Our current place certainly doesn’t reflect these lavish dreams, but hey I’m not complaining. Instead I want to show you how we’re making due with the space that we do have!

When we first looked at this unit, one thing we noticed was the lack of a linen closet. Not a deal breaker by any means, but not exactly the best setup for a girl with too many toiletries and an affinity for fluffy towels. But we did have a weird little nook, that really had no function at all. Augusta corner Before

A strange little cutout of wall that was just begging to be used! So I decided to use this space to create a makeshift linen closet. Ikea Dresser Hallway Augusta

You guys remember back when I gave this Ikea dresser a mini facelift with new hardware & corner brackets? If not, here’s the post detailing those super simple changes.

Silver Corner Brackets

By luck, this dresser fits perfectly in that small area of wall. It doesn’t jut out too far and interrupt the flow of traffic, and the tall height keeps it from looking too dinky. Ikea Dresser Linen closet

Not only does this dresser fit in this space, but it is chock full of storage. Medicine Boxes

Inside these drawers we have our organized medicine boxes that corral all kinds of bathroom products.

Handles and Brackets on DresserWhite Towels

We also keep all of our extra towels stashed away in here. It’s nice because it’s right across from the guest bathroom, so I always have fresh towels on hand for any guests who need them. Blue Accessories on Dresser

And I can’t complain about having another surface in our home to style. Right now I have a few blue accessories, but I’m sure this area will be changing on the reg. Linen Closet Tall Ikea Dresser

So there you have it, our own version of a linen closet. Just goes to show that when you love the home you have, you can make just about anything work!


  • Such a cool idea! Hmm Now I need to look at our floor plan and see if there’s any weird spots like this that I hadn’t realized. 😀

    • I’m sure you could find a spot somewhere! Good luck Kimi.

  • Ana

    Perfect timing!! I’m moving into an apartment without a linen closet and I’ve been worrying about what to do with my towels!

    • All my towels fit in here quite nicely! I hope it works for your new space too.

  • Great idea! And way to re-use an existing item to be more functional in your new space!
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    XO, Jaclyn

  • Love fitting in the storage you need where you can! I too dream of things like a real linen closet or a pantry (not even a walkin one! Just one of those huge cupboards would work!). And spot on styling, as always. Love the blue!

    • I totally agree on the pantry! haha. I don’t even need a fancy walk-in one!

  • I love when things come together like that! I’m all about the organization!

  • ShannonMCC

    Looks amazing! And so perfect for a space saver—-I need about a thousand of those. One question: So when you put pictures up like that, are they actually just leaning on the wall or are they secured with something?? I feel like I’d be terrified that every time I walked by that dresser the frame would come crashing down!

    • Thanks so much Shannon. You’re right about the frames….they’re just leaning. I too was a little worried at first about them falling, but we’ve never had problems. I will probably eventually hang many of them in our place, but since things are kinda still in flux with our move…I didn’t want to jump the gun and have holes in our walls if an item would be relocated.