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How to Display Your Treasured Items without Using Too Much Space

Amy Moczynski



When it comes to decorating your home, you want to give it personality – but you never want to go overboard and overrun it with trinkets. One of the best ways to add a personal touch is to display mementos or heirlooms that reflect your personality. But instead of just piling those mementos onto a shelf, find a creative way to display them that won’t take up too much space. If you aren’t sure of the best way to do that, here are a few tips for some space-saving display ideas.

Personalized table displays

If you’re anything like me, you value personal photographs more than art or store-bought decorations. Luckily, companies like Shutterfly and Snapfish offer creative ways to use your photographs around the home. One of the best and most practical photo displays I’ve seen are these photo coasters, which come in a set of four. Use them to display photos of a recent vacation, family members, beloved pets and more. Just make sure your family members won’t mind having their face as a final resting place for your beverage before getting started.

In addition to the coasters that rest on your table, you can also create a memory table that is made of a shadow box frame and a side table. You can store trinkets, photos and other personal mementos in the shadow box, similar to a wall display, as a creative yet functional way to display your treasured items. You can also piece a few of these tables together and use each shadow box as a way to display your items.

Creative photo displays

If you have a lot of photos like I do, there are a few ways you can display a large amount of photos without taking up a ton of shelf space for the frames. One way that I display my photos is a simple cork board that I’ve covered with batting and fabric. I hang all my photos on that board using push pins, and I also store ticket stubs and other mementos there, too. The best part is the board is lightweight and I can easily change out the fabric if I decide that I want to switch up my décor.

Another way is to create a photo collage. Pinterest has no shortage of inspiration for the best way to create a photo collage, but I kept mine simple and framed them around a mirror that hangs above my couch. I used inexpensive, brightly colored photo frames I found at Target and a framed mirror I found at HomeGoods and created a simple collage around the mirror. It didn’t take up any extra shelf space and it allowed me a way to get the photos on display as a focal point for my living room.

Displaying T-shirts, quilts and blankets

If you are anything like me, you assembled quite a collection of T shirts throughout your time in college. While they were great to wear as your classroom wardrobe, you probably don’t have much use for them after you’ve graduated. So, why not turn those overflowing piles of shirts into a quilt? To make a T-shirt quilt, you’ll need at least 12 shirts for a smaller quilt, preferably 15 or 16 to make a quilt large enough for you to use. There are plenty of tutorials online depending on the style of quilt you want to make, but this style is probably the easiest one for someone without advanced sewing skills.

If you need a creative way to display your quilt, or you have a collection of blankets and quilts that are treasured belongings, you can display them using an antique ladder, preferably a clean wooden one as opposed to an aluminum one you’ll find in most hardware stores. This will allow you to stack those quilts out of the way while also displaying your handiwork.

These are just a few examples of ways that you can decorate your home without creating extra clutter or hanging shelves and wrecking your walls. With a little bit of elbow grease and some creativity, you too can create a beautiful way to display some of your most valued possessions.

A self-proclaimed Type A nut, Amy Moczynski is never far from her to-do list and stack of sticky note reminders. She manages the digital marketing for ProBuilt Steel Buildings, writing organization and home improvement tips for the company’s blog. In her spare time, she enjoys running; good wine and craft beer; and spending time with her dog, Lola. You can follow her on Twitter at @amymoczynski.More from Manilla.com: