Thank you for the reply. I am going to work on this idea and see if I can develop some kind of storage system behind my sofa. I may even look into building something that would fit behind the sofa but remain completely hidden. Anyone out there have any thoughts for developing a behind-the-sofa storage system? The fun ones are from imported shipments. Someone I know found a pallet used to ship something from Africa; it was made from an exotic gold- colored wood. Another guy I knew a long time ago worked next door to a motorcycle shop; all the motorcycles imported from Asia were in crates made of Philippine mahogany lumber, apparently all #1 grade–no knots, no sap pockets, etc.
The shop was just throwing the crates away, so he started hauling them home and breaking them down. He had a lifetime supply of nice wood.Around here they seem to be red or white oak if not pine. Since I changed jobs, I don’t have easy access to a good supply of pallets any more, but while I did, I salvaged enough to build a bunch of shelves in my garage, the lathe base, and some smaller projects. It was a good thing while it lasted; we were doing volume PC manufacturing, so we had large quantities of matching size pallets.
Having quantities of consistent-sized pieces makes it a lot easier to build things. Could you hang all of your cups/mugs on the kitchen wall? That can look pretty nice. Also, you know those shoe holders? The kind that you hang on the door? Well, don’t limit yourself to shoes! You can put anything in them, toys, kitchen gadgets, tools, even smaller food items. If you get the clear ones you can see where everything is at a quick glance or you can label them to help w/ organization.